Our Destin FL Restaurants: Featuring Chef Hugh Acheson
With a celebrity chef bringing his award-winning culinary skills to the table, you will want to pull up a chair and savor every bite, from an intimate meal for two to a get-together for 10 or more. Upscale dining, small bites in the vibrant lobby bar, artisanal cocktails—and breathtaking panoramic views—at the rooftop pool and lounge, and a charming coffee market, so you’re properly fueled for wherever the day takes you.
Celebrity Chef Inspired
Chef Hugh Acheson is no stranger to the spotlight. The James Beard award-winning Georgia chef owns several acclaimed restaurants—including Five & Ten, Empire State South, and the National—has been a Top Chef Masters competitor, a Top Chef judge, and is a celebrated cookbook author. He now shines his spotlight on Hotel Effie, creating menus that are creative, inspiring, and delicious, breathing fresh new life into beloved Southern cuisine. Food that nourishes the body and the soul. We hope you’re hungry.
Delicious food with a sense of place. For Chef Hugh Acheson, the link between food and community is strong. This, too, is how we feel about dining at Hotel Effie. Our signature restaurant, Ovide, embraces the local food and cherished flavors of the Gulf Coast and presents them with a sophisticated, refreshing French influence, and Hugh’s characteristic creativity and passion for food and where it comes from. Cuisines mix and mingle here to a delightful effect.
Ara, named for the constellation, is more than a leisurely day in the sun, where poolside DJs sample chill music by day and up-tempo beats by night. Cabanas offer private luxury and the menu tempts you with high-end wines, hand-crafted cocktails, and thoughtfully curated food. Come and check out the extraordinary panoramic views and stylish vibe.
An ideal gathering place, a refreshing arrival, TLB is Hotel Effie’s vibrant lobby bar where you can enjoy creative craft cocktails and signature small plates that are perfect for sharing. Sip our classic House G + T (gin and tonic) or branch out and try something a little more adventurous like a Oaxacanite Call, or a taste of bourbon, bitters, or bergamot.
Hotel Effie’s very own Sweetbay Coffee market is curated by Chef Hugh Acheson, so you can expect the finest array of coffee drinks, tea blends, and of course, a welcoming smile. The best start to your day or a nice afternoon pick-me-up.
Bringing our favorite flavors and dishes directly to you, enjoy the elevated cuisine of Chef Hugh Acheson when you don’t feel like going out. Indulge in the comfort of your own room, without having to get out of your cozy plush robe and slippers.
Experiences are the Greatest Gift
Know someone headed our way? Give the gift of a vacation—and a life—well lived. A decadent meal at Ovide, a luxurious day at Spa Lilliana, a night out at Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge. A gift card purchase allows you to give experiences over things.