7 Best Southern Restaurants near Santa Rosa Beach

Surfing Deer Fine Dining • $$$
2743 E County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

Customers` Favorites

Coffee Roasted Heirloom Carrots
Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Filet of Beef Tenderloin
Grilled Fish of the Day
Seared Sea Scallops
Pesto Pappardelle
Braised Short Rib
Clothesline Bacon
Seafood Acadiana

“My wife and I travel from Kansas City every few years to the 30A area. This is a must stop for us! The food is incredible! The service is outstanding! The atmosphere is perfection! Special shoutout to the hostess Kinley who made it extra special for us! Really appreciate how professional the staff is. Who will go out of their way to make it a special experience for you. One of my all-time favorite restaurants. Thank you as always!“

4.3 Superb109 Reviews
The Caf American • $
W 3008, 4052, 3008 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach

Customers` Favorites

Biscuit with Your Choice Meat
Days a Week

“This place is a Gem on hwy98. The food is always fast, hot, and delicious. I highly highly highly recommend the breakfast biscuits. Homemade flavor with an amazing price. Oh yeah, and they have perfect crispy bacon every time. Go see them on your next trip to the beach.“

4.5 Superb35 Reviews
Great Southern Cafe Southern • $$
83 Central Square, Santa Rosa Beach

Customers` Favorites

Crab Cake and Fried Green Corned Beef Hash Benedict
Flash-Fried Calamari
Fried Green Tomatoes
Gouda Cheese Grits
Sweet Potato Fries
Biscuits and Gravy
Gulf White Shrimp
Shrimp and Grits
Fish of the Day
Mashed Potatoes

“We heard really good things about this place. It was recommended by friends.Our server was very attentive at all times. A job well done and tipped accordingly.I had some pretty simple fare (shrimp po-boy). It was flavorful, courtesy of the corn tarter sauce they offered. Fries were typical of most places. Interesting to me was that they offered fried green tomatoes as a side dish. I couldn't pass that up as I am a sucker for good fried green tomatoes. They were delicious. Very simple preparation and served with a remoulade. The tomato thickness was perfect for the breading it had.My wife had the shrimp and grits. They looked really good and she did enjoy them.They had other things that looked great on the menu that would be worth trying. All in, we had a great experience in a very nice quaint small town setting.Parking: Free street parking is taken pretty quickly. Paid parking is the way to go. $7/ hr.System uses a QR code to pay and register your vehicle of sorts.“

4.3 Superb215 Reviews
The Perfect Pig Cafe • $
4281 East County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

Customers` Favorites

Blackened Grouper Tacos with Avocado Slaw Black Bean and Corn Salsa and Sriracha Aioli
Three Egg Omelet with Choice of Cheese Cheddar Gruyere Feta or Mozzarella
Potato Parmesan Crusted Grouper
Breakfast Skillet with Grits
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Cheddar Topped Grits
Breakfast Sandwich
Biscuits and Gravy
Breakfast Skillet
Bacon Bloody Mary

“My girlfriends and I had an impromptu dinner at The Perfect Pig while on our girls trip last week. The atmosphere was quaint and welcoming, and the service was very friendly.I got a salad with chicken, and it was a large portion. My friends each got a fish entree - the salmon bowls were especially pretty!Overall, you can tell they put a great deal of love and effort into their food, and it shows. The bar is wine and bubbles only - so keep in mind if you're someone who prefers cocktails.“

4.3 Superb129 Reviews
Local Catch Bar & Grill American • $$
3711 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

Customers` Favorites

Southern Fish and Chips
Shrimp and Grits Taco
Caribbean Shrimp Taco
Sweet Potato Fries
Grouper Lagniappe
Seafood Platter
Grouper Ceviche
PO Boy

“My husband and his parents always come here when we are staying in 30A and I can see why! I got the fried shrimp tacos and fries and my husband got their fish and chips and sautéed spinach. Everything was delicious and the service was great as always!“

4 Good86 Reviews
Big Bad Breakfast - Destin Brunch • $
10562 Emerald Coast Pkwy W Suite 169, Miramar Beach - 7.33 miles

Customers` Favorites

Chicken Biscuit with Shiny American Cheese
Creole Omelette and Waffle
Creole Omelet and Waffle
Cathead Chicken Biscuit
Huevos Rancheros Plate
Little Bad Breakfast
Chicken and Waffles
Breakfast Sandwich
Chicken Sandwich
Oyster Scramble

“The food, service (Roxanne), and the atmosphere was amazing. Our waitress made the service great. We walked in excitedly, but most of the workers there seemed pretty disgusted for some reason. No one was smiling. The manager only greeted the guests who were inquiring about having a group eat there. The food was excellent. The presentation was nice, and it was seasoned well. It was clean and smelled wonderful.“

4.4 Superb115 Reviews


Ovide Fine Dining
1 Grand Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach - 5.73 miles

Customers` Favorites

Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop
Corn Casserole
Eggs Benedict
Steak Tartare
Avocado Toast

“I had epanadas and one of their specialties seafood pasta which were the best dishes I’ve had lately. Not talking about the creme brûlée, so lightly and creamy with exotic fruits, literally the best dessert I’ve had. Compliments to the chef!“

4.2 Good139 Reviews