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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Northwest Florida

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Northwest Florida? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Restaurant IRON restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2743)
$31 to $50
Regional American (Southern)
Pensacola
About the restaurant
Executive Chef, Alex McPhail has returned to his hometown after 6 years studying under some of the finest chefs in the industry in New Orleans. Taking culinary tips he picked up at Commander’s Palace, Restaurant August & the Roosevelt Hotel, Alex has created a dining environment unlike any other nearby.
Restaurant IRON serves Southern contemporary cuisine fueled by local vegetables and herbs from the creative minds of true Southerners. We aim to bring together fresh local and regional specialties with the finest flavors and ingredients to deliver a dining experience you won't soon forget.
Top review
KathleenW
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious. We enjoyed the pork belly appetizer and would order again. For the main course we had the sea scallops and red fish. Everything was delicious!
A photo of Savour restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1670)
$31 to $50
American
Tallahassee
About the restaurant
Drew McLeod's restaurant, Savour, is a hub of hospitality; a chic and eclectic dining experience in downtown Tallahassee, where we invite you to pull up a chair and linger over great conversation. With a vision for seasonally inspired, regionally sourced and creatively prepared cuisine, Chef Brian Knepper brings more to the table... even for the most discriminating gastronomes. Our elegant bar area is a must-stop for movers, shakers and cocktail connoisseurs. Our "bartenders" are always in high spirits and proudly offer a thoroughly curated wine list. Life is short: Savour it!
Top review
SummerSvip
Dined 5 days ago
Fabulous food, staff, experience and memories made! Love this spot!
A photo of The Union Public House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1545)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Pensacola
About the restaurant
UPH is a crafty southern pub where it all comes together. 36 East Garden St.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
One of our favorite restaurants in Pensacola. Food, service, and vibe is incredible.
A photo of Cuvee 30A restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1487)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Rosemary Beach
About the restaurant
As seen on Emeril's Florida, Cuvee 30A brings FRLA Restaurateur of the Year and celebrity Chef Tim Creehan’s stunning cuisine to South Walton’s gorgeous 30Avenue. Savor Tim's award-winning signature dishes while enjoying handcrafted cocktails and martinis at the “Best of the Emerald Coast” voted Happy Hour nightly, and a spectacular Wine List bestowed with the 30A area's sole Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.

*For early access to events or holiday reservations before they are publicly available, subscribe to our free E-newsletter, or text TIMCREEHAN to 844-731-3174.

*Dress code is resort casual; no ballcaps, cutoffs, tanks, athletic wear.
*We do not offer a child menu. High chairs/booster seats are not provided. If special seating is required, please bring your own device.
*Menu and Wine List items and prices are subject to change without notice based on market availability.
*For large parties or events, consider using our event form at Cuvee30A.com/Events.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great food, service and ambiance. Always on my "to eat at" place when in Destin. $$$$
A photo of The Melting Pot - Destin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (581)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Destin
About the restaurant
Turn up the heat during your next evening out. The Melting Pot brings all of Florida’s finest qualities to the table, from personable southern service to savory entrees. Dip your appetizers into flavorful blends, or dive into one of our famous cheese fondues. We may be known for our desserts, but interactive displays and delectable sweets aren’t all we have up our sleeve. Every entrée is carefully crafted with local flavors. Appetizers start with artisan cheeses and signature salads add just the right touch. Craft unique, customizable flavors that complement your particular tastes. From our table to yours, allow us to welcome you to an inviting, friendly restaurant just as welcoming as home.
Top review
ShannonH
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Lots of fun and we had a good time! Expect to stay 2 hours but it was a very enjoyable experience with great service!
A photo of The Whitman restaurant
4.5
4.5 (101)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Miramar Beach
About the restaurant
For entry into the Pop-up, please join our complimentary Access Membership & Rewards program prior to your arrival. As an Access Member you will receive exclusive offerings, benefits, experiences, and more. Please note your reservation through Open Table does not serve as your enrollment into the Access program. Join Now: https://www.balharbourshopspopup.com/access/.
The Whitman–an all-new restaurant concept by Bal Harbour Shops, designed exclusively for the Bal Harbour Shops Access Pop-up. The Whitman name draws inspiration from The Whitman by The Sea– a luxury Miami Beach hotel owned by the Whitman family in the 1940s.
The Whitman brings the iconic dining experience of Bal Harbour Shops to life through its breezy indoor-outdoor space. Evoking a decadent lifestyle of leisure, the palm-framed courtyard retains the idyllic al fresco environment of the Shops. With a menu featuring Latin-inspired flavors and comforting classics, The Whitman will keep you coming back time a
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The food just delicious and excellent service, just kinda hot outside and flies around
A photo of Brother Fox restaurant
4.4
4.4 (94)
$31 to $50
Spanish
Pensacola
About the restaurant

We pay tribute to the rugged individualism of Pensacola’s unique historic cultural significance, specifically its Spanish influence. Real and super-rustic, the kitchen presents Old World cookery at its roots, with all the layers peeled back. Brother Fox utilizes a live-fire approach to cooking almost everything that we serve, from coal-roasted oysters to Carne Asada for two, served with hot tortillas. Our beautiful outdoor seating sets the stage for a casual meet up with friends for a glass of wine from regions near and far, carafes of Bathtub Gin or Sangrias from the bar. Inside, the cuisine and casually elegant design are the embodiment of a “neighborhood” spot that caters to visitors and residents alike, for special occasions, celebrations, and some of the finest wood-fired cuisine in Pensacola. Imagine food with soul, both exciting and traditional, in a breezy setting, right in the heart of Old East Hill.

We are open daily for Dinner at 5pm
Top review
FoodBabevip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent restaurant! The chef used to work at a 2 Michelin star restaurant!
A photo of Emeril's Coastal restaurant
4.2
4.2 (2358)
$30 and under
Seafood
Santa Rosa Beach
About the restaurant
Located at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin, Emeril's Coastal is the first of Emeril’s Restaurants in Northwest Florida. The cuisine of Emeril's Coastal is symbolic of Emeril’s deep appreciation and connection to the water. Combined with the bountiful variety of nearby fresh Gulf seafood and the freshest local ingredients available, Emeril’s Coastal strives to embark you on a seafood experience like no other. The menu features specialties like Gulf Shrimp Cocktail, Florida Rock Shrimp Rolls, and Oyster Spaghetti. The design of the restaurant compliments the menu using an earthy mix of textures to create a casual, coastal feeling that is complete with elegant and sophisticated touches.


Top review
Davidvip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful Experience Emeril’s Coastal is a beautiful somewhat upscale restaurant without pretense. The ambience is classy, but not stuffy. There is a trendy central bar area, well spaced tables both regular and high top with Scandinavian style furniture and a well trained and attentive staff. We were seated immediately even at 7 pm Friday (we had a reservation) and drink orders were prompt. The wine list is modest both in selections and price, but there is suitable variety. There were several Greek selections which is rare (and Santorini makes some fabulous white wines). We selected a variety of appetizers—fresh tuna wrap, gumbo, crab bisque, Blue Point Oysters, and crab claws which were about the best we ever had (and we’ve eaten crab claws from perhaps 50 restaurants over the past 50 years). All the dishes were prompt, inventive and perfectly executed. I have eaten in Destin for years and Emeril’s has to rank at or above the Vue, Surfing Deer and Fleming’s. It is not to be missed.
A photo of BarSteak restaurant
4.1
4.1 (78)
$50 and over
American
Pensacola
About the restaurant
Artisanal Cocktails, Culinary Genius, Community Driven. BarSteak brings a multicultural new American dining experience to downtown Pensacola. Ours is a progressive and inclusive culture, that highlights local artists, agriculture, and talent together in one place. Every cocktail. every dish. every visit.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
very limited menu..you would think a steak house would have a steak available on fathers day menu, at least prime rib
A photo of Coconut Charlie's Panama City Beach restaurant
4.0
4 (67)
$31 to $50
American
Panama City Beach - Bay Point
About the restaurant
Coconut Charlie’s offers upscale casual dining with detailed kitchen and craft cocktail creations sure to tantalize your tastebuds. This original coastal concept is sure to be a mainstay for locals and travelers alike. Daily Happy Hour Specials! Come on in and check out your new favorite restaurant in Panama City Beach!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
My husband and I ate here for the first night of our honeymoon and loved it so much that we returned on the last night of our trip.
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