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Make It a Date Night

Are you searching for that perfect “dinner for two” spot? You’re in luck – Pensacola has some of the most fabulous restaurants along the Gulf Coast. Whether you’re are in the mood for cocktails and tapas, wine and cheese or sake and sushi, sparks are sure to fly during a night out at one of these romantic restaurants. So put on your best and get ready for a vacation highlight: date night in Pensacola.

The Wine Bar on Palafox

It is hard to imagine a better place for an intimate night out than The Wine Bar on Palafox. Clink glasses in a sultry, rustic-yet-urban ambiance bubbling with laughter and conversation. The extensive wine list offers rich round whites, big bold reds and sparkling bubbly. Pair your selected vintage with The Premier Cru Board, an assortment of smoked meats and gourmet cheeses. Small plates, soups, salads and sandwiches are also on the eclectic menu. And if you're in the mood for a cozy night in, ask about their wine delivery service.

The Wine Bar
Photo by @razorblaydesjr

Dharma Blue Café

Nestled right across the street from Olde Seville Square you'll find the quaint Dharma Blue Café. Perfectly capturing coastal Southern charm, this historic house-turned-restaurant is the ideal spot for lovebirds to embrace Pensacola's Historic Seville District – and some of the city's best food and cocktails. Southern gents and their belles can choose from a wide selection of sushi rolls and fresh seafood platters, as well as pasta, steaks and daily "fresh catch" specials. After dinner, stroll down to Pensacola Bay to take in the sunset views, or meander on toward Palafox Street to keep the night going.

Dharma Blue
Photo by @studiopicadesign

Nom Sushi Izakaya

If you and your honey are craving Japanese cuisine, Nom Sushi Izakaya must be calling your names. Located in the SOGO neighborhood of downtown Pensacola in the beautiful Artisan building, Nom (an exclamation meaning “yum”) is a modern, American-infused yet traditional Japanese pub that takes fresh sushi, house-made ramen and small plates to new levels. A contemporary and lively atmosphere awaits you amid high ceilings and exposed brick walls. Mingle at the sushi bar, or gaze into each other’s eyes at an intimate table for two. Sake can be as expertly matched to your meal as you are to each other.

NomPhoto by @costamakessushi

V. Paul’s Italian Ristorante

Voted Pensacola's "Best of the Coast: Best Italian Cuisine" in 2015, V. Paul's Italian Ristorante is a must try for couples who are in an amore state of mind. The elegant, modern restaurant serves many Italian classics including Lasagna Bolognese, Pomdora, Parmigiana and Marsala, as well as seafood dishes. Of course, there is no shortage of wines to toast your beloved. And for those with a sweet tooth, the Seasonal Crème Brûlée and the gluten-free Chocolate Torte are among the “delizioso” options. Date tip: Request a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows to watch bustling Palafox Street light up before your eyes.

V. Pauls Italian Ristorante
Photo by @kaewniilrat

Jellyfish Restaurant and Bar

Located in Perdido Key, this quaint restaurant is the perfect place to get a quiet table for two and enjoy their fantastic cuisine and extensive sushi menu. The Jellyfish dining room captures the feel of the ocean with an aquatic fish tank located in the middle of the room and blown glass jellyfish hang from the ceiling around the bar. Start off your dining experience with one the bars signature cocktails or martinis while deciding whether to eat the creole shrimp stack or the succulent sautéed crab claws. Finish off dinner by surprising your date with one of the restaurants famous deserts like key lime pie or decadent bread pudding drizzled with a sweet caramel sauce.

Oysters at Jellyfish Restaurant and BarPhoto by @lydiachristo