Old Florida Fish House Serves Succulent Seafood, Steaks, And Sushi on the Lake
July 16, 2018 by Audrey Johnson
Old Florida Fish House has been a local's favorite for a decade, and it's easy to see why.
The restaurant has gorgeous views of Eastern Lake with a tasty and diverse menu, live music, dancing, and late-night shenanigans. There's also Sushi! What’s not to love?
Owners Jill McDonald and Sandy Thomas just renovated the interior and created a new boardwalk that leads to plenty of parking out back. Foosball, Ping Pong, cornhole, and a video arcade make a festive atmosphere outside along the covered boardwalk. The good times begin before you even get to the door.
Regulars will notice beautiful new changes inside as well. Old doors and windows hang as art objects in the different dining areas and private dining room, with knobs that remind me of my childhood home. (It was built in the 1940’s and had original porcelain door knobs and hardwoods.) Tongue and groove walls are whitewashed, allowing vintage fishing and beach photos to pop while metal sconces light the room. Few places nowadays have such an ability to ground you in coziness of Old Florida.
While the restaurant may look new, some things never change. Here, we break down all the happenings at Old Florida Fish House, centered around great service, great food, great fun, and great views. Enjoy!
Ladies (and Gentlemen and Canines) Who Lunch
Lunch on The Porch at Old Florida Fish House is a SoWal Favorite. The Porch is set up like a Florida room, glassed in with sweeping views of Eastern Lake. There’s also a full bar, colorful bartenders, and large screens for sports lovers. The lunch menu is equally as wonderful as the atmosphere. Wedge salads are usually nothing to brag about, but Old Florida style they become planets of their own, complete with fresh grilled shrimp and covered in bacon. Fried oysters and fried green tomatoes make for happy apps, and their tuna dip won Best on the Emerald Coast. Keep in mind lunch is served only on The Porch. However, you can eat dinner and sushi on the Porch starting at 5. Everyone is welcome, pups included!
Dinner is Served
With seating for over 300 and private rooms available, Old Florida Fish House welcomes groups of all sizes and is the perfect celebration venue from birthday parties to weddings. The menu ranges from seriously the best sushi to Crispy Brussels Sprouts that are seriously having a moment. Steaks, sushi and pasta are all fair game, and it just wouldn’t be a proper fish house without seafood platters. The best part about the menu-what you see is what you get. Go online and there’s a photo for every. single. dish. And did we mention the views?
How We Roll
The Sushi Bar is the star of the show at Old Florida Fish House. Longtime locals claim it’s the best. So good, in fact, that it could be hard to get a beloved roll without an hour wait in summers past. Something had to be done, so the restaurant implemented a shorter sushi menu to cut down wait times. Problem solved. Now everyone can roll to the tune of fresh local fish. Beat the heat with the Summer Summer roll, crunchy yellowtail topped with salmon, lemon and avocado. Spice things up with the Miami Heat, crunchy tuna with bacon, topped with avocado, jalapeno and cream cheese. Or blow it out of the water with TNT, tuna, fried tempura, green onions and spicy sauce inside topped with even more tuna, avocado and chili paste. Yes Sir. (That’s a roll too, by the way.)
It’s 4 o’clock Somewhere
Enjoy Happy Hour at the Porch Bar from 4-6 pm and the Main Bar from 5-6pm every day. Enjoy $5 well drinks, $2.50 pints of Bud Lite, or $1 off bottles of beer or glasses of wine! Bring a friend or make new ones…it’s all good!
Local’s Best Kept Secret
Late Nite at Old Florida Fish House is a local legend. The Fish House Band cranks out live tunes every Friday and Saturday night, from 7:30 til midnight. You would do well to while away a Friday evening starting with happy hour at 4. Early birds get their sushi orders in at 5 on the dot and finish up just in time for dancing with friends. Happy Summer, y’all!
Old Florida Fish House is a locals' hidden gem on the shores of Eastern Lake in Seagrove Beach. The restaurant is open daily, serving lunch on The Porch, and featuring sushi, dinner and live music in the evenings. Drinks are poured all day, and Happy Hour begins at 4 pm. Reservations are not accepted or observed. Call (850) 534-3045 for more info. See menus at www.oldfloridafishhouse.com. Follow Old Florida Fish House on Facebook to stay up to date on current specials and events.