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5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
+1 850-234-2225
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10:45 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Takeout
Description: Capt. Anderson's restaurant is one of those rare "family" restaurants that...
Capt. Anderson's restaurant is one of those rare "family" restaurants that not only survives, but strengthens and improves through the years. The landmark waterfront restaurant is celebrating its 46th anniversary in 2013, and every year has witnessed remarkable growth without loss of quality. The restaurant has grown to 725 seats and, six nights a week, serves over 250,000 guests during its 8 month season. Founders, Jimmy and Johnny Patronis set high standards of hard work and consistency for the younger Patronis generations, and they still pull their shifts at the busy restaurant, stopping by to welcome old friends and loyal customers... occasionally bussing a table or taking a special order. Their passion for the business is undoubtedly the root of Capt. Anderson's success.Named among America's Top 50 restaurants, recipient of the "Best Seafood Restaurant" award from Southern Living and Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence," Capt. Anderson's won Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Award for 15 years before being inducted into the Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2005. The Hall of Fame is the highest honor Florida Trend can bestow upon a Florida restaurant.Year 'round, the Patronis family works with fishermen, oystermen and others who make their living harvesting the Gulf and Bay waters, to preserve the natural oyster beds of Apalachicola Bay... to build artificial reefs... and protect the fragile coastal ecology. Preserving and replenishing the rich natural bounty of the Gulf Coast is part of the Capt. Anderson’s legacy, one of the most important reasons this landmark restaurant is known for serving more fresh local seafood than any other restaurant in Florida.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Not for Galley Slaves

The excellent setting bayside, the decor fine, the help aloof and/or snotty, the gift shop and menu overpriced, the bar OK, we chose to eat several times at the locals, Marina Cantina across the street, also on the water, and were happy with fuller wallets.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Dennis N
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Vermillion, South Dakota
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  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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LaGrange, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Food was expensive and no better than others. This place is overrated and will not go back. Service was good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We were seated next to a window overlooking the marina. Great view! The service was excellent and the food was very good. It was my birthday and split a free desert. Wonderful evening.

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Vermillion, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The excellent setting bayside, the decor fine, the help aloof and/or snotty, the gift shop and menu overpriced, the bar OK, we chose to eat several times at the locals, Marina Cantina across the street, also on the water, and were happy with fuller wallets.

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Destin, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I had heard great things about Capt. Anderson's and it seemed like one of those local gems that one occasionally runs across here in FL. I think that at one time this was such a place. It has, however, clearly begun a long, slow, and painful demise. The experience began with the creepy host who was just a bit too... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Every single time I come to Panama City (since childhood) I come to Captain Anderson's... Never disappoints and that's quite a feat!!! Our server Marcela was extremely efficient and our food superb-- as it always is-- and our dining experience was fantastic from the bread to the last bite of our entree..Marcela took care of things before we even knew... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We had dinner here on a Friday night. They were very busy, but still managed to get our meals out in good time. I had the Fried Seafood Platter, and Cheesecake. The fish, stuffed crab, shrimp, and scallops were delicious. The French fries, on the other hand, were plain and not very tasty, like frozen fries at the super market.... More 

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Newburgh, Indiana
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Enjoyed the broiled seafood platter and fried catfish dinner. Awesome rolls. Dockside near fishing boats for a nice walk-around before or after dinner. This is a nice place that does a lot of business.

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Columbus, Mississippi, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Arrived around 6 pm; were told it would be about 35 to 40 minutes. Once we were finally called (over an hour later), we didn't realize we had waited that long. We had walked outside and checked out the boats; looked around in the gift shop; had a couple drinks in the bar. All that to say that even though... More 

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Thomasville, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Yes, this place is pricey but the food was excellent, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the staff is friendly and accommodating! The only negative thing I have to say is that we ordered Surf and Turf and were served 4 shrimp with our steak; for $11 less we could have had the same steak and for $3 more we could... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Ok, so many people love this place...it has to be good. However, I just can't stomach the prices for it. It's not that wonderful. Yes, it's good but I spend the whole time thinking I could buy 5 times the amount of seafood and eat it in my condo for the same price.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Panama City Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 850-234-2225

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 42
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Winery, Seafood, Dessert, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine

Description

Capt. Anderson's restaurant is one of those rare "family" restaurants that not only survives, but strengthens and improves through the years. The landmark waterfront restaurant is celebrating its 46th anniversary in 2013, and every year has witnessed remarkable growth without loss of quality. The restaurant has grown to 725 seats and, six nights a week, serves over 250,000 guests during its 8 month season. Founders, Jimmy and Johnny Patronis set high standards of hard work and consistency for the younger Patronis generations, and they still pull their shifts at the busy restaurant, stopping by to welcome old friends and loyal customers... occasionally bussing a table or taking a special order. Their passion for the business is undoubtedly the root of Capt. Anderson's success.Named among America's Top 50 restaurants, recipient of the "Best Seafood Restaurant" award from Southern Living and Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence," Capt. Anderson's won Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Award for 15 years before being inducted into the Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2005. The Hall of Fame is the highest honor Florida Trend can bestow upon a Florida restaurant.Year 'round, the Patronis family works with fishermen, oystermen and others who make their living harvesting the Gulf and Bay waters, to preserve the natural oyster beds of Apalachicola Bay... to build artificial reefs... and protect the fragile coastal ecology. Preserving and replenishing the rich natural bounty of the Gulf Coast is part of the Capt. Anderson’s legacy, one of the most important reasons this landmark restaurant is known for serving more fresh local seafood than any other restaurant in Florida.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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Columbus, Ohio

Jimmy,

Greetings!

Public feedback to your questions (Also sent you the same in an email).

 

First, I will say we were totally floored by our Capt Anderson’s dining experience. So much so we questioned whether we were dining at the right restaurant.

We were in PCB from 10/25 thru 11/08 and Capt Anderson’s was very highly recommended by two other couples, hotel desk clerk, and a waiter at another restaurant (Long Horn).

We were told to arrive early because the restaurant would get very busy later in the evenings (we could expect a 45 mins or more wait) and made aware Capt. Anderson’s was scheduled to close up for the season the middle of November through the beginning of February.

Q: What night did you dine with us?

A: This was not an evening dinner but rather a late afternoon. ETA was between 4:30-4:45pm (sun still up, no waiting, promptly seated). When we did leave it was after sunset and there were a lot of people in the lobby and outside patio area waiting to get in. Sorry, I do not have specific date. Unfortunately, I decided to pay cash rather than wait to pay by credit card. Otherwise, I would have exact date and time as we keep our CC receipts to tie back to our purchases. Speaking of which, I do not have CC dining receipts for the early evenings of 10/30(Th), 10/31(Fr), 11/01(Sa) or 11/03(Mo).

Q: what you ordered?

A: Entrée:

      a) Filet mignon med well (w/potato).

      b) Broiled gulf scallops (w/salad).

Q: Who your server was?

A: Do not remember our server's name. She was quite polite, very busy waiting tables, and apologetic about our meals. We sat at a table for two on the left side of the upper dining area next to a handrail overlooking a lower dining area and view of boats at the docks. Next to our table (away from the rail) is the table where the party of six was seated. Again, when we got our check I (1) unfortunately paid cash rather than having to wait paying by credit card and (2) I did not take the dining receipt as I should have. When exiting the dining area the lobby and outside entrance areas were packed with people waiting to dine. As my wife and I approached our car in the parking lot she said “I hope they have a better dining experience.”.

5 months ago
Ozark, Alabama

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