#43 of 155 Panama City Beach Restaurants

Pier 77 Seafood Restaurant

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Pier 77 Seafood Restaurant — Where to Go When in the Mood for Homecooked Food: TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Across the last 40 years, Pier 77 Seafood Restaurant has built a solid reputation as the top place to go for a tasty homecooked meal. From their low-key eatery along Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach, they serve up plate after plate of surf ‘n’ turf delights. Their welcoming atmosphere and friendly service will always make you feel at home, giving you the ultimate beachside dining experience.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

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From the second you walk into Pier 77 Seafood Restaurant in Panama City Beach, you will feel like family. Starting with their warm welcome, they go above and beyond in helping you settle in for the meal of a lifetime. You can count on your server to time everything just right, from taking your order and bringing out your food to topping off your drinks and asking if you are ready for dessert.

Their menu leaves little to be desired as well, which makes sense since they’ve been honing it since they opened in 1978. With dozens of incredible options on tap, including raw oysters on the half shell, you could fill up on starters alone.

You wouldn’t want to do that, however, as there are many other tasty items you just have to try across the rest of the menu. Ribeye steaks, snow crab legs, and everything in between await, making it easy to sample something new at every visit. They even let you add a pound of crab legs, half a dozen shrimp, or oysters galore to your order.

Don’t forget to keep a little room open for dessert or ask to take a dish home for later. You definitely need their Snickers pie and house-made pineapple cake in your life. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, those treats promise to keep you coming back for more.

Other popular menu items include:

Fried Alligator Bites
Tender, juicy, and served piping hot, the Fried Alligator bites will have you jumping for joy in no time flat. They create these little nuggets of happiness by lightly breading fresh alligator and deep-frying it golden brown. Then, they pile them high on the plate and serve with a tangy and sweet honey mustard sauce.

Captain’s Platter
For over 35 years, the Captain’s Platter has never failed to impress with its excellent mix of seafood cooked to perfection. Let your server know whether you want the seafood fried or broiled and they will get busy in creating your meal to remember. You will receive oysters, shrimp, clam strips, stuffed crab, and a fish fillet along with two sides of your choice.

Fried Oyster Basket
When oysters alone are calling your name, treat yourself to the Fried Oyster Basket. To create this amazing dish, they expertly shuck the oysters, then bread them before dipping them in the deep fryer. Once they are golden brown, they land on the plate alongside a generous scoop of coleslaw. For your second side, choose from onion rings, potato wedges, or fries.

Shrimp & Grits
The simple, yet memorable Shrimp & Grits will never let you down. This dish features a huge portion of Gulf shrimp sautéed in a blend of exceptional spices. Once they are cooked just right, they go down over a bed of creamy cheese grits made in-house. You also get to choose two sides from their long list of possibilities, including homestyle green beans and house-made hush puppies.  

If your foray into fishing paid off big time, skip the prep work and go straight to enjoying your catch with the Hook ‘n’ Cook deal. You just bring in your fresh catches and they will get busy cleaning, filleting, and cooking them as directed. You can select from the chargrilled, broiled, blackened, and fried cooking styles plus add two sides to your order.

Insider Tips:
– If you recite their special rhyme to your server, you can get 10% off your order. Find it at the bottom of the home page on their website.
– For happy hour deals aplenty, come in daily from 4 pm to 6 pm. They not only have drinks at a discount but full meals as well. You can also ask your servers about their daily specials any time you visit.