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Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood at Hilton Sandestin a Cut Above the Rest

February 5, 2019 by SoWal Staff

Northwest Florida’s longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, has been deemed by critics as one of the finest dining spots in our region. Located in the beachfront Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa – the largest full-service resort along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast – Seagar’s blends its commitment to excellence with attentive service and exceptional menu offerings for an unforgettable dining experience. 

Chef Lee Guidry’s winter menu includes filet mignon beef carpaccio, a rich and classic duck cassoulet with puff pastry, pan-roasted grouper, exquisite fried potatoes, roasted beet salad with champagne vinaigrette, seared snapper, and beautiful desserts made in-house. Guidry's newest creations are rich and intended to warm your soul during the winter season. If you're looking for the perfect romantic dinner with your love then book your table now by calling 850.622.1500.

Since the doors first opened in 1998, Seagar’s has made service its number one priority. From the moment guests approach Seagar’s entrance welcomed with a unique fire-and-water feature, until they receive their very last course from the open-theater kitchen, every detail of their evening is conducted by a full team of knowledgeable servers, overseen by captain service. Several menu options are even prepared tableside including, Steak Diane, Dover Sole, Caesar Salad and Seagar’s signature Bananas Foster. A trademark of fine dining, tableside service adds flavor, freshness and flair to the overall dining experience.

Best known for its exceptional cuts of meat, 100 percent of Seagar’s beef and lamb is graded prime, the highest designation of the eight grades given to beef and other meats by the U.S. government. With less than two percent of all beef produced in the United States earning this prime designation, guests at Seagar’s are sure to enjoy the finest meat at every dining experience. The Seagar’s steak menu offers filet mignon, rib eye, porterhouse and New York strip which are broiled at 1000° to seal in all juices and flavor. Seagar’s also offers steaks with a variety of preparations, including au poivre, topped with Maytag blue cheese and bacon, in addition to Oscar style.

Seagar’s steaks are accompanied by a menu full of fresh seafood dishes influenced by locally-sourced Gulf seafood and shellfish, as well as, fish delivered fresh daily from global waters. With the introduction of new, out-of-the-box seafood creations to the menu, the culinary team at Seagar’s expects the seafood menu to match the excellent steak selections the restaurant currently serves.

“The difference between a good dish and an outstanding dish comes from the restaurant’s investment in quality and local products,” said Seagar’s executive chef Lee Guidry.  “At Seagar’s, we stress sourcing local and organic products.  From basic ingredients to seasonal items, everything we use to prepare our menu items is fresh, and 99 percent comes from our own backyard.”

To complete any meal, whether it is steak or seafood, the knowledgeable staff at Seagar’s can also recommend a wine from the restaurant’s more than 600-label collection to best accentuate the selected dish, causing a sensory experience like no other.or more information, or to make a reservation, call 850-622-1500, or visit www.Seagars.com.

Executive Chef Lee Guidry Profile
A graduate of Delgado Culinary Institute in New Orleans, Executive Chef Lee Guidry has spent more than 11 years in the culinary industry, honing his skills through various positions in Nashville, Chicago, and Crestview, Florida. His passion for cooking stems from his summers spent in the south of Sardinia, Italy where he learned classic and regional Italian preparations. He also worked with classically trained chefs from Germany, France, Spain and Japan absorbing the distinct philosophies of each region’s cooking techniques. Drawing on his expertise in authentic Italian techniques and his extensive time exploring the flavors of the coast, Chef Guidry delivers a signature style and experience unique to Seagar’s.

Before joining Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Chef Guidry dedicated two years to the Meli Café Group in Chicago, where he designed, executed and oversaw their first venture into dinner service. He also spent four years as the head chef at SushiSamba Rio in Chicago, where he was responsible for all aspects of the hot kitchen and worked side-by-side with Chef Shige-san, a certified Sushi Chef in the U.S. Before that, Chef Guidry worked as executive chef at Bound’ry in Nashville, where he designed seasonal menus featuring local products.

In addition to his culinary arts and chef training at Delgado Culinary Institute in New Orleans, Chef Guidry studied Psychology at the University of Southern Alabama in Mobile. He is also continuing his education through the ACF Florida program to obtain a certified executive chef title and is a certified foodservice manager in the state of Florida and the city of Chicago. He was voted “Top Ten Young Chefs” by Sarasota Magazine and nominated for “Best Chef Chicago” in 2012 by Best Chefs America.

2018
TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence, 2011-2018
Wine Spectator Magazine – Best of Award of Excellence, 2004-2018    
Forbes –Travel Guide Recommended Restaurant, 2015-2018
OpenTable – Diners' Choice, 2015-2018
VIP Destin Magazine – Best Fine-Dining, 2011-2012, 2018

2017
AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant, 2000-2017
Distinguished Restaurants of North America - DiRoNA Awarded Restaurant, 2017
VIP Destin Magazine – Best Steakhouse in Destin, 2017
Emerald Coast Magazine – Best Fine Dining Restaurant, 2006–2013, 2016-2017
Emerald Coast Magazine – Best Romantic Restaurant, 2012, 2016-2017

2016
OpenTable – Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants In America, 2016
World of Fine Wine – Two-star Award for World’s Best Wine Lists, 2016

2015
Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) – Award of Excellence, 2003-2015
OpenTable Diners – Top 100 Steakhouses in America, 2015
TripAdvisor - Hall of Fame, 2015

2011-2014
VIP Destin Magazine – Best Romantic Restaurant, 2012
VIP Destin Magazine –Best Service (Dining/Drinks), 2012
Emerald Coast Magazine – Best Service, 2010–2011
Emerald Coast Magazine – Best Service, 2014
Emerald Coast Magazine – Best Wine List, 2011
Northwest Florida Daily News – Finest Dining on the Emerald Coast, 2011
Northwest Florida Daily News – Finest Wine List on the Emerald Coast, 2011

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