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Saltwater Grill - Panama City

4.4
913 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Romantic

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At Saltwater Grill in Panama City Beach, guests can partake in surf and turf cuisine in a spectacular dining space. A 25,000-gallon saltwater aquarium acts as the dining room's centerpiece and features numerous colorful tropical fish and coral reefs. Saltwater Grill's large dining room and the cozy Mermaid Room provide all the space needed for private events, celebratory dinners or simply a romantic date. Live music from pianist Michael Rorah entertains guests, whether they are eating dinner or enjoying drinks at the piano bar. The Maine lobster entrées are a popular menu item at Saltwater Grill. Other delicious options include steaks, grilled fish and savory soups. Finish the meal off with a delectable dessert, like key lime pie or seasonal bread pudding.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm- 11:00pm
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Phone number
(850) 230-2739
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rob Burgess
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Cross street
R. Jackson Blvd
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Entertainment
Live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday featuring the talented Michael Rorah. Stop by for dinner or drinks and hear Michael play all your favorites in Panama City Beach’s only Piano Bar!
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Special events & promotions
Please call Trish to book your special event - 850-230-2739
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.2
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4.5
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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Saltwater Grill in Panama City Beach is an excellent restaurant to have a nice dinner/celebration for two or to enjoy an evening with seveal friends. The ambiance is great with the giant salt water acquarium as the restaurant's focal point. The bar service at the bar or at your table is wonderful. The wait staff is excellent and attentive. The food is nicely prepared and the "Happy Hour" and "Early Bird" prices can't be beat. Definitely a "go-back to" restaurant.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2016

We found Salt Water Grill last year while vacationing in the area and knew that we had to return this year The restaurant was extremely busy and we had to wait a little bit They have put the lobster rolls on the main appetizer menu and they were scrumptious. We requested a table in Robert's section and they were able to accommodate our request. I'm not sure which we prefer more, Robert's attentiveness and kindness or the food. Salt Water Grill is lucky to have him.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2016

We have eaten here before and said we would go back when we returned to Panama City Beach. We were greeted by friendly hostess and was seated right away with our "Open Table" reservation. The food was excellent and our waitress was attentive and prompt with our entire meal. She went above and beyond to our requests. We look forward to going back soon.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2016

My friend and I had an excellent meal, no waiting for a table( I made a reservation). The food was excellent! The service was wonderful. I have no problem recommending this location to anyone

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2016

A few things. I was drawn to it because of the TV ad at the condo, and wanted to see the fish tank. It was ranked in the books as 4 $$, so I thought the food was going to be top notch, gourmet. It was good but nothing special. Atmosphere was loud, and very dark inside. I would go back, but not in any hurry.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2016

We enjoyed an excellent meal with quality customer service! We will definitely return when we visit the area again!

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2016

Great as always. Super service from Robert and Pat. Tonight's visit marked Trish Spencer's last night as General Manager and Salt Water Grill employee. She will be greatly missed, but Joy and I wish her the best in the future. Bob S.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2015

Although we had OpenTable reservations, Salt Water Grill informed us that we didn't have a reservation, and we waited 15 minutes for a table (party of 8) while they sat multiple parties in front of us.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2015

Loved the aquariums. You get a feel initially that your some place special. You would think you would have a more upscale experience by first appearances such as a high end adults only eatery for the most part. I would have a white table cloth area with private options for walk ins. Over all a decent experience.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2015

Great food, service and ambiance! Even if it doesn't indicate "fried" on the adult menu, you can ask your chef to fry it, such as fish. My hubby wants me to convey that the key lime pie was awesome. I would recommend you reserve ahead to avoid any delays, unless you going to happy hour. I would've given a 5 rating, but we waited 45 minutes for our dinner, even with a reservation.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2015

Lobster bisque and red fish etouffee were excellent. Had kids friendly menu too.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2015

We decided on Salt Water Grill for our anniversary dinner. The menu had many choices, the wine was excellent, and best of all, the service was outstanding. Our meal was served promptly, but just enough time for us to be romantic. The food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2015

Great food. Great service. Pleasant evening with work friends.

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2015

An interesting atmosphere with fine dining!

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

As usual our dinner was wonderful. I had the Diver Scallops which where no cooked enough for me and they very graciously took them back to the kitchen and cooked them some more. I was totally happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Salt Water Grill. Always happy with our meals there. We only come to PCB once a year for 6 weeks and always eat at Salt Water Grill several times. Look forward to next year!

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

My husband and I were on vacation and dined here for our one year anniversary dinner. Amazing ambience, service and the food was to DIE for! Strongly recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

outstanding food, and the best service in the Panama City beach area

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Many years and visits to condo in PCB passed before my husband and I decided to try the Salt Water Grill. Although prices have continued to rise and portion sizes have fallen since our first visit last December, quality remains intact. Most notable quality flaw to me is the substance they pass off as butter. Beyond that, though, the place is solid. My husband and I will return.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2015

Felt that there was too much pasta on the early bird menu. Ordered the shrimp pasta Alfredo and it was like a soup, way too much sauce. I miss the Maui Maui that was on the menu last year. Overall though, food was excellent and we'll definitely return.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2015

We enjoyed our dinners as usual, but were somewhat disappointed that the tables did not have the usual white table coverings.

We would still recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Firefly is a true gem on the beach. Excellent service and food are staples here. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and were astounded at how great the food was.

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2015

At first we were impressed. The aquarium is beautiful and the hostess was very welcoming. We were promptly seated and this is where things declined. Our server was pleasant, but service was incredibly slow. It took approximately 45 minutes for us to receive our salad course. When the salads arrived, they had excessive amounts of dressing on them. Our entrees were overly sauced, heavy and not particularly flavorful for the high prices. At these prices, we expect more than lackluster food and slow service.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2015

Dine here for our 7th Anniversary.
The Menu Technician Michael was very knowledgeable of the menu and the service was over the top
The atmosphere was great and the scene of the aquarium was mesmerizing. And the food was so fresh and prepared so well I have to give this Restaurant and Staff a (10+) Oh Micheal showed up perfectly on time to take a picture of me and my wife in front of that huge aquarium.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

A busy place because of bike rally week in PCB. Despite that, service was good and food was delicious - and plentiful.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

We make reservations and visit the Salt Water Grille anytime we are in Panama City Beach. Great food - Great Staff - Great Find!

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

We went for my husband birthday and had a great time. The food was delicious, the service was very friendly and fast, and we enjoyed looking at their fish tank. I would definitely recommend this to restaurant to anybody looking to celebrate a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2015

Mari was an excellent server. We loved having dinner in the piano bar area. The piano player is always excellent.

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2015

A great place for dinner. Good Food and Beverages. Reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2015

I had the scamp with oscar extra (asparagus, crabmeat and a burre blanc citrus sauce). It normally comes with bearnese sauce but they were happy to switch it for me. Sooo good! Hubby had grouper with soft shell crab. Also very good! Our friends had prime rib and chicken alfredo (I think). They raved about those.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

The food was overall very good with the exception of the crab cakes. Everyone else in our party was pleased with their food choices. The pianist in the background did a great job! He made the evening fun!

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2015

The Grouper Macadamia was nicely presented, not overcooked but, tasted bland. Maybe I ordered the wrong item... Our waiter was great. The kids loved the large aquariums.

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2015

The resturant was a recommendation from a guest at Holiday Inn that we met at the bar, made our reservation and was sitting outside waiting for

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2015

We have been coming to Saltwater Grill in Panama City for the past ten years and have always been treated well. Tonight was the exception. Waiters and bartenders were great. The floor manager, who got us seated at 7:30 for our Open Table 6:45 reservation, was wonderful. The evening was ruined by the rude and dismissive general manager.

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2015

great food, service, & wine. love the huge aquarium.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2015

Salmon was perfect. So were the garlic potatoes and green beans!!!! Everything was so tasty and the waitress was very attentive!!!! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2015

This restaurant was amazing! We came in for dinner with our 1 year old son and had set a reservation on Open Table before we left. When we arrived there were a lot of people waiting, but we only had to wait for them to set up our table. We walked over and they had the high chair set up already facing their enormous fish tank. The server was great, very prompt and attentive. She put in our son's meal as an appetizer so it would come out first. The food was great, cooked well and great tasting.
Overall this was a fantastic choice for dinner, we will definitely come back when we are in town.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2015

Was visiting the Gulf from St. Louis.

It was my gf's birthday, and she wanted something 'classy and fun'. Basically she wanted an excuse to put on a nice dress and go eat good food.

She loved the menu (she's very particular), she loved the setting, she was impressed by our Server (his name was Warren iirc), and the guy playing piano was amazing (she's a pianist herself).

Food was spectacular. I don't like buying expensive food, but the presentation and quality was totally worth it.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2015

Great food with large portions; our party enjoyed appetizers and the dessert tray as additions to our meal. The prime rib is large portions, cooked to perfection with wonderful sides. The filet was one of the best I have ever had. Overall, one of the best dining experiences my family has had in a long time. The atmosphere is modern and energetic and the service is on point. Wait times were perfect when making reservations and the fish tanks and large aquarium were more than enough to keep my 2 year old entertained. Dinner was so good that we came back for seconds, cancelling reservations at a competing location. Why risk being let down by the unknown when you know you can be more than satisfied with what you have.

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3.0Dined on September 15, 2015

Over cooked shrimp cocktail with veins still in. Had much better cooked and clean shrimp from publix the previous day. Lobster bisque delicious. Caesar salad tasty but drowned in dressing. Jumbo gulf fried shrimp yummy. Crab cakes very good.

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2.0Dined on September 12, 2015

we selected wine three times, they were out of all three. the server was nice, nothing special.
the food however was outstanding. we were on time for our reservation and they handed us a pager and said it would be a few minutes. we had to go back up to the desk as we were 15 minutes past our reservation time. there was no customer service. this is not fine dining.

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