The Bay Café in Fort Walton Beach brings French inspired cuisine to the Gulf Coast. Located just east of the Brooks Bridge on the Choctawhatchee Bay, The Bay Café is a popular indoor and outdoor restaurant that keeps locals coming back for that certain je ne sais quoi.
The patio at the Bay Café is spacious and protected from the sun by brightly colored umbrellas at each table. Since the café is located directly on the water, the bay breeze will keep you cool on even the hottest days.
If you happen to find yourself in town during the chillier season, outdoor seating is still made possible by space heaters that will keep you toasty while still being able to enjoy the coastal view.
While you’re drinking in the view, be sure to have a look at the extensive wine list that Bay Café offers. From champagnes to reds and whites, you can order by the bottle or glass. If you already know what you want to eat, ask your server to recommend a wine that will compliment your meal.
Speaking of food, Bay Café shines through every course.
The homemade French Onion Baked Soup comes highly recommended by the Chef and avid Bay Café fans.
Even though the entire entrée menu is worth experiencing, there are some exceptional favorites. The Grouper Wellington features fresh catch Gulf grouper in a puff pastry with lobster sauce that is as decadent as it is delicious.
If you prefer turf to surf, the Steak Au Poivre is a high-quality New York strip topped with green peppercorns and a brandy reduction, cooked to your preference.
Don’t pass on dessert. Bay Café will insist you try its Crème Brulee or the Apple Tarts that are baked fresh to order, adding a sweet ending to your meal.
– Logan Singleton
Writing Intern, Innisfree Hotels