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5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
+1 850-234-2225
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, 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
Good but a bit pricey

The overall experience was good but I do think it is a bit overpriced. My husband had a seafood platter and I have crabcakes. Our son had a grilled cheese and we all shared a chocolate desert. Add 2 mixed drinks and the bill came to $130. We pretty much had the same thing and the same quality... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
JenniferG9580
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Fayetteville, Tennessee
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  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The quality of the food at Capt. Anderson's was average at best and certainly overpriced. Fried shrimp dinner was overcooked, and the breading lacked flavor. Calamari appetizer was average.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The best Maryland lump crab cakes in the world! Atmosphere nice, service is excellent, but seriously, ORDER THE CRAB CAKES!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A real disappointment even though it has a reputation as being great. I have tried this several times but only got so-so dishes each time. Seafood which was supposed to be fresh just did not taste fresh. I will not go back.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The place was packed, so we had to wait around an hour to be seated. After we were seated, the wait staff took very good care of us. The food was good. Nothing to really brag about. I would go back, if it wasn't so expensive. Overall, Capt. Anderson's was okay. Get ready for an outrageous bill.

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Food was ok. We had gumbo, stuffed lobster, scallops and stake, nothing special .Prices high. Not much food and taste got the money. Service was good, we did not wait at all after 9 pm. Waiters was very friendly.

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Forsyth, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We got here around 6 on Saturday evening (July 18). Got seated right away. I had the crab stuffed shrimp. EXCELLENT! 2 of our kids had the popcorn shrimp which were the biggest popcorn shrimp i have ever seen and a portion that would feed an adult. Our other 2 split fried shrimp and it was plenty. Even though I... More 

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Fayetteville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The overall experience was good but I do think it is a bit overpriced. My husband had a seafood platter and I have crabcakes. Our son had a grilled cheese and we all shared a chocolate desert. Add 2 mixed drinks and the bill came to $130. We pretty much had the same thing and the same quality at another... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We ate here before going on a dolphin sighting cruise. Both the shrimp and scamp were very good. We were seated right by a window where the deep sea fishing boats came in. That was very interesting. The service was good.

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Rome, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We always go here when in town. This last time we had no wait. They have put an addition in called the Catfish Room. We usually have to wait, so this was quite a nice surprise. I ordered the yellow fin tuna as I always do and I am never disappointed.

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Tradition every year! We had a fantastic experience all around! I Had a fantastic Mojito at the bar before being called to be seated. The bartender knew what he was doing! I believe his name was Frank. Amazing customer service by Lizzy. She was quick to tend to all our needs. Food was top notch! We both ordered the seafood... More 

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Address: 5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Phone Number: +1 850-234-2225
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Panama City Beach
Open Hours:
Monday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 42
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Barbecue, Wine Bar

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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, Seafood, Barbecue, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 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.”.

7 months ago
Ozark, Alabama

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