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Nov 20, 2007 05:55 AM

Top 3 fine dining in Pensacola area?

Please give me your votes for the top three fine dining restaurants in the Pensacola area. I'm ready for some good chow. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Not sure there are 3 but...
    Fish House for Fishhead Ale and YaYa Grits.
    There's suppose to be a tapas place on Palafox that has decent local reviews and a new ale house with plenty of variety of beers is opening soon. Blues Cafe and Jazz Cafe have good entertainment and the latter has a Sunday Brunch that isn't too bad.

    Everything else I've seen in 2 recent visits appears to be chains.

    5 Replies
    1. re: crewsweeper

      Thank you for your comments. Are there really no independent fine dining places around there? Wow.

      1. re: mychef

        Come on over a little to the Destin area and you'll find some fantastic restaurants.

        1. re: afoodieslife

          Can do. What are your top 3 in the Destin area?

          1. re: mychef

            In Pensacola, Chef Irv Miller's Jackson's restaurant downtown on S Palafox is some of the best dining in the P'cola region. It has been a while so I am not up on the rest.

            1. re: tiomano

              The last time I was at Jackson's was a disappointment. The service was bad, the lamb I ordered M.R. was M.W. Nothing great, not for the price you pay. That was also a year ago.
              There are plenty of independent restaurants in Pensacola. Just not fine dinning.
              I agree with afoodieslife, and head over to Destin.
              When I come home to visit for Christmas, I might just do the same.

    2. McGuire's Irish pub is fantastic. I'm not sure that you would consider it "fine dining" in the sense that you wouldn't wear a cocktail dress or dinner jacket (Irish Pub!), however, it is dining at it's finest. They have been awarded the Golden Spoon award many years in the running and their chef has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation. This is one of the best restaurants I've been to since I moved to the area.

      As far as expensive restaurants go, Jackson's restaurant on Palafox St. is a Golden Spoon winner as well. I haven't been there yet, but I hear good things. I believe the chef's from both Jackson's and McGuire's are CIA graduates.

      I've been to the Fish House and ate outside on the dock. They had live music that night and the atmosphere was pleasant; however, I thought the food was overrated, quite frankly.

      Skopelo's on the Bay is a fine dining establishment that enjoys an unblemished reputation as far as I've heard. I'm going next week to taste for myself.

      1. Go to (Pensacola New Journal) I saw they had just posted their "best of the Bay" in their weekend supplement. They have a couple of different restaurant catagories. Several of the restaurants listed on the board also show up on the newspapers list.

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