#17 of 160 Panama City Beach Restaurants

Shan Kishi

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Shan Kishi — Top Spot for Delicious Japanese Food in Panama City Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Whether you are dining alone or traveling in a big group, you will always have an exceptional dining experience at Shan Kishi in Panama City Beach. They go above and beyond in making every feel at home before bringing out plate after plate of tasty Japanese food made to order. You can treat yourself to sushi, teriyaki, and everything in between at each and every visit.  

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

After spending the day at the beach, you can rest and regain your energy with an awesome meal at Shan Kishi. Located right along Panama City Beach Parkway, this restaurant serves all kinds of dishes from sushi and sashimi to teriyaki and tempura. Their menu starts with a full page of appetizers, then moves onto three pages dedicated to showcasing all their sushi rolls. It doesn’t end there, either, as they have everything else you could ever want from a Japanese restaurant, including hibachi meals.

Although their decadent meals are reason enough to come here on the regular, the atmosphere definitely does not disappoint. Shan Kishi welcomes everyone from large groups to solo diners with a friendly greeting as they walk through the doors. In their dining area, they have both tables and booths to make sure all guests are comfortable throughout their meal. Plus, they keep the lighting turned down low to create a chill ambiance. The servers check in often to see if they can get you anything else, refill drinks, or otherwise help you make the most of your dining experience.

You absolutely have to try these dishes at Shan Kishi:

Kushiyaki Chicken
One of their most popular starters is the Kushiyaki Chicken and for good reason. This simple appetizer features chicken, onion, and green pepper lined up on a skewer and grilled to perfection. Then, they give it a light coating of teriyaki sauce and provide even more for dipping.

Thai Calamari
To whet your appetite with a memorable dish, give the Thai Calamari a try. Shan Kishi creates this appetizer by lightly breading chunks of squid, then frying them until golden brown. Alongside the squid, they provide sweet and sour plum sauce for dipping to elevate the flavors even more.

Love Boat
When you just cannot decide between sushi, sashimi, and shrimp tempura, get all three by ordering the Love Boat. When you order this delightful dish, they will bring you out 10 pieces of sushi plus 18 pieces of sashimi. But that’s not all. You will also get shrimp tempura and a spring roll of your choice.

Unagi Don
If you want to try something a little different, treat yourself to the Unagi Don. This dish features rich BBQ eel made fresh using quality ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. Then, the chefs at Shan Kishi put the eel over rice and serve it with a generous portion of eel sauce.

Seafood Tempura
For a taste of fresh ocean flavors, you absolutely must order the Seafood Tempura. They dip scallops, shrimp, and whitefish in their light tempura batter, then fry it up until flakey and delicious. You also receive a side of tempura sauce to dip your seafood in again and again.

When you are finished with your meal, you simply have to stick around to order dessert. Otherwise, you could miss out on tasting some of the best treats offered in this region, like their crème brulee custard, pineapple sorbet, and chocolate truffle gelato. They even have tiramisu layered in a dessert glass to satisfy your sweet tooth in style.

Insider Tips:
When you want the all-you-can-eat experience, visit Shan Kishi from 11 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 12 pm to 4:30 pm on Sunday. If you do not finish your meal and want to take the rest home, it will cost extra.
– If you come here for your birthday, they will bring over fried ice cream, light a candle, and sing a song to help you celebrate.
– Come in from 11 am to 3 pm to get the lunch special and save a bit of money on your meal.