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.
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: 8505345050x
Banquet, 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
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.
Fish Out of Water was very good. Great f ...
Fish Out of Water was very good. Great for a special occasion. I say that because it's pretty pricey. I recommend going when it's light outside if a view of the ocean is important to you. It was dark when we got there so we couldn't really enjoy the view. We had good service but don't expect to get in and get out at a quick pace and leave the kids behind.
FOOW was a great way to end our Family V ...
FOOW was a great way to end our Family Vacation. After a week of surf, sand, water activities and quality family time we wanted to celebrate and splurge. And that's exactly what we did. The specialty cocktails were a big hit as were the local specials. The Grouper , Scallops, Red Snapper and the Cobhia were the winners with in our party. The starters were exceptional as well. The standout was the Foie Gras and Chicken Fried Quail! Our service was spot on and our server maintained quality service even as the dining room filled. We really liked our experience and highly recommend dining at FOOW.
Extremely Disappointed- made reservation ...
Extremely Disappointed- made reservation well in advance for an early dinner and were very specific that we wanted a table outside with an ocean view. We have dined here in for the past several years and this year we arrive to find out that out door dining was first come first serve! I will never eat here again, if you want great seafood, drive down to Goat Feathers and prepare it at home with your favorite bottle of wine for the price you pay for dining in uncomfortable chairs and no ocean view. No Thanks!
Sadly, what might have been a lovely eve ...
Sadly, what might have been a lovely evening was ruined by the screams of multiple children, some of whom were running around and throwing food. We just do not expect that type atmosphere at this nice of a restaurant and for the prices we paid. Otherwise, our service was excellent and the food was good, although a bit pretentious. If you go, be sure to visit some time other than during the summer when the children apparently overrun the place.
Food was delicious, but... while our ser ...
Food was delicious, but... while our server was very nice, he seemed spread a little thin. Empty cocktail and wine glasses sat on our table all night without anyone picking them up. Our fantastic, beautiful peach soufflé was delivered to the table, but no spoons with which to eat it. When we finally flagged someone down for spoons our waiter stopped by. We asked for plates since we were sharing the soufflé amongst our table of three, but alas they never came. So we just ate it out of the soufflé dish. There was nothing egregious, we just felt for a restaurant other reviews listed as the "only fine dining" on 30A that it left a little to be desired. The sunset view was gorgeous but there are only a few tables with water views, so we went outside on the balcony to take pictures and see the beautiful sky. Otherwise we felt the ambience felt like a generic hotel restaurant and the neon blue faux candle lights on the tables were a bit tacky (and bright) for me. There is a neat collection of art for sale around the foyer and the metal and blown glass "cat tails" around the restaurant are pretty, too. I just don't think I'd eat here again for the price and overall experience we had. I'd much rather eat at Cafe 30A for a fabulous all around meal any night of the week...
My wife and I have celebrated our annive ...
My wife and I have celebrated our anniversary each yr at FOW for the last four yrs. We wouldn't go anywhere else. They prepared an anniversary cake for us this yr that was marvelous. The food and service are outstanding.
Loved this place and the view was perfec ...
Loved this place and the view was perfect. Our kids loved it as well and the wait staff was great and extremely helpful. Food was delicious and loved the surprises. You'll have to go to see what I mean. Pricey but you get what you pay for. Highly recommend and we will be going back.
Everything we had at Fish out of Water w ...
Everything we had at Fish out of Water was amazing all the way from the cocktails that are made from all fresh ingredients to the bread which was mouth watering to the appetizers, salads and entrees. Additionally, the wine list had a lot of really well priced wines and our waiter suggested some wines we haven't tried before that were both amazing. We are foodies and love big red wines and he had some suggestions on Italian and Spanish wines that complemented the food, didn't break the bank and exposed us to something new! DELISH! I will definitely come back her on our annual 30A trip that we will take next year!
The staff was very friendly and our wait ...
The staff was very friendly and our waiter, Steve, very personable and helpful. Our dining experience began with a surprise gift from the chef, a beautifully presented cheese pouf. Three varieties of breads were delivered to the table. My daughter and I enjoyed our sampling of ceviche, tuna tartar, and crab/scallop cake. All were artfully presented, delicious and fresh. For dessert we ordered the soufflé and that was a great choice. The gift truffles as we left were greatly appreciated. Then Steve shared that the entire menu was gluten free. Wow.
We never visit Watercolor (or the 30A ar ...
We never visit Watercolor (or the 30A area) without eating at Fish out Of Water! Wonderful food and service!! All of the servers have been working there for years. Upscale dining in a very kid friendly atmosphere or wonderful for a vacation "date night".
A bit expensive, but we felt the food wa ...
A bit expensive, but we felt the food was great. Had the chicken fried quail for my main meal. Fabulous Breads are great. The soufflé so good but we did order a side of grand mariner to add to it with our espresso. If you like anchovies have the ceased salad.
Truly a first class dining experience. E ...
Truly a first class dining experience. Everything was superb. Food was awesome with beautiful presentation. Our server Jean was outstanding as well as all the employees. View was beautiful. Totally worth the price. I promise you will be treated like royalty!
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at fish ...
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at fish out of water. Our server,Alvin, was knowledgable ,professional and congenial. The next time we will be in Watercolor we will be sure to join the people enjoying their dinner there
Oh. My. Goodness. FOOW is a brilliant di ...
Oh. My. Goodness. FOOW is a brilliant dining experience. My wife and I were celebrating our 7th anniversary, and picked this restaurant based on a Google search for fine-dining in the Sandestin area.
We drove 20 minutes to 30A, and upstairs to a beautiful, elegant setting.
Our server had been working there nearly from the opening of the establishment... over 15 years ago. He knew the menu and food preparation details as if he were the chef. Friendly, knowledgeable, and accessable.
The meal made us feel like we were in the movie The 100 Foot Journey. We would rate this in our Top 5 dining experiences worldwide.
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