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ROAD TRIP: Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida

I’d been so excited about going to Capt. Anderson’s, especially since I’d been waiting for three days to go. I had read they were closed on Sundays, but they were actually open because instead they closed for Columbus Day on Monday instead. Tuesday, was our shot and when Melanie said the wait was between 35 minutes to one hour I said “that’s fine”. This had to be good right? I mean they’ve won Southern Living magazine’s #1 Seafood Restaurant for ten years in a row and numerous other awards and recognition. I couldn’t hardly stand it while we were waiting.

Marina at Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida
Marina at Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida

It took a full fifty minutes before being seated but once we got to our seats, our server greeted us, had our drink orders and was able to answer all of our questions promptly and efficiently. One thing about Capt. Anderson’s, the service was very good.

Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida
Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida
Creamy Potato Soup, Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida
Creamy Potato Soup, Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida

Melanie was still full from The Red Bar that afternoon for lunch but I was on my game and ready for some great seafood. Melanie ordered the Soup of the Day, which was Creamy Potato Soup. Melanie was not informed that raw onions and cooked bacon on top of the soup. It pretty much ruined it for her but she tried to eat around it. The rolls were hard and cold – such a stark contrast to the awesome rolls that we enjoyed at Hammerhead Fred’s.

She Crab Soup, Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida
She Crab Soup, Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida

I started out with the She Crab Soup. Yes, it was a traditional she crab soup with a hint of sherry in it but it was creamy almost to the point of being frothy. Weird, right? The flavor was okay and there were identifiable pieces of crabs in it but overall I was unimpressed.

Stuffed Grouper, Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida
Stuffed Grouper, Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida

For my main course, I ordered the Stuffed Grouper that comes broiled and has blue crab stuffing. The piece of grouper that came with it, was no $30 piece of fish and it was hardly seasoned. The blue crab was plentiful but it was under seasoned as well and the celery in it was overwhelming. I cannot begin to describe how disappointed I was.

Capt Anderson’s is what you’d get if Red Lobster and Picadilly Cafeteria had a corporate merger. It’s a high-volume, quantity over quality operation that never met the expectations considering the awards that they’ve been conferred. For fantastic seafood, don’t go to Capt. Anderson’s. It rates a SKIP IT on our list of best Panama City Beach restaurants. There’s plenty, and I mean plenty, of others. Guten appetit!

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4 Comments

  1. Stephanie
    October 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    My husband and I travel to PCB four times a year. Up until about four or five years ago we always had dinner at Capt. Anderson’s. One evening, we discussed, while we waited forever for our food, how we had never really liked the food there. The rolls were cold and hard. The food was bland. There was nothing appetizing about anything we had ever eaten. We loved the ambiance and the view of the marina. We loved the decor of the waiting areas and lobby. We hated the wait. We finally scratched it from our list of must-go places for dining. For us, Capt. Anderson’s was a tradition; a place we went because, well, because we *always* went there. We received a gift card and dread going. I wonder if it can be used in the gift shop? Hmmm…

    There are many fine places to eat in PCB and Capt. Anderson’s is NOT one of them. It is a total waist of time and money.

  2. October 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    It sounds like your experiences echoes ours. Thank you for the comment.

  3. George McKeehan
    October 18, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I have been to Captain Anderson ‘ s many times and never had a bad meal. The longest wait was 40 min. Or so, but we were a party of 12. The She Crab Soup is my favorite item on the menu.

  4. Dewey Tweed
    October 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    We have never been disappointed nor have we ever had to wait (we go around 5 pm).

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