#128 of 160 Panama City Beach Restaurants

Hunt’s Oyster Bar

Hunt's Oyster Bar - Down-Home Eatery With Famous Classic Gulf Fare
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

If you're looking for a casual, family-friendly spot to stop in for fresh oysters, seafood, and other classic Gulf fare, this is it. You won't find deep-fried-everything here, but you will be blown away by the spot-on flavors and textures of longtime favorites. Hunt's recently came under new ownership, but so far reviewers say they're still serving up the same great food they've loved for years. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Hunt’s Oyster Bar is the local, down-home restaurant that brings together locals and tourists for mouthwatering Gulf Coast fare. Don’t expect a ritzy atmosphere. When you walk up, you’ll be greeted by the sun-faded, beachy yellow building that makes you feel like you can put up your feet and relax after a morning at the beach.

A boat parked out front, colorful painted windows, and welcoming benches across the front set the atmosphere before you even step in the door. Though the building is aging a bit and the design of the place won’t knock your socks off, the food likely will: Hunt’s regularly earns rave reviews for good reason. 

Some of our menu favorites include: 

Fried, baked, steamed, or raw, Hunt’s oysters are fresh and salty year-round. Enjoy them with your choice of classic sides such as cheese grits, hush puppies, steamed veggies, or garlic toast, among others. Hunt’s 3 cheese jalapeño oysters and 3 cheese cajun oysters are also worth a try. The oysters are the reason locals and tourists keep coming back to Hunt’s year after year! So even if you’re not a huge fan of oysters in general, you might want to try a sample with your plate. 

Hunt’s Oyster Bar serves up a mean ribeye–fresh, cooked to order, beautifully seasoned, and well-plated with your choice of sides. They’re known for perfectly-cooked steaks every time, whether you like your steak rare or well done. Feeling decadent? Go for a ribeye with shrimp or oysters on the side. 

Key Lime Pie 
You’ll definitely want to save room for dessert when dining here. Not everyone on the Gulf Coast offers a truly exceptional key lime pie, but Hunt’s key lime pie is well worth the calories. Hunt’s also offers a mean French silk pie and turtle pie, as well, so if you’re not a key lime fan you still have excellent dessert options. 

Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried green tomatoes are a classic Southern appetizer, and they’re a great way to start your meal. Hunt’s fried green tomatoes feature a light, crispy batter, lightly seasoned and salted for the perfect crispy-tart starter that you’ll want to keep reaching for. 

Hunt’s Oyster Bar is located in the heart of St. Andrew’s, just a block away from the St. Andrew’s Marina, with parking on-site. It’s easily accessible from the surrounding area, and just a quick walk from the beach. 

Insider Tips:
– Bring quarters for the old-school jukebox in the dining room! 
– Parking is fairly limited; try to beat the rush, or you might be stuck waiting for a spot or parking a few blocks away to walk in for your meal.