Innovative American, Seafood, Sushi
Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX
- Casually Upscale
- Child Friendly
- Sit Down
- Take Out
- Casually Upscale
- Outdoor Dining
- Private Dining
T.V.'s, Patio Seating, Bar Seating, Sushi Bar Seating, Waterside
Parking lot, parking garage
Lunch, Dinner, Sushi, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Children's, Happy Hour, Brunch at Jackacudas
With the largest fishing vessel fleet in the State of Florida, locals and tourists alike have branded Destin as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. Along with that title comes an enormous number of legendary fish tales and secret fishing holes, some widely known while others are never to be spoken of.
Every great ‘honey hole’ (ideal spot for catching fish) has a greater story, and so does the hottest restaurant at HarborWalk Village, Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi.
During the mid 1980’s, the Tenneco 80 rig was dropped off the Emerald Coast into the Gulf of Mexico to create an artificial reef that quickly became the go-to spot for local anglers to catch mammoth Amberjack. During a trip to the rig in the mid 1990’s, legendary Destin Charter Boat Captain Dale Beebe of the Lady EM was fishing with a group of anglers for the celebrated fish, but only caught Barracuda.
On his return to shore, those eager to hear how Captain Beebe scored radioed in only to hear him say, “All I caught today were Jackacudas!” Endlessly intrigued, local fishermen took their boats in search of the infamous Jackacudas, with the tradition continuing today.
Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi was named in honor of Captain Beebe’s legendary tale. The restaurant owners wanted to create the same enthusiasm for the diner that the fishermen felt, by offering exciting food preparations in a relaxing atmosphere with incredible water front views. Focusing on local caught fresh Gulf seafood prepared with their “New South” culinary techniques and unique artistic sushi, Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi is owned and operated by a tight-knit team of young entrepreneurs.
Tyler Jarvis and Chris Ruyan grew up together and both attended Fort Walton Beach High School. Tyler is the son of Gary Jarvis, a well-known area boat captain who was raised eating fresh seafood right off his Dad’s boat called Backdown 2 (also the name of their most popular sushi roll). Chris Ruyan was involved with the management of several area restaurants and brings his knowledge of the hospitality industry to the hip and contemporary space.
Jackacuda's executive chef and native of Destin, Florida, Allen Teuton moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to pursue his passion for a variety of cuisines where he built his culinary portfolio over the last decade. During Teuton’s time as a student of the Culinary Arts and Science at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, he interned under the tutelage one of Atlanta’s most well know chefs and urban legends, Chef Paul Albrecht of Buckhead Life Group.
After honing his skills from Orlando to the Chicago market, Chef Teuton settled down in Atlanta where he began working full time under Chef Albrecht, at Paul’s. To this very day Chef Albrecht’s mentoring can be seen and tasted in the food Teuton creates. Branching off to expand his knowledge and secure a new an innovative skill set, Teuton began working under Master Chef Tom Catherall. Under Catherall, Teuton learned four of his eight restaurant concepts, including Goldfish, Strip, Smash and Prime. Teuton cultivated his technique for steak, sushi and fresh seafood, while always incorporating his Southern roots.
Chef Teuton’s big break came when he had the opportunity to assist Chef Paulo Dorigato in the opening of Dolce Italian. In 2015, Dolce Italian took national stage winning Bravo TV’s newest culinary competition series, ‘Best New Restaurant.’ After more than a decade on the Atlanta culinary scene,Teuton decided to return to Destin, where he is now leading and teaching the innovative culinary team at Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi at HarborWalk Village in Destin, Florida as their executive chef.