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The Back Porch Bay, Panama City Beach, FL

The Back Porch Bay

3.4
3.4
58 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Back Porch takes tremendous pride in serving Gulf Seafood to its guests. If it lives in the Gulf, you will most likely find it on our menu. Our seafood is delivered daily and it is handled with great care from the minute it arrives at our door to the time it arrives at your table. Our standards are high and it shows in the presentation and flavor of every seafood dish we serve.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American
  • Phone number
    (850) 233-1750
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Panama City Beach - Bay Point
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 58 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.4
3.4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.2Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Innovative

  • Northwest Florida

    Hot spot

  • Northwest Florida

    Lively

  • Northwest Florida

    Seafood

  • Panama City

    Best Overall

  • Panama City

    Best Food

  • Panama City

    Best Service

  • Panama City

    Best Ambiance

  • Panama City

    Hot spot

  • Panama City

    Good for special occasions

  • Panama City

    Lively

  • Panama City

    Most Booked

58 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Blackjack Tuna with twice baked potatoes was outstanding. It was the table favorite! Service was spot on….

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  2. mommy826

    Houston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was average but prices outrageous! Definitely a tourist destination. Views were ok but not the best. Biting flies made me change my mind about eating outside on the patio.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    The waiter was very good. The hostess was rude, and sat a group of 7 at a table for 6 with a nearly empty restaurant. The food was awful, and priced like a great restaurant. We’ve been 5 or 6 times, and the last 2 experiences were equally terrible. I see why it was nearly empty. Never again.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the crab legs and the twice baked potatoes. My husband had a ribeye and he said it was delicious. A must go to place.

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  5. Great

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food was terrible. Service was mediocre at best and over priced.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Service was bad, waitress never came by after we received our food-until we were done to drop the check. Drinks weren’t refilled and food was missing.

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  7. DaveS

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got right in even though we were 10min late due to traffic, they were training a lot of new employees but that was not a problem, very understandable, will definitely be back each time we visit Panama City Beach

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  8. Loriv

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server from Jamaica was amazing. He was curious, kind, attentive, and FAST!

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  9. SherrilonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delish! Enjoyed our food. Especially the twice baked potatoes!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    This was a disappointing experience. The food was overpriced for what we received. The order was wrong. My husband’s drink order was forgotten and when he prompted the waitstaff, he was brought the wrong order. To top it off, they brought us our bill twice. Get it together folks. Disappointing - we won’t be back.

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  11. SharonC

    Pittsburgh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Aaron is a professional attentive server. We enjoyed scrumptious food!

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  12. JeffW

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    If you love Amberjack you'll love the chargrilled, blackened entree.

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  13. BBDot

    Alabama

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Food was mediocre - under seasoned and barely warm Server was friendly and reservation was honored promptly.

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  14. Thomas

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Jessica R. was simply the best server we ever experienced and the food was superb!

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  15. DorotheaB

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience1
    Back porch had a great location and view of the gulf and palm trees. However, it is situated at a noisy corner, with constant clanging of a visitor train -and worse, exhaust smells and loud motor noises of way too many motorcycles passing by and waiting for a green light at the corner outside. Also, My grouper was over cooked and rubbery. , sorry. I had hoped for a great experience.

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  16. hunnyp

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Jessica was the best server. Thanks for the hospitality

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  17. KyRich

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    From the host to our server, David, we had a wonderful meal with the bonus of a Gulf view. Our starter was the Smoked Tuna Dip, which was quite good. The Broiled Jubilee was delicious and more than could be eaten at one sitting, which made for a great lunch the following day. The crab cake was especially tasty. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the Chicken Linguine.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Considering the price of the food, I was expecting a fancier place. It had an off putting smell in the restaurant that other seafood places seem to disguise easily enough. That said, the food was very good and portions plentiful. But if I’m spending $150 on dinner for two, it needs to be memorable and this wasn’t. At $100, it would be.

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  19. ClayE

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It's an over-priced tourist trap. Food is bland and too expensive. Don't waste your time or money here.

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  20. DWill

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Waited for the server who passed the table 5 times and didn’t acknowledge the group until we decided to leave. It was not busy at all, maybe will give it a try in the future!

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  21. MartinK

    BW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    It is a good restaurant with good food for a good price. I would visit the restaurant again.

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  22. Danielle

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Disappointed with the food. Overpriced and not good quality.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Waited over a hour for our food. When it arrived, it was barely warm and dry. I had the fish trio, it tasted okay,just a little dry.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    $120 for a family of 4 , cold food , slow service , food not as described . Save your money and don’t fall for the tourist trap

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  25. Ralphl

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was good. We had 6:30 reservations and finally got seated at 7:00.

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  26. BarbaraV

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    I would not recommend…hostess apparently didn’t think it was worth speaking, the waiter was new to being a waiter and just could not manage a party of 6 and the food was mediocre. I’m sorry to say we were very disappointed

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was good as every Back porch experience

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  28. CharlesL

    Memphis/West TN

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It’s at Pier Park and a decent meal. It’s not high end but enjoyable.

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  29. CraigN

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Service was good. Food was poor quality for the price. Food was not hot and very little flavor. I would not go back here again.

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  30. PeterS

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good! Our server was super friendly and attentive.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Had a pretty big party and they were very accommodating. Fastest service I’ve ever had at a restaurant in Pier Park! The servers were also really kind and personable!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Great service. Sat on the rooftop outside and the traffic from the shopping center was constant horns. Otherwise great experience.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and great service

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Started off ok drinks came out slow but waitress was on it. However the food came out we we’re missing one meal at our table and he had to wait about 30 minutes for this meal. No apology given for this. From the time we got our drinks to the end of the meal we maybe saw our waitress once. We had people at our table needing condiments and waters but wasn’t worth even asking by the time she came around. Crap dinning experience all around. We’ve been to the one in destin and loved it, sadly this was just not the same.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    Waiter was attentive but the food was bland and tasteless. Given the prices, we expected much more. Also, unfortunately a couple of obnoxious and loud vehicles kept circling the block. Very disruptive; PCB ought to consider a noise ordinance if there isn’t one.

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  36. LizL

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good selection

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The food was not bad just not as good as expected when comparing it to our last experience at the Destin location. Our waitress was nice however when we requested tartare sauce that had not been sitting on a warm Florida outside table she kept trying to tell us how good it was and even though it was warm it didn’t need to be swapped out for some that was chilled. After our second conversation about the sauce she reluctantly brought us some cold sauce.

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  38. CindyK

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a group of 7 and received excellent service. The food was very good and we felt like it was a fair price. We would definitely eat there again.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday and everything was great

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  40. Robert

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an excellent meal with party of 4. Service was super friendly including the trainee. The seating hostess was magnificent. We enjoyed the grilled grouper very much. Very good bar service also.

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FAQs

The Back Porch Bay offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (850) 233-1750.

The Back Porch Bay is rated 3.4 stars by 58 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Back Porch Bay

16220 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2516

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Panama City Beach - Bay Point
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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