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5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
+1 850-234-2225
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: 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
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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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
A special birthday dinner

I surprised my husband with a flight to Panama City for his 70th birthday just so he could have dinner at Captain Andersons. It is his favorite place for Red Snapper. We started with Crab Fingers! I had the Tuna and my husband had the Red Snapper, of course. Of course we had dessert. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Kougar1966
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St. Louis, MO
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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St. Louis, MO
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I surprised my husband with a flight to Panama City for his 70th birthday just so he could have dinner at Captain Andersons. It is his favorite place for Red Snapper. We started with Crab Fingers! I had the Tuna and my husband had the Red Snapper, of course. Of course we had dessert. The brownie/cake with caramel sauce and... More 

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Good Hope, Illinois, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Since we have been going to PCB we have been making Capt. Anderson's a must do every time we go back and it never disappoints. We each got the fried Grouper and as always it was delicious. The portion has gotten smaller since the 1st time we have been there but it is still worth it. The homemade desserts are... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

You can find better food and better service at some of the more local restaurants. This is more of a tourist trap than anything because of it's location. The Location is the only thing nice I can say about this place. The view is great and the outdoor view is nice but the inside is very dark, dated, and the... More 

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Blairsville, Georgia
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57 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Capt. Anderson's Restaurant has been at Panama City Beach for almost 50 years. Same location, same great food and always delightful servers. Obviously they are doing something right. We had not been down to PCB for about ten years but recently spent one week in early February there. The only restaurant I KNEW I wanted to dine at again was... More 

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McDonough, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We went here after our beach wedding. Unfortunately, they don't accept reservations and we had a group of 10. We waited about an hour. The ambiance was great and our kids loved seeing the boats on the marina. The food was good as well, and the service was amazing. I just wished they would have done something special for us... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Prices very high. You would think that the advantage of being on the gulf the establishment would reciprocate with "friendly" prices for all of the tourist's. The do not. Red Lobster prices are the same without the wait or hassle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Knowing it would be a very busy night, we arrived right at opening time. About 2 to 3 hundred others had the same idea. We were all seated with no wait, and greeted with a smile and kind service. Rachel was a great server and the food was amazing. Very happy with the night and would do it again without... More 

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Monroe
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13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Been many times. Always great service great food and that night out atmosphere. Save room for the coconut custard pie-to die for!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

OK, Yes this place does feel like a bit of a cattle call. It's huge and I think they serve around 3000 people every night...crazy (maybe even more). However, it is an experience and if you've never been before you have to give it a try to form your own opinion. I have eaten here many many times and the... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Awful!!2 1/2 hour wait,old iceburg lettuce drenched with salad dressing,cold bread at table,charbroiled snapper was burnt and greasy,side of broccli with melted velveta cheese cold,shrimp scampi no sauce at all,gumbo was starch and water,just awful,dont get caught in the tourist trap here

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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: Dessert, Seafood, Steakhouse, Winery

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.”.

2 months ago

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