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Great Southern Cafe

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American, Seafood, Sandwiches
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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
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 312
    Excellent
  • 161
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great breakfast outing

Went for breakfast over spring break. Got there pretty early and sat outside. I loved the atmosphere including the sign "we don't have wi-fi. Talk to someone." The outside bar area has that humid bar beach-y smell even that makes you feel like vacation. The food was good, not outstanding, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Rob P
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Savannah, Georgia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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568 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Savannah, Georgia
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Went for breakfast over spring break. Got there pretty early and sat outside. I loved the atmosphere including the sign "we don't have wi-fi. Talk to someone." The outside bar area has that humid bar beach-y smell even that makes you feel like vacation. The food was good, not outstanding, but then again it was breakfast. Grits had great flavor,... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We have been to this restaurant a number of times over the years. It is always a good experience, but because they do not accept reservations it can be a challenge for big groups or during peak times. Save your Seaside shopping experience for the wait time, as they have a buzzer that will work anywhere in the Seaside square.... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself. We hope to see you again soon in Seaside! More 

Panama City Beach, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My mom and I stopped here for dinner while shopping in the area since it was busy and the menu looked good. Everyone recommended the Grits A Ya Ya, which my mom ordered. I had Grilled Grouper, which happened to be the Fish of the Day. The Grits were very disappointing. There were about 6 medium shrimp that were not... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Last year we ate here three times during our 10 day spring break. A breakfast, a lunch and a dinner. We just loved the place. This year, different story. We went for dinner at 500pm to avoid the rush, and for the Happy Hour. The Grits a Ya Ya looked about half the size it was last year. Nothing like... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Located in pristine Seaside, this iconic southern cuisine restaurant was worth the 1 1/2 hour wait. The grilled shrimp were amazing, accompanied by the creamiest grits ever and perhaps some of the best fried okra I've ever eaten. The portion was large enough to share. Their mojito was also excellent, refreshing, filled with mint leaves (and the drink was large--not... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking time to write a fantastic review! We appreciate your feedback! See you again soon we hope! More 

New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Saw the reviews and was grossly misguded. Remoulade sauce was gross. How do you mess up shrimp at the beach .? Ceasar dressing was like Kraft processed goop Tourist trap for the fast food crowd, big waste of a great space

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florida
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This place gets very busy so I'd advise going for breakfast. They have an extensive menu and you can order anything from fruit and cereal to crab cake eggs benedict and grits a ya-ya. My Eggs Benedict with bacon was lovely from the presentation to tasting. I arrived a bit later than the rest of our party but the waitress... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again very soon! More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Chose the Great Southern Cafe as place to meet friends between Panama Beach and Destin based on Trip Advisor reviews. It was wonderful!!!Service was excellent and pecan crusted grouper delicious. Highly recommend.

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

Thank you so much for your great review! We appreciate you for taking the time to give us feedback. We hope to see you at the cafe again very soon! More 

Oregon
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Such a great, casual, authentic Southern meal! The weather was fabulous and we enjoyed patio dining. The Key Lime Pie is a mile high and absolutely delicious! You've got to try this Great Southern Cafe when you are in the area!

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

Thank you so much for your great review! We appreciate you for taking the time to give us feedback. We hope to see you in Seaside again very soon! More 

Pike Road, Alabama
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I always love eating at Great Southern Cafe whenever we stay in Seaside. I also make sure to get there for Happy Hour from 4-6. This time I decided to try some of the different mojito flavorings they have. It might sound bad, but I really loved the coconut, pineapple and peach ones! Yes, I did eat dinner, my usual... More 

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

Thank you so much for your great review! We appreciate you for taking the time to give us feedback. We hope to see you at the cafe again very soon! More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?