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Restaurants in Panama City With Waterfront Views

All the greatest places to eat by the water in this little strip of paradise along Florida’s Panhandle.

When you come down to Panama City, Florida for a vacation, or even if you live here year-round, there are just certain things you’re going to want to do, like dining by the water. I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat dinner while looking out at a picturesque view of the Gulf.

dining at a restaurant with a waterfront view in panama city

When I went to Panama City, I made it my mission to find all the best beachfront restaurants the city had to offer, and that’s exactly what I did. I scoured the city high and low in order to locate all the best restaurants with waterfront dining and I compiled them all on a list, ranking them for your convenience.

The next time you’re in the mood for a nice meal on the waterfront, you’re going to want to check out this article to be pointed in the right direction. You’ve not truly experienced waterfront dining until you try these Panama City restaurants.

Best Waterfront Restaurants in Panama City

  1. Harpoon Harry’s
  2. Pineapple Willy’s
  3. Hook’d Pier Bar & Grill
  4. Runaway Island
  5. Schooners
  6. Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant

Harpoon Harry’s

12627 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Phone: 850-234-6060
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Coming away with the number-one spot on my list of Panama City waterfront dining is Harpoon Harry’s. This restaurant never fails to impress with its convenient location right on Front Beach Road in between Chateau By The Sea and the Days Inn by Wyndham Panama City Beach.

What I love about Harpoon Harry’s is that they’re literally right on the beach. You can walk just a few steps and be standing right in the soft white sugar sand shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

I recommend pretty much anything from the seafood menu here at Harpoon Harry’s, but I also suggest grabbing one of their specialty cocktails too, great for staying cool in the Florida heat.

Pineapple Willy’s

9875 S Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Phone: 850-235-0928
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Another great waterfront restaurant in the area is called Pineapple Willy’s. This place is conveniently situated right in between the Shores of Panama and the Sunbird Beach Resort on South Thomas Drive. It’s right within walking distance to many of the nicest places to stay in PCB.

My favorite part about Pineapple Willy’s is that you can get one of their incredibly refreshing frozen daiquiris in a 30-ounce souvenir metal cup so that it stays frozen for even longer in the brutal Florida heat. There are even 9 different delicious flavors of daiquiri to choose from!

Hook’d Pier Bar & Grill

16201 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Phone: 850-233-8232
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Up next is Hook’d Pier Bar & Grill that’s located directly adjacent to the Russell-Fields Pier, an enormously popular spot for fishing in Panama City Beach. It’s also within walking distance to the Pier Plaza shopping mall, an amazing place to go on a shopping spree.

I highly recommend starting your Hook’d experience with some of the Hook’d Smoke Tuna Dip, it’s absolutely to-die-for.

After you’ve gotten your appetizer, I think you should indulge in the homemade Cajun gumbo. It’s made with fresh Gulf shrimp, crawfish, sausage, and loads of other delicious goodies that you just have to try. 

Runaway Island

14521 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Phone: 850-634-4884
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This next waterfront restaurant is called Runaway Island and it’s located off of Front Beach Road near the Club Wyndham Panama City Beach and the Hidden Lagoon Super Race Track and Golf.

This place is right on the water with its own little walkway that leads right to the beach. As you would expect from a place so close to the water, they have an absolutely mind-blowing selection of the freshest fish and shellfish you can find.

My go-to order from Runaway Island is usually the Islamorada Platter. It comes with the catch of the day, scallops, and more.


5121 Gulf Dr, Panama City, FL 32408
Phone: 850-235-3555
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Schooners has made our lists before and it’s no surprise why. As soon as you see the beachfront view afforded from your table, you’ll want to end every evening with a delectable meal from Schooners.

You can find Schooners on Gulf Drive right next to Seychelles Beach Resort by Vacasa and not too far away from St. Andrew’s State Park.

I strongly suggest you try either the shrimp and grits or the “The Beach Party” trio of mahi-mahi, oysters, and jumbo shrimp, but the menu is literally filled with other tasty options to choose from.

Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant

5551 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL 32408
Phone: 850-234-2225
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Last, but not least, is Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant. This is one of my favorite Panama City waterfront restaurants because it’s also a market as well where you can get fresh fish and beautiful harborside views of the fishing boats bringing in fish.

Capt. Anderson’s is located on North Lagoon Drive near the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise and Capt. Andersons Marina.

I always recommend seafood here, of course, because it gets brought in fresh every day off of the fishing boats docked nearby. You can’t find better fresh fish and shellfish in Panama City. Plus, the view is calming and peaceful.

Final Thoughts

When you’re in a beautiful coastal city like Panama City, Florida, it makes sense that there would be plenty of great restaurants on the water. The only hard part, sometimes, is choosing exactly which ones are the best.

Don’t worry, though, because I’ve taken care of that part, so just use this guide to help you decide which waterfront restaurants to go to this week.

Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Rocco Smith

Rocco is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Editing, Writing, and Media. With seven years’ experience in the restaurant industry as a cook, server, bartender, and more, he is deeply passionate about intertwining his fondness for food with his love of language.