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Runaway Island

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Updated 05/19/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 05/19/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Grill
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Beach, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The food was good and it was close to where we were staying at Wyndham. There were 7 of us and we didn't have to wait too long. Most of us had seafood baskets.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our waitress, Abby was fabulous. She knew everything on the menu and had some great recommendations. We started with the shrimp dip which was to die for! For entrees we got snow crab legs which were very fresh and delicious, beer battered fish platter that...couldn’t have been better, and flounder which was good. The flounder was the least favorite simply because the others were so good. We also enjoyed their specialty drinks. To top it off, this place is right on the beach, so the view is excellent, and they were even having a wedding which was special to watch. Not cheap, but we are glad we went, and would definitely go back!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In my opinion my fish tacos were very bland - 2 others at the table received the incorrect orders (but they loved what they ended up with) - not horrible just not quality for the amount that it cost and there plenty of other places...in PCB that I can spend my money next time!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We apologize that you didn’t enjoy your experience at Runaway Island. Please email: Devin.d@Runawayislandpcb.com We would love to discuss more details about your visit. Thank you~~ Runaway Island Bar & Grill Management

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff and food was great. We will be going here again on our next trip to Panama City Beach Fla.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great lunch, shrimp tacos were fantastic. Very kind, genuine service. Got there right at 11 am and sat immediately. Maybe crazier later but pretty calm vibe when we were there.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Jody for your review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our go to as we are headed back out of town. The spring roll app is great. I get the parmesan crusted flounder. Amazing. Only negative is if you sit outside the servers might forget about you

Date of visit: May 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

OH NO we don't want anyone to feel forgotten! Thank you so much for the feedback and we hope you will return soon!

Reviewed May 29, 2022

Got seated waited 30 minutes for the waitress to take our order, then an hour and a half for food to arrive. I ordered a chicken taco which came to me cold with frozen cheese in the middle. Husband ordered a fried shrimp meal which...had only a few very small shrimp in it that were obviously had been frozen before not fresh. Not Happy!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We apologize that you didn’t enjoy your experience at Runaway Island. Please email: Devin.d@Runawayislandpcb.com We would love to discuss more details about your visit. Thank you~~ Runaway Island Bar & Grill Management

Reviewed May 20, 2022

waitress was good - food came out hot! Fish Tacos were Great! the room was big, Good selection from the gift shop. Average prices.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review :) Please return soon so we can earn our 5th bubble :)

Reviewed May 19, 2022

We went at lunch and had the Wednesday Special. Fried Shrimp. They were about as good as I have ever had! I will be back for that deal again! Great service also!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the great review!

Reviewed May 17, 2022

5 ladies on girls trip...arrived about 6:45 ....and arrived just as a bus of young adults arrived so were concerned about getting seated. Luckily, the bus load had reservations for the upper level. Although a line out the door and busy we were seated immediately...at a table gulf side in the bar area. Booth Tables are large enough for 5-6 people, however the benches and table are anchored and one side the seating is too far away from the table for comfortable dining. needed to sit at edge and lean over to reach. We tried the crab cakes and shrimp dip. The Shrimp dip was Excellent! We would definitely pass on the crab cakes...mushy, shredded crab, not chucks and way too much mayo. Everyone had different items, shrimp basket, fish tacos and the grouper with crab meat. All were good. We enjoyed the bell ringing at sunset and enjoyed a beautiful sunset from our table. Our waitress, Theresa was acceptable but seemed a bit "overbooked" so appetizer plates and empty drink glasses pilled up on the table and did not check back for additional drink requests too quickly. Restaurant is good for families, friends and eating or drinks. Nice on the beach. food and drinks were good and reasonably priced. Seems to be crowded...like most of the restaurants on PCB so may have to wait however seemed very efficient at scheduling and seating parties as quickly as possible. Would recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Sorry for the slow service but we are glad you enjoyed most of your experience :)

Reviewed May 7, 2022 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised! Food was great! Parmesan crusted flounder and pineapple chicken were outstanding! Service was great! Atmosphere was great! It is a do-over!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much! That Parm Crusted Flounder is the best!

Reviewed May 1, 2022 via mobile

This is one of two favorite family restaurants to meet our family for gteat seafood. The chef creates weekly specials which get posted on their Instagram page. Each special has been incredible. Their standard menu items are also very good. On nice days we sit...outside on the large deck. It also has a coveted deck area and inside seating. The views outside of the gulf beach and water are a nice backdrop to awesome food. You will not regret eating here.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much! Please return soon!

Reviewed April 25, 2022

This place isn't bad, it's just obviously a tourist trap and a bit tacky for my taste. I have relatives from the Caribbean, and found the food/atmosphere to be a bit tacky. It's like the owners are tryijng to be more Caribean and just missing...the mark. The food wasn't bad, tastey but still a bit pricey for the quality. Try to make it for the early bird special, that seems worth it. They take reservations, which is a HUGE plus because lots of places in the area do not. The food was fresh and tasted fine, but nearly $30 for a flounder filet that wasn't that big was disappointing. Stick to the fish tacos, those are defintely worth it! Our server was sweet and had everyone smiling. She talked with the kids about local things to do and was the "Starr" of the meal (as my family likes to put it)More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We apologize that you didn’t completely enjoy your experience at Runaway Island. Please email: Devin.d@Runawayislandpcb.com We would love to discuss more details about your visit. Thank you~~ Runaway Island Bar & Grill Management

Reviewed April 10, 2022

I had been here previously one before so I came back when co-workers from out of town came to visit, and I was glad I did! I was immediately greeted by Jack at the outside bar and I could not have been in better hands...during my experience. If Jack wasn't around, Angela was there to continue the great service. Jack's personality and customer service will make me a return customer, for sure. Thank you Jack!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Scenic18870640961, Agency / Consultant at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review! Great job Jack and Angela :)

Reviewed March 31, 2022 via mobile

We sent three fish entrees back because they seemed undercooked. One came back better but the grouper was still undercooked, at least to us it seemed that way. Very disappointed.

Date of visit: March 2022
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DL D, General Manager at Runaway Island, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2022

We apologize that you had a bad experience at Runaway Island Bar and Grill. We would love to speak with you in more detail. Please email: Devin.d@runawayislandpcb.com

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Frequently Asked Questions about Runaway Island

Yes, Runaway Island offers takeout services.

Yes, Runaway Island is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Runaway Island is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5