The Red Bar

Bar and Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Santa Rosa Beach
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  • Kevin B.
    "Blackened Grouper on Grit cake - beyond words - PERFECT"(4 Tips)
    Mariangela d.
    "Smoked tuna dip is a must to try."(4 Tips)
    Justin M.
    "Don't miss the crabcakes on Fri and Sat nights!"(18 Tips)
    Gary T.
    "Manicotti and bloody mary's are the best you can find."(7 Tips)
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  • 30AEATS.com
    30AEATS.comNovember 24, 2015
    Bring cash! No credit cards but they do have an ATM. Definitely the best place to spend a Sunday and the Bloody Mary's are the best. Chalk Board menu. Panned Chicken or Crab Cakes! #30AEats
  • Brian B.
    Brian ButlerOctober 9, 2013
    Start with a Texas patron margarita and some smoked tuna dip and then nicely ask for a blackened mahi salad and if u have room finish it w a piece if key lime pie. It's heaven on earth!
  • Tyler P.
    Tyler PatrickJuly 11, 2014
    If you're droving down the 30A, the red bar is a must. Very loud, fun crowed. Bring cash or check because you won't get far with a credit card! Awesome food, awesome atmosphere.
  • Mary Ruth J.
    Mary Ruth JordanMay 16, 2013
    Hands down best food I've had in a long time!! It is a total dive bar but then you taste this wonderful food! Drinks awesome.... Jazz band was the icing on the cake!!
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WagnerJune 8, 2016
    Had pane chicken with capers and mashed potatoes. Could have split with my wife, because you get two breasts. Really cool environment and live music!
  • Nick L.
    Nick LoveladyJune 3, 2016
    Parking shuttle helps big time! Bring cash, enjoy the wait with your dinner companions and eat whatever fish they're throwing on top of that delicious grit cake.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BrownellSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The grouper is the best! Get there early though - it gets crowded and parking is not plentiful. Absolutely worth the wait though! Also, bring cash/checks - they don't take credit cards.
  • Pam P.
    Pam PAugust 3, 2013
    I've loved it for years. Some of the best food I've had. BUT, the rude and crude customers have changed it. Previous post saying "Dis place is da tits" sums them up. We won't be back.
  • Jess S.
    Jess SnowbergerFebruary 21, 2014
    Everything I tried here was delicious! Must try the key lime pie for dessert, it's one of the best ones I have ever had.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RockwoodOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    manicotti is fantastic, i try to go atleast once a month to eat it. also, have sunday brunch or dinner and listen to the band Dread Clampitt, they have a long held residency at the bar.
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LynnApril 1, 2016
    Cash only. Good local spot. Reported celebrity sightings. Outdoor patio. Good selection of tap beers! Try the 30a bleach blonde ale
  • Keith K.
    Keith KendrickJuly 7, 2011
    Parking is major issue. There @ 5:30 and drove around for 10 mins. Food is good, should be better with only 6 entrees on the menu. Service from Dennis the Russian was fantastic. Drinks only nexttime
  • lrm1
    lrm1August 13, 2015
    Smoked tuna dip is really good! Tastes like summer sausage. Mudslides are pretty good too, but could use ice cream in it to thicken it & add more flavor.
  • Destin Beach V.
    Most amazing place on the Emerald Coast!!! Be sure to try the smoked tuna dip/salad, it is by far superior than any other!!!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BilyouNovember 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The manicotti is delicious, which is what we usually get.....BUT....the grilled grouper over a cheese grit patty was TO DIE FOR! Can't wait to go back! Great atmosphere.
  • Visit South Walton
    Visit South WaltonOctober 19, 2011
    If you have not have the privilege of trying a bloody mary from here, do yourself a favor and get one ASAP!! It comes with all the fixings.
  • David H.
    David HollandAugust 28, 2013
    Limited parking. Plan on waiting or come early. It is worth the wait.
  • Jay B.
    Jay BrimberryMay 5, 2012
    Make sure you ask for Johnny when you come. Best waiter bar-none. Got the manicotti and it was spectacular.
  • Holly K.
    Holly KJune 8, 2012
    Chicken or Manicotti. Both to die for! Make sure you go early early....there's always a line!
  • 30AEATS.com
    30AEATS.comJuly 5, 2013
    Get there early on Sunday to enjoy jazz, a Great Bloody Mary, and paneed chicken!
  • Trent
    TrentApril 21, 2015
    Awesome, quirky bar. Be prepared to wait. On Friday they have crab cakes off the menu.
  • Drew W.
    Drew WilkinsonJune 14, 2010
    Red Bar is an absolute must if you are on 30A. They only take cash, so leave your AMEX at home. Also, the crab cake special is only served on Friday, so make sure you try it!
  • J.
    J.July 26, 2011
    Cash or check only, but soooo worth stopping at the ATM. Great food, great entertainment, great people.
  • HJ S.
    HJ SylvesterJune 1, 2013
    This place is packed on a Friday night. fyi take-out pick up is at the cashiers podium just to the right of the hostess, not the bar. Navigating your way around that place is a deafening nightmare.
  • Schraz
    SchrazApril 3, 2012
    The margaritas make ya feel all warm and fuzzy. Cool, funky place, but they do not take any plastic. Bring CASH!
  • Justin M.
    Justin McIntoshOctober 23, 2010
    Don't miss the crabcakes on Fri and Sat nights! Good lord they are good!!! A beach favorite that can't be topped.
  • Phillip N.
    Phillip NguyenSeptember 13, 2014
    Don't forget to bring cash. and get the crab cakes if you haven't tried it here.
  • Danny C.
    Danny CzeczilAugust 5, 2013
    The grouper was pretty solid, grits was a great pairing
  • Mariangela d.
    Smoked tuna dip is a must to try. Can't go wrong with cold beer.
  • Jean D.
    Jean DickersonApril 9, 2014
    Great food. Very popular destination making for an incredibly long and crowded wait.
  • Andy P.
    Andy PetersonJune 23, 2015
    Cash only! Everything here is amazing. You can't go wrong.
  • Melinda W.
    Melinda WhittonJune 14, 2014
    Crab cakes wonderful but remember they only accept cash and only one ticket per table
  • Tomi S.
    Tomi SmithMarch 5, 2013
    The best grouper ever!! And the best bread pudding I've had!
  • Jasmine L.
    Jasmine LawsonMay 7, 2012
    Love the bloody Mary's, great place to sit outside and people watch!
  • Sam C.
    Sam CraigMay 23, 2012
    The grouper and grit patty is on point. Server brian is cool too.
  • Terri D.
    Terri DoxseeMarch 19, 2014
    The seafood stuffed eggplant is absolutely yummy!
  • Aja H.
    Aja HeckSeptember 27, 2015
    Always packed and you had better have cash or check- it is all they accept. No credit cards!!
  • Rob F.
    Rob FlournoyJune 1, 2012
    Best crab cakes in the entire country! Much best than those east coast ones!
  • Barney M.
    Barney MacJanuary 28, 2013
    The food is great, menu is very simple, prices reasonable, and always consistent.
  • 30AEATS.com
    30AEATS.comFebruary 28, 2012
    Sunday's at The Red Bar are the best! So are the Bloody Mary's!
  • Brian H.
    Brian HassmannNovember 21, 2010
    Shrimp and crawfish penne outstanding. Also have the padron margarita. What they are known for.
  • Anne E.
    Anne EbelingAugust 5, 2010
    Complaints in previous tip still stand, but the food was excellent - salad, grouper, mahi, grits cake all fab.
  • Glen M.
    Glen MurphyApril 2, 2015
    Bring cash. No checks or credit cards, but there are ATM's on the premise.
  • Justin E.
    Justin EhreckeDecember 27, 2014
    Get the Chicken! It's a big portion and delicious! Remember this place is CASH ONLY!
  • Mikey N.
    Mikey NevittNovember 6, 2010
    Visiting from England. Had crab cakes and cousin had 4 cheese manicotti. Both delicious!
  • Michele H.
    Michele HahnAugust 11, 2013
    Good food...too bad the staff is less than honest...don't leave anything on accident and expect them to turn it in. Have been there many times but now I will never go back.
  • Trina S.
    Trina SearcyOctober 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best crab cakes ever! Martinis are Oh so nice too!
  • Grant J.
    Grant JenkinsSeptember 5, 2014
    The Shrimp & Crawfish entree is great!
  • Dee Dee B.
    Dee Dee BallJune 28, 2016
    What can I see except I LOVE this place. Had manicotti this time
  • John W.
    John WrightJune 1, 2013
    You haven't seen Destin or Grayton Beach till you''ve been to The Red Bar- -pee before you get here.
  • Todd B.
    Todd BlanchardSeptember 24, 2011
    Smoked salmon salad so so. Paneed chik sand huge and good too.
  • david s.
    david stuttsDecember 2, 2010
    Very cool atmosphere. Good service at lunch (on a very cold day). Stay away from hamburger. No flavor and tasted like the grill hadn't been cleaned in a while
  • 30AEATS.com
    30AEATS.comApril 24, 2012
    Favorite Bar on 30A. Sundays 11-3 with Dread Clampitt and a Bloody Mary!
  • Lena L.
    Lena LeeMarch 19, 2016
    The best jazz band there!
    Upvoted Mar 25
  • Barry W.
    Barry WellsMarch 5, 2015
    Blackened grouper....over grit cake anaizing
  • Michael W.
    Michael WeldonFebruary 24, 2011
    Shrimp and Crawfish Penne, I can't say enough. 15 yrs of perfection.
  • Courtney J.
    Courtney JillOctober 19, 2015
    This is a delicious local spot for seafood. Go!
  • Keith W.
    Keith WarfordApril 17, 2014
    Been to Florida Destin area 6 times- ALWAYS eat here. Nothing like it.
  • Scharlene H.
    Scharlene HendrixJune 6, 2011
    The plates are huge! Highly recommend sharing.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AzzamJune 12, 2010
    No credit cards. Cash or check only. ATM onsite. Food and atmosphere are totally worth the hassle.
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CorleyDecember 1, 2011
    Got to go on the nights they serve crab cakes... there unbelievable
  • Spence N.
    Spence NixJuly 12, 2011
    Great food, great experience. Bring cash, leave the kids. Read more
  • Mark A.
    Mark AzzamJune 12, 2010
    No credit cards. Cash or check only. ATM insure. Food and atmosphere are totally worth the hassle.
  • Brent S.
    Brent SalterJuly 14, 2012
    The best bread pudding ever. Stick a spoon in me. I'm done...
  • JB S.
    JB StringerMarch 19, 2011
    Can't go wrong with the special of the day!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BeecherDecember 10, 2010
    Blackened Grouper on Grit cake - beyond words - PERFECT
  • Evan T.
    Evan TannerJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of rules. Cash or check only, no split tickets, no substitutions...
  • Sara S.
    Sara SnedalMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunday Fundays are GREAT here, Georgette makes the best drinks!!
  • Todd B.
    Todd BlanchardSeptember 24, 2011
    Don't forget cash only. It's the only way to keep Barak from getting all your money.
  • TC Sakir D.
    Great service, great food, amazing music
  • Sylvia A.
    Sylvia AntoneJune 30, 2013
    Just had a beer. Packed on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SmithApril 8, 2012
    Best food around!! Drove all the way from PCB
  • Heidi S.
    Heidi ShortApril 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bloody Mary is a must!
  • RockinRealtor
    RockinRealtorApril 13, 2014
    Best Key Lime Pie on 30A.
  • jbrentsalter
    jbrentsalterJuly 10, 2013
    Run it back - best bread pudding ever
  • Dina C.
    Dina ClarkMarch 16, 2013
    Live music, great food, amazing atmosphere!!
  • Candyce P.
    Candyce ParrishJune 10, 2012
    Get the smoked tuna dip. It's the bomb.com :)
  • Amelia H.
    Amelia HallDecember 30, 2013
    The Onion Rings are good
  • Sundy V.
    Sundy VisbalOctober 24, 2010
    The crab cakes were delish! This place is a gem.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DasalJune 19, 2010
    They have great crÀb cakes, but only available on Fri and Sat night.
  • Sam C.
    Sam CraigMay 23, 2012
    Wednesday's night is ladies night!
  • Gary T.
    Gary TempletonJuly 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Manicotti and bloody mary's are the best you can find.
  • Ben H.
    Ben HazelkornAugust 5, 2014
    Great food, great service.
  • M
    MApril 5, 2014
    Keylime pie!! Shrimp Po-boys are ok
  • Andie P.
    Andie PerezJune 17, 2013
    GET THE KEY LIME PIE
  • Gary V.
    Gary VanceMarch 5, 2016
    SBL is best (period).
  • Paul W.
    Paul WillisJanuary 29, 2012
    Mimosa's are big!
  • Anne E.
    Anne EbelingAugust 5, 2010
    Spotty service, cash or check only, tiny menu, crab cakes on Fri or Sat nights only. Unimpressed.
  • Ted E.
    Ted EMarch 30, 2013
    Waited 2 hours for table.. Our buzzer went off only to find out the hostess wrote down incorrect number in party. Buzzer went off again but our table wasn't available. We finally ate outside.
  • Scott G.
    Scott GreeneMay 23, 2011
    Cheese grits are Awesome !
  • Dave D.
    Dave DelaneyOctober 7, 2011
    Arrive early to fond parking!!!
  • Jenn L.
    Jenn LassiterMarch 28, 2012
    Crab cakes - DELISH.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WeesnerMay 17, 2010
    Salmon dip appetizer is AWESOME!
  • Kate H.
    Kate HoodMay 30, 2012
    Wonderful Gumbo!
  • Amy V.
    Amy VossMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mojito and crab cakes.
  • Ben W.
    Ben WhiteSeptember 12, 2013
    Don't be in a hurry and prepare to lose all sense of personal space. Terrible first impression.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BaldwinJune 3, 2013
    Killer Shrinp+Crawfish
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AtwellSeptember 4, 2010
    Grouper and crab cakes. Superb
  • Linda P.
    Linda PJune 19, 2016
    The waitress was overbearing and the food was expensive
  • Peter M.
    Peter MossApril 18, 2011
    BROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DIS PLACE IS DA TITS
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