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5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
+1 850-234-2225
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Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, 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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and service

We had a great experience at Captain Anderson. The restaurant was busy, but they were very organized and the wait wasn't too long. The food was very good and Nathan, our server was very nice and did a good job. We were seated in a newer area and it was light with nice decor. The prices were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Byron, Georgia
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is second visit to Capt. Anderson's and it certainly won't be our last. We thoroughly enjoyed a great ribeye steak and shrimp. The girls got the churasco filet. A winner for sure. The mozzarella sticks were homemade and wonderful. Mysti was our server and did a great job. Dessert was amazing and we had enough to take home you... More 

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We had a great experience at Captain Anderson. The restaurant was busy, but they were very organized and the wait wasn't too long. The food was very good and Nathan, our server was very nice and did a good job. We were seated in a newer area and it was light with nice decor. The prices were similar to other... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We arrived for an early dinner and found out when we ordered that they were OUT OF GROUPER. Decent she crab soup and key lime pie but the scamp was blah. Bill for 2 adults 1 kid was >$100. Way overpriced. Won't be back.

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Villa Rica, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

What great service!! We walked in at 545pm straight to a table for 6. The She Crab soup was awesome! Our table had stuffed grouper, hamburger steak, fried shrimp and children's chicken fingers. It was all very good. The best part was the waiter, Grant K, he kept the drinks full and was very attentive. I will be returning again... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We have been enjoying Capt. Anderson's for many years. It is a tradition that we look forward to reliving at least once every year. The food is always good. The wait is always bad, the dining room is noisy and very crowded. It seems impossible to get one of the seats by the window and we can't figure out when... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I've been eating here for 15 years and I will continue eating here on every summer vacation. However, it is really too expensive. I don't mind dropping money on a great meal but, this isn't really great. First, I do enjoy their Bay Shrimp appetizer. The salad is mediocre. It seems they've gotten stingy with the bread. There wasn't as... More 

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Hoover, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

You can always count on excellent service and wonderful food. Great views while eating! It is a family tradition to eat here and then walk around and see the boats come in.

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Longview, Texas
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Although the carpet and furniture had a 1970's feel, the service was far above the level expected and the food was fresh and incredible, with some signature dishes on the menu only found at their restaurant (She Crap Pie - out of this world!).

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Capt. Anderson's is GREAT! We look forward to it every year. Everything on the menu is fantastic. Capt. Anderson's never disappoints. The employees are nice. It is just a fun place to be! Get there early. We got there at 5:45 and there was a long wait!

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Saint George
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I have tried this restaurant three (3) times I try not to judge a place on one visit, things can go wrong in the best of them. The food my first two times was about room temperature (no joke) the third time was hot but not very tasty. If this had been a fast food place I might not have... 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, Winery, Seafood, Dessert, Barbecue

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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.”.

6 months ago
Ozark, Alabama

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