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30A, a region carved out by mother nature’s repetitive ebb and flow, blends coastal charm with southern hospitality and tells a story as creative as its inhabitants. Along this scenic stretch, beyond the white sand and emerald water, lies a vibrant culinary scene where chefs, artisans, and food lovers all breathe life into the process of creating something memorable. In the kitchens of 30A, there’s no room for pretension, only passion, and dedication to the craft. As the smell of salt air mingles with freshly seared fish, we’re inviting you to discover our top five favorite restaurants in 30A. These chefs are creating more than just a meal; they’re telling the stories of the culture and inviting you to explore the very essence of this coastal paradise.

Restaurant Paradis

A labor of love, owners Monica and Danny Cosenzi, operate Restaurant Paradis in beautiful Rosemary Beach. With an exquisite menu created by Chefs Mark and Will, patrons are taken on a gastronomic journey that showcases the bounty of the Gulf waters and the richness of local ingredients. Their fresh sourcing of produce and protein keeps the menu changing and presents exciting dishes year-round. From their Gulf Coast Snapper perfectly paired with a delicate lemon caper burre blanc, to the melt-in-your-mouth black truffle foie gras pate with blackberry maple reduction, the chefs are elevating the culinary experience and showcasing the vast opportunity that exists in this region.

Whether you’re coming in from the beach and have just dusted off the sand or you’re planning a romantic night out, Restaurant Paradis welcomes you. Their elegant dining room and charming patio are replete with comfortable and stylish tables, highbacked love seats, and wine-country style that invites you to relax into the moment and savor the evening. Restaurant Paradis is open daily for dinner service starting at 5:00 pm, and reservations are highly encouraged.

Café Thirty-A

For a taste of the coast where good food and good company represent a life well-lived, visit Café Thirty-A. Their casual fine-dining restaurant offers a contemporary spin on classic dishes, creating a well-rounded menu that caters to every palate. From southern delicacies like grilled Georgia quail elevated with a rich shiitake bacon butter to an innovative rendition of blackened shrimp and grits that highlights sun-ripened tomatoes in its smoked butter, the chefs keep your taste buds engaged as you savor your way through your evening.

Their extensive wine list covers vintners from many regions; however, you may bring your own for a small corking fee if your favorite is not on their menu. Additional specials include their daily BOHO offer, where guests can purchase any entrée at regular price and get a second of equal or lesser value for half off, and their $6.00 martini offerings on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Visit them in Seagrove Beach every day for dinner starting at 4:30 pm, but note reservations are required.


Executive Chef John Engle and the team at Pescado have created a menu and environment that balances innovation and tradition, pulling subtle themes from their coastal region and infusing them with creativity and flair to craft a space and dishes that keep you coming back for more. From their punchy cocktails to their rooftop lounge, the ethically sourced ingredients and attention to detail turn this family-style dining spot into a destination for culinary experimentation and relaxed, welcoming fun.

While reservations are recommended, and guests must be at least 18 years old to enter, except for brunch Wednesday – Sunday until 1:30 pm, you can expect nothing short of incredible service, delicious bites, and epic Gulf views when you visit.

Begin your meal with small bites of diver scallops brightened with the spice from crisp jalapeno relish or a sampling from the raw bar where you can choose from tartare, ceviche, a seafood platter, or roasted garlic ponzu tuna rolls. As you move on to your entrée, be sure to inquire about the fish of the day or try their unique take on spaghetti (the middleneck clams transform this traditional pasta dish). Finish off your meal with a delicious cocktail, mocktail, or dessert as you soak in the views of the Gulf of Mexico. No matter your selections, Pescado’s style, ambiance, and creations will leave you delighted with your experience.


Experience elevated Asian fare from Chef Tom Catherall when you visit Aja in 30A. From the 12-course Omakase Experience with Chef Ito at the sushi bar to the delicious and inspired entrees of Chef Tom, a dinner here is more than a meal; it’s an immersive experience for the whole body.

Here, traditional classics blend with fresh, premium ingredients, both local and imported from Spain and Japan, to create a fusion designed to intrigue and awaken your senses. From fresh Uni sushi to King Crab and Wagyu Beef stir-fry, the culinary team serves up dishes full of passion, life, and flavor. Open seven days a week in Inlet Beach, visit them on your next 30A vacation, and you won’t be disappointed.

Cuvee 30A

We’ve saved the best for last. If you want to dine with the “Best Chef on the Emerald Coast,” look no further than Cuvee 30A. Chef Tim Creehan’s career has been one achievement after another, from earning the title of Executive Chef at only 19 years of age to helping revitalize numerous restaurants in the Gulf Coast region; his experience, creativity, and passion have made Cuvee 30A the staple it is today.

From the fried green tomatoes served with fresh crawfish and warm brie to Chef Creehan’s signature boneless half duck with natural sauce and sweet potato mash, every bite at Cuvee 30A is a study in quality and creativity. When you visit 30A, be sure to make a reservation for an evening you’ll remember long after you head home. And don’t forget to check out their upcoming events! For those traveling in August 2023, a ticket to the Thompson 31Fifty Wine Dinner will be the highlight of your stay. Proprietors Mike and Valerie Thompson, along with Chef Creehan, will curate a five-course wine dinner designed to awaken your palate with every sip and bite.

Book Your Culinary Adventure in 30A 

Your journey through 30A's culinary landscape paints a picture of creativity, passion, and a deep connection to the coastal surroundings. Each restaurant we've explored tells a unique story of the region, offering flavors and experiences that define the essence of 30A. When planning your next vacation, there's no better way to embrace the local culture and savor the authentic tastes of 30A than by booking directly with 30A Luxury Vacations. Immerse yourself in southern hospitality, coastal charm, and world-class dining; all brought to life by the talented chefs and artisans who call 30A home. Your unforgettable vacation awaits; book today and let your taste buds take you on a truly memorable adventure.