Located in the heart of downtown Pensacola, 600 South offers delectable tapas prepared by renowned Chef Tony Wall, an extensive selection of wines that wow, a full bar, an inviting atmosphere, and a newly renovated outside bar and courtyard. Check out their Sunday Brunch menu as well.
The Atlas Oyster House
600 S. Barracks St., 437-1961, goodgrits.com
Located on Pensacola Bay only steps away from The Fish House, Atlas offers a waterfront dining experience that’s a bit more casual than you’ll find next door. Atlas is a favorite of locals and visitors alike and stands by its name as “the place” to find delicious local oysters. Try them raw, baked or steamed. Atlas also prepares locally caught fish and shellfish such as red snapper, grouper, mahi-mahi, blue crab and Gulf shrimp.
300 S. Alcaniz St., 433-1275, dharmablue.com
Dharma Blue is truly a coastal restaurant with a full cocktail bar and sushi bar. With a great wine list by the glass and the bottle, a versatile menu from steaks to pastas to salads to locally caught seafood and outdoor seating, Dharma Blue seems to have it all. Located on historic Seville Square, the outdoor dining experience under the umbrellas gives you a real feel for old Pensacola.
Ever’man Natural Foods and Ever’Deli
315 W. Garden St., 438-0402, everman.org
Ever’man provides a variety of natural and certified organic products such as vitamin supplements, natural groceries, and local and organic produce. At Ever’Deli, you can enjoy grab-n-go meals, hot entrees, organic juice bar, fresh salads, bakery items, vegetarian food, gourmet organic coffee, and more. The menu changes daily. Wheat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free products are also available.
The Fish House
600 S. Barracks St., 470-0003, goodgrits.com
The Fish offers upscale dockside dining overlooking beautiful Pensacola Bay and Seville Harbor. Just steps away from Historic Seville Square, the award-winning restaurant features an inventive menu of fresh, daily seafood selections, house-smoked steaks, sushi, a handpicked wine list with over 300 wines, and the world-famous Grits a Ya Ya. The Fish House also offers a full bar, late night menu and brunch on Sundays.
Geno’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
9276 N. Davis Highway, 477-2365
Geno’s is proof that nice surprises come in little packages. This family restaurant opened in 1973 as a pizza parlor serving UWF students and the military personnel stationed at Ellyson Field. With its mom-and-pop atmosphere, friendly service and all your homey Italian favorites, this hidden gem near the UWF campus is well worth the trip for those of us in the South end of the county.
The Global Grill
25 Palafox Place, 469-9966, dineglobalgrill.com
With an excellent bar and one of the most distinctive menus in town, Global Grill is the drinks, tapas, dinner or dessert destination for anyone who enjoys an upscale but low-key dining experience. Global’s wait staff and ambiance are top notch. They also offer one of the most extensive wine lists in the area. Every meal must be finished off with the gooey-centered Spanish chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream or the crème brulee.
The Gutter Lounge
3200 N. Palafox St., 434-6441, gutterlounge.com
What’s better than live music and drinks? Live music and drinks…and bowling.
The Gutter Lounge can make it all happen. The Gutter Lounge is one of Pensacola’s premiere blues bars and an overall entertainment extravaganza complete with pool, electronic darts, foosball, live entertainment and full bar. The Gutter also offers big screen TVs for sports fans and a menu offering great bar food to complement your brew.
Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom
10 Palafox Place, 497-6073, hopjacks.com
Hopjacks offers a fully stocked bar with an unbelievable beer selection. The pizza is just as noteworthy because of its top-quality ingredients and wide variety of toppings you won’t find at other pizza joints, such as real steak filets. And like any self respecting pizza restaurant and bar, they cater to the late-night munchies crowd until 2:30 a.m. The hearty Belgian fries with roasted garlic herb dip are a must.
Hunan Chinese Restaurant
3102 E. Cervantes St., 438-4787, hunanofpensacola.com
A Best of the Coast favorite, Hunan offers a sushi bar, full-line buffet with over 150 items, and an extensive menu of traditional Chinese cuisine. The buffet features a smorgasbord of noodles, seafood, vegetables, soups, desserts and more, including snow crab, raw oysters, blue crab, Beijing duck, boiled shrimp, Mongolian shrimp, fried shrimp, and more—and for $6.98 for lunch and $9.98 for dinner, it’s a great deal to boot.
400 Palafox Place, 469-9898, jacksons.goodgrits.com
For decadent dining, fabulous martinis and an extensive wine list, all in a pristine, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Jackson’s is the place to dine for lunch and dinner. The eclectic menu offers innovative dishes with southern charm, as well as some of the best steaks in the region. Over the past decade, Jackson’s has earned the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator eight times.
New York Nick’s
9 S. Palafox Place, 469-1984, newyorknicks.net
Nick’s has the requisite paraphernalia covering the walls, every sports package in the free world, more than 40 TVs, nightly drink specials, happy hour, and a great selection of made-from-scratch-food that makes you forget that you’re eating in a sports bar. Nick’s caters to the business lunch crowd in need of a wrap and a Wimbledon update, the hockey fan hankering for a meatball sub, and the March Madness devotee craving wings.
The Oar House
1901 Cypress St., 549-4444, the-oar-house.com
The Oar House is just minutes from downtown Pensacola on scenic Bayou Chico. Featuring live entertainment and daily happy hours, The Oar House also boasts a menu including award-winning crab cakes; fresh fish sandwiches smothered in cheese, sautéed peppers, and onions; gumbo, red beans and rice; and etouffée straight from the bayou. Check out their menus and upcoming events on their new website, the-oar-house.com.
Paradise Bar and Grill
21 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, 916-5087, paradisebar-grill.com
Paradise is one of Pensacola Beach’s premier music destinations. On any given night you may be treated to national touring bands or one of the best local entertainers. Sip a cocktail and enjoy the view while the grill prepares one of its famous burgers, sandwiches or seafood dishes. There’s no need to drive home because this local hangout is located next to Paradise Inn, an economical, renovated, retro-style hotel.
400 S. Jefferson St., 439-6545, portabellomarket.com
Portobello is tucked away inside the cozy atrium of the Pensacola Cultural Center and caters to the downtown lunch crowd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an array of unique entrees. Choose from delicious soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, as well as pasta and seafood entrees prepared by award-winning chef Erika Thomas. An extensive fresh fruit and salad bar is also available. Catering is also available.
Savanna Blue Neighborhood Grill
4234 W. Fairfield Dr., 453-2980, savannablue.net
Savanna Blue Neighborhood Grill and Wowoblue Karaoke & Comedy Club serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Menu items run the gamut from standard sports bar fare like mozzarella sticks and nachos to down-home dinner entrees like chicken-fried steak and gravy, to wings, to seafood platters. Savanna Blue also features two-for-one wells and domestics all day every day, as well as additional daily specials.
130 E. Government St., 434-6211, sevillequarter.com
Seville Quarter isn’t just a place to shake your thing. It also offers dining in a New Orleans-style atmosphere with historic features and decor. There is plenty of American fare to enjoy, including appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, sandwiches, wraps, fried chicken and seafood baskets, pizza, desserts and more. Customer favorites include the popular Apple Annie’s burger and Palace Oyster Bar’s oysters on the half shell.
Will Call Sports Grill
22 S. Palafox St., 912-8644, willcallsports.com
New Chef Jay Ammons, formerly of Seville Quarter, has polished Will Call’s lunch and dinner menus, which include a variety of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and seafood specialties. Whether you’re on your lunch break, out for dinner, or checking out the game, Will Call’s got the fare for you. Not in a hurry? Grab a cocktail from the Tavern Bar and relax on the spacious balcony overlooking historic Palafox Street.
1451 Tiger Park Lane, 932-7289; 2640 Creighton Road, 477-0025, zaxbys.com
You can’t go wrong with Zaxby’s zappetizers like the cheddar bites and spicy fried mushrooms, zalads, wings and chicken fingerz that come with your choice of over 10 different sauces. We highly recommend the Zaxby’s Club basket, with a chicken fingerz sandwich topped with bacon, green leaf lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and American cheese on Texas toast. Catering is also available.