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Runaway Island

4.3
294 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View (281)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (262)
  • Good for Groups (146)

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About

A new seafood restaurant, with a heralded theme from the past, is now open on Panama City Beach. Runaway Island Beachfront Restaurant and Grill is 2 floors of local seafood specialties, live entertainment and frosty drinks all with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico.

Plans for this unique restaurant have been in the making for over 20 years by locals who know fresh seafood and Panama City Beach. The restaurant boasts over 12,000 sq. ft. of dining space, but the crowning achievement is the outdoor deck complete with a boardwalk that extends all the way to the shores of Panama City Beach. Totaling over 6,000 sq. ft. of wood, the outdoor deck lets you take in the Florida sun and landscape of the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”. All while you sit back, relax and enjoy.

Great Food. Great Drinks. Great Stories. It’s all part of the Runaway Island experience. Come visit us today for lunch or dinner. After all, life is short… Run Away.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary Southern, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

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Phone number
(850) 634-4884
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Hein
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Catering
From 50 to 500. Bring Runaway Island"s award winning food to your event.

Melissa Whitted is Runaway's event coordinator.
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Parking details
Parking is available in our main lot, across the street or with our valet service.
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Entertainment
Entertainment with Runaway Island"s own Gene Mitchell.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 294 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.3
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4.3
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLuvtoeat (Birmingham)
4.0
Dined on July 26, 2017

Great view right on the beach. Friendly service, good menu selection. Lots of seating options, from bar area, cozy spots and right at the beach.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on July 26, 2017

Runaway Island is a great restaurant. The food is great and very tasty. The water view is lovely. Have a great amount of outside dining.

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RobertaB (Panama)
5.0
Dined on July 26, 2017

Always enjoy. Food great but appeared to be understaffed this day as our waitress was stretched from one end of the deck to the other. Personally, she was very good...just stretched too much.

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OpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
5.0
Dined on July 25, 2017

Love this place. Chef quality food with a beach atmosphere. Love that it's pet friendly in the bar area.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on July 23, 2017

The atmosphere was perfect. Huge outdoor seating overlooking the beach. It was also very clean and family friendly. Our waiter was very kind to make recommendations and helped us not to over order for our small children. I highly recommend the Berry Good Mule for a refreshing drink that is not too sweet or tart!

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OpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
4.0
Dined on July 22, 2017

Received a nasty notice from Open Table that "WE DID NOT SHOW"!!! However, we did show up and my question to the restaurant is "How many greeters do you need behind the desk to mess it up." I guess the answer is 4, 3 behind the counter and one in front. As a matter of fact, we arrived 10 minutes early and were seated immediately because it was not crowded. Our server was Collin and the 4 of us were seated at table 12/2 on 7/22/2017. Perhaps the restaurant greeters need to focus more on customers than chatting among themselves. We are local and bring many of our visitors to the restaurant. If we were unable to show up, I certainly would have contacted the restaurant to let them know. I was raised to be considerate of others.

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0
Dined on July 20, 2017

Always enjoy Runaway Island! Love that you can make reservations. Most restaurants in PCB won't allow this and that's a huge plus for me. The view is unbeatable and the food is great!

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined on July 20, 2017

Service was great. We were their celebrating a birthday. Foot was very good. The only negative I could say is I think it is ridicules that a restaurant charges extra if you ask for ranch dressing as a condiment for shrimp. They give you tarter sauce or cocktail included but no ranch dressing. I totally don't understand this concept.

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Claire 
4.0
Dined on July 19, 2017

I really enjoyed the view I had during dinner. I had come for the early-bird special menu, and the fish that my boyfriend and I got was tasty, however, it was overly seasoned/salty in both our opinions. Also, I realize this might be petty, but I ordered a house white because I didn't have a wine list at the time and my server brought me a rose...But our server what very nice and the crab dip we had was so yummy! I would still recommend the restaurant, especially for the waterfront views.

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OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0
Dined on July 19, 2017

Great food and the service was very attentive. Would recommend this for anything from a drop in meal to an anniversary.

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