Where to Eat in Panama City Beach.

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Whether you’re heading to Panama City Beach for work or play, you definitely will not be disappointed because it’s been voted as one of the best beach destinations in the United States. I don’t know about you, but one of the first things I think about when I visit a new city is where to eat. After all, it can be hard to figure out the restaurants that are worth the stop when you’re not a local. And let’s face it, no one wants to get stuck in one of those tourists traps. Keep reading for my restaurant recommendations in Panama City Beach:


This spot is ranked as one of the best restaurants in Panama City Beach and is one that you’ll hear about often as soon as your flight touches down. If you want a place that’s a little boujee (in a good way, of course) with great steakhouse food you 100% have to make sure you eat here. Firefly is known for their steak and seafood so make sure you order one of the two, or both – I’m not judging. Rumor has it their crab soup is a must-have!

Dee’s Hang Out. 

If you want to eat like a local, I’d definitely recommend Dee’s Hang Out. This spot boasts seafood and local cuisine that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Think creole-inspired bites with a lot of seafood because well, Florida. Dee’s Hangout is open for lunch and dinner and is said to be one a favorite among the locals of Panama City Beach, especially when it comes to the crab soup and fresh oysters.

David’s Sno-Balls.

Honestly even the name of this Panama City Beach restaurants is enough to peek my interest. Fortunately it doesn’t just sound good. David’s Sno-Balls specializes in New Orleans-style cuisine and features killer beignets, café au lait, jambalaya and shrimp etouffee. Sounds like a dream, right?

Jesse’s Place.

Eating the same breakfast buffet at a hotel gets old really fast. That’s where Jesse’s Place comes in. This spot is one of the most popular breakfast places in the city, serving all of your favorite breakfast staples, salads, sandwiches and some southern comfort faves. Just make sure you get to Jesse’s Place earlier on the weekends because the tables can fill up fast!

Saltwater Grill.

A surf and turf hot spot in Panama City Beach, Saltwater Grill is known for their seafood and steak. Really, what’s not to love about those specialties? Both are classic cuisine choices for an amazing beach vacay. Aside from the food, Saltwater Grill is known for their 25,000 gallon saltwater aquarium filled with tropical fish to add a little extra ambiance to your dinner. 

Now that you have the inside scoop on where to eat in Panama City Beach, it’s time to focus on how you’re going to spend the rest of your vacation. Let me know if you need recommendations!