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Grand Champion Executive Chef Jim Shirley opened Great Southern Cafe in 2006 in Seaside, FL. This casual restaurant fuses international cuisines with southern cooking using local produce from nearby farms and fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. Here you will find great seafood, steaks, local vegetables, handmade burgers, southern-style breakfast, specialty drinks and so much more. Dine outside on the deck or inside for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday

Great Southern came with high recommendations from family members! They were right! Excellent meal and sides. The grits were spectacular! They offer a great variety for any appetite. Outstanding Mojitos for half price during Happy Hour. Excellent and attentive service. We will return and try...something new!!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed yesterday

Came here for years. Best French fries around!!! Now they have changed to another style. Please go back to former fries!!!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Was very excited based upon the menu, but quite disappointed with my order. I paid $16 for a Po Boy, but only got half a sandwich instead. Yet another Seaside rip off.

Date of visit: October 2020
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greats2016, Agency / Consultant at Great Southern Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are sorry to hear this! Please contact StephenV@thegreatsoutherncafe.com to discuss your experience. Thank you.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great dinner and brunch! Food is delicious, service is prompt, drinks are not weak. The frog legs are the best I have had! A great place to dine with the family!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This could have been one of the worse breakfast at a restaurant that I have had all year. Eggs dry, bacon horrible, coffee so bitter it had to be from last night and they lie when they call the people working their 'servers". They were...all so smug...the hostess was more concerned with showing off her tattoo than hosting. The waiter was non existent during our meal. This place is only popular because of its location in the heart of Seaside. Avoid if you can. I would have rather had cereal in my room.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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greats2016, Agency / Consultant at Great Southern Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are very sorry to hear this and want to make it right. Please email stephenv@thegreatsoutherncafe.com your contact information so he can get in touch. Thank you!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have eaten at The Fish House in Pensacola and had their Grits A Ya Ya and we were very pleased to know the owner GSC is the chef at the Fish House. Same good recipe and cooking skill to serve here at GSC in...Seaside!! Love it!!!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate here once inside and once outside on the patio by the bar ( non under the covid tent in the parking lot). The seafood was the star of the show both visits. I had the grouper sandwich blackened both times with no complaints. The...buffalo wings were some of the best i've had and surprised me ( didn't expect excellent buffalo wings at a seafood spotlighted restaurant on the beach). Service was great both times, as somebody who watches sugar intake ( similar to diabetic diet) i really appreciated them having stevia as an option instead of artificial sweetener or nothing for the tea. Other members of our party really enjoyed the mac n cheese that comes in a cauldron with shrimp hanging over the side as well as the shrimp ( fried and grilled). My 18 month old also enjoyed the kids popcorn shrimp ( he's not a picky eater but i tried his and it was very good ( i don't like shrimp).More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 11, 2020 via mobile

Super friendly staff and really great food. We got the crabcake find green tomato eggs Benedict and the classic American with chorizo sausages. Excellent!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 29, 2020

What an amazing dining experience! We recently visited Seaside for the first time. Friends recommended that we have dinner at Great Southern Cafe and it didn't disappoint. Excellent service and a divine menu are just 2 of many reasons to dine here. The mojitos were...a perfect start to a lovely evening, followed by a nicely appointed wine list. Excellent menu options were available for seafood lovers and for those preferring a meat lovers choice. And, a great finish with incredible Key Lime Pie! Can't wait for our next visit!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 24, 2020

In the quaintly charming township of Seaside, snuggled in the center of the town square , is the ever -so-popular & charming Great Southern Cafe! Because it was late afternoon, we chose to imbibe with their delicious Margaritas and an appetizer of Crab Legs served...in some gosh-wonderful thick, creamy sauce with accompanying toasts. To begin with, it was a huge serving, and secondly, it was absolutely the BEST crab claw dish that I've ever eaten!!! We would have driven back the next day for dinner, but this popular spot was already fully booked. Very reasonable prices, super casual outdoor dininf & oh, so good!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Adventure309841
September 5, 2018|
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Response from Jill T | Property representative |
We do not have Crab Legs, we do, however, have Frog Legs! View our breakfast, lunch and dinner menus on our website.
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Escape538092
April 3, 2017|
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Response from Jill T | Property representative |
Seaside actually has a good amount of parking. Sometimes you just have to search a little further than the square. We hope to see you!
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karij885
March 25, 2017|
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Response from Jill T | Property representative |
No sorry! Happy hour is from 4-6 daily. Hope to see you!
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