13 BEST Restaurants in Panama City Beach (from a local)
One of the most beautiful and fun destinations in Florida is Panama City Beach. PCB is known for family activities such world class fishing, waterparks and high quality shopping destinations. And with an average of 320 days of sunshine, you and your family will enjoy the sun and relaxation that comes with the atmosphere in PCB. But when on a beach vacation, fresh seafood and great restaurants are a must. This is a list of the best restaurants in Panama City Beach, Florida. And, FYI, we own property in Florida so I’m very familiar with these restaurants!!!
Panama City Beach boasts of many wonderful restaurants of all different cuisines. Since we personally own property on the Emerald Coast and are semi- locals to the area, we have tried most of the restaurants in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Listed below are the best Restaurants in Panama City Beach, Florida:
1. SALTWATER GRILL
This restaurant offers a fine dining experience serving dishes of seafood, steaks, and pastas, and many appetizers such as lobster rolls. lobster bisque, and smoked tuna dip. The atmosphere is upscale and they have a large aquarium in the main seating area of the restaurant. This is my favorite ‘date night’ type restaurant and a must-visit when we are in Panama City Beach. Don’t miss their lobster rolls, they are the best!
2. SCHOONER’s RESTAURANT
Schooner’s is located directly oceanfront so this restaurant offers BOTH great food and a fun atmosphere. We loved the fish sandwich, fish and chips and the desserts were a repeat-worthy experience.
3. DAVID’S NEW ORLEAN’S STYLE SNO-BALLS
David’s Sno-balls is known for it’s New Orleans themed food, from Po boys to beignets, this is a reasonably priced family stop. Their frozen desserts, which include ice cream filled snow cones, will be enjoyed by kids and adults.
4. THOMAS DONUT AND SNACK SHOP
Thomas’s has been a part of Panama City Beach lifestyle for many years. I remember family vacations to PCB as a child which included a visit to Thomas Donut and Shack Shop. The donut menu changes daily and they usually sell of early! But the restaurant not only serves incredible donuts and breakfast items, but also hamburgers and various types of sandwiches and seafood platters.
5. SALTY SUE’S RESTAURANT
Salty Sue’s is a true local favorite. It was highly recommended to me by our realtor when we purchased a condo in Panama City Beach. We love their reuben sandwich and fresh seafood. Their menu is several pages long, which provides many options for even the pickiest family member.
6. C – LEVEL BAR AND GRILL
If you love crab cakes, C Level serves some of the best in Panama City Beach. C Level is located on the east end of PCB on Front Beach Road. There are heavy crowds at this restaurant which is always a good sign of good food. The grouper sandwich and prime rib are highly recommended.
7. FIREFLY RESTAURANT
Firefly Restaurant is located on the east end of Front Beach Road and offers a “casually elegant” dining experience with high quality seafood, pasta, and steak options. It is a popular dining choice and is usually packed ,but they do seasonally offer an early dining option that is moderately priced. The dining area is unique as it has a live oak tree on display in the middle of the room. This is a perfect date night option!.
8. CAPTAIN ANDERSON’S RESTAURANT
Captain Anderson’s is a classic restaurant in PCB. There is so much history and tradition in this landmark restaurant. Captain Anderson’s is located on the waterfront on Grand Lagoon off of Thomas Drive and has earned numerous awards including being named one of America’s top 50 restaurants and Best Seafood Restaurant from Southern Living Magazine. When visiting PCB, it is a treat to visit this restaurant while the fishing fleets are unloading their fresh catches for the day. Their menu includes many seafood, steak and pasta options, in addition to wines and desserts.
9. THE GRAND MARLIN RESTAURANT AND OYSTER BAR
The Grand Marlin offers “a casual, comfortable, top-notch restaurant on the Gulf, serving the finest seafood”. My family has eaten at The Grand Marlin many times and it is fantastic every. single. time. We love the grouper piccata for the main course, followed by key lime pie for dessert. My favorite appetizer in PCB is their Lobster tails, they are fried to perfection and served with a tasty dipping sauce. I highly recommend this restaurant!
10. SCHUCKUM’S OYSTER PUB
Schuckum’s is known for their oysters but they also serve seafood sandwiches, platters, burgers and more. The atmosphere is unique because the walls are covered with dollar bills. It makes for a uniques place to eat and take pictures.
11. PINEAPPLE WILLY’S
Pineapple Willy’s is the place to be! It offers a one of a kind touristy type atmosphere and it is one of the most popular stops in PCB. It is located directly on the beach and they sell adorable T-Shirts. Some of their most popular dishes are their ribs and the smoked tuna dip. My personal take on Pineapple Willy’s is that it’s geared for tourists and their T-Shirts make a great souvenir. However, I give the food 3/5 stars. The benefits of visiting Pineapple Willy’s is that is on the beach.
12. POMPANO JOE’S SEAFOOD HOUSE
Pompano Joes’s is part of a chain restaurants which also includes The Back Porch, among others. I love to visit this restaurant for their chicken rolls and hot wings appetizer. Their food and appetizer menu changes regularly so check their website before going. They have happy hour from 2:00 to 5:00 and serve appetizers and specials at discounted prices. You can dine outside on their patio which is directly across the street from the ocean. We also enjoy walking around Pier Park while we are there.
13. DAT CAJUN PLACE CAFE
The Dat Cajun Place Cafe is a casual hangout for eating all of your cajun food favorites.. They have many options from seafood, burgers, fried pickles, oysters, just to name a few. They also have nightly music and daily happy hours.