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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 325
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    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 23
    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
Some of the best food around

Brought my wife and son to the restaurant a little before 5pm and they were already busy as it was the weekend. Seated inside where it was cooler and less noisy. Service was excellent, the best I've had in months at a restaurant. Food was specular, I had a pork ribeye with a marinade so good that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Pooptothat
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Clarksville, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Brought my wife and son to the restaurant a little before 5pm and they were already busy as it was the weekend. Seated inside where it was cooler and less noisy. Service was excellent, the best I've had in months at a restaurant. Food was specular, I had a pork ribeye with a marinade so good that if they brought... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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156 reviews 156 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Place is extremely busy be prepared to wait or get there early. Had the grits ya ya (shrimp & grits). The shrimp were blackened. The grits were made with Gouda cheese, a very nice spin. All topped with sweet potato string fries. Friendly and informative waiter. Plenty of outdoor seating.

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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 love hearing from our customers and hope to see you again soon! More 

Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The place was nice clean and had a great outdoor patio. The breakfast and mimosas where perfect. Had some chorizo with my eggs and after having some from a different spot. There's were a welcome relief to the bland tasting chorizo from other location. Definitely looking forward for next year's trip back so can enjoy breakfast.

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

That's fantastic! Thanks for reviewing us! We hope to see you soon. Don't forget happy hour is from 4-6 nightly! More 

Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We had a great spot until a little wind picked up and the staff was directed to put down the umbrellas. Too hot without shade, so were put on a side patio. No big deal. They accommodated us, and we enjoyed the 4-6 happy hour and the amazing spinach dip with soft pita chips.

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

Thank you for your nice review. We are always fighting the weather down here, but thank you for being so understanding. See you soon! More 

Dayton, OH
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We traveled down the coast for a day away from Panama City Beach. We stumbled upon this place and it was awesome. We arrived at 10:30. Lunch starts at 11:00. We looked at both menus and opted for breakfast. It was very tasty. I had the Fisherman's breakfast. There was a large piece of Mahi, smoked gouda grits and scrambled... More 

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

This is such a lovely review! We appreciate it! Hope to see you again soon. More 

Waco, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Wonderful food! The cheese Gouda grits are amazing. You have to try the mojitos, they are the best I have ever had anywhere! If you are in or near Seaside, Florida then the Great Southern Cafe should definitely be on your list.

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

What a great review! Thank you so much for taking the time to give us feedback. We hope to see you soon in Seaside! More 

Memphis, Tennessee
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This is by far one of the best places I've ever been to while visiting Seaside! The French Dip is amazing, tender cuts of roast beef! And the Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits!? Oh so amazing! If you love cheese grits, you will LOVE these! It is a must visit when we make our yearly trip to the beach!

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

Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We appreciate your feedback so much! We hope to see you again very soon in Seaside, FL! More 

Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for a great breakfast, you need to try this place. We went on a sunday around 10 am and were seated right away. Not only was the food awesome but our waiter "Jess" was one of the best waiters we have had in a long time. He explained all the items on the menu and recommended... More 

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

Thank you so much for your awesome review! We will be sure to share with Jess. We hope to see you again soon in Seaside, FL! More 

Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

After a horrible experience at different restaurant we walked over to Great Southern and were promptly greeted by the courteous hostess and immediately seated. It was a busy afternoon, yet service was great. Jess our waiter was friendly and appropriately attentive, not intrusive, and we never waited long for him to return to check on us. He had a great... More 

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

Wow thanks! We love hearing from our customers. We will tell Jess what you said! Thanks so much! More 

Flowery Branch, Georgia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Had been here previously on two different visits; thought it was the best breakfast in the area; this visit, not so much. Waitress was slow, wife had to send her's back twice because she asked for the bernaise sauce on the side and it took them three times to get it right. Poached eggs were over-cooked on both of our... 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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?