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)
    Jason D.
    "They have great crÀb cakes, but only available on Fri and Sat night."(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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 30AEATS.com
    30AEATS.comJuly 5, 2013
    Get there early on Sunday to enjoy jazz, a Great Bloody Mary, and paneed chicken!
  • 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!
  • Phillip N.
    Phillip NguyenSeptember 13, 2014
    Don't forget to bring cash. and get the crab cakes if you haven't tried it here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Melinda W.
    Melinda WhittonJune 14, 2014
    Crab cakes wonderful but remember they only accept cash and only one ticket per table
  • Andy P.
    Andy PetersonJune 23, 2015
    Cash only! Everything here is amazing. You can't go wrong.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Aja H.
    Aja HeckSeptember 27, 2015
    Always packed and you had better have cash or check- it is all they accept. No credit cards!!
  • 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!
  • Trina S.
    Trina SearcyOctober 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best crab cakes ever! Martinis are Oh so nice too!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 30AEATS.com
    30AEATS.comApril 24, 2012
    Favorite Bar on 30A. Sundays 11-3 with Dread Clampitt and a Bloody Mary!
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