Cozy Spots on 30A for Date Night
February 7, 2019 by Audrey Johnson
For you food lovers and romance seekers, here is our latest SoWal List, encompassing special candlelit tables at cozy dining spots in South Walton.
Bud & Alley’s
Bud & Alley’s in Seaside is well known as a gathering spot for sunset cocktails. But their indoor dining room, an intimate Florida cottage nestled in the dunes, is the perfect place for warm conversation. Not to mention delicious food. Bud & Alleys is celebrated for their fish-and-farm to fork dishes and curated wine list. The menu is fine dining meets Southern cuisine, featuring locally sourced fish and produce, as well as classics like steak and pasta dishes. The restaurant’s close proximity to Coleman Pavilion makes a great case for an after-dinner stroll on the beach. Seaside
Basmati’s Asian Cuisine
Tealights on every table and an elevated view of the pines and Draper Lake set a tranquil mood at Basmati’s. The restaurant fuses fresh local ingredients with Asian flavors in a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere – the perfect setting for an intimate dinner for two. Basmati’s marries fusion cuisine from the Gulf Coast, the East Coast, and the Far East, and sources local, organic ingredients that bring out subtle flavors in each dish. Their sushi is a local favorite, and the drink menu includes a full bar as well as an extensive wine list. Reservations are recommended.
Blue Mountain Beach
The Terrace is a family run, classic fine dining restaurant with a Greek tradition (just off 30A on Hwy 98). Mediterranean inspired cuisine like Chargrilled shrimp with a citrus butter and herbed beurre blanc as well as Lamb Chops in a red wine reduction transport you to the Greek isles. Evan a cozy night over cocktails is a treat at The Terrace. The martini list features over a dozen combinations and the extensive wine list pairs perfectly with tapas that are only available at the bar.
With panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, a chic dining room, and exceptional service. Pescado has everything you need for a cozy night out in South Walton. The creative chef driven menu is updated frequently, guaranteeing new flavors based on what local ingredients are available. The kitchen balances locally sourced ingredients with a fine dining approach that also includes sourcing fish from New Zealand, Pacific caught Salmon, and Halibut from Washington, for example. Pescado also has an in-house sommelier that can suggest pairings for each dish.
Restaurant Paradis is an intimate fine dining eatery with a warm neighborhood vibe and understated Wine Country elegance. The seasonal, chef-driven menu champions fresh seasonal ingredients that celebrate local produce and fresh Gulf seafood, along with prime steaks and fine wines. Paradis prides itself on impeccable service, with a close-knit staff that makes every guest feel special.
George’s at Alys Beach
George’s features a cozy, yet airy indoor dining space in an Old Florida cottage that is as intimate as they come. By infusing coastal fare with global flavors, the menu features seasonal dishes alongside tried and true favorites. True to tradition, each dish is presented with a generous helping of love. You will also love George’s in-house sommelier and seasonally curated wine list - perfect for pairing with locally sourced, organic produce and the freshest seafood available.
Edward’s Fine Food and Wine
With a handful of candlelit tables, an intimate bar, live music, and black and white movies projected onto the wall in the courtyard, Edward’s is one of the finest dining experiences you could share with a loved one. Double French doors open to a chef’s counter where true foodies can grab a stool and watch the kitchen work their magic. Farm fresh ingredients are featured, including local seafare and vegetables, embracing the restaurant’s Southern influence. Edward’s also features about 115 wines, a truly extensive selection, especially considering the restaurant’s size, for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Since seating is limited in cozy dining spots, reservations are recommended. For more restaurant stories, ratings, and reviews, be sure to check out the SoWal Dining Guide. And there are always friendly and knowledgeable friends in the SoWal Dining Forum – along with the latest happenings and specials. Follow the SoWal Facebook page for updates from the beach.