There are so many quality restaurants in Pensacola and Perdido Key, you could probably eat three meals a day for a month and never have to visit the same eatery twice. Many of those are surrounded by beautiful environs that make visiting them as much a feast for the eyes as for the taste buds.
With the welcoming spring weather beginning to bud in Pensacola, this is a great time to plan an outdoor meal. Here are five places where not only can you get great food, but the outdoor seating is a virtual buffet for your eyes:
Located in the core of the Pensacola Beach business district, Red Fish Blue Fish is a short walk or bike ride from the biggest hotels on the beach. It’s a classic beachside eatery, with a large open deck and tables placed around the yard looking out over Santa Rosa Sound. With even more chairs scattered around the back courtyard – some gathered around fire pits – Red Fish Blue Fish makes you feel like you’re at a beach party with friends and family.
Carmen’s Lunch Bar
Located in the heart of Downtown Pensacola, Carmen’s Lunch Bar features sidewalk café seating. Here, you can enjoy chicken tikka masala and Carmen's signature cranberry-orange iced tea surrounded by the pulse of a busy city. You’re just steps away from quality shopping and Pensacola’s impressive collection of downtown museums. In the evenings, Carmen’s offers a tapas menu.
Part of the allure of Perdido Key is that it is off the beaten path, and that’s certainly true for the Sunset Grille. With a menu that focuses on authentic seafood fares – like their grouper Reuben and Sunset fish tacos – the view underlines that theme. The restaurant, which is part of a Holiday Harbor Marina, features a large open deck with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. True to its name, it’s a great place to watch the sunset.
Located next to Margaritaville Beach Hotel on Pensacola Beach, Landshark is essentially a beach party waiting to happen. Not only does LandShark serve burgers, sandwiches and drinks, but it also offers visitors an opportunity to play volleyball, to lay in hammocks under palm trees and to warm their tootsies around a fire pit. LandShark is open seasonally, March through October, and only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Located in the center of the city’s entertainment hub, the Wine Bar offers the perfect perch from which to breathe in the thriving nightlight of downtown Pensacola. Much of the seating at Wine Bar is outdoors along a covered walkway that comes off Palafox, with nightclubs, art galleries, boutiques and the Saenger Theatre are just a stroll away. Wine Bar is an especially exciting choice on one of the downtown’s Gallery Nights, scheduled on the third Friday of every month, filling the streets with revelers. When you’re at Wine Bar, try the feta-cream cheese BLT. Trust me.
And there’s plenty more where that came from. Believe, me, this is just a handful of the many excellent outdoor dining options that the Pensacola Bay Area has to offer. So this blog will be continued… Until next time - relax, sit back and enjoy your view.
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