Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood: Candlelight cuisine

June 20, 2020
By Pam Windsor

MIRAMAR BEACH – Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood has a longstanding reputation as one of the top fine-dining restaurants in the region. Located in the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the AAA Four-diamond restaurant is known for its exceptional cuts of prime beef and fresh seafood. It is a traditional New York-style restaurant that offers elegant specialty dishes like Steak Diane and Bananas Foster.

“We offer table-side service and other things New York-style steakhouses are known for that not a lot of other places are doing – especially in this area.” – Chef Dan Vargo

“We offer table-side service and other things New York-style steakhouses are known for that not a lot of other places are doing – especially in this area,” noted Chef Dan Vargo, executive chef of the resort.

One of their most popular items presented at the table is the Caesar Salad. Another is their Dover Sole.

“We prepare it, then filet it and serve it table-side. It always gets a huge reception,” Vargo said. “It does really well.”

The restaurant’s extensive menu features filet mignon, ribeye, porterhouse, and New York strip steak, along with a many different seafood and shellfish entrees, all prepared in a variety of unique ways. 

Savor the seasons

Seagar’s Executive Chef Lee Guidry said the menus change four times a year, with heavier fare offered in the fall and winter, and lighter dishes in the spring and summer. 

“The staples stay the same, but I usually alter a couple of the salads depending on the time of year. And most of the seafood items change seasonally.”

He looks forward to the spring season every year because it allows him more creativity with so many different fruits, vegetables, and herbs available. 

“That’s when everything starts and spring vegetables are available,” he said. “And the mushrooms we harvest in the spring, they’re my favorite.”

Both Chefs Vargo and Guidry began their culinary careers in Florida years ago, then left to continue their training in kitchens all over the world, before returning home. They enjoy drawing on their collective experience and expertise in creating new and different entrees.

“I definitely enjoy a lot of freedom and support in creating menus,” said Guidry.

They take great care in maintaining a standard of excellence that has kept guests coming back time and time again.

“When you’re coming up with actual dishes, you’re looking at taste and texture, balance, acidity, and how the whole dish comes together. Everything has to be just right,” Vargo added.

High style

Seagar’s is also known for its award-winning private reserve wine list, featuring more than 600 wines. And to add even one more element to an extraordinary experience, guests can enjoy live piano music during dinner. 

The restaurant is located in the lower level of the Hilton resort, but is open to the public. Free parking is available. Reservations are recommended and there is a dress code. Jackets and ties are not required, but collared shirts, closed toe shoes, and trousers are preferred for men, with a dress or slacks and a blouse preferred for women. 

With spectacular food and the service to match, guests can look forward to a fine dining experience they’ll be sure to remember.

Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is at 4000 Sandestin Blvd. South in Miramar Beach. Reservations are currently required at 850-279-5941 or via OpenTable. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday; the lounge opens at 5:30 and dinner starts at 6 p.m. Hours vary seasonally during the offseason; visit them online at www.seagars.com.