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The Shrimp Boat

When you come to The Shrimp Boat you might expect just a regular restaurant but - you'd be wrong! In fact, The Shrimp Boat building houses three individual venues all with their own unique charm.

Gracie Rae Bar and Grill

Gracie Rae Bar and Grill is an ideal place for a sunset drink, food and football games during the season. Overlooking St. Andrews Bay and Smiths Dock, Gracie Rae is a wonderful place to watch the sunsets while the boats come in to St Andrews Marina.

The Salty Hawg

The Salty Hawg is the best place around for fresh oysters! Hunker up to the bar and watch these sweet Apalachicola oysters shucked right before your eyes.

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About The Shrimp Boat Restaurant

The Shrimp Boat Restaurant has been a staple seafood restaurant in Panama City. It is located in the historic St. Andrews area since it was built in 1950.

Starting out as a small 50 seat diner, The Shrimp Boat evolved over the years into a 500 seat restaurant with banquet rooms. 

Originally founded by Lowe Smith, The Shrimp Boat was known for being one of the only air-conditioned diners in the area, but quickly gained a reputation for serving up the best seafood straight from the local waters.

Since reopening, The Shrimp Boat has served thousands of happy guests including many patrons of the original Shrimp Boat. Even with a new facility, the walls still tell the tales of the fisherman, local workers, and families of the Panama City area through amazing pictures and memorabilia collected over some sixty years.

The years eventually took their toll on the old building and it was demolished to make way for a bigger and better facility.  The Shrimp Boat is currently managed by Great American Hotel Group.

Today, of the many Panama City restaurants, The Shrimp Boat Restaurant stands out as one of the very best!

Stop in for the great food and service and enjoy the rich history and one of the best views in Historic St. Andrews.