Pensacola is full of energy, life, and great food! Established in 1559 by Don Tristan de Luna, Pensacola is full of history and lore. Since 1559, we’ve grown tremendously, but our heritage remains strong. One aspect of our region that remains strong is the diverse culture of food options available here. From traditional mom-and-pop burger joints to exquisite dishes from French and Spanish cultures, we have more than enough to fill you. You could eat at a new place every night and still have plenty of options for your next visit and/or date.
While we have plenty of restaurant options to choose from, making the right decision can be hard, especially if you need a little nudging. And that’s why we are going to help you narrow down your options. We’ve had a chance to visit the restaurants in Pensacola and these are the options we fell in love with.
1. O’Brien’s Bistro
Looking for a home-town restaurant with high-quality foods and wines to die for? O’Brien’s Bistro has a rich history, a strong reputation, and some of the freshest culinary options for you and your family. Operated by Chef Brandon Collins, there’s something for everyone in your group. At O’Brien’s Bistro, no one leaves hungry and unhappy – trust us!
O’Brien’s Bistro is one of the few restaurants in Pensacola truly owned and operated by the chef!
Our menu items are just some of the flavor combinations we have created. Our kitchen staff will try to accommodate menu changes or requests you may have. Our goal is if the ingredients are on the pages of our menu, we can cook it your way, well, of course, within reason!
O’Brien’s Bistro was opened in 1999 by James O’Brien, a local Chef, retired from the navy, and was also an instructor at Pensacola Junior College in their culinary program. Jim passed away in November of 2016 and the restaurant was operated by his family for the next year.
2. Chicken ‘N The Egg
Home-cooked meals are a thing of the past, right? Not if you stop at Chicken ‘N The Egg in Pensacola. Forget feeling like a number, you’ll feel like family here. The food is high-quality, home-styled, and full of flavor. The atmosphere is pleasant, where you can relax, sit back, and enjoy time with friends and family.
The Chicken ‘N The Egg was founded in 2019. The owner has been involved in restaurant chains for 21 years and brings a great deal of experience and knowledge of the industry and its customers. The owner, staff, and experience of these last 21 years bring to our customers the benefit of high-quality ingredients and a wide range of meal choices.
Our menu is full of healthy options with a focus on quality first. We menu is known for superb options, healthy, and high-quality meats. Our chicken is fresh, non-GMO, and best of all, we bread and fry it fresh every day. We spend a lot of time looking for high-quality providers with a great reputation. Not only that, but we also want to make sure that those with special food needs will have somewhere where they can enjoy a meal with the family without having to “eat limited”.
3. Calverts in the Heights
Looking for a pub that’s relaxing and cozy? Grab a burger and beer and enjoy friends, family, and entertainment without having to worry about the negative atmosphere other pubs encourage. This English-themed pub is bound to have a few lagers you haven’t tried yet, so come in a see what you’ve been missing out on!
As you step into Calvert’s in the Heights, you’ll be greeted by our friendly team and the mouth-watering scent of meals like our famous fish and chips as well as our hearty bangers and mash. Yes, we’re an English-themed neighborhood pub complete with a full-service bar where you can savor our versions of traditional English staples and sophisticated American pub grub all in one cozy space. Unwind in our spacious dining room or grab a seat at our bar. Sip on your favorite drink while you explore a menu featuring favorites like our Certified Angus beef burgers, freshly prepared wings, Beef Wellington, and shepherd’s pie (perfected with a bit of Guinness). Catch a game on one of our 22 TVs, try your hand at a game in our gaming area, and unwind while we prepare your meal fresh to order.
4. El Paso Mexican Grill
Forget the experience you’ve had at other Mexican restaurants! At El Paso Mexican Grill, the menu is full of specialties from all over. Made from scratch, these dishes are full of flavor, with more than enough to leave you needing a to-go box. If you want a truly authentic Mexican experience, you must stop at El Paso Mexican Grill in Pensacola.
A dining experience at El Paso Mexican Grill is not soon forgotten. While guests stand in line, order and take a seat, similar to the systems of many fast-casual restaurants, the similarities end there. The clean and playful design of all of the restaurants, the speed at which “from scratch” Southern, Mexican and Californian dishes are delivered, and the taste of such original selections creates a dining experience, unlike many others. Grab a bite to eat choosing from our vast menu of fresh, local handcrafted selections. and find out what a REAL street taco tastes like.
5. Coach-N-Four Steakhouse
Nothing beats a great steak! When quality matters, there’s only one choice – Coach-N-Four Steakhouse. With a background from Texas, Coach-N-Four knows how to prepare steaks. However, don’t get us confused with all the other “big time” steakhouses, they’re the real deal. Go back in time and see what a real steakhouse looks like!
“The Legend of Coach-N-Four started…..”Deep in the Heart of TEXAS”. Three generations of serving guests like family. Coach-N-Four’s name came from the ole west stagecoach rumbling across the pioneer carrying travelers from coast to coast stopping along the way at “swing” stations that lasted about 10-15 minutes then “home” stations with good home cooking and overnight accommodations. The pioneer concept of Coach-N-Four suits the entrepreneurial spirit of the first American, thus the name “Coach-N-Four”.
The original Coach-N-Four started in Pensacola, September of 1979 with Joyce & Bill Compton. The Legacy has been carried on by their daughter & son-in-law, Donna & Greg Guilford. Donna and Greg bought the business in the early 1980s. Donna learned from her Mom, who learned from her Mom, Esther, the importance of treating guests like family. So come on in and relax, put your feet up and “take a load off”. Momma’s in the house!
If you are still searching for more dining options, our business directory is full of great restaurants in Pensacola that will make your next date night or visit a success; check it out and see what you think.
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