There are times during a vacation when we want a taste of the finer things in life. Whether this be a nice, aged cognac, perhaps a smooth cigar, or even a wonderful meal cooked to perfection. If you are looking to have a taste of luxury and elegance, read on regarding our top five best fancy restaurants in Panama City Beach!
Tides Restaurant and Lounge
While maybe not the fanciest on our list, Tides Restaurant and Lounge is the perfect place if you’re looking to get a bite to eat as you sip upon a specialty cocktail. Balanced between casual and fancy, Tides offer a selection of regional specialties for your dining pleasure. Experience fresh seafood as you stare out across the bay and a gull calls in the distance. Enjoy a wide selection of meals ranging from crunchy bruschetta or fresh wedge salads to flavorful mahi-mahi and perfectly seared and seasoned ribeye and more! As well, don’t expect to leave hungry, as they are well known to be quite generous with their portions, whether it be drink or entrée! At Tides, they do not just present you with a plate of mouthwatering food, but they truly take pride in the artistic side of presentation as each plate looks like it was created by an artist’s hand. So, if you are looking to enjoy the views of the beach, as you sip a delectable drink and dig into a hearty meal, then make sure you visit Tides Restaurant and Lounge!
Edward’s Fine Food and Wine
As we mentioned, there are times when we enjoy the fancier things in life; however, there are also confusing times where we want to enjoy those finer aspects yet want to still be able to relax and enjoy our meal in quiet comfort. If you find yourself in this mood, make sure you check out Edward’s Fine Food and Wine! While holding the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2020, this fancy restaurant encourages you to come in what makes you feel comfortable. At Edwards there is no need to put on a fancy suite or dress; rather, come in your jeans and t-shirt if that’s more you comfort. Unlike many fancier eateries, this one is family friendly, thus ensuring that the entire family, no matter the age, can experience the elegance of fine dining. Furthermore, they offer an interesting selection of meals that, at times, dance between the realms of comfort food and elegance such as their Deviled Eggs or Bacon Wrapped Quail. If you are looking for something from the sea, you might like their Lobster-Shrimp Baked Oysters, or perhaps their Seared Scallops, or even their Tuna Tartar! Not only do they have a wide selection of delectable foods which are sure to make the mouth water, but they are more then happy to also do catering or do private events. So, if you are looking for a fine dining experience, that also lets you to relax the same as you would at home, them stop by Edward’s Fine Food and Wine!
Not only has Saltwater Grill created an aura of elegance, but it also has one of the more unique decors that you can find with panoramic views of their 25,000-gallon tropical seawater tank which is the centerpiece of several seating areas. Imagine dining on delectable foods as you watch bright and colorful fish lazily drift through the water. Going along with the aquarium and sea theme, they offer a wide selection of delectable meals that are sure to have you wishing there was more by the end. For instance, there is the fish and steak, giving you the best of both worlds. There are also the lobster spring rolls, firecracker shrimp, Thai fried calamari, shrimp and grits, lobster linguine, lobster tail and more. However, even the meat lovers amongst you will be satisfied by their selection of steaks including ribeye and filet mignon. So, if you are looking to dine upon expertly prepared fish as you find yourself mesmerized by the life of the sea, then make sure to stop by Saltwater Grill on your list of fancy restaurants in Panama City Beach!
Now we find ourselves truly submerged in the world of fine dining and elegance. Cuvee 30A not only has a beautiful venue with fountains and live music, but they also were given the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. You will find a variety of different dishes that are sure to intrigue both the mind and stomach. Here you will find creatures of the sea including tuna, grouper, crab, and oysters but also duck and several types of steak. While this is all great, what truly sets Cuvee 30A apart from the rest is the experimental Chef’s Table which offers a true fine dining experience. With this, you will start your culinary journey with a glass of champagne and a selection of fine cheeses to pair with it. After this, you will go to the chef’s table, where you will personally watch the chefs cook your masterpieces. For your meal you will be given a variety of tapas style offerings each paired with an exquisite wine to complete the unforgettable meal. So, if you are looking for a unique fine dining experience, make sure you check out Cuvee 30A today!
Fancy Restaurants Panama City Beach: Firefly
We’ve mentioned Firefly previously, however it truly wouldn’t be a complete list of fancy restaurants without this culinary gem. At Firefly they strive for an experience of casual elegance along with an intimate setting perfect for the romantic outing with a significant other. Not only this, but Firefly has won the OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award 2020, TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, Best of the Bay Award and more! It is easy to see why they have been honored with so many awards considering most of their fish is caught locally, and the ones that aren’t are due to their exotic nature which makes them impossible to find close by. Further, you will find their 535 Lounge which is perfect for a seat by the fireplace as you read one of their vintage books, or perhaps watch something on the large televisions. Here you will find more then your typical cocktails, but rather a large selection of top-shelf vodkas, bourbons, and rare scotches. If, like so many before you, you find yourself falling in love with Firefly, then remember to inquire about their personal wine lockers, which are fully stocked with the owners’ favorite wines and marked by a plate with your name engraved upon it. Make sure to explore their new sushi bar which just opened! So, if you find yourself earning for an experience of elegance, as well as in an intimate and welcoming environment, then make sure you stop by Firefly!
If reading any of these fancy restaurants Panama City beach has your mouth watering, make sure you inquire further with Vacations Perfected at (844) 478-2972 or book your Panama City Beach getaway online!