Unlike other major tourist destinations that settle down during the fall, Panama City lights up. With some of Florida’s best attractions and most beautiful beaches, there are plenty of places to eat and things to do throughout the fall season.
What if you want to dine with a water view? You won’t find that feature tucked away in a mountain cabin. Panama City Beach is the perfect place to snack on some famous Florida seafood and enjoy bold views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Below are four fall restaurants in Panama City with a nice water view for you and whoever is lucky enough to join you.
Shrimp Boat Restaurant
Romantics can stop reading here. For that quintessential waterside romantic getaway, look no further than the Shrimp Boat Restaurant. It’s electric ambiance and candlelight dinner setting is the ideal backdrop for a night by the water. The interior is magically lit, and the light flows gracefully over the gulf.
Enjoy a menu with exclusively-local and fresh ingredients. Open up your dinner with lobster nachos, crawfish beignets, or fried okra. Follow it up with snow crab legs, flounder, or bacon-wrapped scallops.
This massive two-story shrimp house is a sight to behold. Take a walk around the building after dinner to really soak the wonderful ambiance in. The Shrimp Boat Restaurant is a stunning waterfront achievement structurally and menu-wise. It is located at 1201 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401 and open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On the other side of the spectrum, you have perhaps the most laid-back and cool joint in the area. Bayou Joe’s rests you right on Massalina Bayou.
Watch as the boats settle on up or cruise on by the marina. You will take a seat right on the dock, with water views in every direction (the website touts a clear 180-view of the water). This restaurant also offers underwater glow lights from Deep Glow Technologies that allow you to see the fish and underwater life swimming around under the dock at night!
Enjoy some good ol’ southern comfort food while watching, including the Garbage Potatoes, Tom’s Trash with Class Omelet, or the Garbage Grits. If you really fall in love with some of the sauces used in the dishes as so many others have, take some home with you, as they sell them by the jar!
Bayou Joe’s wears its heart-on-its-sleeve. The team loves traditional breakfast, a cozy and casual décor, and a nice view. You get all of this in spades when you stop by during opening hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday and Monday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It is located at 112A East 3rd Court on Massalina Bayou, Panama City, FL 32401.
Just the Cook, off the Hook!
The sassy and funky joint could not be more by the water. As a matter of fact, you are on a houseboat restaurant. This offbeat and eccentric eatery is famous for its down-to-Earth selection of fresh seafood and classic American burgers. You won’t miss the ringed buoy sitting atop this small waterside shanty.
One of the more popular menu items is a donut burger. It is exactly as it sounds. With big sandwiches and fresh food, you have a delightful little spot with a view.
You can find this little seaboat at 4601 W US-98, Panama City, FL 32401.
Capt. Anderson’s Waterfront Restaurant and Marketplace
Capt. Anderson’s is unique in that it is a market where you can gather fresh fish yet also have an exquisite and calm waterfront dining experience. The team has managed to accomplish both very well, becoming one of the longest-standing seafood restaurants in Panama City.
This seafood stop is locally-famous. Order a wide assortment of seafood, including golden calamari, parmesan baked oysters, scallop provencal, for appetizers. Find whole fresh gulf flounder, oven broiled stuffed grouper and Florida lobster thermidor on the dinner menu.
Capt. Anderson’s boasts a brilliant view of the water and the local fleet bringing in the fresh catch of the day. It is located at 5551 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL 32408. The hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week, and closed Sundays.
More To Do and See
Don’t miss out on these fall restaurants with a water view, and the many others not mentioned here, on your next vacation. Make sure you find a place to stay. Review our Panama City beach rentals for some fantastic beachside amenities. Book today.