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“Great atmosphere But Disappointing Food”

Runaway Bay Caribbean Grill
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Caribbean
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Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Overlooking the beautiful Grand Lagoon sits Runaway Bay Caribbean Grill, known for its Amazing View, Great Food, Awesome Drinks and Laid-Back Island Atmosphere! Our goal is to provide a paradise experience, using recipes from the tropics to give families a taste of the Caribbean. Runaway Bay has inside and outdoor dining, swimming in the outdoor pool, live music, dancing, outdoor tiki bar, and gift shop, so bring the whole family for some guaranteed family fun!
Panama City Beach, Florida
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204 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere But Disappointing Food”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

We decided to try them for lunch. I got the buffet for $6.99, wife got an order of crab fingers. Hers was better than mine. At least they were hot. The buffet was small with cold fried catfish, cold fried clams, cold meat loaf, bland garlic mashed potatoes, gummy, and again, cold, cheese grits. They also had some collard greens and some black beans and rice. I passed on them. Beer was cold too. I will probably try them again one evening. Probably will be better.

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
Strongsville, Ohio
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167 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Good find on the pier”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

Since we were going sailing, we arrived early to find a lunch buffet so we decided, "Why not?" Although the buffet was small, it was very good and diverse with fish, cajun chicken, seafood pasta, along with vegetables including black beans and mashed potatoes and gravy. The service was very good and we had a pretty good view of the docks as we sat by the window. We would eat here again.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Tinslinger
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Northern Wisconsin
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155 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Best Ever (shrimp) Pizza -- luncheon special”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Luncheon special (not on menu) was a shrimp pizza on ciabatta bread ($10) which my wife said was the "best ever pizza she's ever had" (& we are a couple of older snowbirds who love pizza). So she was happy. I had the Jamaican Jerk 1/4 chicken ($9.99) with fresh veggies & pineapple salsa. It was good and sufficiently spicy to remind me of a Montego Bay vacation a few year ago. Server was fast but kitchen was a bit slow, but we were sitting outside with a great view of the marina. Boats were being moved back and forth so that was an interesting way to pass the time. I'd wanted to try this place last year but we didn't get a chance so i'm pleased we made it today. Menu items looked good. Not sure if we will be able to make it back but it won't be for lack of good food or ambiance.

  • Visited February 2014
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Castelnaudary, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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114 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great food - Great Music!!”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

First visit for four of us, but won't be the last. We ate from the early dinner menu and loved the food. Two had the seafood pasta, one had the rib-eye steak and I had the grouper. Everything was yummy! We had really come to enjoy the music with Kevin Jacobs and Terry Brock, whom we adore, so the lovely food was welcome bonus. See you there, next week! :)

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Kay S
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Pittsburg, TX
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Runaway from this restaurant!”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

Service was good, but not the food! I had mahi mahi tacos - but they came with sauce all over them - I couldn't pick 'em up to eat them - hadda use a fork. Side of cheese grits was just ...no, no, no....

Husband had bolied shrimp and veggies - all of which had been in the freezer too long. So many good restaurants in PCB - come for the boats, bar, etc., but not the food! He got sick later that day - can't confirm that it was this place, but we both had the same stuff for b'fast, and I did not get sick.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank dj56_11
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