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Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

Capt. Anderson's restaurant has repeatedly won prestigious awards throughout the years, and been recognized by many national institutions and magazines as the best Panama City Beach seafood restaurant.

We were voted #1 Seafood Restaurant by Southern Living readers every year from 1996 to 2006, and were ranked among America's Top Fifty restaurants by Restaurants & Institutions.

We are the recipient of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence and we were inducted into Florida Trend’s Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2005.

With every passing year Capt. Anderson's works harder at making a visit to our restaurant more enjoyable, and the continuing awards and recognition seem to indicate that the hard work is paying off!

#1 - Florida's Most Legendary Restaurants
In June 2024, Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant & Waterfront Market was recognized by Southern Living as the #1 Restaurant on their list of "Florida's 17 Most Legendary Restaurants."

"These legendary restaurants aren't passing fads or trendy Instagram eateries," wrote Southern Living, "they’re cultural icons, so interwoven in Florida's history and spirit they’re forever emblazoned into the state's canon of hospitality."

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Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence
The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants with interesting wine lists, whose selections match the menu, and that appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. The wine list itself must include vintages and appellations for everything - including wine by the glass. Spelling, correct producer names, and appearance of the list are also included in the judging.

- Annual recipient since 2005
- "Best Of" Award of Excellence 2023
- "Best Of" Award of Excellence 2022
- "Best Of" Award of Excellence 2021
- "Best Of" Award of Excellence 2020
- "Best Of" Award of Excellence 2019
- "Best Of" Award of Excellence 2018
Florida Trend - Golden Spoon Award
Each year since 1977, Florida Trend magazine has bestowed Golden Spoon awards to Sunshine State restaurants that offer diners the very best in food, service and décor.

- Recipient of 16 Golden Spoon Awards
Florida Trend - Golden Spoon Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame is the highest honor Florida Trend can bestow on a Florida restaurant. Restaurants that have won Golden Spoon Awards year after year are considered unbeatable and put into the Hall of Fame.

- Golden Spoon Hall of Fame
Southern Living Magazine - Top 5

- Local Restaurants, 2023

The Bay List - Reader's Choice Winner
Each year, Panama City Living Magazine and its readers selects the best-of-the-best among local businesses and eateries. Capt. Anderson's has been fortunate enough to be the recipient of four "Reader's Choice" awards.

- Reader's Choice Winner (Best Seafood)
Best of Bay
Each year, Panama City News Herald holds its "Best of Bay" competition highlighting the best in Panama City Beach businesses.

- Best Restaurant
- Best Seafood
Panama City Living Reader's Choice
Each year, Panama City Living holds its "Reader's Choice" competition highlighting the best in Panama City Beach businesses.

- Reader's Choice Best Seafood