A definite favorite among the locals, this fun filled restaurant has a brilliant Caribbean style and serves exciting seafood entrees, as well as ... More
Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill
A definite favorite among the locals, this fun filled restaurant has a brilliant Caribbean style and serves exciting seafood entrees, as well as fabulous sandwiches, burgers, and salads, daily for lunch and dinner. They also feature an extensive gift shop, a large lounge bar, and a sushi bar on site.
The gift shop was filled with high-priced items, but what place isn't with its "commercialized crock." My son chose a $35 pink stuffed animal snake (20 ft. long), which was dangling from the wall, but he asked for another color. Workers said the pink snake was the last one left, so we paid and ventured on our way (10-years old kid...it was sad). An hour later, however, as we sat eating and the place was bursting with people, a worker from the gift shop miraculously found us in a dark secret corner eating at a table and said she had located another 20' green snake in their hidden warehouse. The smile on my son's face was irreplaceable. We were totally amazed, as was all the other families sitting at other tables. I was impressed!
My two kids loved the alligator feeding, however, I'd call it more like an alligator watch, though. There are hundreds of pieces of "alligator bait," which were really doggie treats, at the bottom of the shallow pond, and though my kids tried diligently to get a gator to bit at their pole, the small gators just swam by not noticing the food. The alligator show didn't deliver on time with some excuse of an employee being late. We never saw "Crocodile Dundee" make his appearance.
Food was okay, a bit on the expensive side, but hey, it's vacation. Our waitress said it was against company policy to let customers borrow markers to scribble their names on the wall, so my kids couldn't partake in the "oh so famous" writing-wishing-wall. (Be advised to bring your own pen or marker). Other than these few complaints, the place is awesome and worth
going to. Enjoy!
I live in Florida and love it when I get to visit Fudpuckers. My husband and I have taken friends and relatives there. We always have a good time. The atmosphere is different from any other restaurant I have ever been to. The food is good and the service is good also. I do have a suggestion though. It is best to go there for lunch during peak season. If you go for supper you may have to wait an hour and a half to 2hours. That shows that it is a good restaurant. I hope you enjoy it like my family does!
Fudpucker's was way below our standards. We came to the restaraunt with 3 young children and 4 adults. We waited an hour for our table when we were told only 30min. The children were not given anything to color with and they did not recieve lids for their drinks. When we asked for crayons and lids we were told they didn't have any. Moments later the table across from us recieved lids and crayons. We ordered 3 appetizers and recieved none. Once our meals arrived an hour later, which were barely warm, we had to notify the waiter that our appetizers had not arrived. Our youngest did not even recieve the right meal, but since she's only two we decided not to say anything. The waiter then proceeded to bring out warm nachos and shrimp they had obviously been sitting under the heat lamp for way to long. The third appetizer also never came. When the children became restless we decided to get checks and leave. The waiter couldn't even get the checks right after three tries and kept forgetting to get boxes. The waiter appologized completely and was oblivously unexperienced. We finally asked for the manager only to get poor excuses, a lame apology, and 10% off meals. They also didn't even take off all the appetizers that had come out late. For what we paid for our meals I would expect MUCH better service than what we recieved. I felt that all fudpucker's wanted was to take our money and not serve us at all. The restaraunt was completely crowded, the gift shop was over priced, and the alligators looked completely unhealthy. Obviously this place is not being ran well and I would not recommend going here with the management that it is under right now. The only part our children even enjoyed was getting their picture taken with one of the alligators. Obviously a restaraunt needs to rethink it's way of running things when you can't even satisfy children.
I live in neighboring Panama City, and I must say, special trips are planned for shopping and Fudpuckers in Destin. I have been several times and have enjoyed it every single one of them. The lunch menu is great. They have everything ranging from burgers to seafood to fried pickles and sushi. It is a great family restaurant, especially when the kids can feed it's huge pond of small alligators. They have an outdoor play ground and let their guests even leave their mark on any place that has clean space.
All in all, it's a great place to dine for lunch and hang out in the beautiful Florida sun.
I love this place! I like the way you can write on the walls and the food is like nothing you have ever tasted (in the good way) I highly highly reccommend this place. It will be worth your time and money.
i love fudpuckers b/c it's wild and crazy and the food is awsome. it's better than most 5 star places i've been to. i don't get to go to many exotic (if you would say) places that much. portageville is a town populated by about 3,500 people and it's in the bootheel of missouri so mostly it's rodeos, which i'm a barrel racer and we usually eat fast food. but fudpuckers is definitely the best place i've ever been to.
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.
Fudpuckers is a must-go restaurant in Destin. The problem is, you have to be a fun person to enjoy it. You can write your name on the walls, tables, seats, you name it. The food is wonderful, I highly recommend the nachos. There are also entertaining gators, a playground and hilarious shirts in the gift area.
I highly recomend Fudpuckers.
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