8 Spots for Waterfront Dining in Panama City Beach

by January 19, 2010 • 7 comments

What could be better than a relaxing and appetizing meal in the company of someone special? How about a gorgeous view of the water to complement the experience? In Panama City Beach, there’s no shortage of beautiful waterfront settings that will turn any meal into a special occasion – check out our guide (in no particular order) to some of the best.

Lime’s Bayside Bar and Grill. One of Panama City Beach’s favorite waterfront spots, Lime’s is located at the Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, and is accessible either by foot or by boat. With its tin roof and sprawling docks, Lime’s offers visitors a casual atmosphere and some of the best views around. Try the grilled fish tacos or the mango chipotle BBQ beef brisket. Open Wednesday thru Sunday, 11:00 am to sunset. Call (850) 236 6000 for more details.

Bayou Joe's 2Bayou Joe’s Marina Grill. Located in historical downtown Panama City behind the courthouse, Bayou Joe’s is a great choice for those seeking a relaxed atmosphere away from the beach. Enjoy rustic waterfront views of Massalina Bayou, friendly service, and a great menu including a fantastic breakfast selection. Open Monday thru Saturday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sundays 7:00 am to 7:30 pm. Call (850) 763 6442 for more details.

Schooners Last Local Beach Club. A Panama City Beach favorite, where both locals and visitors go to enjoy delicious food, oceanfront views, and live entertainment. Schooners is an open-air hangout that has been serving up fresh seafood and good times for many years, and a cannon is fired every night to announce the legendary sunset. It really doesn’t get much better. Don’t miss “The Beach Party”, Schooners’ famous seafood platter consisting of shrimp, grouper, oysters and hushpuppies. Open 7 days a week from 11:00 am until late. Call (850) 235 3555 for more details.

Pineapple Willy'sPineapple Willy’s. Home of the famous Jack Daniel’s BBQ ribs, Pineapple Willy’s is the ultimate in casual waterfront dining. Dine outside on the covered pier, or inside where sports lovers can watch the big game on one of the many plasma TV screens. There’s something for all tastes, including seafood, prime rib, salads, sandwiches and a great kid’s menu. When the sun goes down Pineapple Willy’s is the place to be, with incredible live entertainment on the Pier Bar. Open 7 days a week from 11:00 am till late. Call (850) 235 1225 for more details.

Uncle Ernie's 3 Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill. Visit beautiful historic St. Andrew’s Marina, located just ten minutes from Panama City Beach, for a memorable dining experience. Uncle Ernie’s offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere complemented by breathtaking waterfront scenery. Diners can arrive by either land or water, and once seated, will have a hard time choosing from the sensational menu and wine list. Pick from items such as sauteed shrimp and sea scallops with angel hair pasta, grouper pigneri with shrimp, or the award winning crab cakes. A superb choice for any occasion. Uncle Ernie’s is open 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Call (850) 763 8427 for more details.

Spinnaker’s Paradise Grill. Boasting a central Panama City Beach location on Thomas Drive, Spinnaker has evolved from a night spot popular with the younger crowd to a fantastic restaurant geared towards families and diners of all ages. The club still rocks at night, but Paradise Grill provides a relaxed, oceanfront setting for lunch and dinner. Serving up fresh local seafood, steaks, burgers, salads and healthy wraps, Spinnaker’s Paradise Grill sits overlooking the soft white sands and sparkling gulf waters. Diners can enjoy front row seats to the world’s most beautiful sunset and a mouthwatering menu, all in one perfect location. Open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, 7 days a week. Call (850) 234 7892 for more details.

The Shrimp Boat The Shrimp Boat Restaurant. Head to historic St. Andrew’s for an exquisite waterfront dining experience with a difference. Architecturally modeled after a 19th-Century Cuban Cigar Factory, the Shrimp Boat restaurant is 3 stories high and over 24,000 square feet. This exciting new eatery features a classic seafood fine dining menu, a sushi bar, banquet facilities, and a 55-foot long bar overlooking Smiths Yacht Basin. The Shrimp Boat is also home to Gracie Rae, a casual bar and grill where the great food goes hand in hand with outdoor dining and gorgeous waterfront views. The Shrimp Boat is open daily for dinner at 4:30 pm, and Gracie Rae is open for both lunch and dinner, daily at 11:30 am. Call (850) 785 8706 for more details.

BoatyardThe Boatyard. A popular local hangout, the Boatyard is located overlooking the calm waters of Grand Lagoon. Its prime waterfront setting is by no means the only reason the Boatyard is a Panama City Beach favorite. A Key West inspired menu includes items such as cilantro spiced mahi-mahi, key lime garlic shrimp, and grilled Caribbean jerk chicken. Don’t miss a Boatyard specialty, key lime pie on a stick. This mouthwatering dessert consists of creamy and tart key lime pie with a graham cracker crust, dipped in dark chocolate, frozen and served old-fashioned popsicle style. Yum! Open 7 days a week from 11:00 am. Call (850) 249 9273 for more details.

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1 Aaron Myers January 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I pick the Barefoot Beach Club has my favorite beach/water front place to eat, yum!


2 Bearabull January 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

Where exactly is historic St.Andrews and historic Panama City. I tried looking for PC one year, but it seemed I was in a not so nice area.


3 gail January 20, 2010 at 10:26 am

To go to the historic Panama City Area, take the Hathaway bridge into Panama City. Continute straight over RR tracks. At large intersection, (St. Andews Church on right) take a right. This will lead you to the Shrimp Boat Rest and my all time favorite, Uncle Ernies! The area is nice. You can drive onto the fishing pier to see the fishing boats etc. Enjoy!! Beautiful area.


4 Jerry Eyler January 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

My favorites are the Boatyard for dinner…Schooners for lunch

I think ther are both closed until February


5 jobeibi January 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Bearabull, Historic St. Andrews is a couple of blocks of Beck Ave (as Gail described above). You’ll drive past a pawn shop and some trailers to get there, but don’t worry about it. The food and the views are terrific.


6 susan January 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

Well… Three of these places are ‘Panama City’ but the title of the article is Panama City Beach… So what about Breakers, Harpoon Harry’s, Sharky’s… these three are even actually on the Gulf… not the bay/lagoon.


7 Brewer March 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Barefoot Beach Club should be on this list. Great little place on Front Beach Rd. Has a great playground for the kids. I only wish they used fresh squeezed juices for their sour mix. Margaritas are powdery and will kill you with heart burn. However, they have the best burger west of Spinnaker.