Waterfront Dining and Drinking

One of the great pleasures of visiting Navarre Beach is eating and drinking at the fun and tasty waterside restaurants that look out over Santa Rosa Sound or the Gulf of Mexico. They range from party central to low-key hideaways. Here’s a look:

Lagerheads on the Gulf
The pinnacle of beachfront fun. This classic multi-level beach shack serves up wings, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and other beachy fare right at the base of the Navarre Fishing Pier. Volleyball nets await on the sand.

8579 Gulf Blvd, Navarre Beach
(850) 710-3103
Facebook.com/lagerheadsonthegulf

Juana’s Pagodas
Right across Gulf Boulevard from Lagerheads, Juana’s Pagados, a complex of thatched-roof huts, is a combination beach bar, restaurant, gift shop and rental place for sailing and jet skits. It’s the first thing you run into once you cross the Navarre Beach Causeway.

1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach
(850) 939-1092
JuanasPagodas.com

Beach House Bar & Grille
Overlooking the Gulf, Beach House is more upscale and low-key. You can tell because there’s an “e” on the end of “Grill.” The restaurant touts its fresh, seasonal and unique local ingredients. The dining room sits on stilts, and there’s a terrific deck, where you can sip a craft cocktail. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

8375 Gulf Blvd, Navarre Beach
(850) 684-6036
Navarrebeachhousebarandgrille.com

Shark Bite Navarre
This funky, colorful place is a permanent food trailer with seating around it. Breakfast at Shark Bite is the ideal way to fuel up for a day at the beach. Lunch, too.

8671 Navarre Parkway, Navarre Beach
(850) 313-1688
Sharkbitenavarre.com

The Slippery Mermaid
This waterfront sushi bar, located in a bungalow, has a bit of Jimmy Buffet-style flair. Its slogan is “Let’s Roll a Fat One.”

8779 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre
(850) 621-2119
slipperymermaid.com/

East River Smokehouse
This friendly barbecue joint doubles as a sports bar, and has live music. Full bar, too.

8491 Navarre Parkway, Navarre
(850) 939-2802
EastRiverSmokehouse.com

Smokin’ Oasis
This surfside BBQ shack sits on the sand and looks out over the Gulf. They cater and deliver.

8228 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach
(850) 602-8129
SmokinOasisNavarre.com

Helen Back Again Navarre
One of those party-central spots we were talking about. Helen Back Again, one of six locations in the region, serves pizza, sandwiches and starters, and features a full bar.

8651 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre
(850) 396-6568
http://helenbackcafe.com/locations/navarre/