3 Popular Places to Eat in Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is one of Florida’s most popular tourist destinations, known for its incredible beaches, fun nightlife, and, of course, the great restaurants. People come from far and wide to experience amazing locally-sourced seafood restaurants in Panama City, and with so many to choose from, you’re sure to find the right spot for you.

Luckily, all the best places to eat in Panama City Beach are just minutes from our 2 and 3-bedroom condos, as well as all of our other properties. Here is a breakdown of the 3 most popular restaurants in town.

View of outside seating at Pineapple Willys in Panama City Beach

Pineapple Willy’s Restaurant

If you’ve ever planned a vacation to Panama City Beach before, you’ve probably heard of Pineapple Willy’s. In 1984, “Pineapple Willy” himself, William Buskell, opened his eatery with the goal of giving locals and tourists a great meal with fun drinks and a dedicated staff. Today, you can experience a one-of-a-kind dinner with live music and fun for the whole family in one of the best Panama City Beach restaurants on the water, where you can walk straight onto the beach when you’re done eating. They even have a game room for some extra entertainment before or after your meal!

No matter what you’re in the mood to eat, Pineapple Willy’s has you covered. Get your seafood fix with shrimp and grits or fried oysters, or choose the world famous barbecue ribs. They also have tons of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and land entrees. Stop in from 6:30-9:30 p.m. each night to enjoy live music from some incredible artists. The full schedule for shows can be found on their website.

Pineapple Willy’s is located at 9875 South Thomas Drive and is open daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Seafood dish at Saltwater Grill in Panama City Beach

Saltwater Grill

For a unique and luxurious dinner, visit Saltwater Grill. The centerpiece of the dining room is a massive 25,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, home to a beautiful tropical reef and sea creatures. This location is ideal for a date night with your special someone or a casual drink with your closest friends.

On the menu, you’ll find land and sea selections to suit any palate. From smoked tuna dip to Creole Mahi to penne primavera and more, you’ll find new twists on all your classic favorites. Finish your meal with a selection from the extensive wine and cocktail menu. Saltwater Grill also offers special menus for kids and their “Early Bird” dinner service.

Saltwater Grill is located at 11040 Hutchinson Boulevard and is open Sunday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 4-10 p.m.

Crawfish boil at Dat Cajun Place in Panama City Beach

Dat Cajun Place

Authentic Cajun cuisine is best at Dat Cajun Place. The casual atmosphere combined with the delectable seafood makes for an unforgettable eating experience. You’ll find Cajun staples like gator bites, gumbo, shrimp and lobster grits, and many more. Save room for incredible desserts like bread pudding with rum sauce or funnel cake fries!

There’s always something exciting happening at Dat Cajun Place, like live music every night from 6-10 p.m. They also run other events like holiday celebrations, Ladies’ Nights, Seafood Boils, and more. For a full listing of upcoming events, please visit the calendar on their website.

Find Dat Cajun Place at 8501 Thomas Drive, conveniently located near our best condos in Panama City Beach. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

These are just a few of the more popular places to eat in Panama City Beach. For other options, check out the restaurants in Pier Park or Thomas Drive, or simply stroll down the shoreline and see what you can find. From classic burgers and land offerings to seafood like crab legs, Panama City Beach has it all! For more information on restaurants in Panama City Beach and all of our luxurious property rentals, contact us today!