a bowl of food
a bowl of food
a bowl of food
a bowl of food
Good Times & Great Tastes on the Gulf
a bowl of food

The Franklin Café and Parlor Bar

Pours & Provisions on the Panhandle

Briny catches from surrounding waters, craft cocktails, and OCBC brews from our hometown brewery. At the Franklin Café and Parlor Bar, we source fresh and serve simply – honoring the spirit and traditions of the Gibson Inn’s original Franklin Café, which opened in 1907. We invite you to drop in for a Southern-style breakfast, lunch or dinner on the porch, or a Happy Hour toast, as we turn the tide on all-day dining in Apalachicola.

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Hours OfOperation


Monday - Friday 

8:00 am - 11:00 am


Monday - Saturday

11:00 am - 5:00 pm



5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Weekend Brunch

Saturday - Sunday

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Happy Hour

Daily | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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a man and woman sharing a meal

What You’ll Love

All-Day Dining

Whether you’re dropping by for a hearty (or healthy) breakfast, lingering over lunch, or settling in for dinner, get set to savor the freshest ingredients you’ll find anywhere.

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What You’ll Love

Happy Hour at Parlor Bar

Apalachicola’s favorite watering hole, the Parlor Bar is your go-to for Happy Hour cocktails, served daily from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

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What You’ll Love

Local Oysters

Enjoy them raw, fried, or baked until they’re bubbling with a whiskey butter crust. What else would you expect in “The Oyster Capital of the World”?

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What You’ll Love

The Gibson Inn

We’re nestled in the Gibson Inn, the “Grande Dame of Apalachicola,” where locals have gathered since 1907 to people watch from the front porch, call shots in the Billiards Room, and revel in what Southern Living calls “the coolest spot to stay on the Panhandle.”


Gatherings on the Gulf Coast

From birthday parties to anniversary celebrations, our porches, patio, and laid-back Parlor Bar can be booked for your most important private events. Just ask.

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Fans & Foodies Agree

“Order a dozen oysters”

“At the Franklin Café, order a dozen oysters, topped with Jack Daniels brown butter and hot sausage.”
-Condé Nast Traveler

“Highly Recommend”

“This was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. We had the crab cakes, steamed clams, seafood soup, snapper, and for dessert we split the cheesecake and the bread pudding. Everything was fresh, delicious, and prepared perfectly - we live 2 hours away and we’re already talking about when we can go back. So good! This restaurant is a must if you come to Apalachicola! ”
-Michelle C on TripAdvisor

“Book at least one meal”

“Spend happy hour at the Parlor Bar and book at least one meal at the Gibson Inn’s top-shelf restaurant, the Franklin Café.”
-Coastal Living

“Best-kept secret in Apalach”

“Had a delightful lunch here. Walked in and was seated immediately, enjoyed a glass of wine, fresh oysters on the half shell, and very nice fresh snapper fish tacos. Everything was fresh, served promptly and prices were reasonable. Great setting in an historic inn in downtown Apalachicola. Nice change from the usual fried seafood available locally. ”
-Jennifer M on TripAdvisor


Explore the Florida Panhandle’s most welcoming historic town. Known as the “Oyster Capital of the World,” Apalachicola is a favorite for laid-back leisure in the great outdoors—from shelling on St. George Island to fishing, boating and birding in and around Indian Pass.