Pensacola waterfront restaurants that offer great views and food

Versie Dortch

Heading out to Pensacola Beach and grabbing dinner at a restaurant with a fantastic Gulf Coast sunrise is easy to do — they’re everywhere you look. But can you find that same experience on the other side of the bridge? Of course!

Here are our picks for some of Pensacola’s best waterfront restaurants. 

The Oar House

Where: 1000 S. Pace Blvd.

Where can you find live music, amazing views and games? Look no further than The Oar House. 

The Oar House offers a scenic view of the Bahia Mar Marina and is minutes away from downtown Pensacola. Patrons can enjoy watching beautiful sunsets, watching boats pass and even indulge in games like cornhole, volleyball and more. 

Food: Award-winning crab cakes, fresh fish sandwiches, gumbo, red beans and rice and etouffée. 

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Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grill

Where: 997 S. Palafox St. 

Sesame Tuna, courtesy of Jaco's Bayfront Bar and Grill.

Jaco’s Bayfront is strictly food and views, and it does both well. Overlooking Pensacola Bay, diners can get a glimpse of the sun as it sets behind Blue Wahoos Stadium, right at the end of South Palafox Street. 

Food: Jaco’s is known for its signature flatbreads, appetizers, cocktails and specialties like ahi tuna, filet mignon and bella mushroom stack. If that doesn’t entice you, the menu switches every month.

The Fish House

Where: 600 S. Barracks St.

Pecan-Fried Mahi Mahi at Fish House in Pensacola.

The Fish House’s upscale dockside dining experience overlooking Pensacola Bay and Seville Harbor isn’t one to be forgotten. Grab drinks and a view on The Deck, or head over to its sister restaurant, Atlas Oyster House, for fresh local oysters.

Food: Diners will find fresh, daily seafood, house-smoked meats, sushi, its world-famous Grits á Ya Ya and a great brunch menu.

Nick’s Boathouse

Where: 455 W. Main St.

Nick’s Boathouse is located right on Pensacola Bay, next to the Community Maritime Park and offers a casual atmosphere. It’s a great place to catch the post-game fireworks at the Blue Wahoos Stadium. Inside you’ll find a saltwater aquarium, too. 

Food: The Boathouse offers a variety of fresh seafood and steaks with a Cajun flair.

Calvert’s in the Heights

Where: 670 Scenic Highway

Calvert’s in the Heights bills itself as a one-of-a-kind English-themed restaurant, and while it’s not quite on the water, it sits on Scenic Highway and offers a unique, elevated view of the Pensacola Bay. The view isn’t the only thing to take in, the outside dining area out back has cornhole and kids’ games. 

Food: At Calvert’s, you’ll receive the restaurant’s own take on English cuisine and American bar foods, plus an assortment of beers, liquors and wines.

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