#48 of 138 Panama City Beach Restaurants

Montego Bay Seafood House & Oyster Bar

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Montego Bay Seafood House & Oyster Bar in Panama City Beach: Caribbean/Southern Surf & Turf
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

A little bit Caribbean, a little bit Southern, Montego Bay Seafood House & Oyster Bar serves up a surf-and-turf menu of comfort-food variety. The zesty and colorful interior establishes a cheery, tropical ambience for your meal.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

The Caribbean nod in Montego Bay Seafood House & Oyster Bar’s name is earned honestly, as West Indian flavors sit side by side with classic Southern and Gulf Coast cookery on the menu. The turquoise walls and other vibrant colors inside suggest a sort of tropical paradise, to boot: an environment that would seem to call for a margarita and something spicy on the plate.

The restaurant’s been around since 1982, and over the years it’s earned some faithful local and out-of-towner regulars.

Variety is the name of the game on the Montego Bay menu. The starters alone cover quite a lot of territory, from the Florida-Style Crab Cakes and the chicken wings to the Gator Bites and the Grand Cayman Dip, a creamy mishmash of wahoo, mahi-mahi, and whiting served with fried plantain chips.

If you feel like a soup or salad course, consider some classic gumbo or the Roasted Corn & Crab Chowder to keep the down-by-the-sea theme going.

Seafood entrees include San Tropique Coconut Shrimp, fish or shrimp tacos, grouper, flounder, and fish or shrimp tacos. You can also order a variety of raw or baked oyster platters.

From the Famous Superdiver Burger to the Mo’Better Sandwich (with white cod) to the Caribbean Spice Ribeye and the Montego Bay Chicken Tenders, there’s much else to tempt your taste buds with here.

There’s a daily menu of lunch specials on which you might find such dishes as Caribbean Meatloaf, Popcorn Shrimp, and good old-fashioned Liver & Onions. A kids menu, meanwhile, answers to the appetites of the pintsized crowd, and the desserts are all-ages satisfying: including Key Lime Pie by the slice or (temptingly) the whole pie.

As you’d expect, there’s a full bar menu of drinks to accompany your Montego Bay feast. (There’s a weekday happy hour on offer too with great deals on beer, wine, and cocktails.)

Montego Bay Seafood House & Oyster Bar is open each and every day of the week and nearly every day of the year, Christmas excluded.

Here’s a closer look at some Montego Bay Seafood House & Oyster Bar menu highlights:

Gator Bites
Well, when in Florida, right? Taste a truly indigenous flavor of the American Southeast with these fried, Cajun-seasoned alligator tails served alongside a house-made Tiger Sauce.

Caribbean Spice Ribeye Steak
A rum-based Caribbean spice marinade ties this char-grilled ribeye together in uniquely Montego Bay style.

Gulf Shrimp
You can choose to get your hefty Gulf shrimp fried or sautéed with garlic butter and mushrooms: Either way, you’re not going wrong.

Montego Bay Chicken Tenders
More than a few Montego Bay Seafood House & Oyster Bar swear by these house chicken tenders: breaded to order and lightly fried.

Whether full-on family feast or a quick happy-hour bite, Montego Bay Seafood House & Oyster Bar makes a solid choice when you find yourself hungry (and thirsty) in PCB.

Insider Tip:
– Montego Bay has an abundance of TVs generally tuned to sports, so the bar in particular is actually a pretty great place to catch the game and have a cold one, even if you’re not looking for a full meal.