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About Fish out of Water
Fish Out of Water, the WaterColor Inn & Resort’s signature restaurant, sets a glamorous scene overlooking the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with virtuoso cuisine and a distinctive wine list to match. The freshest local fish and meats, combined with an eclectic approach to traditional ways of preparing and serving food, translating into dishes unlike anything else offered in the area. A semi-private dining room is available, lined with bottles from the restaurant’s collection of over 3,000, representing some 600+ labels. Fish Out of Water has earned a number of distinctions for excellence. In addition, to garnering an AAA four diamond award, received a Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend magazine, and also earned a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Contemporary American, Seafood, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Daily (À la Carte)
Kids Eat Free: 5:00pm - 5:30pm Nightly (2 kids per 1 paying adult entrée)
5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Tuesday - Sunday
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Weddings, Meetings, Rehearsal Dinners
Open parking lot in front of Inn, covered parking next door.
Private Party Facilities:
Reserve the private wine room at Fish Out of Water for intimate affairs of up to 20 people. Award dinners,client events,holiday parties and rehearsal dinners in Fish Out of Water as a private dining room offer an elegant affair with chef prepared menus.
Each event is crafted to suite your needs and requirements. Farm to table creations, fresh seafood and incredible viewsall make Fish Out of Water the perfect choice for your event.
Private Party Contact:
Pam Shue: (850) 534-5050
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
30-A Songwriters Festival
Fish out of Water Ratings and Reviews
We save Fish Out of Watet for our last night in the panhandle to celebrate our week of relaxing. It NEVER disappoints! The food is delicious and plentiful. The corn muffins are the very best. (I could eat only muffins for supper and he happy as a clam!). Our server ,Julie, was knowledgeable and attentive. She helped make the evening relaxing! Well done!
My husband & I went to Fish Out of Water while visiting the Destin area and the ambiance was sensational and so was the service. We sat outside & enjoyed a beautiful view the ocean. The food however could have been cooked better, we both had fish and it could have been cooked better.
Our dinner was spectacular! The service was incredible. I started with the arugula salad and it was one of the most incredible dishes I've ever had. My husband said his filet was one of the best ever and my red snapper was simply perfect. We ended with the peach soufflé. Wow.
As always, our dinner at Fish Out of Water was exceptional. From end to end the dinner was marvelous. They had just rolled out a new menu one week prior and yet the execution was perfect. I can highly recommend the ceviche, the pork chop and of course the grouper. The snapper dish was excellent but for fish the grouper was superior. The best part for us was the fact that they have moved "98%" of their menu to Gluten Free - creating some exceptional options for the GF diners. The waiter was highly informed - even to the point of finding out that the fried okra on the grouper dish was prepared using rice flour AND in a separate fryer. I can't speak directly to the wine list as we (based on prior dinners) knew their list to be resort-priced and instead brought our own cellar bottle and paid the (reasonable) corkage fee. One small note... the restaurant was nearly EMPTY on a Saturday night in the summer at 8pm. We overheard the hostesses telling people it would be more than an hour wait - even though at least 1/2 of their tables were empty from before we arrived until we left nearly 2.5 hours later. If you can't get a table I would encourage going in and talking your way in... It's definitely worth it!
I think the server really sets the tone of your dining experience and ours did not miss a beat. She was wonderful. Then comes the food. Kudos to the chef. We started with a red snapper cerviche, just a sample from the chef, it was so good that we asked to have it as our appetizer. A must have. I highly recommend enjoying the experience at Fish Out of Water.
We were on vacation at Watercolor Resort and dined here three times. The breakfast brunch was average but dinner was very nice. The selection is limited but we were happy with all we ordered. We do not need a ten page complicated menu. The staff were friendly and hard working. The view of the gulf is hard to beat. We truly enjoyed our get-a-way.
We have always loved Fish out of Water. This time the food was very mediocre. My fish was over cooked. Just nothing exceptional at all. The service was good, wine and drinks were good.
One of our friends mentioned that he thought the venue was getting tired.
I love Fish Out of Water! My husband and I dined here the other night and it was delicious- by far the best food on 30A! We also had our rehearsal dinner here almost 3 years ago and it was perfect! Thank you for helping us celebrate many wonderful things with great food, wine, and service!
This is an Excellent Restaurant for Breakfast and Dinner. It is expensive but worth the value. The only issue I had is that the late afternoon soon shines throughout the west window and can be a distraction, especially if your are seated and looking directly in that direction. Recommend window coating or blinds to avoid the blinding light, or simply do not make reservation during that period. Outside seating for breakfast is fabulous.
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