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Which Dewey Destin’s?

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Which Dewey Destin’s?

We’ve been to Destin a few time but never eaten at Dewey’s. I feel like we’re missing out! LOL. I’ve read lots of reviews/posts and get mixed opinions as to which is better, Bayside or Harbor side. There are 10 of us, including four kids. Some of our favorite restaurants include McGuires, Brotulas, Pompano Joe’s. Would like your input please. Thanks!

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United States
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1. Re: Which Dewey Destin’s?

Definitely Bayside! I think the harbor side one is highly overrated.

I admit to being so disappointed on our first visit to the harbor side place that we didn't give it another chance. It was awful; service, food, and the view of staff dumping the meal remains into a trash receptacle on the side of the restaurant.

It was winter and not busy, so no reason to be given a table in such a location in the restaurant.

Obviously, people who didn't have our experience will give it better marks, but that was enough for us. And there is no excuse for soggy french fries either.

Destin, FL
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2. Re: Which Dewey Destin’s?

Bayside, but you order at the counter and you are sitting outside.... Worth it to me.

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3. Re: Which Dewey Destin’s?

I agree, drink!

My avatar photo is actually from my table at the bayside Deweys.

Fort Worth, Texas
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4. Re: Which Dewey Destin’s?

Bayside wins for us every time. Since you sit at picnic tables for four you won’t be sitting together with a group of ten. The chance of getting 3 picnic tables together is about zero! There are a few large tables but they aren’t over the water. The food is delicious and so fresh. The sides aren’t great but you are there for the fish and shrimp. It is a very different kind of place than anything we have near us so that is why we like it.

Niceville, Florida
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5. Re: Which Dewey Destin’s?

I've lived here for over 15 years, and Dewey's on the Harbor use to be one of my favorite places to eat. The food was fabulous, and their service was always excellent. Until...

over the last four or five years the quality of food and service at Dewey's (on the Harbor) has declined. They've sort of transitioned...intentionally or not...into a tourist restaurant, along the lines of AJs. That's disappointing.

Dewey's at Crab Island is a paper-plate kind of place, where deep-fried food is about half of the menu. It's okay, but certainly not great. But I have to admit, I love to go to Dewey's Crab Island location, grab a beer or two, and maybe some fried shrimp and hushpuppies (their hushpuppies are still outstanding), sit down at the end of their dock and enjoy the sunset. There's no better place in Destin to watch a summer sunset, than the end of Dewey's dock.

Destin, Florida
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6. Re: Which Dewey Destin’s?

The Bayside location is a great spot for sunset and I think most people consider it superior to the harbor location.

Chicago
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7. Re: Which Dewey Destin’s?

Is Bayside the same as the Crab Island location?

Fort Worth, Texas
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8. Re: Which Dewey Destin’s?

Bayside, crab Island and the original are all the same place. Enjoy!

Missouri
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9. Re: Which Dewey Destin’s?

I must chime in here too......Bayside is best! I'm with Raven...the shrimp and hushpuppies are great. The bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp are really great!

Dallas, Texas
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10. Re: Which Dewey Destin’s?

I've been wondering about this, too. The locals' forums I was reading have mostly negative reports about these 2 places the last few years.

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