Bud & Alley's Sunset Celebration Toasts 30 Years

January 12, 2016 by SoWal Staff

Bud & Alley’s Restaurant's amazing 30 year run in Seaside is being celebrated all year. So get up to the rooftop deck and toast all the fun and great memories of the last three decades, and decades to come.

Recently, after brief remarks by Bud & Alley’s founder/owner Dave Rauschkolb, friends, fans and family rang the bell while toasting yet another perfect SoWal sunset in Seaside, and the beginning of the restaurant’s 30th year.

“I am so humbled to be marking this milestone,” said Bud & Alley’s owner/founder Dave Rauschkolb. “I owe a debt of gratitude to Robert & Daryl Davis of Seaside, my former partner Scott Witkcoski, my amazing staff and, of course, our legions of loyal patrons who honor us by continuing to gather with their children and now grandchildren at our table again and again from all across the U.S.”


Sunset at Bud & Alley's is a longtime local ritual along with happy hour at dusk and the best views in South Walton or anywhere along the Emerald Coast.


Bud & Alley’s, South Walton’s longest established restaurant, pioneered the farm- and sea-to-table movement in Seaside and along Scenic 30A. Its devotion to serving dishes with the freshest possible ingredients extends to its two sister restaurant menus (The Pizza Bar and The Taco Bar) as well as Bud & Alley’s Catering Company.

Founded in 1986 in Seaside, Florida, Bud & Alley’s has become a revered gathering place by local patrons and visitors known for “Good Food. Good People. Good Times.” Over the years, Bud & Alley’s has garnered numerous awards including Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award, designating the eatery as one of the Top 20 Restaurants in Florida. 

The beloved restaurant has earned several awards recently including: three Visit South Walton's 2016 Perfect in South Walton Awards for Best Seafood Menu (Top Finalist), Best Gulf to Table Menu  (People's Choice) and Best Sunset View (Grand Champion) and named to several prestigious lists such as 10 Best Restaurants in the South by

Bud & Alley’s is open daily for breakfast (hours vary in the off season), lunch and dinner. For more information on Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant, call (850) 231-5900 or visit

Click to see Bud & Alley's 25th Anniversary Celebration Photo Gallery

As the sun sets locals and visitors alike gather at dusk on the Rooftop Bar at Bud & Alley's to celebrate the end of another perfect day in paradise by sounding the vintage bell.

This beloved gathering place with the quirky name was founded serendipitously in 1987 by a couple of young local surfers on their way to catch some waves. Read the story of our beloved Bud & Alley's at

Bud & Alley's is located on Scenic 30A on the Gulf of Mexico in Seaside, Florida


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