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Bonsai, Pensacola Beach, FL

Bonsai

4.5
4.5
133 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
Located on the second floor of the Hilton Pensacola Beach, Bonsai offers an elevated, contemporary menu lined with fine Japanese cuisine overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. From hand-rolled ramen noodles to delectable Japanese A5 wagyu and top-shelf sake, Bonsai is a world-class experience like none other.

Executive Chef Richard Assaf
Bonsai Chef Ryusho Hashida

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (850) 932-8194

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Richard Assaf

  • Private party facilities

    Please call 850-932-8194 to reserve your event.

  • Neighborhood

    Pensacola

  • Cross street

    12 Via De Luna Dr.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking included when dining at Bonsai.

  • Public transit

    There is a convenient free beach trolley that shuttles all over the island and has a stop in front of the hotel.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 133 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Service

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Florida

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northwest Florida

    Notable Wine List

  • Northwest Florida

    Scenic View

  • Northwest Florida

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Pensacola

    Best Overall

  • Pensacola

    Best Food

  • Pensacola

    Best Service

  • Pensacola

    Best Ambiance

  • Pensacola

    Best Value

  • Pensacola

    Fit for Foodies

  • Pensacola

    Healthy

  • Pensacola

    Notable Wine List

  • Pensacola

    Romantic

  • Pensacola

    Special Occasion

  • Pensacola

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! New menu was absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to go back!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service, excellent and beautifully presented menu. A bit pricey, more for special occasions.
  3. M

    Mosasaur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. Fresh. Elegant. Great service and great presentation.
  4. WE

    WilliamE

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience as always...
  5. L

    Lori

    New Orleans

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This restaurant was amazing. It was really a very cool dining experience. Well there was only one server, he was very attentive, and it wasn't terribly busy. The menu was a little bit difficult to understand, but once we figured it out it made sense.
  6. ED

    ErinD

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a unique and fabulous experience!!! It was like dining in NYC or Japan!!!
  7. MB

    MarkB

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Five Stars across the board ! Nice addition to the Hilton ! Ms Groves was a Absolutely A Pleasure!
  8. KN

    KimberlyN

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Morgen G. Was an outstanding server, very attentive without hovering too much. Very knowledgeable about the menu and the ingredients. Made great suggestions base my Preferences. Very personable, and professional. Her service made the whole experience top notch The meal was a beautiful culinary experience. My husband enjoyed the Omakase although is selection from the menu the chef chooses which ones. His selection included A5 wagyu beef on Himalayan salt. Which was a fabulous fatty experience. The maki selection different then you run of the mill sushi. Which was exactly the experience we were looking for. As a matter fact someone came in and asked for a California roll, no such thing exists at this restaurant. Top of the line quality fish in nigiri and sashimi.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had the surprise experience of Bonsai last minute. We were just looking for sushi but had no idea how quaint this little restaurant was going to be or the unbelievable service or the unbelievable and most unique sushi we have ever had. Morgan, our server, was 5 star and took her time to explain everything on the menu and made recommendations. The price was hefty; however, once we tasted our food we understood why. Get ready for the best Wagyu you could imagine. The ambiance was a plus too. We will definitely be back as we are anxious to try everything on the menu. Thank you!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular. That’s all you need to know. I live in New Orleans, which in my opinion has one of the best Culinary scenes in the world, and I can’t wait to the drive the 3 hours to come back.
  11. BO

    BillO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food however the wait was somewhat long for our dinner. Limited protein for vegetarians.
  12. JL

    JLL1

    Dallas

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We had sashimi for appetizer, which was very good with a provided low sodium soy sauce; for entrees we both had pork Raman - the broth was good but a little too much oil in it, and the noodles were not special, as we have expected, a little too soggy; and the green onions were chopped in distinct fashion - a little sloppy for such an upscale restaurant. The complimentary dessert was a sorbet with a side drop of mango sauce - very nice presentation and well balanced (not too sweet). The music (better for a beach open environment) was not matching the upscale environment, and the price was on the high side considering the overall value.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    The food quality was sub-par given the high end pricing. The reviews are not reflective…we were expecting a great tasting dinner and quality of sushi was grocery store level.
  14. SW

    ScottWheatley

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very unique! It felt like finding a secret and exclusive club with its unexpected location. Very limited seating kept the attention to service squarely on us. Food was excellent, imaginative, and full of new things I’ve never experienced. Our server was on point the entire night with great recommendations and knowledge of menu items we were not familiar with. Great night all around.
  15. KC

    KaitC

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A great sushi experience in Pensacola! A unique find with great views. They have an extensive sake menu and fun cocktails! I found the lobster and octopus in my lobster ramen to be slightly chewy.
  16. MR

    MikeR

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife birthday. Great atmosphere, food and experience.
  17. MM

    MarieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omakase was excellent and the staff very attentive and knowledgeable. Very enjoyable evening for everyone.
  18. CM

    ChrisM

    Nashville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good! Service was excellent!!
  19. FI

    FIREFLY32514

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rob, our server, was amazing as always 😁! We were treated to a special treat for my mother's birthday (something new for us all) and my parents had a wonderful first time experience ❤️ Atmosphere and food are spectacular even in a thunder storm!
  20. A

    Andrea

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined here while staying in Pensacola Beach and it was so worth it. Morgan, our server, explained the menu flawlessly and answered our many questions, provided recommendations and made our experience even more special. The quality of the fish was what made this restaurant worth it. The star of the show were the wagyu appetizer, the Florida citrus, and the nama sashimi. I would love to come back again!
  21. SL

    SofiaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, the best service and an incredible food ❤️ In love with that place
  22. SR

    StacyR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad we decided to eat there! A wonderful meal and wonderful service!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an amazing experience with ?Japanese? Cuisine. Be sure to get something in all three groups of food, and share. We needed a total of four. Two in starters. No cocktails, only wine and saki, but wonderful wine list. Great service, beautiful view. Loud couple there (sales guy) initially, but once they left, was delightfully pleasant. It is expensive but worth the experience. They do all details to the max.
  24. LI

    LukeI

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No place in Pensacola like this one! Amazing food, and great service. Great wine selection.
  25. a

    artgirlnola

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing 8 course omakase meal with wine pairing! Absolutely divine and delicious!! Worth every penny
  26. KF

    KreisFam

    Tallahassee

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Under Robert’s study, Morgan is already a star! Great waitstaff!! Everything else remains 5 Star. Perfect sophisticate Birthday outing for the boys.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing! The food was incredible, and experience with food was top notch. I highly recommend.
  28. SV

    SamanthaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had an awesome birthday dinner with my family. My waiter was so helpful with the menu selections and gave us the best service. He was very attentive and went beyond! It would be nice to see the interior updated but I will definitely come back next time when I'm in Pensacola!
  29. JE

    JENB

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unreal food and service, some of the best we’ve had anywhere in the world.
  30. LL

    LinseyL

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fresh sushi. Loved the lemon zest on top. Our server, Marc, was friendly as could be!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Food in Florida
  32. WO

    WilliamO

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and the service to match. I heartily recommend this restaurant.
  33. u

    ub001

    Tallahassee

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another unforgettable evening Thanks to Rob and the excellent food.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Bonsai. Not only is it the only good sushi on the beach, but it’s so fresh, artistic & original.
  35. S

    Stacey

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food - some of the best sushi that I have tasted. The service was outstanding - friendly, professional, knowledgeable. helpful, and attentive. The only negatives were 1) the cost - the most expensive rolls that I have eaten and 2) food was slow to come out. We didn't complain about the slow service but they offered to comp us a glass of wine which was nice (since the wine was very expensive also) . Even with those negatives, I would go back in a heartbeat.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far one of the most memorable dining experiences I’ve ever had! 10/10! I’ll recommend this place to everyone, and try to go as often as I can.
  37. JS

    JenniferS

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had an awesome experience! I do agree other reviewers about the drinks… I tried three of the cocktails and have definitely had better. The wagyu appetizer was the best wagyu I’ve had. Pork belly was good but I’ve had better. It wasn’t very fatty and that’s the best part. My crew loved it tho. We did 4 of the rolls and the tuna was the best to me. I can’t remember the names but I took a picture. I loved the small dining area. There were only 2 other couples in there. I’d go back for sure but I’d order 3 of the wagyu and stick to water😂
  38. JP

    JennyP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was fantastic and exceptionally knowledgeable. The food was really great - such a nice little surprise in a place like Pensacola. A hidden gem :)
  39. MA

    MelissaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary and it was an amazing experience! We will be back to try more items on the menu. The cocktails were on point as well!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing the A5 wagyu striploin was delicious it felt like it was melting in our mouths and the service was great. We had all our questions answered and overall the setting and view was great.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Bonsai is rated 4.5 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Bonsai

12 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

Additional information

  • Cross street

    12 Via De Luna Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    Pensacola

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking included when dining at Bonsai.

  • Public transit

    There is a convenient free beach trolley that shuttles all over the island and has a stop in front of the hotel.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Richard Assaf

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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