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The Back Porch Bay, Panama City Beach, FL

The Back Porch Bay

3.6
3.6
72 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (850) 233-1750
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Panama City Beach - Bay Point
  • Cross street
    We are located on the intersection of Front Beach Road and Pier Park Drive.
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 72 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Kid-friendly

  • Northwest Florida

    Good for groups

  • Northwest Florida

    Healthy

  • Northwest Florida

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northwest Florida

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Panama City

    Best Food

  • Panama City

    Best Service

  • Panama City

    Best Ambiance

  • Panama City

    Healthy

  • Panama City

    Neighborhood gem

  • Panama City

    Lively

72 Reviews
  1. WilliamD

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great. The portions were huge so my wife and I split an entree. The drinks were good as well.

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  2. PattyC

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Fish wasn’t very good. The waitress forgot my shrimp & just said “well, I’ll just take it off the check. I told her that I wanted my shrimp. Service was not good for the price.

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  3. VickiC

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good but I would'nt say great! Service was very good.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Patrick was incredible! The crabs legs were delicious and so were the fish tacos. Will definitely be back!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Located at Pier Park so in the middle of activity. Food was just OK.

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  6. CraigS

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very good dining experience at the Back Porch in Panama City Beach, Florida. We were seated right away outside after we arrived at our reservation time. The host and waitress were very friendly and attentive. My wife and I love fresh seafood and there is nothing fresher than seafood coming from the Gulf of Mexico right across the street. The waitress suggested we try the restaurant's specialty, Amberjack. She did day she preferred Grouper over that, but the Amberjack was very good. My wife ordered the blackened Amberjack and I opted for the Seafood Trio, that included Amberjack, Grouper and Yellow Fin Tuna. All were prepared wonderfully and delicious. The only downside to our evening was beyond the restaurant's control. The restaurant is located in Pier Park and there were some muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles that found it necessary to rev up their engines and do burnouts right next to where we were dining. It was VERY loud and made children walking with their parents around this gem of a location cry when they heard these very loud noises. But, it was a beautiful sunset and overall a 5 star evening. I would definitely go back the next time I came to town.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    server was great food was nothing special not a great bang for your buck.

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  8. MichaelP

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter tried to rush us the entire time. Felt pressure to order when we hadn'teven read the menu yet. The food is okay but nothing close to the original in Destin.

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  9. TyrineyJ

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    There wasn’t anything special or exciting about this place. The food was not that good.

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  10. Foodsnob

    Oklahoma City

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They were understaffed. Our server was very nice Food was over priced for the quality.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    was disappointed in the food, our server was great was not her fault the food was just blah

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Very, very rushed by our server. My daughter ordered crab legs. They take a while. She took my husband’s plate while he was still eating and never refilled drinks.

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  13. Grandview1

    Indiana

    17 reviews

    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This meal was highly disappointing. We had a reservation and got seated quickly at an outdoor table which was the best part of the dinner. Calamari had to be sent back—cold and looked like it had been half-eaten. I do not recommend the linguini and panko crusted shrimp. It was a gommy tasteless bowl of heat and eat food. For over $200 meal it was a waste of money.

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  14. Laura

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was exactly what we ordered. We sat outside on the porch and loved our table. The service was the only issue we had with our experience. I think we saw our waiter a total of 4 times and we had to flag him down for drink refills. I should also note that we noticed he did the same to his other tables.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Blackjack Tuna with twice baked potatoes was outstanding. It was the table favorite! Service was spot on….

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  16. mommy826

    Houston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    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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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  19. Great

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was terrible. Service was mediocre at best and over priced.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  21. DaveS

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  22. Loriv

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server from Jamaica was amazing. He was curious, kind, attentive, and FAST!

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  23. SherrilonB

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delish! Enjoyed our food. Especially the twice baked potatoes!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    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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  25. SharonC

    Pittsburgh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Aaron is a professional attentive server. We enjoyed scrumptious food!

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  26. JeffW

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    If you love Amberjack you'll love the chargrilled, blackened entree.

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  27. BBDot

    Alabama

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was mediocre - under seasoned and barely warm Server was friendly and reservation was honored promptly.

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  28. Thomas

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Jessica R. was simply the best server we ever experienced and the food was superb!

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  29. DorotheaB

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    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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  30. hunnyp

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jessica was the best server. Thanks for the hospitality

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  31. KyRich

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  33. ClayE

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  34. DWill

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  35. MartinK

    BW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It is a good restaurant with good food for a good price. I would visit the restaurant again.

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  36. Danielle

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointed with the food. Overpriced and not good quality.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    $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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  39. Ralphl

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was good. We had 6:30 reservations and finally got seated at 7:00.

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  40. BarbaraV

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    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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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 3.6 stars by 72 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Back Porch Bay

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

Additional information

  • Cross street
    We are located on the intersection of Front Beach Road and Pier Park Drive.
  • Neighborhood
    Panama City Beach - Bay Point
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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