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Great Southern Cafe

83 Central Sq, Seaside, Fl, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-0808
+1 850-231-7327
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“gouda grits” (59 reviews)
“shrimp” (160 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
83 Central Sq, Seaside, Fl, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-0808
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is in the center of the Seaside city center. Food was very good and reasonably priced. The grouper was nicely spiced without overwhelming the fish and it was not overdone or dry. The hush puppies were great and I usually don't eat them...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Haswell4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visit this quaint little restaurant whenever we are in Seaside. The food is very good, the drinks are delicious, and sitting outside people watching on a busy day is always fun. You also meet lots if nice people. Our server, Scott,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Z8482IVtimr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are staying at the Watercolor Resort and want a good breakfast, this is the place. The Veggie Frittata and Grits YaYa, both are very good.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Robert H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This resort on the Florida panhandle is smart clean modern and completely different from the more scruffy resorts on the coast. A pleasure to stroll around this purpose built resort with its well kept walkways. The cafe is on the central square at the heart...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank roggy2016
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant 2x — both meals were outstanding. Food was great. Drinks were fresh and excellent. Grouper was outstanding. Key lime pie was a mile high with meringue on top and the best I’ve ever had!!!!!!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank carolshellyebert
Reviewed 8 November 2018

We come back every year for their shrimp and grits! They are so amazing! The service is always great and we love to be able to sit outside!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kate5587
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

GSC is located in the tiny Seaside village. It is directly across from the amphitheater and easy to find. The cafe has southern charm and a menu with twists on famous southern dishes. I had the meat and three plate that included a barbecue pork...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank beachji
Reviewed 5 November 2018

They offer a great variety for breakfast. They have different meats, eggs, and even mimosa’s and bloody mary’s.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jason t
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Can't beat the two egg bacon hash brown biscuit breakfast for $8.50. Try the sausage gravy side for your biscuit. Not many values in Seaside but this is one.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jim C
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a nice meal started with a dozen fresh Louisiana oysters. We followed that up with 2 entrees: shrimp with Gouda grits and grouper with grits and fried okra. We were served mahi-mahi (cooked too well) instead of grouper but otherwise...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank SilverSpurSaddleClub
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Questions & Answers
6 September 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Jill T | Property representative |
We do not have Crab Legs, we do, however, have Frog Legs! View our breakfast, lunch and dinner menus on our website.
4 April 2017|
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Response from Jill T | Property representative |
Seaside actually has a good amount of parking. Sometimes you just have to search a little further than the square. We hope to see you!
Kari J
26 March 2017|
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Response from Jill T | Property representative |
No sorry! Happy hour is from 4-6 daily. Hope to see you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 83 Central Sq, Seaside, Fl, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-0808
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 850-231-7327
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Grand Champion Executive Chef Jim Shirley opened Great Southern Cafe in 2006 in Seaside, FL. This casual restaurant fuses international cuisines with southern cooking using local produce from nearby farms and fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. Here you will find great seafood, steaks, local vegetables, handmade burgers, southern-style breakfast, specialty drinks and so much more. Dine outside on the deck or inside for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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