Dining on fresh seafood is a must do for any traveler on a beach vacation, and most people want a local seafood experience that cannot be found anywhere else. Here’s a roundup of TripAdvisor’s top ranked seafood restaurants in Panama City Beach, so you can eat like a local in the know.
Firefly: Locally renowned for excellent sushi, Firefly received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2013. A tree wrapped in twinkling lights in middle of the dining room creates whimsical atmosphere. The chef’s menu suggestion is Sautéed Gulf Grouper, shallots, fresh corn, grape tomatoes, sherry cream and jumbo lump crab sauce with a haystack of potatoes.
“This place is one of our favorites. We ate at the Sushi bar this time and it was awesome. A must eat restaurant when you visit!” –TripAdvisor Traveler Review
Finn’s Island Style Grub: Casual Caribbean dining at its finest, Finn’s main draw is their excellent fish tacos. The food truck also whips up a Ceviche of the day, fresh citrus marinated fish served cold over salad greens.
“Don’t be hesitant to stop since this is essentially a food truck in a parked location…it’s worth the stop and the fish tacos were YuMmY!” –TripAdvisor Traveler Review
Saltwater Grill: Another recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, Saltwater Grill creates a coastal atmosphere with a saltwater aquarium as the dining room’s main focal point.
Fried Green Tomato With Jumbo Lump Crabmeat (jumbo lump blue crab, sauce meuniere, and sundried tomato hollandaise) makes for a mouthwatering foray into the main course-Pan Seared Diver Sea Scallops with parmesan risotto, fresh spinach, tomato salsa, and extra virgin olive oil.
“Great service and really good food! Lobster bisque was YUM, as was my Mahi Mahi. Prime rib looked and was reported excellent, husband’s sea bass was delicious. When making reservations, ask to sit by the saltwater tank and if they can accommodate you, they will! It provided entertainment for us the whole meal. Even the artwork was nice. I would go back!” –TripAdvisor Traveler Review