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Downtown Dining

From gourmet food trucks to fine dining with water views, downtown Pensacola offers upscale options for any craving.

Food trucks, white tablecloths, pub fare or down-home casual. No matter what you’re craving, downtown Pensacola has a restaurant that caters to your tastes.

As a bonus, Palafox Street offers a wealth of great outdoor dining options—many of which are open year-round thanks to the sunny, mild weather in the Pensacola Bay Area.

Get your morning started right with cup of joe at Bodacious Brew, a local coffee shop on the corner of Palafox and Main streets. This hip coffee shop has plenty of patio seating along with a full-service espresso bar with gourmet, imported coffee and tea and a full breakfast menu.

Or visit one of the newest additions to downtown, The Ruby Slipper Café, a New Orleans favorite now serving Big Easy-style brunch, Bloody Marys and mimosas in Pensacola.

Al Fresco is one of downtown’s new hot spots—an inviting food truck park nestled among palm streets. Grab a gourmet grilled cheese or a mahi taco, either is the perfect on-the-go treat to get re-energized for exploring downtown.

Or for classic, delicious tapas, head to Carmen’s Lunch Bar. Carmen’s makes sourcing fresh, local ingredients a priority, and many of the flavors on the menu reflect the varied flavor profiles of Northwest Florida.

Open for breakfast, brunch or lunch, Polonza Bistro will surprise you with creatively designed menu items and gourmet-style espresso, macchiato, and chai latte.

Jackson’s Steakhouse on Palafox has a Golden Spoon Hall of Fame billing as “One of Florida’s Best Restaurants.” A local favorite for special occasions and power lunches, the restaurant overlooks Plaza Ferdinand where in 1821 General Andrew Jackson raised the American flag in Pensacola for the first time. Even their sidewalk seating has white tablecloths.

Or head down to the waterfront and dine outdoors at Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille, where much of the seating looks out over the marina and Pensacola Bay. During baseball season our Blue Wahoos Saturday home games are followed by fireworks visible from Jaco’s patio seating.

Near Historic Pensacola Village you’ll find Dharma Blue, serving seafood, sushi and more in a classic coast cottage setting. Just across the street, Hub Stacey’s offers over-sized pub fare and pet-friendly patio seating. Both share views of Pensacola’s historic Seville Square park.

Only open for dinner, upscale tapas restaurant The Global Grill offers a unique dining experience in an intimate atmosphere surrounded by local artwork. It’s the perfect setting for a couple’s night out. Order a variety of plates, share with your entire table and enjoy the camaraderie.

For post-dinner drinks, stop in at the popular World of Beer featuring daily rotating taps ranging from new and rare craft beer to well-known classics. Or visit Blend for traditional and creative cocktails. The Wine Bar lives up to it’s name with a cozy atmosphere and upscale menu. Or check out Seville Quarter, where you can take your choice of everything from a game of billiards at Fast Eddie’s to having a relaxing cocktail in the gaslight Victorian courtyard at End O’ the Alley Bar or at Rosie O’Grady’s, a dueling piano bar.

The Fish House and Atlas Oyster House also offer a menu filled with fresh seafood and some of Pensacola’s famous dishes with plenty of deck seating and great water views. It’s signature dish, the Grits a Ya Ya, is known throughout the southeast.

First morning coffee to sunset nightcap, walk your way through some of the best food on the coast in Downtown Pensacola!

Jackson's Steak House is a local favorite for special occasions and downtown power lunches.
Coastal cottage atmosphere and some of the city's favorite sushi are found at Dharma Blue near historic Seville Square.
Grits a Ya Ya may very well be Pensacola's signature dish! Order yours at the Fish House and enjoy with views of Pensacola Bay.
 

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Pensacola Beach Dining 

Pensacola Beach is known for its laid-back beach style, and that relaxing vibe can be found at almost all the restaurants that dot the beach.

Joe Patti's Seafood 

Shrimp, snapper, mullet and even sushi - the freshest seafood in town can be found at the iconic Joe Patti's Seafood in Downtown Pensacola. The next best thing to catching it yourself!

Palafox Market 

Walk under the canopy of crepe myrtle trees that line Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in Downtown Pensacola on any given Saturday morning and you’ll find dozens of local farm, food and art vendors and cheerful shoppers at the weekly Palafox Market.

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