Most Popular American food in Panama City, Florida, United States

September 3, 2019 Merry Kessler

Find out what American restaurants to try in Panama City. Panama City is a four-season paradise for water-sports enthusiasts. Kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing and kiteboarding are popular activities on the crystal blue waters of St. Andrews Bay. Numerous charters offer inshore and offshore fishing, scuba and snorkeling excursions. Guided day trips are available for dolphin-watching or you can go shelling on uninhabited Shell Island. Enjoy water views and fresh, locally caught seafood at popular restaurants like Gene's Oyster Bar, a local landmark.
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10. Tom's Hot Dogs

555 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-2621 American, Fast Food Lunch Takeout, Seating +1 850-769-8890 http://www.tomsdowntown.com/menu
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4 based on 140 reviews

Tom's Hot Dogs

Reviewed By Travelqueen121

They've moved to a larger place...I think their recipes have changed a bit and the dogs just ain't the same...the original owner has moved on and this is now just your typical dog place. Parking is a pain (as it was when they were "up the street", but one of the few places to grab a dog for lunch...just not highly recommended altough the dogs are quite edible....

9. Captain's Table Fish House Restaurant

1110 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-1457 American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +1 850-767-9933 http://m.mainstreethub.com/captainstable
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4 based on 477 reviews

Captain's Table Fish House Restaurant

Captain's Table Fish House Restaurant is a seafood restaurant in historic St. Andrews area of Panama City that serves fresh, local seafood. Our restaurant has been family-owned and operated since 1967. Since the beginning, we have aimed to provide the fre

Reviewed By Chris S

We had been here for lunch and it was good. Dinner was not impressive. I ordered the crab legs. They were obviously pre frozen and then overcooked. My husband had fresh snapper and it was good but not outstanding.They could stop serving 4 hush puppies each with the salad, appetizer and entree. Would go back for lunch, but too many better choices for dinner.

8. Just The Cook

3151 W 10th St Slip #80, Panama City, FL 32401-1461 Italian, American, Bar Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +1 850-610-1775 http://JustTheCook.com
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4 based on 169 reviews

Just The Cook

Just The Cook is a laid back fast casual restaurant that elevates food. We serve everything from seafood to gourmet burgers! Catch us on Fridays when we have our Frank Sinatra Fettuccine Friday! Where we make homemade fettuccine, offer two sauces and drin

Reviewed By 867heathere

The shrimp Tortuga sandwich was awesome a little spicy for my taste but I'm a big wimp when it comes to spice. Daughter and husband loved the hamburgers husband said the class cloe slaw was the best he's had. And two beers for free was great too.

7. Bayou Joe's

112 E 3rd Ct Ste A, Panama City, FL 32401-3103 American, Bar, Seafood Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront +1 850-763-6442 http://bayoujoes.com/
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4 based on 439 reviews

Bayou Joe's

Reviewed By Kgaribay

We had to wait awhile, but understandable considering the atmosphere of the restaurant. A wonderful outdoor restaurant that sits right on the water. Fun watching small boats cruise up to the restaurant and place their orders. I got the fried oyster basket and it was very filling! We would definitely come here again........when we're in the area! Not in the near future!

6. Uncle Ernie's Bayfront Grill

1151 Bayview Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-1452 American, Bar, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront [email protected] +1 850-763-8427 http://uncleerniesbayfrontgrill.com/
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4 based on 1479 reviews

Uncle Ernie's Bayfront Grill

Reviewed By Pauloffice78

Uncle Ernie's is one of our favorite places to stay when visiting Panama City. The website was unclear on the status after the hurricane and we've found several of our favorite spots are still closed for repairs. Sadly, Uncle Ernie's is also still under reconstruction. We visited there on Feb 2nd and workers were busy working on the place. The outdoor deck area is completely gone and it looks like it had some interior damage as well but everything was blocked with safety cones and tape so we couldn't see much. While they are busy working it will be awhile before it is ready for business. I thought we got a picture of the current status but only found a couple of the harbor walk which was also heavily damaged.While the workers were pretty active I would guess it won't be open until March or later. We'll come back next year and I'm sure they will have even better outdoor views from their brand new deck area!

5. Gene's Oyster Bar

302 Sherman Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-4871 American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Waterfront +1 850-785-1232 http://www.facebook.com/genesoysterbar/
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5 based on 164 reviews

Gene's Oyster Bar

Reviewed By lutherwillis

While working with Florida Baptist Disaster Relief in Panama City we have eaten at Gene's twice, so far. We will return. The raw oysters are delicious, fresh, opened at the bar in front of you. The clam chowder is equally delicious, as are the fried shrimp, oysters and grouper. This place has been in business for many years and is a delightful experience. Don't be surprised if you have to wait for a seat. It's worth the wait.

4. Hunt's Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

1150 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-1468 American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +1 850-763-9645 http://www.huntsoysterbar.com
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4 based on 1568 reviews

Hunt's Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

Reviewed By 2BEis2SKI

In the St. Andrews area, this dive had a wait list at 5p on a Friday. We asked about take away food and were told they don't always based on kitchen demand so they checked and agreed they'd let us. My son and I both got one of the blackened platters. The crab cake and shrimp were quite good. There were lots and lots of scallops and a handful of oysters (cooked). Mostly, for what we paid, there was a lot of food. Fries were ok. Hushpuppies were average.I debated on 3 vs. 4 and decided that the amount of food pushed it to a 4. Not that quantity is better than quality but I thought they did a great job with both.Parking was pretty easy even though it was crowded. If you have to wait more than an hour, not sure it's worth it. Most places wouldn't be. But if you get there at the right time or they let you take away food, then I recommend.

3. The Grand Marlin Restaurant & Oyster Bar

5323 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL 32408-7907 American, Bar, Seafood Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront [email protected] +1 850-249-1500 http://www.thegrandmarlin.com/pcb/
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4 based on 445 reviews

The Grand Marlin Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Reviewed By Marion8633

Last night we had Dinner and decided on the Thursday Special which was the fried Seafood Platter. Ordered Hushpuppies to go with it as they were not included . They had so much corn in them,corn went all over the table. The platter consisted of 2 shrimp, 2 oysters and small piece of fish.Service was terrible. Will not go back. Very expensive and poor quality ‘

2. Gary's Oyster Shack

1320 N Tyndall Pkwy, Panama City, FL 32404-9412 American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +1 850-348-1116 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Garys-Oyster-Shack/221118714611395
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4 based on 237 reviews

Gary's Oyster Shack

Reviewed By Roseannp23

Say the reviews on Trip Advisor and decided to give it try. The smoked tuna dip was delicious! The Mahi Mahi was quite good too. The broccoli was seasoned well, and the Mac & Cheese was perfect. The staff was friendly and efficient. We even met Gary. Would go again!

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1. G. Foley's

3214 W 23rd St, Panama City, FL 32405-1830 American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music +1 850-481-0354 http://www.gfoleys.com/
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4 based on 210 reviews

G. Foley's

Featuring Hand Cut Steaks, fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, and unique starters and entrees, G. Foley"s is the premier choice for casual, upscale dining in Panama City. Our one of a kind bar is a welcoming destination with top shelf liquors, an excl

Reviewed By danieljgriffith

Went here for our final night in Panama City Beach and were expecting a great meal due to the TripAdvisor ratings… Hope it was just a fluke, but it was awful.... we were SO disappointed.... our waitress was very nice but we didn’t see her for 15 minutes at a time… One hour and 40 minutes later we still had not gotten our dinner while three tables around us were turned over with desserts and all… Manager comped a large portion of our meal but obviously we would have rather had a wonderful meal and evening....waitress said the meal was taking a long time because one of us ordered a well done steak (?), but when it finally did come it was still pink ... my steak was not good either...Salmon was said to be very good but our appetizers were cold… I was embarrassed of course for recommending it (because of Trip Advisor, never having been there myself).. it was just a sad ending to a beautiful week

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