Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill Destin

★★★☆☆
  • 20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy

    Destin, FL 32541

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  • 850-654-4200

About Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill Destin

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Mon. - Sun. 11am - 11pm

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I'm tripped out by all of the bad reviews of this place. As I'm reading these, I have to wonder if I've been going to a completely different place! We love this place, and are repeat customers.

We've been to both locations, and make it a point to come here each time we're in town - at least once, sometimes twice. My daughter loves the atmosphere and food, and we've never once had bad service or poor quality food.

We love being able to write all over the place - that's one of my favorite reasons to come here, actually. I can hand my daughter (who is now 4, but has been coming here the past three years) a crayon and I don't have to worry if she makes a mess all over the wall. It's great! I think it's so child-friendly.

The food has always been top-notch for us. Last time, we got scallops and crab legs, and both were spectacular.

We're trying it again this week and I expect it to be as satisfying and enjoyable as any other time we've been!

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★★★★☆

I'm tripped out by all of the bad reviews of this place. As I'm reading these, I have to wonder if I've been going to a completely different place! We love this place, and are repeat customers.

We've been to both locations, and make it a point to come here each time we're in town - at least once, sometimes twice. My daughter loves the atmosphere and food, and we've never once had bad service or poor quality food.

We love being able to write all over the place - that's one of my favorite reasons to come here, actually. I can hand my daughter (who is now 4, but has been coming here the past three years) a crayon and I don't have to worry if she makes a mess all over the wall. It's great! I think it's so child-friendly.

The food has always been top-notch for us. Last time, we got scallops and crab legs, and both were spectacular.

We're trying it again this week and I expect it to be as satisfying and enjoyable as any other time we've been!

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Wow, what a let down! The food was terrible!l I ordered a mushroom swiss burger cooked medium. I have seen charcoal less burnt than that burger. We had 20 people in our group and only one waitress. Needless to say, we went without a lot! No drink refills, condiments. Appetizers came right out shortly after ordering but our salads took 30 minutes, just before we got our meals! I would definately not recomend anyone eating here. The gator area was pretty neat but other than that, what a waste of time! We were better off eating at mom & pop restaurants(donut hole cafe). Price was great and the portions were huge!

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★☆☆☆☆

Wow, what a let down! The food was terrible!l I ordered a mushroom swiss burger cooked medium. I have seen charcoal less burnt than that burger. We had 20 people in our group and only one waitress. Needless to say, we went without a lot! No drink refills, condiments. Appetizers came right out shortly after ordering but our salads took 30 minutes, just before we got our meals! I would definately not recomend anyone eating here. The gator area was pretty neat but other than that, what a waste of time! We were better off eating at mom & pop restaurants(donut hole cafe). Price was great and the portions were huge!

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We live in the area and ate there last night. If you are a tourist and you don't mind getting ripped off, this is the place for you. For example, last night they were serving mahi mahi as the fish special. This fish fillet was not pink or delicious and definitely not mahi. THEY TRY TO PASS OFF CHEAP FISH AS THE REAL THING! So enjoy your mystery meat.

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★☆☆☆☆

We live in the area and ate there last night. If you are a tourist and you don't mind getting ripped off, this is the place for you. For example, last night they were serving mahi mahi as the fish special. This fish fillet was not pink or delicious and definitely not mahi. THEY TRY TO PASS OFF CHEAP FISH AS THE REAL THING! So enjoy your mystery meat.

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We always have a good time at Fudpucker's. The food is great, the service is friendly, and the atmosphere is without compare. Fuds is more than a restaurant; it's a destination. If you are visiting Destin (or Ft. Walton Beach), you need to check this place out. You won't regret it.

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★★★★★

We always have a good time at Fudpucker's. The food is great, the service is friendly, and the atmosphere is without compare. Fuds is more than a restaurant; it's a destination. If you are visiting Destin (or Ft. Walton Beach), you need to check this place out. You won't regret it.

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it is a real good place to eat and the serivce is good there they do a good job they have good food good drinks and stuff and u can just relax when u go !!!!!morgan lloyd ms

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★★★★★

it is a real good place to eat and the serivce is good there they do a good job they have good food good drinks and stuff and u can just relax when u go !!!!!morgan lloyd ms

Pros: thumbs up

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Fudpuckers is a tourist trap of the first degree. If you go to Destin, you'll probably go there because you see all of the advertising, or somebody says you should. Understand before you go that what you are going to is just a kitschy tourist trap or you will be sorely disappointed.

Here are the high points:
At Fudpuckers you can write your name (or anything else) on the walls - for whatever value that adds to your experience. The result after years of graffiti is that the place looks more like a nasty bar than somewhere you'd want to feed your family.

At Fudpuckers you can feed the alligators for the nominal sum of $3.00 for 4 little pieces of kibble - gators willing. Know before you go that the gators are lazy and overfed. Today we spent half an hour trying to entice the gators to eat (putting the food in front of them, beside them, on top of their snout) before finally giving up and just throwing the food into the gator area.

At Fudpuckers you can buy all sorts of touristy junk and Fudpuckers merchandise in the tourist shop (the only "nice" looking area in the establishment - no graffiti is allowed in there) at expectedly inflated tourist prices.

As for a restaurant, refer back to my earlier comment that this is a tourist trap. The food is typical coastal bar & grill food, marked up 100%. The seafood is on a par with what you could get at Captain D's. If you want good seafood go to the seafood places on the harbor. If you want good grill food go to a non-touristy bar & grill (or even a chain like Applebees).

MOST IMPORTANT: Understand, again, that this is a typical tourist trap which thrives by sucking money out of out-of-towners. They will charge you for any extras - regardless of what the menu or anything else says. Case in point: in the menu (more on the menu later) it says under entrees: "Add a loaded baked potato to any entree for only $1.50" (this is directly from the menu - not from memory). I ordered a seafood platter and asked to add on a loaded baked potato. On the bill I was charged $1.69 for the potato, $.89 for the sour cream and $.89 for the bacon bits. I pointed out the error to the waitress, and the manager came out to explain pointedly to me that yes, that's what the menu says, but what it means is that you can substitute a "loaded baked potato" for the baked potato which comes with the entree for $1.50 - you cannot "add on a loaded baked potato" for that price. There was no apology for the error in the menu; no offer to adjust the bill.

Regarding the menu: Fudpuckers hands out a tabloid-format menu printed on newspaper stock and which contains silly little articles which are often quite clever. Within the menu (and around the restaurant) are plays on the Fudpuckers name which are obvious double-entendres and may be offensive to some. For example, they sell sauces under the name "Crazy Mother Pucker's", their slogan is "you haven't been pucked until you've been fudpucked", and the gator tail appetizer is described as "the best tail you ever wrapped your lips around". If you would be embarrased or offended by such statements, you'd be better off avoiding Fudpuckers.

In the end, if you still wish to go to Fudpuckers just to say you have, or to buy a t-shirt, or to see the alligators, I hope you have a good time. As for me and my family, we will never be back.

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★★☆☆☆

Fudpuckers is a tourist trap of the first degree. If you go to Destin, you'll probably go there because you see all of the advertising, or somebody says you should. Understand before you go that what you are going to is just a kitschy tourist trap or you will be sorely disappointed.

Here are the high points:
At Fudpuckers you can write your name (or anything else) on the walls - for whatever value that adds to your experience. The result after years of graffiti is that the place looks more like a nasty bar than somewhere you'd want to feed your family.

At Fudpuckers you can feed the alligators for the nominal sum of $3.00 for 4 little pieces of kibble - gators willing. Know before you go that the gators are lazy and overfed. Today we spent half an hour trying to entice the gators to eat (putting the food in front of them, beside them, on top of their snout) before finally giving up and just throwing the food into the gator area.

At Fudpuckers you can buy all sorts of touristy junk and Fudpuckers merchandise in the tourist shop (the only "nice" looking area in the establishment - no graffiti is allowed in there) at expectedly inflated tourist prices.

As for a restaurant, refer back to my earlier comment that this is a tourist trap. The food is typical coastal bar & grill food, marked up 100%. The seafood is on a par with what you could get at Captain D's. If you want good seafood go to the seafood places on the harbor. If you want good grill food go to a non-touristy bar & grill (or even a chain like Applebees).

MOST IMPORTANT: Understand, again, that this is a typical tourist trap which thrives by sucking money out of out-of-towners. They will charge you for any extras - regardless of what the menu or anything else says. Case in point: in the menu (more on the menu later) it says under entrees: "Add a loaded baked potato to any entree for only $1.50" (this is directly from the menu - not from memory). I ordered a seafood platter and asked to add on a loaded baked potato. On the bill I was charged $1.69 for the potato, $.89 for the sour cream and $.89 for the bacon bits. I pointed out the error to the waitress, and the manager came out to explain pointedly to me that yes, that's what the menu says, but what it means is that you can substitute a "loaded baked potato" for the baked potato which comes with the entree for $1.50 - you cannot "add on a loaded baked potato" for that price. There was no apology for the error in the menu; no offer to adjust the bill.

Regarding the menu: Fudpuckers hands out a tabloid-format menu printed on newspaper stock and which contains silly little articles which are often quite clever. Within the menu (and around the restaurant) are plays on the Fudpuckers name which are obvious double-entendres and may be offensive to some. For example, they sell sauces under the name "Crazy Mother Pucker's", their slogan is "you haven't been pucked until you've been fudpucked", and the gator tail appetizer is described as "the best tail you ever wrapped your lips around". If you would be embarrased or offended by such statements, you'd be better off avoiding Fudpuckers.

In the end, if you still wish to go to Fudpuckers just to say you have, or to buy a t-shirt, or to see the alligators, I hope you have a good time. As for me and my family, we will never be back.

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We have been looking forward to eating at fudpuckers, My Family & I were very disappointed. We didn't see our waitress it was different people each time. My Husbands chicken sandwich came to him and you could barely see the chicken, I'm not lying, it was more like a Chicken strip 1 chicken strip, for $9.50. When I said something to who was not our waitress she said they weigh their food. so if you still want to give it a try, ask them how much food you will be getting. My Family will not return.

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★☆☆☆☆

We have been looking forward to eating at fudpuckers, My Family & I were very disappointed. We didn't see our waitress it was different people each time. My Husbands chicken sandwich came to him and you could barely see the chicken, I'm not lying, it was more like a Chicken strip 1 chicken strip, for $9.50. When I said something to who was not our waitress she said they weigh their food. so if you still want to give it a try, ask them how much food you will be getting. My Family will not return.

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Well my boyfriend and I went there during Spring Break and we have a blast! They have the coolest t-shirts ever! Also I like the writing everywhere you get to sign your name and then when you go back you can see where you signed! It was very memorable and not to mention the food was pretty good and for me and him to eat it was $25 so Fudpuckers is a good place to eat for all ages!

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★★★★☆

Well my boyfriend and I went there during Spring Break and we have a blast! They have the coolest t-shirts ever! Also I like the writing everywhere you get to sign your name and then when you go back you can see where you signed! It was very memorable and not to mention the food was pretty good and for me and him to eat it was $25 so Fudpuckers is a good place to eat for all ages!

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It is a very popular place for the area, When we went there it was very difficult to find a parking spot. Beside that the wait was long and with little children I would not recommend the place. However, you are on a date or with a bunch of adults then this is the place to go. You go there for the atmosphere. If you haven't been I advise you try it out and decide yourself.

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★★★☆☆

It is a very popular place for the area, When we went there it was very difficult to find a parking spot. Beside that the wait was long and with little children I would not recommend the place. However, you are on a date or with a bunch of adults then this is the place to go. You go there for the atmosphere. If you haven't been I advise you try it out and decide yourself.

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Went there with my family a few years ago. My daughters were ages 10 and eight. They loved the eating outide, the music, everything ! Will do again !

4
★★★★☆

Went there with my family a few years ago. My daughters were ages 10 and eight. They loved the eating outide, the music, everything ! Will do again !

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i wouldn't recommend this place to eat, i would go and look around outside, then leave. the food wasn't good we had the hamburgers and it was bad, service was bad.

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★★★☆☆

i wouldn't recommend this place to eat, i would go and look around outside, then leave. the food wasn't good we had the hamburgers and it was bad, service was bad.

Pros: alligators

Cons: food , service

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My husband and I stopped here because the place looked fun. However, even though there is a great atmosphere with the alligators; the service and the food was horrible. We had to search out our waiter just to get drink and order. Then when we got our food my "fish" sandwich was nothing more than strips of batter and my husbands chicken sandwich did not even fill the hamburger bun and it was dry. In the end I ended up asking to send my fish sandwich back. At that point the manager argued with me about not wanting the sandwich. My husband and I travel around the world and this is the second worst food and service we have ever had. I believe that they must not have many repeats and most of the people there are just tourists. Please do not waste your money.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I stopped here because the place looked fun. However, even though there is a great atmosphere with the alligators; the service and the food was horrible. We had to search out our waiter just to get drink and order. Then when we got our food my "fish" sandwich was nothing more than strips of batter and my husbands chicken sandwich did not even fill the hamburger bun and it was dry. In the end I ended up asking to send my fish sandwich back. At that point the manager argued with me about not wanting the sandwich. My husband and I travel around the world and this is the second worst food and service we have ever had. I believe that they must not have many repeats and most of the people there are just tourists. Please do not waste your money.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: The staff and the food

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We had an hour wait upon arrival at 6pm on a weeknight. Poor souls after us were being told of waits over two hours long to get in. The outside and atmosphere was very gimmicky and had a puton feeling to it. Service was so-so, our waiter appeared to take our order, deliver our food, and take the check. We had to search someone out to refill drinks. As far as food goes if you have ever been to a Red Lobster you have not only experienced food that tastes the same as FudPucker's but also been to a restaraunt with a much larger menu.

The only reason I give this over a 5 is because my wife thought the alligators were cute.

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★★★☆☆

We had an hour wait upon arrival at 6pm on a weeknight. Poor souls after us were being told of waits over two hours long to get in. The outside and atmosphere was very gimmicky and had a puton feeling to it. Service was so-so, our waiter appeared to take our order, deliver our food, and take the check. We had to search someone out to refill drinks. As far as food goes if you have ever been to a Red Lobster you have not only experienced food that tastes the same as FudPucker's but also been to a restaraunt with a much larger menu.

The only reason I give this over a 5 is because my wife thought the alligators were cute.

Pros: It's seafood, playland for kids, alligators

Cons: long waits, mediocre food, very limited menu

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I have been to this place many times. They have a great wait staff and not to mention the food is awesome. They are a little pricey but who isn't in Destin.

4
★★★★☆

I have been to this place many times. They have a great wait staff and not to mention the food is awesome. They are a little pricey but who isn't in Destin.

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We had driven to destin for the weekend, and we needed something to do at night, so we checked this place out and loved it!! at 10:00 on a friday night all the drinks became $2.00! they had a great live band and a dj, we were dancing , and they have late night sushi.
it was very neat overall, i thought i was a great place!

2
★★★★★

We had driven to destin for the weekend, and we needed something to do at night, so we checked this place out and loved it!! at 10:00 on a friday night all the drinks became $2.00! they had a great live band and a dj, we were dancing , and they have late night sushi.
it was very neat overall, i thought i was a great place!

Pros: cheap good drinks, beautiful setting, alligator pond

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Fudpuckers is a restaurant you will find on the main strip in Destin. We decided one afternoon that we would check it out. Besides the fact that the entire establishment is covered in graffiti, and the bathrooms smell absolutly terrible, you could tell it was only for fun. The food was no reason to ever go back.

After your meal, you can go downstairs and check out the Alligator pit. They have shows every now and then, but it wasn't going to change my mind about the place.

Fudpuckers was a real dissapointment. If you go, you are not going to go back for the food.

PROS: Allligators
CONS: Nasty and graffitified

3
★★★☆☆

Fudpuckers is a restaurant you will find on the main strip in Destin. We decided one afternoon that we would check it out. Besides the fact that the entire establishment is covered in graffiti, and the bathrooms smell absolutly terrible, you could tell it was only for fun. The food was no reason to ever go back.

After your meal, you can go downstairs and check out the Alligator pit. They have shows every now and then, but it wasn't going to change my mind about the place.

Fudpuckers was a real dissapointment. If you go, you are not going to go back for the food.

PROS: Allligators
CONS: Nasty and graffitified

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FudPuckers is a great place for tourists. It has been around FOREVER...since I was a kid...and has always been THE place to take visitors to the area. It's fun and the food is pretty good and inexpensive. It is a perfect place for kids. They also have live entertainment out on the patio during the season...not to mention good drinks! If you go, you definately have a good burger or fish meal and fun at the same time.

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★★★★☆

FudPuckers is a great place for tourists. It has been around FOREVER...since I was a kid...and has always been THE place to take visitors to the area. It's fun and the food is pretty good and inexpensive. It is a perfect place for kids. They also have live entertainment out on the patio during the season...not to mention good drinks! If you go, you definately have a good burger or fish meal and fun at the same time.

Pros: Fun, Kid Friendly, Live Music

Cons: Can get Crowded

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