The places locals love to eat in Pensacola include a diverse mix of restaurant options, from casual eateries to food trucks to fine dining. They each serve a range of Southern, classic American, Mediterranean-inspired, and exotic global fusion flavours.

    Whether you’re looking for family-friendly dining, a night out, or a quick bite in between sightseeing stops, Pensacola has plenty to choose from. These are the pick of the best places locals love to eat in Pensacola.

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    Taqueria El Asador

    Some of the best Mexican food on the Gulf Coast

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    Try Taqueria El Asador for some of the best Mexican food on the Gulf Coast. The trailer-style Mexican grill serves delicious tacos and burritos in a casual outdoor setting.

    The food lorry is family-owned and prides itself on authentic Mexican fare, complete with sides of beans and rice with jalapenos, as well as Southern-fusion options and delicious salsas. You can also get samplings to try a bunch of different flavours and pick your favourite. Taqueria El Asador offers both dine-in and take-out options.

    Location: 7955 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32514, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 850-696-3232

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    McGuire's Irish Pub

    Enjoy creative cocktails in a classical setting

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    McGuire’s Irish Pub is a must-visit for a fun night out during your trip. Located within an original 1927 Old Firehouse and modelled on turn-of-the-century Irish saloons, McGuire’s serves classic and creative cocktails and beers brewed in copper kettles for a unique experience.

    You can stop by McGuire’s Irish Pub for lunch or dinner, then stay for drinks and the live music that’s available most nights. While you're here, stop by the gift shop to pick up some pub merchandise and unique treasures to take home.

    Location: 600 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 2 am, Sunday from 10 am to 2 am

    Phone: +1 850-433-6789

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    The Fish House

    Southern seafood by the bay

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    The Fish House is a traditional Southern restaurant that offers fresh seafood cuisine in an upscale dockside dining area that overlooks the harbour and bay. Located near Seville Square, they serve an array of seafood dishes like Gulf shrimp, catch of the day, and sushi.

    If you want a change from seafood, they also do favourites like steak, grits, mushrooms, cheese, onions, and bacon. They also have a full bar with beer, cocktails, and wine, as well as a late-night menu for evenings out drinking and socialising on the waterfront.

    Location: 600 S Barracks St, Pensacola, FL 32502, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 850-470-0003

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    The Oar House

    A tiki-style resto-bar in the bayou

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    The Oar House is a tiki-style restaurant and bar located in scenic Bayou Chico, overlooking the marina. The restaurant serves American fare like burgers, steak, and chicken, as well as local favourites like grits, gator bites, and tuna dip.

    Along with lunch and dinner, The Oar House offers an evening out. You can get speciality cocktails, beer, and wine and enjoy a night out listening to live music and watching the boats at the marina.

    Location: 1000 S Pace Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32501, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday–Staurday from 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 850-549-4444

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    SaBai on Jefferson

    Great Thai food in Pensacola

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    SaBai on Jefferson is one of the best places for Thai food in Pensacola – a great choice if you’re looking for something different during your stay. The restaurant serves just about every Thai dish you can think of, including wok noodles, curries, and fried rice, as well as Asian favourites like wontons, spring rolls, satay, and dumplings.

    Some of the top menu options include the pad Thai, drunken noodles, and the tamarind duck, which is only available on occasion. You can also get vegan menu options and desserts, which include the delicious mango sticky rice and fried banana.

    Location: 130 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, FL 32502, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 12 pm to 8 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +1 850-741-4618

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    Jerry's Drive In

    Get classic American cuisine from an old-school setting

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    Jerry’s Drive In is a casual area restaurant for quick bites on the go. It offers dine-in options, but many enjoy picking up burgers, fried fish, and other quick food in the carhop-style car park to take on picnics or on sightseeing adventures.

    Keeping with the friendly, retro style, the walls of Jerry’s Drive In are covered in sports memorabilia, as well as signs and bumper stickers with clever puns and jokes. They were all given to the restaurant by regular customers and visitors.

    Location: 2815 E Cervantes St, Pensacola, FL 32503, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 8.30 am to 9 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 850-433-9910

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    Tacos Mexicanos

    A great introduction to tacos

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    Tacos Mexicanos is a local hot spot for authentic Mexican eats. The restaurant has counter service and offers an array of taco options using authentic Mexican ingredients. You can find plenty of other Mexican options, such as huarache, quesadilla, and burritos.

    If you’re not sure what to try, you can opt for the taco sampler to have a few different types of meat and toppings and pick your favourite. There’s also a “build-your-own” option for a few of the menu items. Tacos Mexicanos is open for lunch and dinner.

    Location: 3000 N 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 850-291-7195

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    Another Broken Egg Cafe

    A Florida breakfast favourite

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    Another Broken Egg Cafe is a Gulf Coast favourite. After establishing the original location in Destin, they opened a second location in Pensacola. Serving only breakfast and brunch, they specialise in egg dishes and traditional breakfast foods and brunch sandwiches in a casual setting.

    Many unique items are found on the menu, such as creole shrimp benedict and tzatziki tots. There's also shrimp and grits, crawfish bowls, crab cakes and fried green tomatoes, and smoked salmon.

    Location: 721 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502, USA

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +1 850-912-8347

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    Fisherman's Corner

    Casual fine dining with a creole flair

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    Fisherman’s Corner is a Southern-influenced seafood restaurant with a nautical theme and casual setting. Located on Perdido Key, the restaurant brands itself as “casual fine dining with a creole flair,” emphasising seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and sauces and seasonings made from local sources.

    Some of the menu highlights are the New Orleans bread pudding, Cajun mac and cheese, gumbo salad, and New Orleans BBQ. You could also indulge in cocktails, wine, or a stop in the gift shop for unique souvenirs and Fisherman’s Corner merchandise.

    Location: 13486 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 8.30 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 850-791-6914

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    Sky's Pizza Pie

    New York-style pizzas in Pensacola

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    Sky’s Pizza Pie is a casual pizza joint and local hot spot with dine-in, carry-out, and delivery options. The menu features pizza-place classics like onion rings, fries, garlic knots, and fried ravioli for starters, chicken wings, whole classic and speciality pizzas, salads, and sandwiches.

    You can also get calzones and stromboli with a mix of classic Italian ingredients, such as lasagne, mozzarella, and Florentine. You can even build-your-own stromboli with your choice of ingredients.

    Location: 5559 N Davis Hwy A, Pensacola, FL 32503, USA

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 11 am to 9 pm, Thursday from 11 am to 9.30 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 850-477-4424

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