Where To Eat in Panama City Beach, Florida

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Beachgoers visiting Panama City Beach, Florida, have one of the most delicious dilemmas they’ll ever face – choosing where to eat! With hundreds of restaurants and cafes along this iconic stretch of white sand beach, you’ll find something for every appetite. Let’s explore five local places to eat in Panama City Beach and discover what makes them so special.

Collage of food that was ordered and eaten in Panama City Beach.

1. Pineapple Willy’s

Pineapple Willy's Panama City Beach sign.

Pineapple Willy’s in Panama City Beach was the first restaurant that was recommended to me and piqued my interest.  It is located on the beach at 9875 S Thomas Drive and is listed as #18 of 211 restaurants in Panama City Beach on Tripadivsor.com.  They offer both dining room accommodations as well as highly coveted picnic tables outside on their covered pier. 

While you have great views of the ocean from the inside, dining outside offers the best views (and longer wait times).

Pineapple Willy’s has been operating since 1984 and serves some pretty good seafood.  My husband ordered a Willy Basket/shrimp basket ($13) and I got the ‘Nawlins Po’ Boys ($14) with shrimp.

Lunch basket with shrimp and french fries.

Both meals are served with French fries.  We both ordered a side of coleslaw ($1 each).

The Po’Boy sandwich is huge and it’s large enough to feed two people.  The bread was fresh and the shrimp were perfectly cooked.  The pineapple coleslaw – which did not have pineapple in it – was fresh and tasty.

Large shrimp Po Boy sandwich and French fries.
‘Nawlins Po’ Boy

Their signature drink is a Pineapple Willy and it has Myers Platinum Rum, gold rum, Hawaiian pineapple juice, and cream of coconut.  I ordered a medium size ($13) and it came in a reusable mug.   (The mug is reusable for the life of the mug and currently, the price of refills is $9.)  The drink was really refreshing and delicious.

Pineapple Willy adult beverage in a plastic cup.
Pineapple Willy

Our total with tax, before tip, came to $45.39.  Our server did a great job and earned his tip.  All-in-all, Pineapple Willy’s is a fun place to eat that serves good food.  I would definitely go back (and take my reusable cup with me!).

In addition to adult libations, Pineapple Willy’s has kid-friendly options, such as Chicken Littles, Shrimp Skippers, and Mini Corndogs.  Kids meals for children 12 and under range in price from $4.59 – $6.59.  Kids can get soda in a 16 oz souvenir kid’s cup for $6.

The Pineapple Willy has a couple of beach cams so that you can get a glimpse of the beach and dream about being in PCB.

Pineapple Willy’s is open from 11 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily.

2. Diego’s Burrito Factory

Diego's Margarita Bar sign.

Diego’s Burrito Factory/Margarita Bar is located at 15514 Front Beach Road across from the Hampton Inn and Suites.  Diego’s is listed as #6 out of 70 Quick Bites in Panama City Beach.

The Margarita Bar is accessible via a walk-up window at the front of the restaurant.  The Burrito Factory has both indoor and outdoor dining along Beach Front Road.

Ordering at Diego’s Burrito Factory is similar to ordering at Moe’s or Chipotle.  There is a large menu board listing three steps: 1) Pick It (select the base such as burrito, nachos, quesadilla, or burrito bowl), 2) Fill It (select the filling: chicken, steak, carnitas, al pastor, ground beef, grilled fish or shrimp, or veggies), and 3) Top It (veggies, cheese, and such to go on or in your meal).

Basket of baja fish tacos.
Baja Grilled Fish Tacos

We each ordered Baja Grilled Tacos with mahi-mahi ($8.99 for two tacos) and had them topped with lettuce and cilantro ranch. They were served with chips and salsa. We also ordered a small cup of queso ($1.75) which came with a side of chips.

Chips and cheese dip.
Chips and Small Queso

The total for our meal with two cups of water came to $23.20 with tax (before tip).  The food was fresh and delicious and I would have no problems eating the same tacos again.

Diego’s Burrito Factory is open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

3. Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant

Sharky's Beachfront Restaurant sign.

Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant is located at 15210 Beach Front Road and occupies prime beach real estate.  The Tripadvisor.com rating for Sharky’s is #34 out of 211 Panama City Beach restaurants.

I found Sharky’s to be one of those dives you go to have a drink, chill out, and enjoy watching the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico.  Sharky’s periodically has live music events which you can find listed on their website.

Shrimp ceviche in a bowl.
Shrimp Ceviche

I ordered the Shrimp Ceviche ($11.95) and House Salad ($6.95). 

The shrimp ceviche is described as shrimp marinated in Lime juice with diced tomatoes, cilantro, cucumbers, onions, jalapenos, salt and pepper.   While it was a large portion, it seemed more of a cucumber salsa with some shrimp thrown in.

The House Salad was a basic salad of lettuce greens with a few cucumbers, small tomatoes, and red onions.  Overall, it was a fresh, generous-sized garden salad.

Large garden salad.
House Salad

My husband ordered the Mahi Mahi dinner ($21.95) with blackened mahi mahi and a side of garlic mashed potatoes.  He found the meal to be acceptable, though the serving of mashed potatoes was on the small side.

Fish, mashed potatoes, and hush puppies.
Mahi Mahi Dinner

The total for our meal pre-tip and after-tax came to $44.15.

If you are looking for a place to worship on Sundays, Woodlawn (church) has an 8:30 am service at Sharky’s. Flip-flops are completely acceptable.

Sharky’s is open from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily.

4. Firefly in Panama City Beach

Tree with lights inside restaurant.

Located at 535 N Richard Jackson Boulevard, Firefly is inside a strip mall and has a pretty unassuming exterior.  However, step inside and you will discover a quaint and charming interior unlike any other.

Firefly has earned the #9 spot on Tripadvisor.com for restaurants in Panama City Beach.  Firefly is divided into two – on one side a sushi bar, the other fine dining.

Diners are treated to a bread basket served alongside a trio of flavored butter. 

The house wine when we were there was Velvet Devil Merlot and it was excellent ($9 for a generous glass of wine).

My husband ordered Sesame Seared Yellowfin Tuna (rare ahi tuna served with grilled baby bok choy, chili truffle vinaigrette, and crispy wontons).  The price of this entree is $32.

Tuna dinner in a bowl.
Sesame Seared Yellowfin Tuna

I ordered the Wild Caught Salmon Amandine which is naturally gluten-free.  It was served with whipped potatoes, french beans, preserved lemon, brown butter, and almonds and cost $32.

Salmon dinner with green beans and red wine.
Wild Caught Salmon Amandine
Creme brulee on fire.
Crème Brûlée

Being that we were completing our stay in Panama City Beach the night we dined at Firefly, we made the most out of our dining experience at the beach.  For the finale, we ordered the vanilla Crème Brûlée ($8) which was lit at the table.

Dining at Firefly is an experience that does come with a price tag.  The total of our meal for two with wine and dessert came to $100.36.

Note:  This is one of the few fine dining establishments that we found to be open on Sundays. I recommend that you make reservations online. Firefly is closed on Monday and open Tuesday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

5. Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream

Kilwin's Ice Cream sign.

If you are at the beach and looking for something sweet to indulge in, you won’t have to look far with there being over 2 dozen sweet shops.  Kilwin’s comes in at #5 of 23 for Desserts in PCB on Tripadvisor.com and is located at 821 Pier Park Drive.

Kilwin’s is an old-time confectionary serving fudge, ice cream, truffles, candy apples, nut brittles, and more.

Waffle bowl with peach ice cream and spoon.

I ordered the Georgia Peach ice cream in a waffle bowl ($6.24) for my husband.  The ice cream was creamy and had small chunks of peach, but the best part was the waffle bowl it was served in.  

Kilwin’s is open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Where are some of your favorite places to dine in Panama City Beach?  Where should we dine next time?

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Looking for an affordable place to stay on the beach in Panama City Beach? Check out our post for the Hampton Inn and Suites in PCB.

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  1. Looks as though you had an awesome time. I think I would have to be exercising nonstop to counterbalance all those yummy calories.

  2. Ahh I love the Margarita Bar! This makes me miss Florida like crazy! Definitely adding a few of these places to our next visit back home. ☺️

  3. All this food & drinks looks so good, thanks heaps for including the prices as well. I find this super helpful when planning a trip

  4. America and its food are quite new to me, but I do love the seaside, so I loved reading this! Is it easy to find vegetarian food there?

  5. I’ve never been to Panama City Beach before, but these all look like great choices. I think I would start at Firefly though. That food looked amazing!

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