Destin Landmark Has Served Fresh Seafood to Families for Generations

Capt. Dave’s defines “family-owned.” Three generations have managed and worked the business.
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Photo by Chase Yakaboski

For 54 years, visitors to Capt. Dave’s on the Gulf have reliably enjoyed fresh, flavorful food, customer-centric service and priceless water views.

Capt. Dave’s defines “family-owned.” Three generations have managed and worked the business. The familial energy is present upon entry, as the staff welcomes guests and encourages them to take their time eating and taking in their surroundings.

“Through the years some of our customers become like family,” said Austin Marler. “We have third and even fourth generations dining with us.”

Each table has a designated server, ensuring tightly focused service.

The menu offers seafood and steaks prepared the way that folks on the Gulf Coast like them. Quality is a constant at Capt. Dave’s where an effort is made to procure the freshest seafood available.

Capt. Dave’s has become synonymous with their Stuffed Shrimp Parmesan — jumbo shrimp with crabmeat stuffing broiled in a housemade Italian parmesan cream sauce and topped with more parmesan cheese. Variations include the Mahi Parmesan and the Snapper Jane, fish topped with crabmeat and broiled shrimp in a seafood cream sauce.

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Photo by Chase Yakaboski

There’s not a bad seat in the house. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford diners glorious views of the Gulf, and as Marler often says, he wants each customer to experience food as great as the scenery.

The atmosphere is beach casual and comfortable. The menu offers items appropriate to a family meal or a special celebration. No matter where you’re coming from or going, the staff intends for you to enjoy the here and the now.

Capt. Dave’s On The Gulf
3796 Scenic U.S. Highway 98, Destin  |  (850) 837-2627  |

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