2015 Best Panama City Beach Restaurants by iTrip Vacations®

Best of Panama City Beach FL Restaurants

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Panama City Beach welcomes thousands of people to enjoy white-sand beaches, blue-green waters and 320 days of sunshine each year. This popular beach city offers lots to do and even more great places to eat. Diners find fresh local ingredients and seafood infused with Southern flavors. No matter if craving fish or tacos, these places top our list of best Panama City Beach restaurants.

Best Panama City Beach Restaurants: Liza’s Kitchen

Taste the Freshness

Liza's Kitchen Panama City Beach FL

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It’s hard not to love this small sandwich shop. From the breads to sauces, everything is homemade, and the menu includes sandwiches, salads and a daily soup. The black and blue and hippie chick specialty sandwiches top the list of favorites, and other selections include turkey brie and Franklin’s tower.

Weekend brunchers can try the eggs Liza, a dish featuring poached eggs, roast beef and pimento cheese. Those feeling creative should build their own sandwich, selecting from dozens of ingredients. Additionally, frequent customers rave about the vegetarian options as well as friendly service.

Restaurant Location

Address: 7328 Thomas Dr., Ste. L
Phone: (850) 233-9000
Website: lovelizas.com

Best Panama City Beach Restaurants: Dat Cajun Place

Add Some Spice to Life

Dat Cajun Place Panama City Beach FL

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More than 30 beers and outdoor dining make this a must for any Cajun lover. Owned by native Louisianian, Trudy White, this restaurant focuses on true Cajun flavor. Poboys, oysters, crawfish, and daily specials keep diners satisfied and returning for more.

Start with a Cajun classic, the boudin balls, and check out the camellia red beans and rice or gumbo. Customers also enjoy Dat Cajun’s full bar, daily happy hours and live music.

Restaurant Location

Address: 8501 Thomas Dr.
Phone: (850) 588-5314
Website: datcajunplace.com

Best Panama City Beach Restaurants: Finn’s Island Style Grub

Munch on Good Grub

Finn's Island Style Panama City Beach FL

Serving Mexican-style dishes, Finns specializes in tacos, quesadillas, nachos and ceviche, a lime-marinated seafood mixed with pico. Top picks include Finns’ original fish tacos, wind chop nachos, munchies and breakfast. Everything is made fresh, so the wait can get a little long, but the food is worth it.

Customers call Finns a break from the beach, as patrons can sit outside and chill before heading back to the water. Diners will find this taco truck in two locations: one on Thomas Drive, the other in the Little Village.

Restaurant Location

Address: 7220 Thomas Dr., 2808 W. 12th St.
Phone: (850) 249-3466, (850) 215-9273
Website: finnsislandstylegrub.com

Best Panama City Beach Restaurants: Montego Bay

Dive Into the Oyster Bar

Montego Bay Panama City Beach FL

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This casual, Caribbean-themed restaurant opens for lunch and dinner. Visitors can find huge shrimp, whiskey steak, grouper, BBQ ribs and a raw bar with oysters.

From soups and seafood to baskets and platters, Montego Bay delivers fresh food with a Southern twist. Lunch options include favorites such as country-fried steak, while dinner dishes range from San Tropique coconut shrimp to Calypso mahi-mahi. Customers rave about generous portions and reasonable prices.

Restaurant Location

Address: 473 Richard Jackson Blvd.
Phone: (850) 233-6033
Website: montegobaypcb.com

Best Panama City Beach Restaurants: Saltwater Grill

Enjoy Entertainment and Wildlife

Saltwater Grill Panama City Beach FL

Saltwater Grill has something most do not: a 25,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with coral and sea creatures. Maine lobster remains a local favorite, while a large selection of steaks, shrimp and grilled fish offer something for other cravings.

Signature dishes range from crab-stuffed grouper to teriyaki glazed tuna. After dinner, relax to the tunes at the piano bar. Diners praise the staff and delicious food, and many recommend making reservations because it can get busy.

Restaurant Location

Address: 11040 Hutchison Blvd.
Phone: (850) 230-2739
Website: saltwatergrillpcb.com

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