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Great Southern Cafe

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American, Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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83 Central Square, Seaside, Fl, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850) 231-7327
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8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 65
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  • 26
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Breakfast

It took quite a while to get seated, even though there were multiple empty tables available. But the vanilla pancakes and biscuits & gravy were excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Jennifer F
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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English first
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

It took quite a while to get seated, even though there were multiple empty tables available. But the vanilla pancakes and biscuits & gravy were excellent.

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Beverly Hills, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

After reading the Trip Advisor reviews on this restaurant while visiting Destin last weekend, my husband didn't need much persuading to check this place out. I would definitely suggest the Strawberry Mojito for starters (you can also order one to go, as you walk around this little town. Perfectly legal & highly encouraged by the food & drink establishments there).... More 

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Jill T, Public Relations Manager at Great Southern Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with the world! Reviews like yours keep us excited. We look forward to serving you again very soon. More 

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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Outside of the crowd in July in seagrove (we had a 2 hour wait) our experience at GSC was awesome. The food was delicious and we had the best service we experienced on our trip to seagrove

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Jill T, Public Relations Manager at Great Southern Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! Sorry about the wait. It does get a little crazy in the summer. We appreciate you being so understanding. We hope to serve you again very soon! More 

Dallas, Texas
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My friend and I dined here for lunch while shopping in Seaside for the day. At around 12:15, there was about a 20-25 minute wait for an inside table, but we were able to shop around in the semi-circle of town square while we waited and they page you when your table is ready. I had the grits and grillades... More 

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Jill T, Public Relations Manager at Great Southern Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks, Julie! We hope we will see you and your family again! More 

Madison, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Fantastic for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or after dinner drinks at bar. Truly great and freshly prepared dishes for every meal. My wife and I eat here 2-3 times every time we visit Seaside for a week (3-4 times per year). The food keeps you coming back. Shrimp & Grits and Crab Cakes are two of our favorites. Also great fish... More 

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Jill T, Public Relations Manager at Great Southern Cafe, responded to this review

Your review means so much to us. We appreciate your business and your feedback. See you soon in Seaside! More 

Memphis, Tennessee
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Since it is located in Seaside it is filled to capacity during the tourist season. Often the wait can be 1 - 1.5 hours. The food is good Southern food- the gouda cheese grits are awesome. I go here with friends every summer while we are vacationing on The Emerald Coast of Florida. It's a good place for lunch or... More 

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Jill T, Public Relations Manager at Great Southern Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for all the compliments on our food! We are so grateful for your business and hope to serve you again very soon! More 

Atlanta
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The positive: didn't have to wait long, our server was good, my mimosa was good. It all ends here though. The negative: pancakes dense/heavy, hash browns not cooked all the way, friend's waffles raw in the middle, just big cake/dough like waffles. The restaurant smelled from the hot garbage out back, it was coming inside the restaurant, not appetizing. The... More 

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Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Wait time long..... Table linens dirty.... Horrible trash smell outside while we waited that even lingered inside back entrance.....

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My wife and I both had the mahi mahi special. Hers was blackened, mine was grilled. Both were very good. We also both had black-eyed peas and green beans. The peas were good and the green beans were good, too but I thought they were a little greasy. The hush puppies were really good, a B+.

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Jill T, Public Relations Manager at Great Southern Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meals. We hope to see you soon! More 

Meridian, Mississippi
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great Southern is one of favorite spots on 30A. We ate dinner here twice during our July vacation and never miss a chance to dine here when in town. The wait for a table can be painfully long because of Great Southern's popularity, but you can easily fill the time by exploring the Seaside area. The appetizer selection is great,... More 

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Wow! Thank you so much for your lovely and detailed review! It means so much to us to hear from our customers! More 

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Additional Information about Great Southern Cafe

Address: 83 Central Square, Seaside, Fl, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone Number: (850) 231-7327
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Santa Rosa Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 83 Central Square, Seaside, Fl, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone Number: (850) 231-7327

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm

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