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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Northwest Florida

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems 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 Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.9
4.9 (256)
$30 and under
American
Destin
About the restaurant
Locally owned and operated.. We have a unique menu blending American cuisine with a touch of creole. Lunch varies from our popular shrimp & grits, to our delicious and filling $9.99 specials like bourbon chicken or sweet n sour chicken, to a fresh beef burger. Dinner provides a daily special on our blackboard often offering local grouper or steak, or consider our dinner menu with salads, pastas, steaks and unique entrees. Brunch on Sunday offers a la carte menu, buffet from 9am till 130pm, along with $10 bottomless mimosas. We also have a full bar with a great wine list.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food here is amazing and the service is always so great! Everyone is so friendly from the time you walk in until you leave! We love this place!
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4.9
4.9 (47)
$31 to $50
Traditional French
Santa Rosa Beach
About the restaurant
Pure white Haussmannian wall panel moldings, gold mirrors, marble bistro tables, herringbone floors, green velvet booths…

…The sweet perfume of Rosemary, Thyme, Toasted Baguette, Truffles, Boeuf Bourguignon served by an elegant waiter…

…Melodies from Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf are playing in the back, you love these songs, you try to guess the words…

…A Champagne bottle suddenly pops. You hear that very typical sound of 1500 years of French history in a bottle.

You have landed in Paris.

But are there palm trees in Paris?

Is it the Seine River? Why do you see a white sandy beach on the horizon? Are we in Paris? Or are we in “Floride”?

Come and see for yourself.

You are eating at Renaissance tonight!

Miam! Bon Appétit.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was perfect- service, ambience, food- such an incredible dining experience.
A photo of O'Brien's Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (421)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Pensacola
About the restaurant
Voted -Best Locally Owned & Best Casual Dining Restaurant in Pensacola by VIP Pensacola Magazine readers poll.

A small locally owned restaurant where great food is paired with great wine.
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!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We always have a wonderful experience at Obrien’s Bistro.
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4.6
4.6 (56)
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Seagrove Beach
About the restaurant
WILD OLIVES

Wild Olives in SeaGrove, Florida features gourmet cheeses and fine wines along with a bistro menu. The menu is well thought out, with salads, platters, small plate offerings and entrées. Chris' burger is the burger you won't forget. Small plates at Wild Olives are made for sharing, and, if you choose several, you can create a meal for your entire party. Salads are served with bread, so they can be almost a meal in and of themselves. You have to try the Crispy Tuna Poke, Fried Goat Cheese and Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Aioli. Popular main entrees include the Chef's Cut, Greek Catch and Paprika Chicken with Pancetta, don't forget about Chris' Famous Reuben "Dagwood".

Chef Chris Trovas prepares Chef's Specials weekly with fresh local seafood.

Wild Olives is known for Friday Night Wine Tastings, they take place every Friday from 4pm-7pm.

Wild Olives is a Family-Friendly Restaurant!

Join our VIP Email List by visiting www.wildolives30a.com

STAY WILD
Top review
carmenb
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent service and food. We loved meeting the chef.
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4.5
4.5 (89)
$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
JoeR
Dined 2 days ago
Seafood paella was outstanding and service was excellent.
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4.4
4.4 (485)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Tallahassee
About the restaurant
For over 30 years, friends and families have enjoyed a unique combination of friendly service, eclectic ambiance and award-winning cuisine at Food Glorious Food. Our shaded outdoor patio, upper and lower indoor dining, and private events room provide the perfect setting for a special dining experience.
Top review
DebbieH
Dined on May 25, 2024
The best part of our visit was the food and drinks!
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4.2
4.2 (459)
$30 and under
Seafood
Panama City Beach - Bay Point
About the restaurant
Pompano Joe's takes tremendous pride in serving Gulf seafood to its guests. If it lives in the Gulf, you will most likely find it on our menu. Our seafood is delivered daily and it is handled with great care from the minute it arrives at our door to the time it arrives at your table. Our standards are high and it shows in the presentation and flavor of every seafood dish we serve. We're a neighborhood beach place where you can "savor the flavor" of the Islands!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 7, 2024
Waitstaff was super and the food was outstanding. Will be going again
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4.2
4.2 (361)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Pensacola
About the restaurant
Savor our carefully crafted and locally sourced dishes by our Executive Chef, Mason Cheney at Beach House Social on our hotel property here in Navarre Beach, Florida.

Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and stunning water views by the fire table while indulging in our Award-Winning Cuisine.

For reservations over 8 guests, we cannot guarantee that your entire party will be sat together.
Top review
ElizabethCvip
Dined on May 30, 2024
Dinner was amazing! Enjoyed every bite! Fish was delicious! The collard greens were the best I have ever had!
A photo of Coconut Charlie's Panama City Beach restaurant
3.9
3.9 (65)
$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 on May 29, 2024
We sat outside and had a great view of the water. Our server was outstanding and the food was delicious!
A photo of The Back Porch Bay restaurant
3.7
3.7 (72)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Panama City Beach - Bay Point
About the restaurant
The Back Porch takes tremendous pride in serving Gulf Seafood to its guests. If it lives in the Gulf, you will most likely find it on our menu. Our seafood is delivered daily and it is handled with great care from the minute it arrives at our door to the time it arrives at your table. Our standards are high and it shows in the presentation and flavor of every seafood dish we serve.
Top review
WilliamD
Dined on Apr 30, 2024
The food was great. The portions were huge so my wife and I split an entree. The drinks were good as well.
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