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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: 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
Great Fresh Seafood

Ate at Captain Anderson's after going on a Shell Island / Dolphin cruise. The service was excellent and they had very fresh seafood - and plenty to choose from. We had the Grilled Snapper and Grilled Scamp. The waiter recommended having them Imperial (crab meat on top) which sounded great, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
TxJason1972
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Fort Worth, United States
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  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Fort Worth, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Ate at Captain Anderson's after going on a Shell Island / Dolphin cruise. The service was excellent and they had very fresh seafood - and plenty to choose from. We had the Grilled Snapper and Grilled Scamp. The waiter recommended having them Imperial (crab meat on top) which sounded great, but wound up being a little too sweet for our... More 

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Kirkwood
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Captain Anderson's was a real treat. Great ambiance, a long tradition of fine dining and a great location on the water. While this is a an expensive place to eat, it does not disappoint. When our appetizer of calamari was served and was overly cooked, there was no hesitation to replace it with fresh. I had a grilled snapper that... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

My advice is this: Save Capt. Anderson's as your place to eat on the last night of your vacation to PCB. The reason: no one wants to end their vacation on a sour note and you can be assured of a rewarding experience and an excellent dinner at Capt. Anderson's. They have excellence down to a science, both in their... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Generic food with 5 star prices. Nothing about this was 5 stars AT ALL. Very noisy and plastic menus, which is ok for casual dining but not for a nice evening out. Food was not good. Pass Pass Pass on this one

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Recommended by a local and gladwe were. Bottls of winewere very reasonable (kim crawford sav blanc $26) andcould cork andtake with you if didnt finish. Fish was fresh and light and great flavor. Will go again!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This was my third visit to the restaurant, and it is consistently good! The workers are friendly, and the food is always hot and fresh. I look forward to going back again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Consistently good food and service every time we visit. No wait if you go early and don't have a large group. We have had the stuffed grouper and shrimp along with the whole snapper. Each time we leave full and satisfied.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We like to go here even if there is always a wait! The food is good and the staff is very nice. The prices are quite expensive, but if you want the beach experience and fresh seafood.....they have it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Capt. Anderson's is on my family's "must-do" list every time we go to Panama City Beach! We love the food and the atmosphere! The Churrasco Steak and Grilled Bay Shrimp are to die for! Thanks to Jimmy Patronis and his family for always taking such good care of us when we are in town.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Please don't expect much from the food. The shrimp is good, salad dressings too heavy but good flavor, all portions have shrunk considerably, food is very averages in flavors and style overall, and good luck getting a smile out of the staff. When you arrive, you walk with all the other people and they herd you in through a dungy... More 

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CaptAndersons, Owner at Capt. Anderson's Rest., responded to this review

Hi, I am sorry that you were disappointed with your dinner. It is unfortunate that if you were so disappointed that you didn't bring this to your server's attention when they checked on you. Paying for something that disappoints you isn't how we strive to treat our customers. A member of the Patronis family works every night, I would hope... 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 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.”.

4 months ago

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