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Gene's Oyster Bar

302 Sherman Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-4871
+1 850-785-1232
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  • Excellent87%
  • Very good8%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“gumbo” (19 reviews)
“fresh oysters” (13 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
302 Sherman Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-4871
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Gene's is an honest oyster bar. They are not a bar that serves oysters. Gene's is a very small shack in Panama City that has been around long before Panama City (Beach) was a hot spot for summer breakers. And they do it right! The...More

Thank Sam W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this in an unexpected area in a suburb of Panama City. Close to the ocean in an unassuming neighborhood. Only about 12 seats at the bar. Employees are constantly coming in with fresh catch and will let you know what they recommend that...More

Thank davidlI5106MM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have eaten at this restaurant since I was 3 years old. Best raw oysters, fried oysters, baked oysters, oyster stew, cheese grits, soft shell crab and more! Small, but recently remodeled. Get there early!

Thank SuzieQT2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our favorite place in PC. We always go to Gene"s. They have the freshest, best oysters I've ever had. They shuck them right in front of you. I would challenge you to go to your favorite oyster joint then go to Gene's. You'll...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

I give a LOT of food reviews for Trip advisor, but this is like none other I have ever given. I found this place in a backwards way At the bottom of another restaurants review. I read up and thought we'll give it a shot....More

1  Thank imamogirl
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

If you love oysters or fresh grouper, do not miss this place. I've had oysters everywhere and these are the best by a long shot. Great old local favorite, very small and very friendly. They don't make places like this anymore. A little pricey but...More

Thank scottycol
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We like patronizing the small, family run businesses that locals know are the best places to eat. This place was well worth the trip and we'll certainly be back. We were in the mood for seafood and were told about Gene's Oyster Bar. We found...More

1  Thank Tinslinger
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

The food is so fresh you can actually see them opening the oysters in front of you. Really good!! Definitely be back They don't accept debit or credit cards so be sure to bring cash when you visit

Thank shil88
Reviewed 22 February 2017

When in Panama City you get better food and conversation when you eat with the locals. Gene's is that kind of place. I learned about this place from a friend that used to live in town and I'm so glad he steered me to Gene's!...More

Thank gburden
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful food Wonderful service Wonderful owner First time to panama city. They made feel at home. This is a must do place.

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Do they serve alcohol?
17 May 2016|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from Brooks205 | Reviewed this property |
They do not serve any alcohol. Gene once told me he didn't want folks just coming in to drink. I don't think he was against it...just didn't want that kind of place.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 302 Sherman Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-4871
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +1 850-785-1232
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