Panama City Beach Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Panama City Beach

April 14, 2018 Renato Branum

Panama City Beach, with its trademark white sand and warm Gulf waters, attracts everyone from spring breakers to retirees, singles to families. As a result, the city offers a range of activities for all ages and interests. Families won't want to miss the huge Shipwreck Island water park or the hundreds of animals and plants at Zoo World. Golfers will find plenty of top-rated courses and outdoor types can canoe, fish and nature walk at St. Andrew's State Nature Park. And there's always the 27 miles of beautiful oceanfront the city is famous for.
Things to do in Panama City Beach

1. David's Sno-Balls

13913 PCB Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 16 +1 850-236-1998
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 917 reviews

David's Sno-Balls

New Orleans Style Sno-Balls, Beignets & Café au Lait, Po-Boys on real French bread, Nathan's Hot Dogs, Red Beans & Rice, Shrimp Etouffee, Jambalaya, & Gumbo rotating daily all served in a family friendly location conveniently located in the center of Panama City Beach.

Reviewed By ElderWizard - Oak Ridge, Tennessee

We came to Santa Rosa Beach for time in the sun and one of the dishes we had on our list to savor was some real New Orleans-style muffalettas. Formerly there was a small place in Destin that sold some good ones, but we found they had closed. After a web search in the area, we were sad to find there was no place nearby to get a muffaletta. We expanded our search radius and discovered David's New Orleans Style Cafe & Sno-Balls. But it was a 40-minute drive from our lodging. We planned out some other things to do and headed there. The muffalettas are awesome. The two things that make a muffaletta like it should be are the olive salad and the bread. David's got those parts just right and we were elated. They really pile on the meats and cheese as well. Later in our stay we made the trip there just to get muffalettas and we bought two on our last day to take home with us. If you want to experience a fine muffalletta, it is worth a lengthy drive. Judging by the number of locals that were there during our visits, they must do well with their other dishes, too.

2. Eat My Pasty

280 S Highway 79, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2116 Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Brew Pub, Bar, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 25 +1 850-851-9050
Excellent
82%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Eat My Pasty

We are a traditional English shop and proudly serve 15 flavors of pasties, fish & chips, gourmet burgers & sandwiches. We also serve beer & wine, and have unique desserts.

Reviewed By Mary Anna C

Great food, great atmosphere. If you’re from the south, the shepherds pie will be a little different taste for you. It is made with lamb instead of ground beef, but it is phenomenal! Very neat place!Thanks Mary did you know all shepherds pie should be made with lamb anything made with ground beef is known as cottage pie!

3. Jesse's Place

7008 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408-6126 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Diner, American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 20 +1 850-708-1356
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Jesse's Place

Serving a Full Breakfast Menu All Day, Salads, Sandwiches, & Daily Meat & 3 Lunch Specials. Southern Cooking!

Reviewed By steve z - Nashville, Tennessee

Only open for breakfast and lunch. Lunch menus have daily specials beyond menu. A true meat and three for lunches. Family owned, large portions,especially salad.

4. Finns Island Style Grub

7220 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408-7527 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 12 +1 850-249-3466
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 701 reviews

Finns Island Style Grub

Our mission at FINNS is to keep it small, fresh, and simple. That way we can focus on quality and consistency. We embrace the outdoors, take pride in everything we cook, and love what we do. Most people agree that it shows in our food. No fryers or microwaves here, just a grill and an oven. Live by the motto KEEPING IT FRESH!

Reviewed By Roxy314

I don't know why we waited so long to try Finns.. It's a cute place with a Hawaiian vibe and a menu that offers something for everyone. I'm always on the lookout for a good ceviche and theirs did not disappoint- I don't know about the daily variation, but today's was made with shrimp- it was slightly sweet, and I'm wanting more. I wasn't offered the spring mix option that the menu describes; I was just given chips which was fine. However, next time I'll ask about the spring mix option to check out the difference. He had the mahi tacos and they were very good and served on corn tortillas. They were chopped up a bit roughly, but the flavor was there. We can't wait to go back and try more on the menu. Suggestion- get there early as the seating and parking are limited.

5. Firefly

535 N Richard Jackson Blvd, Shoppes at Edgewater, Panama City Beach, FL 32407-3616 Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 18 - SGD 55 +1 850-249-3359
Excellent
80%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Firefly

Casual Fine Dining at it"s Finest! Firefly specializes locally caught seafood, mouthwatering steaks seared on an 1800 degree broiler, wild game, fresh sushi and artisan pizzas. Winner of Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Award, OpenTable's 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, Urbanspoon's Top 250 High End Restaurant and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, quality of food and service is Firefly's mission. The atmosphere is more like New York City than Panama City. Firefly is the locals choice for a romantic night out, or a special occasion. Firefly has also played host to Country Music Stars, Heisman Trophy winners and the President of The United States. Firefly was one of eight restaurants selected to cook for the athletes and dignitaries in the USA House at the 2012 London Olympics. We want it to be much more than dinner, we want to treat you to a unique dining experience!

Reviewed By Marino32569 - Mary Esther, Florida

This upscale restaurant is kind of a hidden gem because it's located in a shopping mall. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is very nice. The duck and fish dishes I've tried here have been amazing!Thank you for your gracious review. I hope to see you again. We look forward to serving you.

6. Liza's Kitchen

7328 Thomas Dr, Suite L, Panama City Beach, FL 32408-7500 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 850-233-9000
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 584 reviews

Liza's Kitchen

Reviewed By seminole380 - Las Vegas, Nevada

heard this pleat wine was overpriced u order in a cattle line they bring u ur food not me heard they got new owners over priced

7. Red Rae's Restaurant

12011 Panama City Beach Pkwy, In The Lyndell Shopping Center, Panama City Beach, FL 32407-2607 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Cajun & Creole, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast SGD 8 - SGD 33 +1 850-249-7858
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Red Rae's Restaurant

specializing in Breakfast and Lunch with a Cajun Creole flair . Specializing in fresh house made ingredients Red Rae's unique menu with many options has something for everyone . Community coffee and espresso and Lattes also a delicious special house made community blend cold brew truly a one of a kind dining experience .

Reviewed By Neal M

We went here several times on our vacation, suggested to us at the welcome center, and the food was outstanding. Met and talked to the owner and chef each time . Very friendly place and everything we ate we loved. Cajun food is their specialty.

8. Andy’s Flour Power

2629 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408-6227 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 850-230-0014
Excellent
80%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Andy’s Flour Power

Reviewed By BethWI - Muskego, WI

We came for breakfast with a party of ten. My daughter has cashew/pistachio allergies. I contacted them ahead of time, and they said they were able to safely accommodate her. They did not have any cashews in the restaurant, and the only pistachios are in the pistachio muffins in the bakery case.

A recommendation from the restaurant was to come in between 7-8, as they are less busy at that time. We got there around 7:40, and were seated immediately. By the time we left, the restaurant was pretty full.

The waitress was very friendly. I thought for a table of ten, the food came out fast. We all enjoyed our meals. Some had omelets, waffles, and french toast. All were very good.

The owner, Andy, also came to our table twice to see how the service and food was. He seemed like a really nice guy, who is very vested in his business.

We come to PCB each year, and I have a feeling we will make eating here a yearly tradition.

9. Patches Pub & Grill

4723 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408-7322 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 8 - SGD 16 +1 850-233-8879
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 457 reviews

Patches Pub & Grill

Reviewed By Calbama

The wait time is rediculis especially with kids to eat here . There is no seating took almost two hours to get two pizzas . Try entertaining kids that long that are so hungry from a day at the beach . We thought about ordering an appetizer but the chips come in a small order and not refillable which is rediculis. If your gonna make hungry kids sit there that long to eat then provide something !!! It took just another hour to get the check after we chased them down .

10. Fishale Taphouse & Grill

7715 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407-4813 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Brew Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 850-640-1410
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 504 reviews

Fishale Taphouse & Grill

Reviewed By adhoge - Rome, Italy

My wife and I have frequented Fishale Taphouse and Grill. I enjoy the selection of microbrews and my wife enjoys their cocktails. We've sampled many of their menu items - wings, burgers, ahi tuna, calamari, spinach artichoke dip, crab cakes, and salads. We've enjoyed all of these dishes on numerous occasions. We like the various "theme" nights and martini night is one of our favorites. The bartenders and wait staff are always enjoyable and friendly. For those who enjoy microbrews, they offer a "mug club."

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