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Capt. Anderson's Rest.

5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
850 234 2225
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Price range: $0 - $42
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We had heard a lot about this place and made it a point to go eat here. I must have gone to a different restaurant than some of these other reviews and the people I know that told me to go here. It was very average. We didn't see or taste anything that made us want to come back. The... More

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Madison, Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My family loves to go to Capt. Anderson's for dinner. My husband and I went Friday, July 25th and the food was excellent as normal. Our server was Eddie and he was great and very attentive. We have fried shrimp and grilled shrimp, we have the fried crab fingers also. We got to the restaurant early so we did not... More

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Madison, MS
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It had been a few years since we had eaten at Capt. Anderson's. I didn't remember too much about the visit from our last time but this time it was excellent. During peak dinner hours, our wait was short. The staff was courteous, friendly and efficient. But we don't go to restaurants much for that reason now do we? The... More

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Woodstock
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The food was really good, and the servers were outstanding. Will return next visit!!! The oysters were soooooooo good! In fact, everything was good...

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ORLEANS
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My wife and I have been to P. C. Beach 25 of last 29 years. It is an 11 hour drive, we stay for a week, once a year. We have three restaurants that are a must each year. Checkout my other reviews. Capt. Anderson's is very good. They have good food and good service. The wait is usually not... More

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I honestly do not get it. We went here for dinner last week while staying in the area for a week-long vacation. I had never been before but others in my group had and I heard all the hype before we got there. My overall impression was that this is the Applebee's/Friday's/Chili's of seafood. Obviously, the place is enormous. Thus,... More

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Dacula, GA
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I grew up going here on our beach vacations.....we were there again this summer, but now I'm the adult and I'm taking my children. The menu is still as good as ever. Expect to wait, but it's worth it. While you wait, check out the fishing boats just outside.

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Dallas, Texas
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109 reviews 109 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is right on the marina where they launch boats to fish every day. I had the amberjack filet which came with a delicious tossed salad, hush puppies and french fries. The lettuce and tomatoes were fresh with a delicious "house" french dressing. The amberjack was probably caught that day. They have a full liquour bar but didn't make... More

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busdriver15
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Our family of 10 had a 45-minute wait for a Pirate Cruise and we stopped in and asked if they could get us in and out in 40 minutes. We ordered drinks and appetizers. Lena was our waitress and she was AWESOME!.. We were in and out in 35 minutes. So we went back for our last night of vacation... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is restaurant is not going to appeal to everyone given its price point. The food, however, is very well prepared and quite delicious. The red snapper was fantastic as well as the scamp imperial. The highlight of the meal, however, was the dessert tray. The key lime pie was some of the best key lime pie I have enjoyed.... More

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