It’s the perfect time for a nice meal by the beach. At Camille’s in Destin you can take in a gorgeous view of the Gulf of Mexico, while dining on its recent inhabitants.
Camille’s serves fresh seafood favorites such as broiled Gulf shrimp, sautéed grouper and Gulf Coast seafood gumbo.
My guest and I started with the blackened seared yellowfin tuna, which came with a cilantro aioli. The aioli was the perfect balance for the spicy blackening seasonings.
A basket of small, perfectly square and sweet rolls was also offered before our meal.
For dinner, my guest couldn’t decide if she wanted the gumbo or the broiled shrimp. Our waiter immediately offered up a sample of the gumbo.
My friend decided the gumbo was too spicy for her, which I thought was spicy but didn’t set my tongue aflame.
Her broiled shrimp entrée came atop penne pasta with mushrooms and artichokes in a fresh herb and white wine broth and was served with garlic bread. They came in a large bowl, and my friend remarked that she wasn’t sure which there was more of, the pasta or the shrimp.
I decided to order the catch of the day, which was cobia. I’d never had cobia, and since it was in season I was excited to try it. I generally like any type of fish, and I ordered mine blackened.
My cobia came out atop basmati rice and a side of spinach sautéed in garlic and topped with a lemon butter sauce.
In all my meal was great. The cobia tasted much like grouper to me, though was texturally different, maybe a little tougher. The lemon butter sauce was perfect.
I’ve been to places that have been way too liberal with the lemon when making such a sauce. This sauce was the perfect balance of acidity and cream.
Our entrees caught the eye of diners nearby and they proceeded to order the cobia as well.
Other entrees Camille’s offers are the blackened filet mignon topped with blue cheese and fried onions, sundried tomato crusted grouper, seared jumbo scallops and Gulf shrimp and paneed chicken and pasta.
They also have an assortment of salads and pizzas.
Camille’s also has an extensive sushi menu. You can either order it in the main dining room, or sit at the sushi bar, which is across the entrance from the main dining area.
We decided to top off our meal with the crème brulee. It wasn’t the largest serving, but did the trick. It was topped with a sweet strawberry that mixed perfectly with the rich custard.
Camille’s offers relaxed fine dining. The main dining room had wood accents with an open window into the kitchen. An almost funky assortment of mirrors hangs on the walls.
Our waiter, Shane, was very attentive, and I think went above and beyond with the gumbo sample. He also remained unnoticed and appeared only at crucial moments, which I think is a sign of a good waiter.
A final taste
Camille’s offers a well-rounded menu that showcases our local seafood, which can be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. Now I only need to return to try their uni nigiri.
Camille’s at Crystal Beach
2931 Scenic Highway 98
On the second floor at the Beachside Inn
Monday though Sunday
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
$4.99 to market price
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