The Gulf Okaloosa Island

Bringing flavors to savor to Northwest Florida

Courtesy of The Gulf Okaloosa Island


Nestled on the corner of Marler Avenue and Siebert Drive is Okaloosa Island’s newest restaurant for seafood lovers: The Gulf Okaloosa Island. 

This two-story waterfront space, which is constructed from recycled shipping containers, is the latest venture of Hangout Hospitality restaurant group — the corporation behind The Gulf in Orange Beach and The Hangout Restaurant and popular Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The Gulf Okaloosa Island features family-friendly indoor and outdoor dining, two unique bars and a fantastic gift shop filled with a curated selection of lifestyle items. The lunch, dinner and weekend-brunch menus are constantly evolving and boast seasonal options crafted with locally sourced ingredients.

Menu staples that are gaining popularity include the crisp grouper sandwich with lemon-dill sauce, the hand-cut fries (with the perfect amount of crunch) and The Gulf Burger with garlic aioli served on a brioche bun. Many patrons crave the daily taco selection, which includes pork from NoWal Farms topped with a house-made tomatillo relish. Another favorite meal is the Apalachicola oysters that are offered at the raw bar. The Gulf Okaloosa Island also serves a unique selection of mojitos and craft beers. 

The restaurant’s expansive, flexible floor plan and relaxed environment provides an ideal venue for events of all sizes, from intimate dinner parties to full-scale weddings. A dock, which will be built in the near future, will allow visitors to arrive by boat for a day of lounging on the beach, playing Ping-Pong on the lawn and dining on some of the freshest, tastiest seafood the Gulf Coast has to offer.

Shaul Zislin, a partner in the restaurant said, “Our staff is genuine, passionate and well-trained. We truly want to provide an experience that is unique and memorable to those visiting us at The Gulf.” 

Appropriately, The Gulf has adopted as its logo a trident of a sort that a god of the sea might use. The restaurant is committed to delivering menus, changed daily, that feature locally sourced ingredients including, especially, seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, along with the products of nearby farms. With its approach to business, The Gulf reflects respect for its waterfront setting and the environment as a whole. It makes a concerted effort to engage in sustainable practices and to limit its carbon footprint and other impacts. Its very building is made up of shipping containers and includes recycled, reclaimed and salvaged building materials.

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