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Gene's Oyster Bar

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302 Sherman Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-4871
+1 850-785-1232
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  • Excellent87%
  • Very good10%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“fresh oysters” (15 reviews)
“lobster stew” (8 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
302 Sherman Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-4871
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I almost backed off when I found the dark lonely street to Genes. But I ended going back three times in a week. What a classic place! The building is a bit down on its heels but the food and staff were great and I...More

Thank arcticknight
Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

Oldest oyster bar in Panama City. Counter seating only. Only seats about about 13-14 people at a time!! Cash only. Family run and friendly. Great oyster stew and creamy clam chowder. Oysters are shucked inches from your stool and served on your try. Great fried...More

Thank twaone
Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

I have been coming to Gene's for 15 years, and it's been here since 1968 but as a Oyster bar 1928. Small l shaped gar for about a dozen people and if you ever eat here you will always come back!

Thank Robert S
Reviewed October 5, 2017

The food was fabulous. We met the owner, Ann. She and her staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. We had broiled crab claws that were to die for, oysters on the half shell, and baked oysters. Everything is fresh daily. Be sure to take cash....More

Thank vhkeith2017
Reviewed October 2, 2017

First I was greeted by Gene's wife who was sitting outside and immediately knew I was in a great place. Walked inside, there are only 2 counters with stools. Sat in between a bunch of men who proceeded to offer me tastes of their food...More

Thank ColoradoKat343
Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

Old time oyster bar. Good oysters. Grouper sandwich was a little over cooked. Gumbo was good not best I've ever had.

Thank Billy C
Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

This is a really nice little place. The raw oysters are outstanding as are the marinated crab claws and gumbo. The lady that owns the place is super nice and the staff is awesome. It's a little expensive but it's good. I will definitely try...More

Thank Brandon B
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

We went to Gene's twice while on vacation. Great food and service. It is a small place but don't let that stop you. This is our go to oyster bar!

Thank TandT47265
Reviewed August 8, 2017

A small concrete block building, looks like a dump but the freshest seafood around. If you want the oysters raw, they shuck the oyster right in front of you. Be prepared to wait for a seat but worth the wait. They expanded the menu to...More

Thank patriciabyrum
Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

This place was EXCELLENT to say the least! Only thing frozen is the French fries! All food is prepared daily and not frozen! The gumbo, grouper, oyster stew, hush puppies, cheese grits, baked beans and OYSTERS were phenomenal! We will NOT go to back to...More

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May 16, 2016|
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Response from Brooks205 | Reviewed this property |
They do not serve any alcohol. Gene once told me he didn't want folks just coming in to drink. I don't think he was against it...just didn't want that kind of place.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 302 Sherman Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-4871
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +1 850-785-1232
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