We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Gene's Oyster Bar

€€ - €€€
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
302 Sherman Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-4871
+1 850-785-1232
Website
Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 118: English reviews
Level Contributor
48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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. After driving what seemed to be a good distance into what seemed like no restaurant... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank imamogirl
Cocoa, Florida
Level Contributor
56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 well worth every penny. Go! You will not disappointed. I went three times in one... More 

Helpful?
Thank scottycol
Strongsville, Ohio
Level Contributor
167 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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 it easily and went inside this small business to find a real treat. Our shucker... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Tinslinger
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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

Helpful?
Thank shil88
Irondale, Alabama
Level Contributor
96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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! Oysters are available from a 1/2 dozen to a 60 lbs. bag. The loaded oysters... More 

Helpful?
Thank gburden
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 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.

Helpful?
Thank whatATXtrip
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

When you step into Gene's, you experience genuine 1960's atmosphere and hospitality. This place is great. The four of us tried raw, fried, broiled and stewed oysters. They were fresh, shucked ice cold in front of us, and served directly to us. Even fried and broiled oysters were chucked fresh and presented to us for inspection before preparation. All of... More 

Helpful?
Thank ghuber15410
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Quaint, small amazing oyster bar shucking your oysters while you wait. Very, very casual but great service across the counter. Oysters really fresh and prepared how you like. Also other sea food platters but when we were there everyone was eating oysters. No parking problem once you find it.

Helpful?
1 Thank drasco2015
Severna Park, Maryland
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

undoubtedly the best oysters I have ever had, and we are from the Chesapeake Bay region. Oysters were tablespoon size and plump. Shuckers were personal, owner very proud of her business.

Helpful?
2 Thank James Dawn A
Quinton
Level Contributor
72 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Great lil place good baked oysters they shuckum right in front of you just a great olfashion place if you close by you got to try it out.

Helpful?
Thank Randall S

Travellers who viewed Gene's Oyster Bar also viewed

Panama City, Florida Panhandle
 
Panama City, Florida Panhandle
Panama City, Florida Panhandle
 
Panama City Beach, Florida Panhandle
 

Been to Gene's Oyster Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Gene's Oyster Bar and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Tallahassee, Florida
11 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Gene's Oyster Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?