A celebration of Destin dining

Compiled by The Destin Log

Destin is blessed with plenty of unique restaurants. With all the options available to locals and visitors, The Log has asked some of our restaurant partners what sets them apart and makes their cuisine supreme.

VKI Steakhouse 4552 U.S. Highway 98 W., Santa Rosa Beach 850-267-2555

“We are a family owned and operated Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. We opened in February 2012. Our menu consists of a wide range of steak, seafood, and chicken, including Japanese sushi, Tempura, Katsu and Sashimi. The Japanese believe that food should satisfy all the senses. The freshest ingredients are combined in ways that delight the eyes as well as the taste buds. We also feature hot and cold sake and a variety of beer and wine. Using the freshest ingredients along with perfect seasonings, our professional chefs will stir-fry your meal right before your eyes, creating a fabulous feast for the whole family.” — Owner Qun Lin


Ruth’s Chris Steak House 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin 850-337-5108

“Ruth's Chris specializes in the finest custom-aged Midwestern beef. We broil it exactly the way you like it at 1800 degrees to lock in the corn-fed flavor. Then we serve your steak sizzling on a 500 degree plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal.  In addition, the service you'll receive is executed with true southern hospitality and we have live music by a Billboard charting recording artist five nights a week, Tuesday through Saturday.” — Michael J Thomas, Ruth’s Chris entertainer/sales and marketing director


Jim ‘N Nick’s 14073 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin 850-424-5895

Jim ‘N Nick’s has a deep respect for Southern culture — a respect we honor by doing things with a passion for details, honest effort and a refusal to take shortcuts. Our way is low and slow — our pork shoulders steep in hickory smoke for over 14 hours. There are no freezers in a Jim ‘N Nick’s — everything is made from scratch, from the croutons that top our salads to the flour and rolling pin fresh pie crust. Jim ‘N Nick’s can fill every need — from dining-in to taking-out, tailgate parties to full-service catering events, we can create an experience and price to match any appetite.” — local owner Dave Hudson


Joe’s Crab Shack 14055 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin 850-650-1882

“With our unique menu and festive environment, Joe’s Crab Shack is a great place for friends and families to share memorable dining experiences. Joe’s Crab Shack serves buckets of crab, a wide variety of Steampots, fish, shrimp, burgers, chicken and festive vacation-style drinks amid a carefree atmosphere.” — Tara Loper, group sales specialist sales and field marketing


The Ocean Club 8955 U.S. Highway 98 W, Miramar Beach 850-267-3666

"The most established and highly acclaimed restaurant in the area, The Ocean Club offers the best in dining and dancing for 25 years. The Ocean Club is home to the finest seafood on the Gulf Coast.  With only the freshest cuts of fish and steak and the finest ingredients, our executive chef is sure to appeal to every indulgence.  In addition to great food and an extensive wine list, the ocean club also provides live music and great nightlife. For an unforgettable event, make it The Ocean Club."— Owner Carey Shahid


AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar 116 Harbor Blvd., Destin 850-837-1913

“AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar is the place to be this fall and winter for great food, good times and the best in cool libations. Try our new To Go Menu with many of your AJ's favorites, prepared to travel so you can call ahead and have it waiting for you when you arrive. Our popular $7.25 weekday lunch special continues to please all ages and includes tea or coffee and a dessert. Known for our seafood and as a TOP 100 Nightclub in America, now come see us for homestyle cooking, watch your favorite games and enjoy the harbor view... AJ's style. Ask about our free Lunch Punch Card.” — marketing director Tracy McCraw