Dining in Navarre
Alphy’s Catfish House
The name says it all. If you want to eat great catfish in Navarre this is the place to go. They also serve yummy breakfast and are the only restaurant that serves breakfast close to our RV Resort. If you bring your receipt from our park you get a 10% discount. You can eat in or carry your food to go and enjoy it at your site.
East River Smokehouse BBQ
This restaurant is walking distance from St. Rosa RV Resort. Funky atmosphere with a menu focused on BBQ and drinks that come in Mason Jars. Great view is a bonus.
Helen Back Again
This is where to go for sports, sports and more sports. No matter where you sit you can see a TV. Come here to watch the game, eat pizza, drink beer and hang out with local fans. They offer free pizza for the military on Mondays and nightly entertainment.
Johnny Huston’s Grill & Bar
This is a popular local place for burgers. They also have an oyster bar. We highly recommend their chicken club wrap and the jalapeno dressing is to die for.
Sailor’s Grill and Juana’s Pagodas
If you’re looking for a funky little place to grab a bite to eat and maybe a cocktail to tonight one great place to check out while you are here is Juana’s Pagoda’s. This is one of the oldest beach bars in the area. They have a great view, good food, fun souvenir shop and beach volleyball if you feel like getting active. Join in on a game or watch from the sidelines. It’s the best place to enjoy a Golf Front sunset and their desserts, especially the cake, are some of the best around.
Several Gulf Coast locations. Known for decent seafood at a reasonable price. The gumbo and crab cakes are great.
TC’s Front Porch If you like to watch the world go by while soaking up the local vibe, this is the place to be. Located on Hwy. 98, the main road through Navarre, it’s the place where locals gather after work for a beer. The sweet potato fries are yummy and the price of beer is even better.
The Pier Bar and Grill
If you are looking for an awesome view of the Gulf of Mexico this is a great choice. Adjacent to the local fishing pier; fun to have a cocktail and check out the daily catch. Nightly entertainment is an added attraction.
The Slippery Mermaid
Quaint intimate atmosphere and best sushi in the area. We suggest you try the Navarre Roll. Yum.
Dining in Destin
AJ’S Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar
The popular hangout has bands every night, happy hour every afternoon and great oysters and awesome service all the time. As an added bonus it has the best view in town of the the Destin Pass and Gulf of Mexico.
Hogs Breath Saloon
Great smoked BBQ, delicious daily specials and happy hour. Live music every evening. Popular local hangout.
One of the most popular places with the locals. Best seafood and sushi in town. Atmosphere is just as it should be.
Good food, daily specials and a happy hour.
McGuires Irish Pub
Good home cooking on big plates in an Irish setting, often with Irish music.
Dining in Pensacola Beach
Hilton Gulf Front Hotel Pensacola Beach
There are several great dining options in the Hilton. First is H20 Asian Cajun Grill — the food is great, especially the burgers. If you want to splurge try the Steak Dano. It’s named after their chef Dan Dunn who is one of five local celebrity chefs. It is an 8-ounce filet mignon with fried lobster and shrimp, wild mushrooms, baby bok choy and garlic herb mashed potatoes.
The Hilton hotel also serves up the best Sunday brunch on the beach. They’ve received a couple Best of the Bay awards from a local newspaper. There’s always free jazz and an all you can drink Bloody Mary bar.
If you like sushi, the Bonsai Sushi Bar is a great option. If you’re a tuna lover don’t miss the ATL Volcano. It’s rolled with spicy tuna and cucumber and then topped with more tuna, avocado, spicy mayo and eel sauce. Be sure to follow up with a Yomi Yomi roll consisting of fresh tuna, salmon, yellowtail, cream cheese, and scallions, flash fried and then served with cucumber salad and ponzu sauce.
Riptides Sports Grill & Gulf Front Tiki Bar at Holiday Inn Resort
They have 20 flat screen high definition televisions so it is a great place to catch a game. The burgers and wings are awesome. They have a burger so big that if you finish it you get a free beer. Riptides Tiki Bar located on the hotel’s beachfront pool deck is the biggest tiki on the coast and a great place to watch a sunset.
Red Fish Blue Fish
This is the newest and coolest place to eat on Pensacola Beach. There is a self serve restaurant, beach and super funky gift shop.
They serve fresh local seafood, hand cut fries, homemade burgers, 1st rate cocktails, from stylishly repurposed shipping containers with a recycled uptown style, and funky casual vibe.
Paradise Bar and Grill
Located ‘soundside’ this beach bar is a favorite hangout among locals and visitors alike and has an excess of funky charm. As the folks at Visit Florida say, “It’s as real as swamp full of gators, as laid back as juice-in-the-blender and as high-spirited as a hurricane. If you’re looking for a peachy place to people watch, grab a grouper sandwich and tap your toes to live tunes, this piece of old-time Florida is bound to float your flip-flops.” The food is simple, good and cheap. Fried green beans, quesadillas and the Cuban sandwich won’t disappoint.
Dog House Deli
If you are looking for some great affordable food we recommend you check out the Dog House Deli. This local favorite has been around for three decades. They are best known for their franks and have over a dozen kinds of juicy signature creations served up on yummy steamed buns. They also serve a great breakfast, sandwiches, chilli and bread pudding. Don’t miss the bread pudding.
Flounders Chowder House
This is a lively and large waterfront restaurant located sound side on Pensacola Beach. They have lots of outdoor seating, some of which enables you to have your toes in the sand while you eat. There is even a beach volleyball court. The menu includes southern and American favorites such as fried food in baskets, burgers, seafood, steaks and pasta. They have an indoor pub style bar for the adults and an outdoor playground for the kids. Cheap martinis and free appetizers make Tuesday nights a favorite with the locals.
Lillo’s Tuscan Grille
This is a great little Italian restaurant at the far end of the Soundside Market across the street from the Hilton hotel. This is a good place to get take out if you want to enjoy some quality Italian food in your room. If you want to eat there the indoor dining room is romantic and atmospheric. If you sit on the small outdoor patio you can enjoy views of Pensacola Bay. All the pasta dishes are great. Take note that if you order the ‘spagasagna’, which is a giant plate of spaghetti topped with lasagne, the portion is big enough for a family of four.
This funky little place is located in the colorful strip mall east of the Paradise Hotel and is known for having good cheap breakfast.
Peg Leg Pete’s
This is one of the most popular restaurants on Pensacola Beach, and as a result there’s usually a line up. However, table waits are well managed with portable buzzers and there’s a comfortable bar called the Underwear Bar under the main restaurant where you can enjoy a cocktail in the meantime. It’s a family friendly place with a playground for the wee ones. The kids food that comes in a sand pail. How fun is that? They’re known for their oysters which are amazing, but the chicken parmesan and the artichoke dip won’t fail you either. We recommend you start with a dozen Oyster Rockefeller and some peel and eat shrimp.
This funky little shack of a restaurant is located on the water at the end of the Portofino Boardwalk. The food is simple. They serve good burgers and great fries. Their yam fries are especially good. They have bars stools around the edge of their patio which are the perfect place to perch and watch the endless activity in Pensacola Bay.
The Grand Marlin
This is a great choice if you’re looking for fine dining. They have a fresh seafood menu that changes daily and the environment is first class. Their deluxe deck is a great place to watch a sunset. The outdoor bar is an ideal place to cozy up with some locals especially during their daily happy hour from 3pm-5pm. Don’t miss $5 burgers on Sundays. You must sit at the bar to enjoy happy hour specials. They also serve a Sunday Brunch that will not disappoint.
The Fish House & Atlas Oyster House
This is one of the most popular restaurants downtown Pensacola. Their dining room and patio has great views of the Three Mile Bridge. You can expect your meal to be amazing. They’re known for seafood but the steaks are top notch as well. If you are adventurous try their famous Grits a Ya Ya.
In search of a quaint spot to dine where the locals hang out? You won’t be disappointed at Dharma Blue. It is located in historic downtown Pensacola in a lovely Victorian cottage set adjacent to Seville Park. Dine indoors or out. They have lunch and dinner specials, sushi nightly, and a great cocktail bar.
Got BBQ on the brain? How about putting some in your belly? The Happy Pig is a must do for all BBQ lovers. Just follow the wonderful smoky aroma to a trendy little spot in historic downtown Pensacola. Every table has a large variety of specialty BBQ sauces to accommodate both Texan and Southern palates alike. They offer nightly specials, beginning with Happy Hour Monday thru Friday. If you are feeling adventurous and more than a little hungry, ask about the “Port-In-Nator Challenge”.
Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Tap Room
This busy place offers live music, over 200 beers on tap and awesome pizza served until 2am. The best thing on their menu is their hand cut fries which are fried in duck fat. On Tuesdays drinks are $3 from 7pm to 3am.
McGuire’s Irish Pub
This is a very popular local restaurant that is known for having over a million dollars stapled to their walls. The atmosphere is fun and the food is really great. The portions are huge and you can get peanut butter on your burger. They are known for great steaks and pub food.
Five Sisters Blues Cafe
Black musicians like B.B. King played in smoky clubs on the historic streets of the Belmont-DeVilliers neighborhood in downtown Pensacola. Today you can soak up the vibe with the best southern food in the city at Five Sisters Blues Cafe. This is the place to go for brunch if you are craving chicken and waffles. The fried chicken is the best around and the classic southern sides are sure to please.
This fine dining restaurant occupies the ground floor of a historic building overlooking Plaza Ferdinand in downtown Pensacola. It’s located right across the street from where Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, planted the first American flag on Florida soil.
The Global Grill
This popular fine dining restaurant offers a tapas menu and elegant romantic atmosphere.
This is the best place for sandwiches and cheap drinks in historic downtown Pensacola. Lively bar if you are looking to get out and about.
Cactus Flower Cafe
This is the place to go if you are looking for fish tacos and sangria.
Located on the pier at the bottom of historic Palafox Street. Their bay front patio is the perfect place to take in a sunset with a great martini. Their menu is trendy and fresh.