Panama City Beach Area Restaurants

Restaurants in the Panama City Beach Area

Make sure and bring your appetite when you visit Panama City Beach, Florida. From fast food establishments to fancy restaurants, you’ll never have a shortage of places to eat when you visit. Here are some of the eateries in the area that are most popular with tourists and locals alike:

Boatyard – 5323 North Lagoon Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408; (850) 249-9273;

This restaurant and bar serves up fresh sushi, sandwiches, salads, seafood and sides prepared by well-known chefs. Choose from a wide selection of wine and cocktails at this popular eatery on Grand Lagoon.

Breakers on the Beach – 12627 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL; (850) 234-6060;

Dine with a sunset view at Breakers, where you can enjoy the “Legends of Rock n’ Roll and Country” show while eating today’s seafood catch. Breakers also hosts weddings and other events.

Calypso Beach Café – 15812 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL 32413; (850) 234-6788

Calypso serves lunch and dinner with a Caribbean flair. Bring your family to taste the Creole-inspired food. The café is also a popular venue for hosting special events.

Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant & Waterfront Market — 5551 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City, FL 32408; (850) 234-2225 or (888) US-TOP-50

Taste some classic Gulf dishes at Capt. Anderson’s, which has been in business since 1967. Choose from freshly caught seafood like charcoal broiled fish, as well as pasta dishes and dozens of wine varieties.

Hofbrau Beer Garden – 701 Pier Park Dr., Ste. 155, Panama City Beach, FL 32413; (850) 235-4632;

Located at Pier Park, Hofbrau brings a taste of Bavaria to the Florida panhandle with classic German fare. Beer drinkers can choose from a handful of popular Hofbrau brews: original, dunkel, hefeweizen, maibock and Oktoberfest. The dinner menu includes pretzels, brats and sausages, salads and sandwiches and a variety of traditional schnitzel dishes.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Panama City Beach – 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413; (850)-235-7870

Have yourself a cheeseburger in paradise at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, part of a chain of tropical-themed restaurants inspired by the legendary singer. Food includes appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches and burgers, seafood and other specialties, fajitas, steak, ribs and more.


Montego Bay Seafood House & Oyster Bar – 473 Beckrich Rd., Panama City Beach, FL; (850) 233-6033; 4920 Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach, FL; (850) 234-8686;

Famous for gumbo, Montego Bay also serves a variety of appetizers, salads, seafood, ribs, burgers, chicken and steaks. Montego has two Panama Beach locations: one in the Shoppes at Edgewater and another on “The Curve” on Thomas Drive.

Pineapple Willy’s – 9875 S. Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408; (850) 235-1225

Treat yourself to a “Willy basket” of fried chicken, fried shrimp or fried grouper at this popular joint, or try the BBQ ribs, pulled pork or other sandwich or seafood dishes. Come on a music night and hear bands like Heritage or Throwing Stones.

Reggae J’s Island Grill – 16202 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413; (850) 233-1790;

Opened a few years ago, Reggae J’s cooks up some great appetizers, seafood sandwiches and island sandwiches. Seafood entrée selections include grouper, mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, snow crab, scallops, shrimp and oysters. Thirsty? Choose from a nice selection of Caribbean beers, including Red Stripe (Jamaica), Kalik (Bahamas), Carib (Trinidad and Tobago) and Presidente (Dominican Republic).

Schooner’s – 5121 Gulf Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408; (850) 235-3555;;

Known as the “Last Local Beach Club,” Schooner’s is an open-air hangout that traces its roots back to the sixties. Crowds yell in unison each night as the restaurant marks the sunset with a perfectly timed cannon blast. Try the seafood dishes, or indulge in a Schooners Burger made with Certified Angus beef.

Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar – 15201 Front Beach Rd. Panama City Beach, FL 32413; (850) 235-2420;;

For 30 years, Sharky’s has served up seafood, pasta, oysters, appetizers, soups and salads. Try the Pineapple Mahi-Mahi, which is grilled over an open pit and topped with six jumbo shrimp and pineapple sauce. Or splurge on some freshly shucked Apalachicola oysters that are fried golden brown. If you’re looking for a church while you’re on vacation, consider attending Worship at the Water for a relaxing worship experience Sunday morning at Sharky’s.

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