Restaurants in Perdido Key, Florida
Bella Luna Pizzeria
This is the place to go if you are looking for hand tossed New York and Sicilian style deep dish. We personally recommend the manicotti and house salad. (P.S. They will deliver to your ‘home on wheels’ at the RV Resort.)
El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant
Located just up the road, this is a great place to go for authentic Mexican food, made from family recipes that were passed down from generation to generation. On Tuesday, every second entree is half price. Thursday, enjoy the margarita special.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality of food that’s served up in this out-of-the-way shack. The atmosphere is casual, but the food is upscale authentic Cajun. Hanging out here will make you feel like a true local.
Don’t miss this casual, sometimes rowdy watering hole, to which you can arrive by boat or foot. The food is good – especially the chicken salad, sandwiches and wings. They often host live music, as well as a lively karaoke night on Saturdays.
This is a very popular local pizza place. The dough and sauces are made from scratch. They also have specialty sandwiches; our recommendation is the Muffuletta.
There’s a good reason this place is so crowded – the food is great and the price is right. Their motto is “We’re grillin’, steamin’ and fryin’” and they serve every manner of fresh local seafood and shellfish with tasty side dishes. Tuesday night is all-you-can-eat steamed shrimp night.
This locally-loved gem lives up to its name as one of the best places to watch a sunset on the Gulf Coast. Most of the tables are on the quaint deck that overlooks the scenic Intracoastal Waterway. The food is good and economical, and the service fast and friendly.
The Jellyfish Bar
This place has been voted as the Best Sushi on the Gulf Coast, but the Ribeye Steak is just as good. Wash your meal down with one of their award-winning martinis. Don’t miss the daily Happy Hour.
The Oyster Bar Restaurant & Marina
This restaurant has a huge wrap-around deck overlooking the canal and Big Lagoon State Park, making it the perfect place to linger over a long, romantic meal. Try the BBQ Shrimp or the Blackened Grouper Oscar, or enjoy our go-to meal–a dozen raw oysters. Around here, we eat raw oysters on a cracker with lemon juice, horseradish and Louisiana hot sauce. Yum!
Trigger’s has good fried seafood and features a ‘Catch of the Day’ daily special. Don’t miss the homemade bread pudding with whiskey sauce. It might be the best dessert on the coast.
Restaurants in Downtown Pensacola
Cactus Flower Cafe
If you like your Mexican food California style, check out this local favorite – known for their fresh guacamole and fish tacos. A glass of sangria should top you off nicely.
Just a short drive from the beach to Historic Downtown Pensacola, you’ll find this lovely Victorian cottage off Seville Park. Dharma’s expansive menu features a wide selection of fresh seafood entrees, as well as steaks, pastas, sushi and game.
Five Sisters Blues Cafe
Jazz legends 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 old-fashioned comfort food. The fried chicken is the best around, and the classic southern sides are sure to please.
Got BBQ on the brain? How about putting some in your belly? Just follow the wonderful smoky aroma. 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 through Friday.
Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Tap Room
Hopjacks is a staple in Pensacola for the delicious pizza, wide selection of micro and craft beers and lively atmosphere. Don’t miss the award-winning Belgian Fries, served until 2 a.m. On Tuesdays, drinks are $3 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
This is the best place for sandwiches in Historic downtown Pensacola. It is also a lively bar if you are looking to get out and about.
This culinary powerhouse sits across the street from the square where Andrew Jackson, 7th president of the United States, planted the first American flag on Florida soil. Local celebrity chef Irv Miller makes magic in the kitchen with his passion for flavor and presentation.
Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille
Not only is their view of the bay phenomenal, but also their food is very delicious. This restaurant is the perfect location to relax and enjoy simple pleasures like a martini, a flatbread or a beautiful sunset.
Don’t be startled that the walls and ceilings of this pub are dressed with $1 bills—more than a million, in fact. (Leave your own!) A Pensacola landmark and award-winning Irish Pub, this restaurant boasts huge portions of great food, satisfying beverages and live entertainment.
Red Fish Blue Fish
Red Fish Blue Fish is the newest outdoor waterfront restaurant on Pensacola Beach, built with repurposed shipping containers from Indonesian boat wood that gives it a funky, casual vibe. It’s a unique, fresh and sustainable approach to a fish ’n’ chip eatery, serving fresh Gulf Coast fish, homemade burgers, tacos, yummy cocktails and more.
The Fish House & Atlas Oyster House
Upscale dockside dining overlooking beautiful Pensacola Bay and Seville Harbor, The Fish House is known best for its range of fresh seafood selections, house-smoked steaks, sushi and an extensive wine list. Try the famous Grits a Ya Ya. In the evening, The Fish House evolves into a hot gathering spot for locals to enjoy the deck bars and live entertainment.
The Global Grill
Pensacola’s go-to spot for any celebrations or special occasions, The Global Grill prides itself on a gourmet selection of tapas, entrées, salads and desserts. The beautiful decor and live music create a wonderful ambiance for dining.
The Tin Cow
This popular “design your own” burger venue has made its mark on the Pensacola food scene – with more than 750,000 burger combinations, fresh-cut bacon infused potato chips and unique craft beers.
Restaurants in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Alabama
This restaurant has one of the most creative menus in the area. Its upscale, casual dining room is beautifully decorated, and the waterfront deck has a spectacular view of the canal. Their daily Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. is the perfect excuse to enjoy a sunset over 50-cent fresh oysters, $5 appetizers, $3 wells, house wines and $1 Budweisers.
Compleat Angler Seafood Grille and Bar
If you’re looking for a fun vibe and fresh Gulf Coast seafood, head to this restaurant at The Wharf. Be sure to get a cup of their famous seafood gumbo, which earned a spot in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest pot of gumbo. Sip on a pina colada while you’re at it.
Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar
One of the best places to go for sushi, Cosmo’s has an awesome daily Happy Hour from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with $5 sushi rolls and other yummy appetizer specials. Check out the crab cakes. Your stomach will thank you.
Docs Seafood Shack
If you are looking for some fresh Gulf Coast seafood, this is one of the most popular spots. If you bring in your catch, they’ll cook it for you.
Flora Bama Lounge Package
This iconic bar straddles the state lines of Florida and Alabama and is legendary for being a wee bit raunchy. It’s a bucket list destination, for sure. Read about the Flora Bama Lounge on Toes in the Sand Blog.
Gulf Shores Steamer
If you’re looking for a break from fried seafood, this is the place to go. Their motto is in fact, ‘no fried’. This restaurant is well known and has been featured in magazines and newspapers such as Southern Living, Coastal Living and the New Orleans Times Picayune. The Steamer is great for big groups, as their specialty is combination platters that feed lots of people.
If you like your dinner served with an ample side of insanity, then we suggest you check out Lambert’s Cafe for a true Southern comfort meal. Last year, their customers consumed 23,760 cans of sorghum molasses with 2,246,400 ‘throwed rolls’. Call ahead for reservations or expect to wait an hour or two for a table. Don’t worry – they have a fun gift shop to explore while you wait. Read all about Lambert’s on Toes in the Sand Blog.
Live Bait Restaurant
This fun dive bar and restaurant has Karaoke on Tuesdays and Sundays at 8 p.m.
Lu Lu’s at Homeport Marina
This theme park-like restaurant was founded by Lucy ‘Lu Lu’ Anne Buffett, Jimmy’s little ‘Sista’ with Southern classics like the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Fried Green Tomatoes. Besides food, the kids can keep busy with a playground, hair braiding and a giant climbing tower. The dining room offers beautiful views of the boat traffic on the canal, and there’s live music every night in the summer. Read all about Lu Lu’s on Toes in the Sand Blog.
Moe’s is a super casual kind of place with some amazing food at just the right price. They serve a variety of different sandwiches and sides, and their special secret sauce is totally a winner.
Original Oyster House
This place was profiled on the Food Network a couple of times – so it must be good!
This long-time locally loved ‘riff-raff’ beach spot has survived many hurricanes and never ceases to fail at preparing a delicious Bushwacker. The marina on the premises is great so folks hang out on their boats, too. Oddly enough, the owners have an enormous dog who’s famous for being able to eat a hamburger faster than any other mutt.
Rafter’s Restaurant and Sports
Need to catch a game while you are here? Check out Rafter’s Restaurant and Sports Bar at The Wharf in Orange Beach, where you can watch games on their giant projectors.
Sea n’ Suds
This small family restaurant sits on a dock with fabulous views of the Gulf. They’re well-known for their seafood such as awesome oysters, fish sandwiches, Po Boys, and peel-and-eat shrimp.
Shipp’s Harbour Grill
Great place for a romantic dinner. They have sushi, steak, seafood and nice appetizers.
This architectural wonder is home to chef Ira Gallon and some of the best bites under $10, most notably the Gulf Cheeseburger—made from Meyer Ranch Natural Angus Beef and garlic aïoli sauce.
This fun restaurant on the beach is a must-see local tourist attraction. Bring your camera and get a picture in front of one of their super cool retro signs or in the giant beach chair. The Hangout regularly hosts live music and there are lots of TVs which make it a great place to watch the game. There’s a play area for the kids with bubbles and a fun gift shop where you can buy one of their iconic tie-dyed staff T-shirts that say “Be Nice or Go Home.”