Eat Things, Drink Things

Discover North Florida’s coastal cuisine. From fine dining to world-famous oyster bars, Gulf County dining features dozens of restaurants led by local chefs preparing surf, turf and more.

Cape San Blas is home to long-loved restaurants and bars, and of course, seafood is on the menu. Have Cajun-style seafood at Skully’s Low Country Boil or experience the family-friendly vibe at LongBill’s. For some adult fun, listen to live music and partake in Florida craft beer at Scallop RePUBlic. And if you need a refresher after a day on the beach, Cone Heads 8020 offers options besides seafood, including burgers, draft beer, and ice cream. Visitors can also satisfy their sweet tooth with small-batch cake donuts at Weber’s Little Donut Shop.

If you had a successful day fishing or opt to stay in for the evening, many Cape & Coast beach homes have large, fully stocked kitchens. So, grab some fresh-caught seafood from the neighborhood market St. Joe Shrimp Company or get gourmet to go from Gourmet Chef Now, and dine at your vacation home with friends and family.

Head towards the mainland by Indian Pass and experience Florida history at the Indian Pass Raw Bar. Its story goes back to 1903, and the casual southern staple serves world-famous oysters and offers live music, beer and wine. On your way to Port St. Joe, eat your seafood with a view at Cat 5 Raw Bar & Grill. Once arrived at the historic port town, downtown Port St. Joe is an easily walkable center of shops, restaurants, parks and more. Visit Provisions for happy hour and gourmet American fare. Enjoy pizza and a beer on the dog-friendly patio bar at Joe Mama’s Wood-Fired Kitchen. And continue the tour of Florida oyster dives at Shipwreck Raw Bar. And if you just need a drink, well, be sure to sip a cold beer or cocktail, and listen to live music (or karaoke) as the sun goes down at the Lookout Lounge.

Head east to the Forgotten Coast and Franklin County to hear wind chimes fashioned from oyster shells and meet seasoned raw-bar regulars at one of the many dives and bars in “Apalach.” Historic Apalachicola sits on the shore of Apalachicola Bay. As soon as you cross over the causeway, visitors are greeted by the iconic Gibson Inn. Built in 1907, guests can linger on the porch in a rocking chair after breakfast at Franklin Cafe. Want beer? Head to the renowned Oyster City Brewing Company And of course, take your pick of raw bars. Next door to Oyster City is the locally loved Hole in the Wall Seafood & Oyster Bar. And very nearby is the quirky vibe of the Station Raw Bar, the trendy, upscale Up the Creek Raw Bar, and on Scipio Creek is Half Shell Dockside.

If you’d like to venture over the bridge to Eastpoint, stop by local brewery Eastpoint Beer Company. Or maybe you are you thinking of spending the day on St. George Island? Enjoy lunch, dinner and live music into the night at the famous Harry A’s Bar & Grill, dine on the deck with your dog at the Blue Parrot Oceanfront Café, play cornhole in the courtyard at Mango Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill, or wash down a plate of oysters with a beer at Paddy’s Raw Bar.