8752 Thomas Dr, Panama City Bch, FL, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
Hammerhead Fred's offers free parking and has a gift shop on site. It is also across the street from two of the top nightclubs in Panama City Beach, Spinnaker's and Club La Vela. Look for coupons in your hotel's visitor guide.
From the time you pull in to the parking lot at Hammerhead Fred's, you get a taste of what it in store for you as you dine. The restaurants signage includes a tail strung Great White Shark. It can't hurt you, but it is excellent for picture taking. As you exit your car, the sound of steel drums and Caribbean style music fill your ears as you walk up to the well landscaped entry way and waiting area. Once enter Hammerhead Fred's, the upbeat and positive atmosphere continues. The wait staff was fun and informed and willing to make a suggestion. This is important because the service industry has to deal with spring breakers each year and can, at times, become jaded to tourists. This has not been the case on any of my visits to Hammerhead Fred's. In fact, the love for visitors is visible in all aspects of the restaurant. Bring a permanent marker and leave your mark, literally. Feel free to write on your table, seat, wall, or wherever you can find space to fit your name. Reading the scribbling of other patrons is one of the more entertaining ways to wait for your meal. The menu truly does have something for everyone. I know this cliché' but, it does. The seafood is always fresh, and Apalachicola Oysters are one of the specialties which are one of the many reasons to visit. Hammerhead Fred's prices are in line with most of the other restaurants that fall within this category making it even more desirable due to the fact that the food is excellent. If you arrive in Panama City Beach and are inundated with dining options, do your family a favor and visit Hammerhead Fred's.