66 Main Street
Rosemary Beach, FL 32461
Refreshed and recharged
A longtime favorite, Edward’s Fine Food & Wine in Rosemary Beach has a bit of a new look thanks to some recent
renovations. Guests can now dine outside in the New Orleans-style courtyard which features live music seven nights
a week, or enjoy a more intimate experience in the dining room.
“We didn’t want to try to change everything about Edward’s,” said General Manager Kristy Boatwright Johnston,
“and we didn’t reinvent the wheel, we just tried to update it and bring a little fresh look to it.”
Some of those updates included brighter colors and a new awning protecting guests from the weather, which also
allows Edward’s to accommodate bigger groups for wedding rehearsal dinners and other special events. A
redesigned bar highlights Edward’s extensive and unique wine collection. The beautiful new back bar allows people
to see the wide variety of both recognizable and specialty wines offered here.
“We’ve got about 100 wines on the wine list, so it really allows us to showcase those wines and that’s our pride and
joy. We win Wine Spectator awards every year. I try to bring a little bit of everything into the wine list and try to
really balance it out as far as price and region, approachability, while also keeping it somewhat boutique in nature.”
Another pride and joy for Edward’s is the menu, featuring items such as Seared Diver Scallops, Classic Tuna
Tartare, and Edward’s Crab Cakes, to name a few. Chef Josh Smith works with area farmers to offer local and fresh
ingredients, so side items are often changing depending on what’s in season. And while the seafood dishes at
Edwards are notable, there are a number of popular non-fish entrees featuring chicken and steak. A vegetarian
specialty, the Capellini Pomodoro combines roasted tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, Parmesan, and dried chili; or the
house favorite appetizer, crispy Brussels sprouts.
“We try to have a little bit of everything,” said Johnston. “And one thing we don’t try to do is overwhelm our dishes
with heavy sauces or anything that would mask our product.”
For guests looking for the perfect wine to go along with dinner, Johnston, a certified sommelier, is usually available
to help make the selection.
“I’m very passionate about wine, so I love when guests ask me over to pick out that one bottle that’s really going to
shine for them.”
The goal, said Johnston, is to offer guests a memorable experience in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
“We’re very casual fine dining. We want to be approachable, we want to provide excellent food, excellent service,
excellent wine, but not be intimidating. Our job at the front and the back of the house is to make sure that everybody
is having a great time and creating memories.”
Edward’s Fine Food & Wine works on a first-come, first-served basis and does not accept reservations. The
restaurant is located at 66 Main Street, Rosemary Beach. In the summer, the restaurant is open Monday through
Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 850-231-0550 or visit