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Capt. Anderson's Rest.

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$$$
Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar
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5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
+1 850-234-2225
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4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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 seafood, great service

Capt. Anderson's is a large restaurant, or rather several large restaurants on the pier in Panama City. The style is dated but the reception area has lots to look at. Our wait for a table was not long and our table was by a window. I had Shrimp Alfredo and my friend had a full snapper that we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
traveler4402
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Dublin, Ohio
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Panama City, Florida
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is "the restaurant" that's famous and known for an Exceptional Dining throughout the the tri-state area. If you visit the Panama City Beach, your trip is not complete until you experience the freshest seafood restaurant here in Panama City Beach. ANYTHING you choose from their menu, is outstanding! The dress is casual, children are welcomed, Yes, they take all... More 

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Henderson, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We love the atmosphere. Love the food. Never had a bad waitress or waiter...ever. Just all around fantastic. Family favorite.

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Dublin, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Capt. Anderson's is a large restaurant, or rather several large restaurants on the pier in Panama City. The style is dated but the reception area has lots to look at. Our wait for a table was not long and our table was by a window. I had Shrimp Alfredo and my friend had a full snapper that we split. Both... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My husband and I ate dinner here last week when we were in town on business. The food was delicious. I got the Greek Salad and hubbie got stuffed grouper. My cocktail was excellent as well. Our server, Teresa, took perfect care of us and the food was ready quickly. A very good experience.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Salad swimming in dressing. Ugh. Cheese sauce an unreal yellow. This restaurant needs to be revamped. They are operating on a reputation from days gone by.

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Fist impressions were very good. Before you enter the restaurant there's a waiting area made to look like museum. It was comfortable and interesting. Then you're taken through to the restaurant. It's much larger than we first thought and as you enter it's very noisy with tables placed very close to each other. We were served in reasonable time and... More 

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Lawrence
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I'm pretty sure this place was styled in the 80's and nothing but their prices have changed. Chicken Alfredo - pretty good Scallops - medium, a little gritty but decent Chicken scampi - good choice Shrimp scampi - um it was ok Stuffed shrimp - good choice She Crab Pie - really enjoyed this one

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

In general Panama FL is not the best place for fine dinning so don't expect much, place is decent. Quite nice atmosphere and decorated with wreck artefacts and boats, located by the marina, really nice place. Food was ok quality wise, but way too much, would not go for starters if I went back. Bit pricey, but considering the choices... More 

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Panama City Beach, Florida, Usa
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

In celebration of my birthday, I opted to take my parents to Capt. Anderson's to enjoy a few of my favorite dishes. My parents were impressed by the room overlooking the fishing boats as we were seated by a wonderful view of the marina. We started with a favorite appetizer which is the grilled Bay Shrimp. There is nothing better... More 

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Springville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

It was good food but like almost everyone else, it was a bit pricy. It was decent and we got there later so there wasn't a wait... They are seasonal and close in October for 3 or 4 months. Ask for the special of the day ... it's usually a great fresh catch. It's a place you should at least... More 

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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 14 - 48
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 9:30 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.”.

8 months ago
Ozark, Alabama

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