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
What an amazing dinner this was! I had T ...
What an amazing dinner this was! I had Thier center cut filet and my wife had thier grouper plate. Superb. The service was some of the best we have ever had. Everything was perfect, and the view setting was awesome. We will definitely be make another trip to Fish Out of Water.
I came for dinner by myself with my two ...
I came for dinner by myself with my two year old, and everyone was exceptionally attentive to her. She got a great "kids meal" with grilled fish and french fries, and they even brought out a brownie with ice cream after we ate. The wait staff was super kind, and the food was outstanding. I got the dinner special and it was one of a kind. I would absolutely go back.
FOOW is a regular stop when we visit Sea ...
FOOW is a regular stop when we visit Seaside/30A. The vibe/energy varies with the seasons but the food and service are consistently good. The seafood pasta was good, the steak spot on, and the fish special delicious. We always get the desert soufflé and highly recommend it. Our pre dinner cocktails needed tweaked but it was done quickly and our server was efficient and attentive. The dining room atmosphere and ambiance is refined and relaxing but if the conditions permit the outdoor tables can be perfect for al fresco dining while listening to the surf. If you can catch a gulf sunset - bonus!
Beautiful restaurant on the gulf shore, ...
Beautiful restaurant on the gulf shore, Haven't been in a while and the menu has changed a bit. The service was wonderful and the food was amazing. The chef had no problem handling a couple of special requests. I will certainly try to go back more often.
Love this place and the only negative co ...
Love this place and the only negative comment I have is that I split a dish with my daughter. When the bill came the dish we ordered was more than on the menu. I asked the waiter and he said that when you split it – there is an additional charge. He said because the dish is now larger than the original one on the menu. Both my daughter and I were not that hungry so that is why we split a dish. We end up not eating all of it. The waiter should have informed us that when we split it there would be more and the price would change. I asked him and all he said was it was on the menu. I do believe it is the waitstaff responsibility to let you know before an item is ordered so The customer can decide if that's what they wanted to do.
This meal was one of the finest I've eve ...
This meal was one of the finest I've ever had. This restaurant really caters to its guests, surprising your palette again and again. There is just so much to say about the food and menu, it's all so good. Have the tikka kebob, as an app. Delicious. The fish is of the best quality, prepared well, and with skill. The filet of beef was as tender as any I'd ever had, a marvelous sauce, and restrained elegance in plating. The quality of product used is evident. The attention to detail is in every aspect of not only the meal, but the service as well. The wine list offers a variety of regions, and countries. The price points are reasonable. Have a bottle, why not?! The kitchen will delight you with an amuse bouche, a granite to cleanse your palette, some macaroons even after you've had one of the incredible desserts.
Ask to sit by the windows, overlooking the beautiful gulf. Go at sunset, you'll have the most gorgeous of backdrops, perfectly suited for the marvelous meal your going to have. Enjoy! Fish out of Water is truly a jewel of a place.
We had a fabulous meal with a view of th ...
We had a fabulous meal with a view of the sunset on the beach. The food and service was a great and it was worth every penny. Staff are friendly and dedicated to service. Definitely a date night destination or just a great place for dining.
I've been going to FOOW for years and ha ...
I've been going to FOOW for years and have always loved it. Unfortunately I was completely underwhelmed on my visit recently. As another reviewer mentioned you can no longer reserve outdoors which I wasn't aware of. It's first come first serve. The hostess tried
to tell me that had never been the case which was a tad annoying as I'd dined outdoors with a reservation many times over the years. Hostesses wanted to put us In a table that was very subpar and where doors leading to outdoors would be opening and closing, leaving the feeling you'd be in a service alley. (There were a lot of great tables available). I felt terrible that there wasn't a great steak option for my husband other than a 7 oz filet (on his birthday this was a major fail and I felt terrible.). He wasn't interested in anything else (as menu was far from inspiring and he left hungry). There are many great restaurants on 30a. Doubt I'll be back until there are uniform rave reviews that show a correction in their course. I do want to say our service was great.
Nice fare, nice surroundings and nice vi ...
Nice fare, nice surroundings and nice views. We generally are always pleased with the dining @ FOOW. It is a little pricey but we have always found the food quality to match the cost. We were a little put out this time over our waiter. He just did not seem to give us the attention we deserved. A two hour meal, off season, was just too much waiting around. Slow ordering, slow service, slow desserts and then a 20 minute wait for our check. Such a pity too, since we are regulars here and have always liked this place and will return. We will avoid having this waiter the next time, at all cost.
Absolutely loved our meal of fresh cobia ...
Absolutely loved our meal of fresh cobia. The server made excellent cocktail recommendations and we were very happy with the attention to every aspect of our meal. Having the lovely souvenir box with the chocolate dessert was a fabulous way to part company.
Great food with interesting combinations ...
Great food with interesting combinations. The chef is innovative. Plus we love all the special touches. We are from Atlanta so we have lots of fine restaurants; however, Fish Out of Water is one of our all time favorites.
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