Downtown Pensacola boasts more than its fair share of picturesque urban green spaces, but there is only one that when locals say, “Meet me at the Square,” everybody knows what they mean: Historic Seville Square.
Seville Square, centered around a large stage/gazebo, is home to innumerable festivals every year like the Pensacola JazzFest in April, the Pensacola PRIDE Festival in the Park every June, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival in November and many others. The park has also been the site of countless free outdoor concerts and other events over the years.
In the heart of the Seville Historic District, Seville Square is lined with beautiful old buildings that are now home to shops, offices, museums and one of the most sought-after wedding venues on the coast, Old Christ Church.
Whether you find yourself at Seville Square for a festival, a concert, a wedding or just to admire its stately Live Oaks, you are sure to get hungry. Here is a sampling of the top-notch eateries around and near the square:
Hub Stacey’s Food & Spirits
Affectionally just called “Hub’s,” this place brings an elevated meaning to the term “pub grub.” It’s got a menu that features a line of sandwiches named for nearby streets like the Tarragona, with loads of turkey and swiss or the Half La Rua, which is a lightly grilled muffuletta roll with salami, ham, bologna and melted provolone. Hub’s also features live music most weekend nights.
This fashionable eatery prides itself on local, house-made ingredients, but the undisputed star of the show at Dharma Blue is the sushi. It’s all made from fish brought in from the restaurant’s sister seafood market in Destin. The rolls there include locally inspired selections like the Panhandle, with yellowtail, green onion and spicy sauce topped with tuna, the Destin, made with tuna, avocado, green onion and spicy sauce, and the Dharma, which is conch, shrimp, krab stick, smelt roe, cucumber and spicy sauce. If sushi isn’t your thing, Dharma Blue also features a menu of traditional seafood, steaks, chicken and burgers.
Lucy’s in the Square
Named for the family dog, Lucy’s invites you to bring your four-legged family members with you. It’s the ultimate casual destination, with a menu of shareable items like yard bird nachos, a charcuterie board and a platter of mini grilled cheese sandwiches. It also offers a variety of flatbreads, like the Mediterranean, which features artichokes, olives, tomatoes red peppers, garlic and feta, and the California Chicken, which includes chicken as well as bacon, red peppers, avocado, cilantro and chipotle ranch. Lucy’s is also known for its variety of tacos, and its Taco Tuesdays.
This entertainment complex is a short walk west of the square, but well worth the trip. It bills itself as “Eight Rooms of Fun Seven Days a Week.” The restaurant there is just part of the allure. But the menus are vast, featuring pizza, wings and burgers, as well as grilled steaks and pork chops, fried grouper and chicken and roasted red pepper penne. Since Seville Quarter’s bars welcome patrons late into the night, many of its finger foods – like gouda bites, hummus and pizzas – are offered after regular restaurant hours.
Dolce & Gelato
If you are looking for a sweet treat or cup of hot coffee, Dulce & Gelato is your place. It features handmade gelato in dozens of flavors and a selection of cappuccino and other coffee drinks, as well as wine, prosecco and beer. You can also get quesadillas, flatbreads and cheese plates here.