Fine Dining, Downtown Pensacola FL
You’re here to enjoy the beach. We get it.
You also happen to be staying at one of the finest hotels on Pensacola Beach, where Celebrity Chef Dan Dunn prepares incredible menus day and night at H2O Cajun-Asian Grille, just downstairs from your beachfront room.
But when you’re in the mood to get out and experience Pensacola’s exquisite coastal cuisine, look no further than our Downtown Dining Guide, for everything from a special occasion … to a Wednesday that feels special for no reason at all.
Atlas Oyster House Enjoy freshly shucked oysters and inspired sushi rolls at this raw bar overlooking the harbor. Prefer your food cooked? They serve hot entrees, too.
Carmen’s Lunch Bar Her slogan says it all: “Where good friends meet great food.” The restaurant is small, but it’s big on flavor. Try the famous Chicken Salad with golden raisins and slivered almonds.
The Fish House A great spot for local seafood, with a large deck overlooking Pensacola Bay. The cuisine spans Cajun to Asian, and there’s often live entertainment. Check the events calendar for daily specials on the Deck Bar. (P.S. Order grits.)
The Global Grill Enjoy upscale tapas or main plates by award-winning Chef Frank Taylor. Favorites include the Tuna Cubes Skewered in Sesame Vinaigrette and Baby Brussels Sprouts with House Smoked Bacon and Gouda Cheese Sauce.
Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille This is the best place to watch the sunset overlooking the bay. They’re known for their flatbreads and signature cocktails.
Jackson’s Steakhouse Award-winning Chef Irv Miller prepares the finest steaks and seafood in a beautiful ambiance, just off Ferdinand Plaza. Your first martini is free with lunch.
Picasso Jazz Club If the music is wonderful, the food is the perfect complement. From the cheese plate to the seared duck breast, your selection will be paired with great tunes from local artists.
V. Paul’s Italian Ristorante Try your favorite dishes at Palafox’s newest eatery, serving authentic Italian fare in an open, modern setting.
The Wine Bar on Palafox If you just want to sip, stop here for sure. But if you’re hungry, there’s also great treats to eat – from nuts and cheese to paninis and a grilled steak.
Go forth and eat well.
– Ashley Kahn Salley
Lead Storyteller, Innisfree Hotels