best restaurants in pensacola beach florida pensacola florida restaurants on the beach

10 Best Bars and Restaurants in Pensacola Florida 2024

Sharing is caring!

Discover the best bars and restaurants in Pensacola Florida. Savour delicious fresh seafood, Cajun dishes, and Southern classics from Pensacola’s best restaurants! This restaurant guide is perfect if you only have a few days in Pensacola and want to try a variety of dishes without missing out on the best places to eat and drink.

restaurant pensacola fl
best food pensacola – Best restaurants Pensacola FL

Disclaimer: My trip was sponsored by Visit Florida and Visit Pensacola. As always, all words and opinions are my own.

Best Restaurants in Pensacola FL

Here are just 6 of the best places to eat in Pensacola FL organised by category to help you decide where to book and what to order!

However my recommendation is to go with an open mind and try dishes you normally wouldn’t (especially the fresh seafood). There were at least 5 occasions in Pensacola that I was completely blown away by foods I usually wouldn’t think of ordering, and I sadly would have missed out on!

Best Pensacola Restaurants On the Beach – Casino Beach Bar & Grille

Address: 41 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach, FL 32561


Price: $$

best restaurants in pensacola beach florida pensacola florida restaurants on the beach
Pensacola restaurants on the water – Fried Pickles, Loaded Nachos, Fried Calamari, Shrimp and Mango Ceviche, Tuna Tartare Nachos

Nestled on Pensacola Beach, this restaurant has island vibes, live entertainment and views of the beautiful white sand beaches of the Florida Panhandle.

The menu is coastal inspired and includes small plates (that are actually quite large!), fresh salads, crafted sandwiches, burgers, and tacos.

There are also plenty of refreshing cocktails and if you visit during the week, make sure you take advantage of Happy Hour from 3-6pm.

pensacola best restaurants
best restaurant pensacola – pensacola beach bar – Pensacola beach restaurants – Casino Beach Bar and Grille

Must Try: Fried Calamari and Shrimp and Mango Ceviche – both of these dishes wouldn’t usually be my go to but the seafood was so fresh that I had to try them (and inevitably ended up finishing them!)

pensacola beach florida restaurants best restaurants in pensacola beach fl
good restaurants pensacola – Best Pensacola Florida restaurants on the beach – Crispy Chicken sandwich with fries

Best Seafood Restaurants in Pensacola Florida – The Grand Marlin

Address: 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561


Price: $$$

best places to eat in pensacola fl restaurants pensacola fl
best restaurants in pensacola – Great Pensacola seafood restaurants – The Grand Marlin

This upscale restaurant with waterfront views is an absolute MUST in Pensacola FL.

The seafood is so fresh that the menus are printed daily to take advantage of the local catch, and the chefs are incredibly passionate about offering an ever-changing menu with the highest quality ingredients.

The Grand Marlin in Pensacola is the original location but note that there is also a second restaurant in Panama City Beach, so if you decide to road trip across the Florida Panhandle like I did, you can have dining experience twice! 🙂

Must Try: I’ve picked my 3 favourite dishes of the night, but everything we ate was fantastic!

Blue Angel Chips – This is essentially potato chips covered in blue cheese (which is the only cheese I dislike, but this dish was absolutely delicious and has converted me!)

Fried Brussel Sprouts – I haven’t eaten a Brussel sprout in about 10 years, but devoured these! Note: This dish isn’t officially on the menu but if you ask for it, I’m pretty sure they will accommodate you.

TGM Signature Praline Basket – This dessert was my favourite from my entire week in Northwest Florida, and I can see exactly why it is their signature dish, the pecan praline was incredible.

Best Downtown Pensacola Restaurants – 5 Sisters Blues Café

Address: 421 W Belmont St, Pensacola, FL 32501


Price: $$

Located in Belmont-DeVilliers, this area was once a melting pot for music, food, and entertainment in the early 20th century. Today, you can follow the Mississippi Blues Trail right past the historic 5 Sisters Blues Cafe.

This restaurant is perfect for families, and those who want to enjoy Creole-style Southern cuisine such as crab cakes, chicken and waffles, corn bread, pork chops and ribs, pot roast and cobbler.

The restaurant is open daily but I highly recommend the Five Sisters Jazz Brunch on Sundays, with live music and an energetic environment.

Also note, this restaurant is walk in only, so be prepared to line up (it’s totally worth it!). But if you can’t wait for a table they have a Grab and Go menu from Monday to Saturday.

pensacola beach restaurants pensacola florida pensacola restaurants downtown
Best places to eat Pensacola FL

Must Try:

Five Sisters are known for their Southern Fried Chicken (in any form) so I went for the chicken tenders and waffles, but the French toast also looked delicious.

I also recommend ordering the New Orleans Style Beignets for the table, it was my first try of these sugary treats and it won’t be my last.

places to eat pensacola beach best restaurants in pensacola fl
where to eat in pensacola

Best Family Restaurant in Pensacola Beach Florida – Flounders Chowder House

Address: 421 W Belmont St, Pensacola, FL 32501


Price: $$

Located on Santa Rosa Sound, this restaurant serves up some of the freshest gulf coast
sushi and seafood. It is decorated with antiques, memorabilia, and even old fishing boats, to really get you in the nautical mood.

fun places to eat in pensacola beach best restaurants lunch in pensacola pensacola beach food
Pensacola FL restaurants on the beach

There is also live entertainment but as the restaurant is so big, you may not get to experience this. Just make sure you book ahead of time, as it gets VERY busy. Note: Happy Hour is Monday to Friday 4-6pm.

Must Try: The famous Diesel Fuel cocktail which has been around since 1980. It is basically a double Long Island Ice Tea!

restaurant pensacola florida pensacola fl restaurants on the beach
restaurants in pensacola, fl

Best Casual Places to Eat in Pensacola FL – Union Public House

Address: 309 S Reus St, Pensacola, Fl 32502


Price: $$

food places in pensacola beach restaurant union public house pensacola best food in pensacola
nice restaurants in pensacola – Southern restaurants downtown Pensacola

Union Public House is a crafty southern pub, with lots of hearty feel good food on the menu. I tried at least 10 dishes, I even ate chicken on the bone (which is very rare for me!).

Must Try: Cajun Boiled Peanuts and the Corn Bread with Butter and Honey, both delicious!

Best Restaurant in Pensacola FL for Breakfast – Bodacious Cafe

Address: 407 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502


Price: $

pensacola restaurants florida best restaurants pensacola florida
Pensacola downtown restaurants and cafes – restaurants in downtown pensacola

Located in historic downtown Pensacola on the corner of Palafox & Main Street, this cafe is a great place to pick up a delicious breakfast or lunch and an artisanal coffee.

Think breakfast sandwiches, wraps, açai bowls, and flatbread pizzas.

Must Try: This cafe is unique as it has an oil tasting section, (I tried oil tasting in Bela Krajina Slovenia and was pleasantly surprised and went home with a few too many bottles).

Best Pensacola FL Bars

Both Downtown Pensacola and the beach area have great places to grab a drink or go on a bar crawl.

Best Downtown Pensacola Bars – Perfect Plain Brewing

Address: 50 E. Garden St., Pensacola, FL 32502


Price: $$

restaurant in pensacola beach fl restaurants on pensacola beach florida
bars pensacola florida – Best bars in downtown Pensacola Florida – Perfect Plain Brewing Company

Located in the heart of downtown Pensacola, this bar is in the original location of Perfect Plain Brewing Company’s brewery and taproom.

There are long communal tables and the 10-barrel brewhouse is exposed within the gathering area.

Must Try: Watermelon Mojito

Best Outdoor Bar in Pensacola FL – Garden and Grain

Address: 50 E. Garden St., Pensacola, FL 32502 (enter via Perfect Plain)


Price: $$

Located directly behind Perfect Plain Brewing Company, the grounds were once mapped by British officer Elias Durnford in 1742 to serve as a place for a Pensacola family to plant its garden.

Inspired by this, Garden & Grain is downtown’s largest garden bar and specialises in original, uniquely crafted cocktails.

It even includes an active garden that produces ingredients used in the beers and cocktails. Happy Hour is from 4-6pm on weekdays.

Must Try: Coconut Mojito

best bars in pensacola fl bars restaurant pensacola beach fl restaurants
pensacola florida bars – Outdoor bars Pensacola FL – Coconut Mojito

Best Cocktail Bars in Pensacola Florida – The Well

Address: 42 E Garden St, Pensacola, FL 32502


Price: $$

pensacola restaurants on the water best place to eat in pensacola fl best lunch in pensacola
bars near pensacola fl – Best bars downtown Pensacola – Florida theme

The Well is a Floridian Lounge that celebrates everything that makes Florida unique.

From a flamingo themed bathroom to the curated furniture, it’s easy to see why this is one of the coolest bars in Pensacola.

Must Try: The Punch and Judy cocktail, with Rum, Campari, guava and tea, it is very unique.

restaurants on pensacola beach best restaurants in pensacola florida
Bars in Pensacola beach Florida – best bar in pensacola – pensacola bars and restaurants – bar pensacola

Best Beach Bars in Pensacola FL -Bamboo Willie’s Beachside Bar

Address: 400 Quietwater Beach Rd Suite 14, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561


Price: $$

restaurant guide pensacola good places to eat in pensacola best places to eat pensacola fl
Pensacola bars on the beach – Bushwackers all around – pensacola downtown bars

Lastly, you can’t visit Pensacola and not head to Bamboo Willie’s. It is widely regarded as one of the Best Beach Bars in Florida, and hosts some of the Southeast’s best live musical acts (from classic rock, country, the blues, and modern rock).

The beach bar is located at Quietwater Boardwalk overlooking the Santa Rosa Sound, and is popular for its frozen drinks.

From flavoured Margaritas to the famous Pensacola Bushwalker, this is the best place for Happy Hour (weekdays 3 to 6pm).

Must Try: Traditional Bushwacker – A Pensacola Beach Original Creamy vanilla and coconut mixed with rum and chocolate liquor. It basically tastes like a Baileys milkshake!

good restaurants in pensacola restaurants near pensacola beach restaurants downtown pensacola fl places to eat downtown pensacola
bars on pensacola beach – best bars in pensacola beach – Pensacola bars on the beach – 12 Frozen drinks on the menu

Planning a Trip to Florida?

Save Best Pensacola Restaurants to Pinterest for Later

best restaurant in pensacola beach florida
Best places to eat in Pensacola beach – top restaurants pensacola

Similar Posts