#33 of 39 Cape San Blas Restaurants

Harry A’s

Kick Back at Harry A's With a Cocktail and Flavorful Seafood
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Hit up Harry A's to discover why this casual bar and restaurant has earned its nickname as the Heartbeat of St. George Island. A top spot for drinks and seafood, this local fixture offers a sense of community that visitors crave nearly as much as the food.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

If you crave a casual meal complete with delicious ingredients, wonderful cocktails, and a welcoming ambiance, look no further than Harry A’s. Known as the Heartbeat of St. George Island, this fun spot provides the perfect opportunity to relax among friends.

Hurricane Michael may have damaged this local favorite, but it has since undergone extensive renovations. The new version retains the same friendly atmosphere of the original but also holds a fresh feel. The beach bar environment is calming, but the place comes alive when musicians play rousing shows at night.

While many people visit Harry A’s primarily for the entertainment, the cuisine is also worth checking out. On the menu, you’ll find a diverse selection dominated by seafood but also featuring several surprises. 

The children’s menu is more extensive than those offered at most other restaurants. In addition to the usual chicken fingers and burgers, this special selection includes fried catfish and cheese ravioli. 

As an adult visitor, you’ll definitely want to order a drink with your meal. Consider opting for a bloody Mary; the mix is made on-site and the drink is served with delicious garnishes. A variety of other tasty options are also available. Don’t hesitate to ask the bartender for recommendations. If you’re not in the mood for an alcoholic beverage, feel free to order soda or iced tea. 

No matter what you eat or drink, you’ll want to check out the outside dining area. There, you’ll feel right at home — and you’ll discover why visitors return again and again.

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Black & Blue Salad
With the right salad, it’s possible to eat your daily dose of veggies while still indulging. This option is sure to satisfy with its blackened shrimp and bleu cheese, which are served with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, roasted garlic, and chopped bacon.

Grouper Reuben
This isn’t quite like any Reuben you’ve tasted before — it includes a lightly blackened grouper filet. The other ingredients, however, should look familiar: Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, and rye bread.

Po’ Boy
Offered with catfish, shrimp, or grouper, this tasty meal is loaded with lettuce, tomato, and onion. It also comes with flavorful house remoulade. Beware: this sandwich packs some serious heat!

Mediterranean Pasta
Bursting with flavor, this delightful pasta dish comes with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and other vegetables. These healthy ingredients are mixed with penne pasta and garlic oil. For an additional charge, you can add grilled chicken or shrimp. 

Shrimp Basket
One of several excellent baskets offered at Harry A’s, this option features delicious shrimp that can be tossed in bourbon, buffalo, or dragon sauce. Enjoy your shrimp alongside a side of your choice. Top options include fries, cheese grits, coleslaw, potato salad, and fire-roasted vegetables.

There’s a lot to love about Harry A’s — and we’re not just talking about the seafood. Stop in for a delicious drink and a taste of beachy ambiance.

Insider Tips:
– Online ordering is available through a system known as Cake. Visit the official Harry A’s website to find the link to the ordering page. 
– If you’re unable to pick up your meal onsite, delivery may be possible. The specialized delivery menu is extensive enough to make this a viable option when you prefer to stay put.
– A dog-friendly restaurant, Harry A’s welcomes you to visit alongside your well-behaved pooch. If you’re not a fan of canines, consider dining elsewhere — there are typically at least one or two dogs hanging out at the restaurant at any given time.
– Keep an eye on the restaurant’s Facebook page, where you’ll find up-to-date information on meal and drink specials, plus a music schedule and details on other upcoming events.