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Papa Joe's Oyster Bar & Grill

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45 Ave D, Apalachicola, FL 32320-1425
850-653-1189
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
New location in downtown.

Does not have the atmosphere of the old place but the food is just as good. A lot bigger and can accommodate very large parties, has a nice bar and service is still good. Oysters and shrimp are the specialties ad they're very special.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
tumblwede
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Eastpoint, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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357 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Atlanta, Georgia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Great oysters, nice variety on the menu, prices are reasonable. Service was excellent. We will miss not sitting on the river, at the other restaurant we used to go to, but this one is our definite replacement. Can't wait to go back again.

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Eastpoint, Florida
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94 reviews 94 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Does not have the atmosphere of the old place but the food is just as good. A lot bigger and can accommodate very large parties, has a nice bar and service is still good. Oysters and shrimp are the specialties ad they're very special.

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

Unfortunately, Papa Joes new location is in town and off the water and totally lacks charm. But the oysters were killer--the best we had in a month in and around Apalach!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I was told by one of the Shrimp boat Crews that this was the best place for fresh seafood in Apalachicola. The menu was limited and almost everything but the wait staff was batter dipped and fried. I thought the portions where a tad small.

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Fair Haven, New Jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

We only had a couple of hours in Apalachicola but we arrived hungry and decided to try 3 different oyster houses. Papa Joes was our first stop and truthfully they served up the best oysters. They were plump, fresh and COLD, exactly the way they should be. We have eaten lots of gulf and other oysters and the oysters at... More 

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Kentucky
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I ordered the crab cake basket. Piping hot and very tasty. My husband had the shrimp basket but he tried the crab cake. He agreed it was very good. His shrimp was also great. It was lightly battered and cooked just right--not overcooked and dried out. French fries were basic fries but hot. I ordered the slaw and found it... More 

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Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Our hotel recommended this place and so glad we listened. Had raw and steamed oysters to start and were some of the best we've ever had. The seafood platter and fried oysters were fabulous. Our friends said the coleslaw and cheese grits were delicious. This place is very casual and much cheaper than some of the other restaurants in the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Went to get the baked oysters. Very disappointed. They came to us cool. Not hot at all Waitress was slow had to wait for our beer to long. We were given only one napkin to wipe our hands on. No plates for the oysters had to use our napkin. Then get up and get more ourself. Will not be back.

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Springfield, Illinois
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110 reviews 110 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I reviewed this place when they were on the river and raved about it. I must admit we shunned it in this location. One day we were forced to eat here after not getting in any place else. Thank you fate! By far the best food we experienced in town and reasonable. The oysters were the biggest I've ever had.....huge!... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Ok, Papa Joe's has moved. Its now a half-block off the main street. I was not expecting much. Rarely do restaurant moves work well. That is not the case with Papa Joe's. Papa is just as gregarious as he has ever been. He makes you feel welcomed. Start a conversation with him and he'll spin yarns whilst he is shucking... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45 Ave D, Apalachicola, FL 32320-1425
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Apalachicola
  • Phone Number: 850-653-1189

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?