#54 of 138 Panama City Beach Restaurants

Scampy’s Seafood & Steaks

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Scampy's: Panama City Beach Casual
Local Expert's Rating:
3.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Scampy’s serves what can best be described as “vacation food.” Casual dining with plenty of on-site parking.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Less than two blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, Scampy’s has been serving hungry tourists since 1992. Housed in an unassuming light blue and white building, the eatery is precisely what you might expect to find in this vacation haven.

The light-filled dining room holds a combination of tables and booths accented with bright blue fabric. The décor essentially consists of all things sea-related; a beat up surf board, seaside signs, and bits and pieces from old ships.

There are a few ways to enjoy Scampy’s. Stop by the Deck Side Lounge for drinks and munchies, order an entire meal from the kitchen, or top off your day with one of Scampy’s delicious desserts.

There’s nothing intimidating about this flip-flop optional restaurant, but plenty to like. 

Here are some of our favorites (we’ll begin with munchies from the bar):

Cocktail Shrimp Remoulade
Scampy’s bar is remarkably well-stocked and the bartender is willing to make any drink you enjoy. Just name it. That fact may have played into our appreciation for the food. With the right drink combo, just about any appetizer is delicious. That said, there really is something special about the cocktail shrimp remoulade. Fresh chilled shrimp, topped with creole remoulade tastes so Gulf Coast we suspect that even locals feel like they’re on vacation when they order it.

Garlic Basil Cheesy Bread Sticks
If you’re a bread lover, you’ll be even more infatuated with these baked bread sticks, topped with just the right amount of garlic, basil, and mozzarella cheese. Dipped in Scampy’s marinara sauce, they are absolute perfection.

Coconut Shrimp
Not everyone in our party is a fan of shrimp, but those who are say that this tail-on butterfly shrimp rolled in coconut flakes and fried is absolutely amazing. Served with Scampy’s signature sweet coconut sauce, it sure made a few diners happy.

White Fish
The dinner menu includes white fish, served grilled, blackened, or as fried medallions. We went with the tasty blackened version and enjoyed it with coleslaw and hush puppies. Flaky and perfectly prepared, this is the kind of fish we were glad to find in such a casual eatery.

Grecian Grouper
Like the white fish, Scampy’s grouper is served with hush puppies and coleslaw, and like the white fish, it was unbelievably flaky. We ordered it grilled and topped with grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms, served over a bed of rice pilaf. It was the kind of meal that left us feeling satisfied but not stuffed to the gills.

Grilled Chop Sirloin
You may wonder why we would choose to order the grilled chop sirloin when filet mignon is available. Frankly, it was because it was the end of a long day and we were looking for comfort food. This juicy chopped sirloin arrives warm at the table topped with peppers, onions, and American cheese. Served with green beans, mashed potatoes (with gravy) and a dinner roll, it was precisely what we were looking for.

Spicy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Everyone in our party just had to taste this blackened chicken breast served over angel hair pasta and topped with tomato cream sauce and parmesan cheese. It was so good we’re not even sure who ended up eating the salad and roll.

Grilled Mahi Sandwich
The greatness of this sandwich begins with thick Texas toast. Stacked on the toast is a char-grilled mahi-mahi fillet, lettuce, tomato, and onions. So satisfying, it’s as good an option for dinner as it for lunch.

French Silk Pie
Scampy’s dessert menu brings up an interesting question: if you aren’t eating dessert are you really on vacation? We know that French silk pie is really just chocolate mousse in a pie crust, but there is something about a cool slice of pie with a warm cup of coffee that makes it beyond delightful. Scampy’s version of French silk did not disappoint.

A La Carte Options
We don’t always include a la carte options, but when we’re in the mood for a little of everything, there’s no better way to make that happen. We especially enjoyed the jumbo shrimp, fried stuffed crabs, and crab legs.

Insider Tips:
-Scampy’s offers impressive daily specials for diners who arrive before 5:00 p.m.
-Diners are sometimes surprised by the fact that there are no substitutions allowed when ordering an entrée. It helps to understand the policy going in rather than having to rethink your entire order.