Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Panama City has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Seafood. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Firefly or at Saltwater Grill, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!


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An unsurprising local favorite, Dee's Hang Out dishes up fresh, New Orleans-style seafood alongside frosty draft beers that are only $1 during happy hour. Amidst a friendly, intimate atmosphere, patrons munch on BBQ shrimp, seafood gumbo and Cajun hushpuppies followed by magnificent main courses, such as shrimp and sausage jambalaya and phenomenal po-boys on French bread imported from NOLA. The homemade banana pudding is a fantastic finale.

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If you're seeking a delicious, no-frills seafood spot, you're sure to enjoy the bold flavors dished up at J. Michael's, a family-owned local treasure where friendly staff have been serving fresh-off-the-boat seafood since 1976. Diners give special kudos to the raw Apalachicola oysters, garlic grilled shrimp and fresh fish sandwich with homemade tartar sauce. Anglers with an appetite can even bring in their own catch for J. Michael to fry or grill to perfection.

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A laid-back local favorite, Schooners is one of the most unusual seafood places in the area. This open-air oceanfront hangout, hailed as the "Last Local Beach Club," has been around for decades and holds tradition as a top priority, particularly the daily cannon blast at sunset. As beach activity winds down, patrons head into Schooners for drinks, live music, dancing and fresh, simple seafood, including grilled grouper sandwiches, stuffed shrimp and crave-worthy crab cakes.

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This sensational seafood restaurant's popularity with locals says it all: for fresh, locally-caught and perfectly-prepared seafood, have a seat at the Captain's Table. Mouthwatering appetizers such as crab claws and tuna dip serve as a tantalizing preview of the sizable and scrumptious entrees, including the famous grilled grouper throats, delectable grouper imperial, Cajun gulf shrimp and huge, tasty oysters. Even the sides are spectacular, particularly the rich cheese grits and light, crispy hushpuppies.

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Built around a vibrant 25,000-gallon tropical aquarium, Saltwater Grill's unique setting sets it apart from other seafood restaurants in the area. Here, diners indulge in the freshest seafood as the sweet sounds of the live piano music complete the graceful ambiance. Menu standouts include live Maine lobster, grouper imperial with sherry butter and mahi mahi with pineapple-mango salsa. For dessert, the authentic handcrafted key lime pie is heavenly.

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One of the most elegant seafood restaurants the city has to offer, this award-winning culinary gem is ideal for a romantic dinner. After settling under a majestic, warmly-lit oak tree, patrons savor sophisticated yet imaginative dishes such as divine she crab soup in a buttery puff pastry, pistachio and honey Dijon-crusted grouper and seared Ahi tuna with rich wasabi butter. White chocolate creme brulee adds the final note to this inspiring symphony of flavors.

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