Fish out of Water Appoints New Chef & Restaurant Manager

September 24, 2014 by SoWal Staff

New Chef de Cuisine, Shaun O’Brien and Restaurant Manager, Kyle Davis have their sights set on making WaterColor restaurant Fish Out of Water a ‘foodie destination’ across the South.
O’Brien, who joined the restaurant’s kitchen team earlier this year after winning countless trophies and awards at Sandestin’s Bistro Bijoux, has now been appointed Chef de Cuisine.

“I came to Fish Out of Water to work and with the great team making this restaurant famous – not just here in South Walton, but throughout the South,” said O’Brien, who is no stranger to the 30A food scene, having previously been Executive Chef at Paradis in Rosemary Beach when it first opened.
“I know from my previous experiences in South Walton that locals and visitors are very discerning.” said O’Brien. “I am focused on providing dishes that will surprise, excite and even amuse diners – but know we have to do it in a way that is true to the special way of life we enjoy on the Emerald Coast."
“We are dedicated to using the finest and freshest local ingredients.” said the Boston-born chef. “We work with several local farms and providers to supply our produce and change our menu to reflect seasonal items. We will be adding a new menu in September built around high quality local produce, in a style I think of as upscale comfort-food.”
Also joining the team is new Fish out of Water Restaurant Manager, Kyle Davis. Davis is a graduate of UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management and most recently worked at Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina – home of the Forbes 5 Star, AAA 5 Diamond rated Heron’s Restaurant. 


“The opportunity to work with the St. Joe Company and further develop and grow this fantastic restaurant is one I am excited to take on,” said Davis. “Our aim is to attract lovers of fine food from across the South – we want this to be a foodie destination,” he added.

“Recent recognition for the excellent food, wine and service at Fish Out of Water already proves this is one of the best dining experiences in the region; I am looking forward to taking it to the next level,” Davis concluded.
Fish Out of Water Restaurant is located in The Watercolor Hotel and Spa in WaterColor, South Walton and holds AAA 4 Diamond Status and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
“Our restaurant has a rich heritage of being a “must-do” experience for locals and visitors in South Walton,” said Managing Director, Andrew Czarnecki. “Guests at the hotel rightly expect the best and Fish Out of Water consistently delivers on that promise. We are excited to work with the new team to reach even higher.”
Fish Out of Water sets a casual chic mood with elegance reflected in the simplest detail. All is born of a passion for good food and an understanding of what it takes to create a wonderful dining experience. The Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Award winning restaurant features a distinctive wine list, with a collection of more than 3,649 wines representing 325 labels. Besides dinner, guests can sit on the Gulf-front deck and soak in the morning sun as the emerald waters offer the perfect backdrop for breakfast or dining at sunset.
Fish Out of Water is open daily for breakfast from 8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Dinner is served from 5:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Tuesday - Thursday and 5:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour is from 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. nightly (Patio & Bar Only) and Kids Eat Free every night from 5:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. (2 kids meals with purchase of entree).


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