About Cafe Thirty-A

3899 East County Highway 30A
Seagrove Beach, FL 32459
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Café Thirty-A is a casual fine-dining restaurant featuring grilled and fire roasted seafood, meats and poultry, wood-oven pizza, vegetarian fare and hedonistic, "architectural" desserts. The menu changes daily according to availability of ingredients. Fine wines and cocktails--including a creative menu of the best martinis in the area--complement the meal. The ambiance is open, casual, "islandy," yet sophisticated, with vaulted ceilings, upside-down market umbrellas, hand painted chairs, intimate lighting and half-wall dividers creating the atmosphere. Patrons often state, "It just makes you feel good to walk in here!" It's a fun, happening place to dine - with impeccable, yet unpretentious, service. Recent and ongoing awards are: Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award, North American Restaurant Association Five-Star Award of Excellence, NW Florida Daily News “Restaurant of the Year.” Private dining for 25-80 is available upstairs in the Fishbone

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close

Cross Street:
Somerset Bridge Rd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(850) 231-2166 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.cafethirtya.com/

Parking Details:
Somerset Bridge Rd.

Executive Chef:
Ken Duenas

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Private dining is available in one of our two private rooms, The Fishbone Room (25-80) or The Side Porch (35-55). In addition, the entire restaurant accommodates 250 for seated dinners or 350 for standing buffets--all individualized to reflect your vision, resources and wishes.

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4.6

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4.7

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4.5

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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food4
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service5
value3

Snooty But Good

vip
Dined 3 days ago

Wife and I took our twin girls (8 months) to dinner recently and had a 6pm reservation. We intentionally went early since we were with small children. The hostess(s) legitimately looked annoyed that we brought our small kids with us. They made us feel a little uncomfortable standing by the hostess stand while they figured out what to do….. We decided to stay and made the most of it. The server was outstanding and did his best to make our experience great. The old fashion was excellent, as was my wife's wine, and we split a wedge salad that was also excellent. She had the sesame tuna and I had the wahu fish dish. Both were fresh, flavorful, and outstanding…. Despite the rough start, the food was great and our experience once seated was very positive. The kids were also very well behaved and quiet in case anyone is interested! 

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Wonderful experience ! Start to finish.

Dined 5 days ago

Very good from beginning to end. Loved the cucumber gin martini and beet salad.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience2
service2
value2

Disappointing night at Cafe Thirty-A

Dined 6 days ago

It seemed like they all just got out of a bad staff meeting and were in bad moods. Our waiter who waited on us in Dec. denied doing so and had an unpleasant personality and demeanor throughout our dinner. I really think maybe they have become so popular that customer focus is not really required anymore. I own rental properties on the beach on 30-A and have about 70 families that rent from me each year. After my dinner, I took Café Thirty-A off the recommended list I send to each guest for things to do and the best places to eat. Over the years it could be a big loss to the restaurant.

food4
ambience3
service5
value3

Still not one of my favorites

Dined on April 22, 2016

I have tried this restaurant 4 times and still can't figure out why it's rated so highly. We were greeted by Valet with " do you have reservations?" In an unpleasant tone. The hostess stand was not very pleasant either. However our server was excellent and made us feel welcomed. I believe her name was Alanna. She was very helpful with recommendations and her service was impeccable. The food was good and the cocktails were very good. The noise level was VERY high as it has been each time I have dined here. There are too many great restaurants on 30A for this to be one of my "regulars".

Tags: kid-friendly
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Anniversary Dinner at Cafe 30A

Dined on April 20, 2016

We spent a week in Seagrove, FL, for anniversary, and had an excellent anniversary dinner at Cafe 30A after it was recommended by some locals. It was a short walk from the condo we rented for the week. Both my braised shot ribs and my wife's lobster macaroni & cheese excellent. No, her's was beyond excellent: 3 halved lobster tails over a pasta in a delicious cheese sauce. Not your average mac & cheese. Our waiter Matthew had "only" been there 4 years, I think he said, but knew every dish on the menu and quickly answered our few questions about the wine list, too. On our way out, we chatted up his more senior colleague Joe, and got some more background on the place and area. We would definitely go back.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Would go again

Dined on April 20, 2016

Pricey, even with the early bird BOGO, but very good and well worth it. Wine list excellent and quite extensive, but also quite expensive compared to other restaurants.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Perfect!!

Dined on April 19, 2016

We have never had a bad experience at 30A. We have vacationed in the Destin area for 20+ yrs and have eaten at 30Aa 35+ times. Service and food are consistent. There are many great restaurants in the area. 30A is #1 in our book. Lobster in Paradise is to die for.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Don't miss it!!

Dined on April 16, 2016

Crab cakes the best I have ever had for this NOLA girl! 90% lump crab- it's true! So light & delicious! Also, the tuna was excellent also! Great evening all the way around!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Spring break dinner

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

Group of 8 last night on spring break in Rosemary Beach area--could get a reservation here upscale restaurant with white tableclothes very nice atmosphere probably best meal we had all week. Was alittle more pricey, but much better than the bar food and middle of the road stuff we had previously in the week. Highly recommend!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Consistently good

Dined on April 9, 2016

Cafe Thirty A is consistent and inviting. We always go back every time we are in the area for the great food and service. You always know what to expect which is what makes it so good!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4

It was our anniversary - it was too bad ...

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

It was our anniversary - it was too bad the waiter didn't ask if we were celebrating a special day. Obviously we were... Service was not that great. I have eaten here several times and the food is always spot on. It was apparent that our waiter on this visit preferred to visit with the locals.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

From the service, the ambience, the food ...

Dined on April 2, 2016

From the service, the ambience, the food, wine and finally dessert. Everything was superb!! Will def be back!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome!

Dined on April 2, 2016

This was our first visit to the area and we tried several of the area restaurants. We had a wonderful meal, as did our two children (7&11). Delicious food, great ambiance. We highly recommend!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

We had Steve and he was very attentive a ...

Dined on March 29, 2016

We had Steve and he was very attentive and helpful. The food, service , and atmosphere was great. Enjoyable evening!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Some of the Best Memories of my Life

Dined on March 26, 2016

Been bringing my family to Cafe30A for probably 20 years. It is one of our favorite family traditions. I've never had even close to an off experience here. This time was off the chart. It's not even fair how delicious the food is, how cool the atmosphere is, how wonderful I feel and proud I am to have all my girls here. The memories of when they were just little girls in white dresses come flooding back. It is a very special place for me. Can you tell?

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

Great Meal!

Dined on March 23, 2016

Wonderful experience. This will be a staple stop on our trips to the 30A area.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We have been coming down to this area f ...

Dined on March 21, 2016

We have been coming down to this area for spring vacation with our family and this was our 10th year. Durning every visit we manage 1 or more nights to be able to enjoy a wonderful dinner at 30A. In the 10 yrs. nothing has changed except maybe even better than the first time we dined at this restaurant. The atmosphere is great, the service top notch, the menu fabulous and of course the entrees and presentation in our opinion Mobil Five Star⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. It's is always such a pleasure to be able to send evening at 30A

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Always good

Dined on March 20, 2016

Have been here many times and it is consistanly good. A bit overpriced but that's what they do when your in a resort area. Wish they had a local discount. I've had almost everything to eat and you can't go wrong in what you order Highly recommended thirty -a

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4

You must order the truffled Mac and chee ...

Dined on March 18, 2016

You must order the truffled Mac and cheese! Ours had lobster I believe....

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Nice dinner....

Dined on March 17, 2016

Our dinner was fine. Seaside is a great beach town. We really don't head there for fine dining. That said, Cafe 30-A, was better than most. The menu is limited and seems to be fresh daily. We were seated upstairs, the ambiance was definitely a downer after walking into the white sparking downstairs. The upstairs looks like a dark club room used for special parties or something . It was very cold, however in the light of earlier evenings, I'm sure the sunset view is nice from upstairs . I guess I would just say our dinner was "fine". Not great, not bad.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food1
ambience2
service1
value1

Very Disappointed

Dined on March 15, 2016

We know the chef and owners must have changed hands because we have been coming to Cafe 30A for 16 years. The quality of food and service has gone way down. We will not be eating here again and that is sad because it was a tradition for our family.

food2
ambience3
service4
value4

we always enjoy 30 A--food was average f ...

Dined on March 14, 2016

we always enjoy 30 A--food was average for this visit which was disappointing--veal porterhouse was fair at best

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Get Away

Dined on March 14, 2016

I loved this restaurant! It is on the pricey end as we paid about $50 a person. However, the pride is worth it! This is the perfect dinner get away while on vacation! Everyone in the restaurant was well dressed as well!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Excellent restaurant

Dined on March 14, 2016

Service was excellent. Our server went above and beyond for us. Great recommendations from him regarding the menu! The snapper was delicious!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great service and excellent food!!

Dined on March 9, 2016

Great service and excellent food!!

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Eat there every visit to the area. Never ...

Dined on March 3, 2016

Eat there every visit to the area. Never been disappointed. Food always excellent. I take advantage of the get 1 entree for free with first entree from 5-6pm. Otherwise it might be cost prohibitive except for special occasions.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Dinner at 30A

Dined on March 3, 2016

Best steak within 100 miles, and a worthy wine list. Excellent desserts. Highly recommend this for a quality dinning expereience.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Early Dining

Dined on March 1, 2016

We ate at Cafe 30A after a recommendation from a local. We went for the early dining 2 for 1 special. The choices were the same as from the regular menu and the food was excellent. The service was wonderful and our waiter being from the area was eager to promote his hometown to tourists like us. It was a great experience. We will definitely return. One of our area favorites.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Return Visit

vip
Dined on February 29, 2016

We try to return to Cafe 30A whenever we are in the area since discovering it 10+ years ago. The food has continued to be high quality along with the marvelous service. The wine list is extensive. They offer half bottles of a great variety. We had the Ahi Tuna and Red Snapper which were both well prepared and delicious. Our plan will be to return again.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We have been eating at Cafe 30A for over ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

We have been eating at Cafe 30A for over 10 years. We have never had a negative experience. The restaurant is lovely, the staff friendly yet professional and very knowledgeable of the menu choices. Always a pleasure.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Meal Once Again!

Dined on February 27, 2016

We have eaten at this restaurant each time we have been at the beach for almost 20 years. While always good, this may be have been our best meal. Thanks to Steve for wonderful service!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great, great restaurant

Dined on February 25, 2016

We just discovered Cafe Thirty-A and have dined here twice. We'll be back. If you're looking for a fine dining experience, you won't be disappointed. We shared a roasted red & golden beet salad--the best we've had anywhere-- along with two entries, Moroccan Spiced Snapper and Grilled Rainbow Trout which were done perfectly. Add a couple of Martinis and we had a very enjoyable dining experience. Service was outstanding during each of our two visits this month. Cafe Thirty-A is now our favorite restaurant in the Santa Rosa/Destin beach region of Florida which is home to quite a number of nice restaurants. Highly recommended. Reservations, too.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

30A review

Dined on February 23, 2016

We love 30A and as Florida snowbirds make it one of our favorite stops. Food and waiters are excellent!

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Cafe Thirty A

Dined on February 21, 2016

As always , Cafe Thirty A never disappoints! The food and drinks are fabulous!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

The service, food and ambiance were all ...

Dined on February 20, 2016

The service, food and ambiance were all excellent. When I am in Seagrove again I will definitely return.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Never "Usual"; Always Perfect

Dined on February 19, 2016

Food quality, food prep and food presentation were wonderful, as has always been the case. Service was among the best of anywhere on the Emerald Coast and rivals fancy east coast restaurants. The early-bird dining special (2 for 1 on most entrees from 5-6 p.m.) is great! My wife and I have eaten there for about 4 or 5 years when we visit Destin and are always delighted.

Tags: special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

Love this place!

Dined on February 18, 2016

What a gem! Food is good and martini selection even better. Two for one entrees every night from 5-6 pm and $5 martinis twice a week.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Special place on 30A.

Dined on February 18, 2016

Our last visit here was about 20 years ago. But was well worth the wait. Delicious food. Excellent service. Reservations recommended.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best value fine dining 2 for 1 specials from 5-6

Dined on February 16, 2016

We took advantage of the Tini Tuesday and 2 for 1 entrees, which is rare to find in a restaurant with food and beverages as exceptional as this one. If you can dine between 5-6, the options are very good, and as with every visit we have made to Cafe Thirty-A, the service was excellent. I recommend the beet salad and lobster with pasta, but everyone's meals and drinks were amazing.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Valentine's Dinner

Dined on February 15, 2016

Cafe Thirty-A was a great choice for a romantic Valentine's Dinner. The glass of Champagne to celebrate with was a nice touch!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot

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