Where to Eat in Pensacola: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Leida Jutras

If you're looking for some great Florida beaches but aren't necessarily interested in a mega-resort or theme park atmosphere, Pensacola might just be the place for your perfect weekend. Home to Gulf Islands National Seashore, the city offers some of the best fishing and boating in the area. Inland, canoeing enthusiasts won't want to miss the beauty of the Blackwater River. Closer to town, the city has a proud military heritage, which can be seen at attractions like the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Things to do in Pensacola

1. Joe Patti's Seafood

524 S B St, Pensacola, FL 32502-5422 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cajun & Creole, American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 850-432-3315
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Joe Patti's Seafood

Reviewed By Patrick1919 - Peachtree City, Georgia

Visiting Joe Patti's is an experience I highly recommend. Incredible customer service and quality product. A visit can be overwhelming. I definitely recommend the breads; both Italian and Sourdough. The Clam Chowder is to die for (to be honest, I wasn't crazy about the seafood gumbo that much). The Cajun Crab Dip is great. Bought some small (31 to 35 count) peeled and deveined shrimp. Joe Patti's steamed and seasoned them for us to perfection. I also bought some crab cakes but haven't tried them yet.Can't wait to go back.

2. Another Broken Egg Cafe

721 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502-4141 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 850-912-8347
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 775 reviews

Another Broken Egg Cafe

phone: 850 912-8347. This is a very nice breakfast, brunch and lunch place. Open daily 7 am to 2 p.m.

Reviewed By 381karat - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

I loved the creative egg scrambler and omelet options here! It was a hard choice! I went with Stans omelet that had andouille sausage and shrimp and cheese and a yummy hollandaise sauce. My guys had banana foster pancakes and French toast. Also amazing. So...MoreWe're glad to hear you had fantastic food and nice service. We appreciate you leaving this great review and hope to see you again soon!

3. Global Grill

25 South Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Takeout, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 52 +1 850-469-9966
Excellent
80%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 623 reviews

Global Grill

Reviewed By Jennifer F - Pensacola, Florida

Our first experience at the Global Grill was a winner! George was an informative and attentive server who helped us to maximize our short visit (pre-hockey game Birthday dinner celebration). We chose the charcuterie and cheese board, brussel sprouts, homemade chips, asparagus tempura, pork medallions, bisque du jour, and the special wild mushroom salad. Everything was delicious, generous, and most definitely worth sharing! We will be back. A fun way to share a meal with anyone!

4. Carmen's Lunch Bar

407 S Palafox St Unit B, Pensacola, FL 32502-5980 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 850-542-4334
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 195 reviews

Carmen's Lunch Bar

Reviewed By foodlover2497 - Pensacola, Florida

Carmen's lunch bar is a charming little place in Downtown Pensacola with delicious food and an amazing atmosphere! My visits wouldn't be complete without the soda bread and the delicious pulled pork sandwich. The have a different assortment of desserts everyday and always use fresh ingredients!

5. McGuire's Irish Pub & Brewery

600 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502-4140 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Irish, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 850-433-2849
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

McGuire's Irish Pub & Brewery

McGuire's Irish Pub first opened in 1977 as a small neighborhood pub in a shopping center. In 1982 McGuire's moves to its current location; Pensacola's original 1927 Old Firehouse. Inside the pub you'll find a turn-of-the-century, New York Irish Saloon themed 615-seat restaurant. We are celebrated for our atmosphere boasting more than One Million signed dollar bills hanging from the ceilings and walls of the Pub. In 1996, McGuire's Irish Pub of Destin opened on beautiful Destin Harbor with the same great food and live Irish entertainment. For the most current Menu's please visit our website.

Reviewed By GoodDesignIndy - Indianapolis, Indiana

A friend made us promise to visit this restaurant and what a spectacle. In addition to being an Irish pub/restaurant, there were dollar bills stapled to the ceiling and walls. Everyone is welcome to ask for a stapler and your server will bring one, along with a Sharpie so you can write a message on your dollar before displaying it. Cheap entertainment, indeed.

Service at lunch was top notch. The server was experienced and knew the menu backward and forward; she even asked us if we had allergies to some ingredients (we did). Everything our family ordered was perfect and delicious. The one disappointing thing was that there was no spicy mustard option for the giant pretzel appetizer.

The beer/cocktail menu is also impressive. There was some lewd (abstract) artwork over our table, but the kids took it in stride. I didn't hit the restrooms, but I hear they are a sight to be seen. There is a small gift shop with Irish themed knick knacks, but nothing seemed compelling. Maybe I'll get something next time, because any trip to Pensacola deserves another visit to McGuire's.

6. Hot Spot Barbecue

901 E La Rua St, Pensacola, FL 32501-4024 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 850-497-6060
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

Hot Spot Barbecue

Authentic Southern Barbecue Cooked on a Real Oak & Hickory Fire! Opened in June of 2013, we are family operated and sincerely appreciate your patronage. Our Goal is to serve the very best Southern Style Barbecue. Only the finest meats are selected, seasoned with our special dry-rub, and cooked in our outdoor Smokers. Nothing is deep-fried. We use a combination of recipes, from family and friends, and all quality ingredients. White Bread is traditional and we will provide more if you want. We truly care about your dining experience and expect our service to be friendly and prompt. If there is a special condiment or something extra that you desire, just ask. Our signature sauce is tomato-based with a little black pepper “kick” to it. We do not cook with sauce, so it is added at the time of serving. Order dry, if you prefer. There will be warm sauce on the table. For take-out, an extra side of sauce can be provided. Thank You!

Reviewed By Joe R - San Antonio, Texas, United States

I have eaten barbecue everywhere. We lived in Texas for 15 years, we are Chiefs fans and even went to the playoffs this year. Lots of really great barbecue but the sauces all pale in comparison to hotspot. There was a big "smoking in the park" barbecue competition here in Pensacola with competitors from all over the country. One in particular from Columbus Ohio had every imaginable trophy. They went by the byline "the sauce is the boss". We are actually throwing out their sauceAs we can get hotspot anytime. This is really large chunks of black pepper. Very unique and incredibly tasty. Huge ribs, very meaty. And the sauce – we do it constantly. Their family pack is a real bargain – dirt cheap.

7. Pot Roast & Pinot

321 E Cervantes St, Pensacola, FL 32501-3201 Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 33 +1 850-607-7336
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 767 reviews

Pot Roast & Pinot

Pot Roast & Pinot is a modern, simple restaurant with gourmet American fare, an open kitchen, a full bar and an expansive wine list presented on an iPad list. While the food is definitely upscale, the atmosphere is very relaxed and the pricing is very fair. This makes Pot Roast & Pinot the perfect place for a intimate meal or a lavish group dinner. Pot Roast & Pinot has upscale versions of all your comfort food favorites and the culinary team is always creating new dishes that appear on the Chef's Menu.

Reviewed By Dennis S - Navarre, Florida

We flew into town in the evening and tried this restaurant based on a recommendation. We were not disappointed. It is creative with high quality and a great wine list. We ate several appetizers and enjoyed them all plus had great service. Its kind of a locals spot, off the beaten path of the beach but worth it if you are in Pensacola.

8. The Ruby Slipper Cafe

509 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502-5932 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cajun & Creole, Cafe, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks SGD 10 - SGD 20 +1 850-792-4834
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 363 reviews

The Ruby Slipper Cafe

New Orlean's favorite Breakfast & Brunch spot is now open in Pensacola! You can enjoy our delectable benedicts, french toast, pancakes, omelettes, sandwiches, burger and cocktails any time of day!

Reviewed By foodie1440 - Boca Raton, Florida

We went here for breakfast. The waiter was upset we were asking questions about the food so he told us in the middle of order I need to go I’m busy. When presenting the drinks he said blackberry mimosa was made with puréed fresh fruit so I ordered it. I’m attaching a picture of the drink where you can clearly see it’s just fruit juice mixed with whatever else. I asked about it and was told the pure was in kitchen ??!!! We waited for the food more than 30 minutes not sure why, no explanation was given to us. Pancake was doughy, eggs Benedict good, omelet good as well. Extremely poor service though.

9. Jackson's Steakhouse

400 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502-5931 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 79 +1 850-469-9898
Excellent
70%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 506 reviews

Jackson's Steakhouse

Classic sophistication meets style and chic at Jackson’s Steakhouse, where the decadence doesn’t stop at the front door. Indulge your friends, family, and clients in an incredible experience of culinary excellence. Located in the historic downtown district directly on Ferdinand Plaza, Jackson’s remains one of the most desirable dining destinations in Pensacola.

Reviewed By Morris-Madison - Madison, Wisconsin

Close to several must-visit sights (Museum of Commerce and T.T. Wentworth Jr Florida State Museum), this is a logical eating place. Our group was well cared-for by Kyle. Because we didn't have much time to spare, we chose lighter fare: creamy asparagus soup, with a choice of breaded-fried chicken sandwich, grilled chicken Caesar salad or vegetarian farfalla pasta. Visitors to Pensacola would do well to keep Jackson's on their dining lists.

10. The Tuscan Oven Pizzeria

4801 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503-2446 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 8 - SGD 17 +1 850-484-6836
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 337 reviews

The Tuscan Oven Pizzeria

Reviewed By just8keylimepie1969 - Pensacola Beach, Florida

We love the consistency of service as well as taste.
Favorites are: the artichoke soup!!!!!
The fried vegetable appetizer with Fried zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant, and onion rings. They always allow you to substitute veggies off for more of the ones you like.
The pizzas are all good. We’ve tried many through the years.
We have eaten here many times inside as well as take out.
The meatballs are huge and very good.
It’s a great place for a gourmet pizza and something different, where the picky eaters can find an option too.

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