With a warm and pleasant climate, Panama City’s patio season is 365 days a year. Whether it’s a girls night out, a family fun day, or a romantic dinner for two – there’s something inherently memorable about the ambiance of string lights, live music, and fresh air. Make time for memories with friends and loved ones on any of Panama City’s patios.
Dining in Historic Downtown Panama City is a truly local experience. So here’s some local insight on a few of our favorite spots.
The Bagel Maker is your quintessential bagel shop where you’ll want to wave to Jim, the owner, who makes the bagels fresh daily. Staff picks are the Pack It On Pastrami and the Deluxe Egghead, you can’t go wrong with either!
Trigo San Francisco Style Deli’s street side patio is perfect for people watching and known for their salads, sandwiches, soups, desserts and pizzas. Staff picks are The Gilbert, named after the owner himself, and the Baklava!
Bayou Joe’s Marina & Grill patio is picture perfect waterfront dining overlooking the still operational Massalina Bayou drawbridge. Dolphin sightings are a regular occurrence at Joe’s. Staff picks are the Drunken Ugly dessert and the Fried Green Beans.
Millies Cafe patio is a live music loving foodies dream. With a classic brick courtyard and live music 5 days a week, Millie’s is the hopping happy hour spot. Staff picks are any of the daily specials paired with their homemade beignets.
Millville is one of the oldest neighborhoods in PC, steeped in history with a favorite iconic restaurant that every local knows and loves.
Sweet Magnolia’s Deli is known for their amazing desserts, especially their Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake featured in a USA Today food gallery. Staff picks are the Lemon Squash Soup and Caramel Cake.
Historic St. Andrews: Salty & Flavorful
Historic St. Andrews mantra #keepstandrewssalty is not only representative of its vibe but also its local flavor. The vibrant and eclectic variety of dining in Historic St. Andrews offers many opportunities to eat while enjoying the outdoors, live music, and a pet-friendly atmosphere.
Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill, originally built in the early 1800s, is a historic and friendly waterfront seafood dining experience. This place is known for epic sunsets and seafood. Hit hard by Hurricane Michael, Uncle Ernie’s is expected to reopen in the summer of 2020. Our staff has been dreaming about their Black Bean Crab Dip and Caprese Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna for a long time!
Taproom is all about choices, offering several brews on tap and a wide variety of food trucks parked on their doorstep almost daily. There’s room to roam on their spacious outdoor patio, perfect for live entertainment, that keeps the beer flowing and the conversations going. Pair one of their brews with tasty fare from local food truck favorites: weekend brunch delights and the popular Duck Confit Gyro from Liza’s Munchie Machine, seafood with Southern flare and the Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese from The Grub Slinger, Fish & Chips and all your British pub favorites from Temperley’s British Eatery, Pancit and Lumpia to die for from Melissa’s Kusina, and so many more!
Los Antojitos keeps it fun, funky, and always fresh on their large waterfront deck. Pull up a seat by the outdoor bar, let the kids feed the fish or play on the attached play area, and listen to the tunes of local musicians while dining under their iconic sprawling oak tree. A place where conversation thrives and someone always knows someone, their savory Mexican menu and slammin’ margaritas make Los Antojitos a favorite choice of many locals. Staff picks are the Sirloin Steak, Chips and Queso, the Ashley Rita, and the Blackberry Smash.
Finn’s Island Style Grub is known almost as much for their community spirit as they are for their Killer Carnita Tacos. The menu is healthy and fresh, inspired by the surf loving superstar owners, Justin & Karen. Most excellently, Finn’s is located inside The Little Village, an eclectic venue with a bohemian, bay, and beach lifestyle vibe. There’s a waterfront palapa, and a unique combo of outdoor dining, shopping, and live music events.
Mainstream Meets the Outdoor Dream
Panama City’s 23rd Street and Hwy 77 retail corridor is less off the beaten path and host to several businesses, medical offices, mainstream shopping, and nationwide dining choices. However, the hustle and bustle of this engaging area does not keep the authentic Panama City charm from shining.
Foley’s iconic courtyard dining is a little oasis tucked away underneath sprawling trees, surrounded by dreamy lighting, and filled with the inspiring sounds of our favorite local musicians. A perfect place for celebrating a special occasion or planning a business meeting out, classy meets casual with an unforgettable dining experience. Staff picks are the Tarpon Dock Grouper with Risotto and Sauteed Spinach, finish off your delicious meal with one of their craft cocktails!
Mission BBQ is a big ‘ole slice of Americana with BBQ and all the fixins and the daily noon-time playing of the national anthem. Dining in the shade on picnic tables made for the whole family make it feel like it’s always summer. Staff pick is the Brisket Plate with Alabama White BBQ Sauce.
Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe’s cozy outdoor patio with brightly colored umbrellas is the perfect place to enjoy a laid back lunch and immerse yourself in authentic Mediterranean flavors that always tempt your tastebuds. Only the finest local food sources and ingredients imported from Greece and Turkey make up their customizable menu. Staff picks are the hand-crafted Lamb Gyro with a side of the Taziki Dip, delish!