AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar

★★★☆☆
  • 116 Harbor Blvd

    Destin, FL 32541

    Cross street: Destin Harbor, Destin

    Map & Directions
  • 850-837-1913

About AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar

Hours
Apr-Sept Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight (bar until 4am); off-season daily 11am-9pm

Food

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Ignoring bad reviews my husband and I took a chance and went to AJ's with our 3 kids ages 11, 9 and 6. We were seated immediately. Our waitress was very nice and kept drinks filled. We ordered the seafood bucket and had more than enough food. Oysters were great and food was hot and tasty. The "pirate" that approached our table to make balloon animals was great and entertaining. It was one of our more satisfying dining experiences in Destin/Fort Walton Beach. Spent about $160 including tip.

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Ignoring bad reviews my husband and I took a chance and went to AJ's with our 3 kids ages 11, 9 and 6. We were seated immediately. Our waitress was very nice and kept drinks filled. We ordered the seafood bucket and had more than enough food. Oysters were great and food was hot and tasty. The "pirate" that approached our table to make balloon animals was great and entertaining. It was one of our more satisfying dining experiences in Destin/Fort Walton Beach. Spent about $160 including tip.

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We have been going to AJ's for years. Whether you have a gorup of 2 or of 10, it's a great place. Specializing in fish, they offer a huge selction of shellfish-varity of oysters and clams. The portions are large and the fish is prepared in numerous ways-grilled, frid, blackened. Nice atmosphere and an experienced staff.

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★★★★☆

We have been going to AJ's for years. Whether you have a gorup of 2 or of 10, it's a great place. Specializing in fish, they offer a huge selction of shellfish-varity of oysters and clams. The portions are large and the fish is prepared in numerous ways-grilled, frid, blackened. Nice atmosphere and an experienced staff.

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Wow--how overrated this place is! Everyone told us to go. The bouncer must have stared at my ID for two minutes. Yes, I'm from out-of-state, but once he found my b-day, it shouldn't have been such a study. He looked from me to the ID four times--I'm almost 34! Great if I look younger, but there's no way I look under 21. We stayed for one drink, ordered from the bar. The dock is beautiful. The bathrooms are large and clean. This must be a very busy, Panama-City-type place in the summer. Not my style. And gee, can we hear that new Kid Rock song that ruins "Werewolves of London" ONE more time?? Oh, and the waitress on this not-busy Sunday night rolled by when we were getting up to leave. Go down 98 W six miles to Helen Back for a much better place.

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★★☆☆☆

Wow--how overrated this place is! Everyone told us to go. The bouncer must have stared at my ID for two minutes. Yes, I'm from out-of-state, but once he found my b-day, it shouldn't have been such a study. He looked from me to the ID four times--I'm almost 34! Great if I look younger, but there's no way I look under 21. We stayed for one drink, ordered from the bar. The dock is beautiful. The bathrooms are large and clean. This must be a very busy, Panama-City-type place in the summer. Not my style. And gee, can we hear that new Kid Rock song that ruins "Werewolves of London" ONE more time?? Oh, and the waitress on this not-busy Sunday night rolled by when we were getting up to leave. Go down 98 W six miles to Helen Back for a much better place.

Pros: Beautiful view

Cons: Cheesy club, power-mad bouncer

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I have lived in FL for 20 years. I have always heard about AJ s aggressive bouncers in the past. The rumors were confirmed first hand as I thought it would be a good idea to take my dad and brother who came from Houston. The bouncer asked for a $10 each cover with a rude stare. I suggested to go somewhere else, my brother agreed. The bouncer mouthed off to him and pushed him down the front steps and shoved my dad! Unbelieveable! More came. One choked me from behind while two sat on my legs and held my arms in locks. One was telling me "You're going to sleep!" as the other choked me. They stopped when the police arrived. They were holding my brother down and beating him in the face while this was happening to me. An ambulance came to fix him up. It was all filmed by another customer but the police said it did not help us too much because it did not show the intitial confrontation where the bouncer shoved my brother down the stairs. The police charged the bouncer and my brother with assault. They both dropped the charges to avoid going to jail and court. The bouncer also lied to police because in his statement he said it all started because my dad did not want to pay the cover! Funny, the girl behind the counter had his credit card the whole time! She had it because my dad gave it to her! Hello! My dad is plenty wealthy as well, he does not care about paying whatever for anything anyway! I asked the police how many times they had been here in the past becuase of these steroided out door guys and he said "plenty". I asked if they keep their names in the system so when someone actually gets really hurt, there will be a history on them and he said they have and do. So if you are thinking about going to AJ s for a good time, either A. Keep your mouth shut and look down as you pay your $10.00 cover remebering there are stairs behind you and a roid rage freak or 10 in front of you or B. You may be an Ultimate Fighter and this may actually be a good time for you!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have lived in FL for 20 years. I have always heard about AJ s aggressive bouncers in the past. The rumors were confirmed first hand as I thought it would be a good idea to take my dad and brother who came from Houston. The bouncer asked for a $10 each cover with a rude stare. I suggested to go somewhere else, my brother agreed. The bouncer mouthed off to him and pushed him down the front steps and shoved my dad! Unbelieveable! More came. One choked me from behind while two sat on my legs and held my arms in locks. One was telling me "You're going to sleep!" as the other choked me. They stopped when the police arrived. They were holding my brother down and beating him in the face while this was happening to me. An ambulance came to fix him up. It was all filmed by another customer but the police said it did not help us too much because it did not show the intitial confrontation where the bouncer shoved my brother down the stairs. The police charged the bouncer and my brother with assault. They both dropped the charges to avoid going to jail and court. The bouncer also lied to police because in his statement he said it all started because my dad did not want to pay the cover! Funny, the girl behind the counter had his credit card the whole time! She had it because my dad gave it to her! Hello! My dad is plenty wealthy as well, he does not care about paying whatever for anything anyway! I asked the police how many times they had been here in the past becuase of these steroided out door guys and he said "plenty". I asked if they keep their names in the system so when someone actually gets really hurt, there will be a history on them and he said they have and do. So if you are thinking about going to AJ s for a good time, either A. Keep your mouth shut and look down as you pay your $10.00 cover remebering there are stairs behind you and a roid rage freak or 10 in front of you or B. You may be an Ultimate Fighter and this may actually be a good time for you!

Pros: None.

Cons: People need to be aware of these practices. I hope Citysearch takes this into consideration and doesn't delete this warning. This is all true and written in police reports.

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Well, we heard about how A J's was sooooo famous so we decided to give it a shot. The food was about on par with what you would get from a Captain D's or a Long John Silver's while costing about twice as much as a trip to Red Lobster. Service was absolutely horrendous, we rarely saw our waitress. People were packed into the restaurant like sardines in a can in an attempt to squeeze every last penny from the tourists in town.

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★★☆☆☆

Well, we heard about how A J's was sooooo famous so we decided to give it a shot. The food was about on par with what you would get from a Captain D's or a Long John Silver's while costing about twice as much as a trip to Red Lobster. Service was absolutely horrendous, we rarely saw our waitress. People were packed into the restaurant like sardines in a can in an attempt to squeeze every last penny from the tourists in town.

Pros: Large quantity

Cons: Bad service, overcrowded, incredibly high prices for the quality of food

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The outdoor bar had great service and very good food and drinks. Even on a cold night it was pleasant with the heaters.

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★★★★★

The outdoor bar had great service and very good food and drinks. Even on a cold night it was pleasant with the heaters.

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Everytime I go visit my family, we go to AJs. It's the place to go to listen to live music, dance, and drink Margaritas! I can honestly say I have never even eaten here...but their drinks are always good! Its close to the docks too, so take some time before or after going to check out the boats. We end up spending hours here because its so much fun.

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★★★★☆

Everytime I go visit my family, we go to AJs. It's the place to go to listen to live music, dance, and drink Margaritas! I can honestly say I have never even eaten here...but their drinks are always good! Its close to the docks too, so take some time before or after going to check out the boats. We end up spending hours here because its so much fun.

Pros: Fun, Live Music

Cons: Crowded

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AJ's is not necessarily known for it's food by the locals... Sure, the it's standard tourist fare, but AJ's is really known for it's 'happening' nightlife. Even in the afternoon you'll find people starting up their bar tabs as the live band get ready to play. The atmosphere cannot be beat and it's hopping even on rainy nights.

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★★★★☆

AJ's is not necessarily known for it's food by the locals... Sure, the it's standard tourist fare, but AJ's is really known for it's 'happening' nightlife. Even in the afternoon you'll find people starting up their bar tabs as the live band get ready to play. The atmosphere cannot be beat and it's hopping even on rainy nights.

Pros: Atmosphere, Music, People

Cons: , Bouncers are MEAN, Cover charge at night

 

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