25 Pier Park Restaurants – Complete Guide to Dining in Pier Park

by July 31, 2009 • 16 comments

Hundreds of people land on pcbdaily every month searching for Pier Park Restaurants, so I thought I’d give you guys the most complete list in Panama City Beach for restaurants in Pier Park.  The list is broken into three categories:

Food Via Wait Staff
  • Back Porch Seafood and Oyster House
    Fresh seafood restaurant right across the street from the Gulf of Mexico.  Dine on traditional seafood platters in a casual and laid back atmosphere. Sandwiches from $10 to $14, and dinner from $16 to $25.  Back Porch is located at the corner of Front Beach Road and the main boardwalk area of Pier Park.

    • Bootleg Barbecue
      “We live our lives like we smoke our meat, slow and on the beach.”  Bootleg owner Josh Daugherty comes from a back ground in high-end cuisine, but with solid roots in slow roasted pork butts, he returned to BBQ.  Bootleg Barbecue restaurant in Pier Park is truly one of a kind, bringing the sweet savor of BBQ sauce and quality meat and sides in a fun environment.  Sandwiches from $8, plates from $13, and huge party feast catering with special pricing!  Bootleg is located in the “festive” grounds, right next to Starbucks.

      • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
        Dubbed “Panama’s Football Headquarters,” Buffalo Wild Wings in Pier Park brings the traditional combination of watching sports on a gazillion flat screen TV’s and eating messy, spicy wings to Panama City Beach.  If you love sports and food, this is the place to go.  Not to mention their phenomenal wing specials and sauce that will literally make you cry (it made me cry, and I was heckled because of it, but it was worth it).  They are one of our advertisers, be sure to say PCBDAILY and get $5 off on orders $20 or more!  BWW is a restaurant located right across from Five Guys on the main boardwalk area of Pier Park.

        • Guglielmo’s Italian Grill
          “If you love authentic Italian cuisine. . .  Guglielmo’s is the place to be.”  Located in the middle of the action in Pier Park, Guglielmo’s is a big-box chain that brings little Italy flavor to all their dishes.  I have no idea what the pricing is as they don’t have it on their web site – sorry!  Guglielmo’s is located in the “festive” area, next to Bootleg Barbecue.

          • Guy Harvey’s Island Grill
            What would Panama City Beach, much less Pier Park, be without one of Guy Harvey’s four Island Grills.  Fans of Guy Harvey can buy authentic shirts and other apparel along with art and more in the gift shop, then dine on a menu consisting of no protected fish.  Guy Harvey’s is located on the main boardwalk area, on the east side close to Front Beach Road – you can’t miss it!

            • Hofbrau Beer Garden
              All I have to say is German Beer and German Food.  And, don’t forget they are also an advertiser of pcbdaily!  They’re doing a special for the whole month of August: $8 liters after 8 pm for the entire 8th month of the year!  Hofbrau Beer Garden is located in the main boardwalk area, right across from Red Brick Pizza and across from Tootsies Orchid Lounge.

              • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
                Seriously, the best location in Pier Park.  Located directly on Front Beach Road, they have an unobstructed view of the Gulf of Mexico and those amazing sunsets that come with that view.  You can eat here from $7 to $14.  Margaritaville is located right on Front Beach Road on the west side of the main boardwalk area of Pier Park.

                • Longhorn Steakhouse
                  Mmmoooooo, yeehaa!  Lookin’ for a steak?  This is the place to go.  With a lunch and dinner menu you can get anything from burgers to chicken to their legendary steaks.  Longhorn Steakhouse is located on the north side of Pier Park, right on Back Beach Road or Panma City Beach Parkway, next to Olive Garden.

                  • Olive Garden
                    You know the saying, “When you’re here, you’re family.”  And last time I was there, I sure felt great when I left!  My wife and I spent around $30 after tip, a little more than we usually spend, but we were extremely happy with the service.  Olive Garden is located on the north side of Pier Park right on Back Beach Road, next to Longhorn Steakhouse.

                    • The Cantina Bar and Grill
                      If you love Mexican, you’ll love The Cantina. Authentic Mexican food in an amazingly cool environment, this place is definitely sure to please. As if great food wasn’t enough, The Cantina also plays host to weekly trivia on Wednesday nights and regular salsa dancing lessons. The food is prepared from the freshest ingredients and features dishes from Baja Fish Tacos to burgers and wings. Plus, they have the largest selection of Tequila around.

                      • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Spirits
                        There’s a lot of hype about this place, but bring your wallet because they ain’t no Five Guys.  The burgers were good, but the fries weren’t all they were cracked up to be.  But, that’s just my opinion, tons of people love these guys, don’t let me stop you from enjoying their really fun atmosphere!  Burgers from $9, fries included.  Red Robin is located in the north section of Pier Park in the same building as the Great American Cookie Maker, across from where Baja Grill was and down from the AT&T store in Panama City Beach.

                        • Reggae J’s Island Grill
                          Like reggae music?  What about seafood with a Caribbean flare?  This is your place.  Owned by the same people who own Back Porch Seafood and Oyster House across the street, you know the seafood will be local, fresh and great.  Sandwiches from $9 and dinner from $12 to $20.  Raggae J’s is located in the boardwalk area of Pier Park (south section of Pier Park), right on Front Beach Road, on the east side opposite of Margaritaville in Panama City Beach.

                          • Tootsies Orchid Lounge
                            Honky Tonk and good ‘ol Nashville BBQ.  This is where the country boys and anyone else who loves lively honky tonk go to hang out.  Already Tootsies has brought celebrities to our little town, including Jamey Johnson, Kelsey Grammar (yes, Frasier), Kenny Chesney, and several others!  Go out, you never know who you might see.  Tootsies is located on the boardwalk area of Pier Park, across from Hofbrau Beer Garden and Red Brick Pizza

                            Food Via Order at the Counter
                            • Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries
                              I love this place.  Seriously, these guys should be advertising with us, I tweet them so much.  I remember when I first published a story about them, someone remarked how expensive they were, but I’ve found the exact opposite.  Any place that I can go and get a soda, a few burgers, dogs and fries and feed myself, my wife and a couple of my kids for $20 is a huge winner for me, especially if the food is great.  If you can’t find Five Guys Burgers and Fries in the south side of Pier Park (the main boardwalk area), you need new eyes.  That building is probably one of the most visually appealing in the whole lot, and Pier Park is very beautiful.

                              • Hana Japan
                                All Japanese food, all the time.  Hana Japan is located right next to Marble Slab on the main boardwalk area, which is across from Five Guys and Buffalo Wild Wings.

                                • Panera Bread
                                  For anything from sweet flat-bread sandwiches to fresh pasties to party catering platters, Panera has got it all.  This is my favorite place to go with my wife in the winter.  With each of us getting the “You Pick Two” and a couple sodas, we rarely spend more than $20 for a date – love this place!  Panera Bread is located on the north part of Pier Park where Target is.  In fact, you can see Target from the front doors of Panera.

                                  • Smoothie King
                                    Oh man, I love smoothies. They’re so delicious and healthy and filling and so worth the trip over. Whether you are looking to “trim and thin”, partake in their Workout and Sports Nutrition smoothies, or you just want a delicious chocolate banana strawberry flavor cream dream smoothie, you’ll be happy.

                                    • RedBrick Pizza
                                      Having recently eaten there, we got a large Red Brick Gourmet Works and a couple sodas for around $23.  A little high for a lunch for us, but the pizza was fantastic, atmosphere was good, and we had a great time.  Red Brick Pizza is located in the south section of Pier Park, also called the boardwalk area, and is across from Hofbrau Beer Garden and Tootsies Orchid Lounge.

                                      Eateries
                                      • Candymaker Candy Store
                                        All types of home-made candy, enough to rot the teeth of you and your family, if you’re into that kinda thing.  I know my kids are, but I’ve had one too many root-canals.  Candymaker Candy Store is located in the “festive” area, which is right across from the movie theater, The Grand.

                                        • Great American Cookie/Pretzelmaker
                                          I love cookies, and they have specials here all the time.  Located in the north side of Pier Park, right across from that fateful AT&T store that I spent 5 hours at buying two sweet sweet iPhones, you can spell the delicious aroma wafting down the sidewalk.

                                          • Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream
                                            Love LOVE their ice cream and home-made chocolates.  They make chocolate and fudge right there under that roof, and I think they make the ice-cream too, but just not there.  There is a Kilwin’s in Destin (which is where it all started) and they’ve been successful here.  Kilwin’s is located in the main boardwalk area, on the east side, right down from Red Brick Pizza and Smoothie King.

                                            • Marble Slab Creamery
                                              The name says it all.  If you like goodies in your ice-cream, this is the place to get it fresh.  Using huge, chilled marble slabs and heavy thick metal “crushers”, the staff at this tasty treat shop mix up anything you want in your ice-cream, from gummy bears to Oreos to M&Ms.  Marble Slab is located on the main boardwalk area across from Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

                                              • YoGurty’s Yummy Yogurt
                                                Self-serve frozen yogurt is all the rage in the midwest and northeast, but a total first for our area. YoGurty’s brings a very unique and absolutely delicious twist to this summer delight. With 8 flavors to choose from and fresh toppings (I witnessed them chopping up toppings with a chef knife), this is a very tasty way to keep cool in the summer. Hint: try the Red Velvet Cake flavor, if you like chocolate, this flavor is simply amazing.

                                                • Polka-Dots Toys and Gifts
                                                  Selling all the retro toys and gifts that you can’t find anywhere else, Polka Dots also has snacks and other eatery items.  Polka Dots is located in the main boardwalk area of Peir Park on the east side, in the same building as Hofbrau Beer Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings.

                                                  • Popcorn Kingdom
                                                    This, my friend, is the place that dreams are made of.  Popcorn literally fills every nook and cranny of this magical place.  If you can dream it up, this place has the popcorn to open your eyes.  Popcorn Kingdom is in the boardwalk area of Pier Park in Panama City Beach, on the east side, same building as Buffalo Wild Wings.

                                                    • Smoothie King
                                                      The name says it all.  Smoothie King is located in the main boardwalk area of Pier Park, on the east side, in the same building as Red Brick Pizza and Kilwin’s Chocolate.

                                                      • Starbucks Coffee
                                                        Again, everyone knows Starbucks.  Starbucks is located in the “promo” area, and can be seen from The Grand Movie Theater.

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                                                        4 Margaret July 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

                                                        You guys really need to update this list as several restaurants are no longer there. Guy Harvey’s left last year, as did Guglielmo’s.

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                                                        Please update your list of Pier Park stores and restaurants. It gives a negative view of the area when restaurants or stores or no longer in business but are still listed.

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                                                        Kenny

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                                                        11 Melanie Driggers January 11, 2014 at 10:47 am

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                                                        14 Linda Cawley August 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm

                                                        Restaurant hours would have made this article much more informative, but appreciated the list and your comments.

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