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5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
+1 850-234-2225
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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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
Most recent review
Fantastic seafood restaurant

Restaurant has been here for around 30 years. We hadn't been to PCB in several years, but had to revisit Captain Andersons again this trip. Expect a fairly long wait during the season, but worth it. Food is excellent and ambiance is very nice. A bit pricey, but you have to go once if you're in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Linda A
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Soddy Daisy
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Soddy Daisy
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Restaurant has been here for around 30 years. We hadn't been to PCB in several years, but had to revisit Captain Andersons again this trip. Expect a fairly long wait during the season, but worth it. Food is excellent and ambiance is very nice. A bit pricey, but you have to go once if you're in PCB!

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Tallahassee, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

1. Location gets an A. It's easy to get to andb plenty of things close by to do before or after dinner. 2. Ambiance gets an A. It's nicely set with old wooden tables that seem to be made of old ship wood. You can see the greek style open charcoal broiler. And the marina, were you can watch fishermen... More 

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Alabama
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98 reviews 98 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We were seated immediately and Connie was our server. She was very attentive and a hard worker. We visit here every time we are in PCB. It is not inexpensive - but you can check the menu before being seated to see what your options are. Our orders ranged from fish and lobster to steak and pasta. Everyone was satisfied... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We drove in from Destin and waited all day to dine on Sunday, May 23. I had checked the website prior to leaving and it indicated that the restaurant was open every day at 4 pm. However, the place was closed upon arrival. This place needs to update their website.

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We both tried the She Crab soup. I've had She Crab soup in at least 10 restaurants in the south east. I would describe it as cream of crab soup. Very little crab only a hint of sherry but lots of cream. My least favorite. My wife had the She Crab Pie which she liked. I had Shrimp which was... More 

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Baton Rouge
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

A PCB staple. Must eat here if you want high end seafood yummies. Slower pace but great food and service.

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Food was over cooked -- I have been there when the food was great, but they really were serving fast food over cooked, perhaps by heat lamps

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Montgomery, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

If Paula Dean and Twilight Zone were to partner and open a restaurant, it would be Captain Anderson's. We were expecting a delicious Greek dining experience. To be fair, the whole broiled snapper was pretty good. Mainly because it was the only thing not literally swimming in butter. At least they give plenty of warm wet towels for greasy hands.... More 

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North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I had not been able to get back to Capt. Anderson's for 15 years. I really was looking forward to our meal a couple of weeks ago, based on the amazing meal I had eaten there before. I was disappointed. The atmosphere is drab and the carpeting needs to be replaced. The meal I ordered was good; just not great.... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Be prepared to wait to get in. This place is always popular and worth the wait. The fish is fresh and the service is excellent.

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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 0 - 42
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Winery, Seafood, Dessert

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, 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
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

Questions & Answers

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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.”.

3 months ago

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