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O'Brien's Bistro, Pensacola, FL

O'Brien's Bistro

4.2
4.2
400 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Bistro, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (850) 477-9120
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Brandon Collins
  • Neighborhood
    Pensacola
  • Cross street
    12th Ave and Bayou Blvd.
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 400 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Great for brunch

  • Northwest Florida

    Good for business meals

  • Northwest Florida

    Good for groups

  • Northwest Florida

    Neighborhood gem

  • Pensacola

    Best Value

  • Pensacola

    Good for business meals

  • Pensacola

    Good for groups

  • Pensacola

    Neighborhood gem

  • Pensacola

    Good for special occasions

400 Reviews
  1. Happydiner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    O’Brien’s Bistro has consistently great food and service. The full bar is a real plus. Best Old Fashion around!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband took me here for my birthday. We enjoyed some share oysters Rockefeller, house salads and their delicious, prepared to our requested doneness, Rack of Lamb. The apple crisp dessert was lovely. Always enjoy the food and ambiance at O’Brien’s Bistro!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful dining experience with delicious food.

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  4. HunterM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The best thing we had was the BBQ shrimp, even though it wasn’t traditional. The scallops special was good, but a little undercooked. The chicken piccata was tough to chew and the vegetables were flavorless seemed like they were cooked in a microwave. My stuffed and baked grouper came out piping hot, but looked like it sat for a while, so it was definitely microwaved. Also wasn’t fresh gulf grouper, It was not large flaky pieces like a fresh grouper filet is. It’s my favorite fish and I get it often. It honestly seemed more like mahi mahi. I hope they aren’t trying to pass mahi off for grouoer. The best part of the dish was the spinach. Also ordered a side of risotto that just tasted milky, No flavor otherwise. Probably won’t be back anytime soon.
    O'Brien's BistroResponded 6 days ago
    Hunter, Sorry you did not have an enjoyable experience. We only serve Gulf Grouper, which we get deliver fresh every day and do not microwave any of our proteins, even to heat up. We would never serve Mahi or any other fish and try to pass off as grouper. I will address all of your comment with my kitchen staff and hopefully correct any issues. Again, my sincere apologies.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The mango plum salmon is delicious. The corn chowder was great too

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  6. KimM

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Seems like a huge turnover of staff has happened. With time I think it will get better but I miss the long time bartender they had and the older gentleman who use to work the door. Our food was good, I had the Fettuccine and my sister had the park crusted scallops and both dishes were delicious. Our waitress was super nice but she obviously was given too many tables to handle. But she was friendly and we were patient. We will be back but please train your bartenders to know how to make better mixed drinks.

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  7. Petal

    Tallahassee

    161 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    161 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The stems on leaves in salad made it hard to eat and the chicken was tough and not to good the salad use to be made different I think

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  8. Petal

    Tallahassee

    161 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    161 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My friends lunch was great but my lunch special was nothing special. They ran out of broccoli soup and said could I have a small house salad but was told now. She came back and said there was one more cup of broccoli only problem was it was potato because there was peeling in it. The soup was good but not broccoli. Hahaha. We will be back we love O just off a bit yesterday.

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  9. Carrato

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience. Variety in the menu and service was spot on.

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  10. RogerB

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered lamb chops and filet mignon to be Medium Rare. Both were definitely Rare (undercooked)

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  11. ALA50

    Alabama

    130 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were seated at a table that had a draft, plus were put my a large table with over 12 people so it was noisy. We asked the air to be turned down, which the waitress tried to do. We still had to eat with our coats on throughout the meal. My husband ordered prime rib and it was cooked perfectly. My filet was way over-cooked( I asked for medium rare) . Waitress didn't offer to change it, so I had her box it up. The boxed item was set back on our table along with the check. We were never asked if we wanted dessert or coffee. I have tried O'Brien's many times, but think this will be the last for us.

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  12. RhondaC

    Tallahassee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & service consistently good and prices remain reasonable (rarity these days). No noise problem, making for pleasant communication. Once again, the chef made accommodating adjustments for my food allergies. We will be back!

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  13. EvaR

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We had reservations for a birthday dinner. None of the restaurant employees mentioned the birthday. Employees greeted us with a blank stare. The food was flavorless, and not cooked well. We were seated in a very uncomfortable spot, a booth fitted cattycorner , and snug up against another, even though there were plenty of tables and other booths nearby. Server was not very attentive. I've given this place several chances. Probably will not go back.

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  14. DenieceD

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is always great. The food is delicious. Always a lovely experience. David , the owner comes by and visits every time.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Didn’t know about this place til last week. Figured we would try it out. Glad we did. Everything was superb. Food, drinks, value. I see us coming back many more times from here on.

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  16. JoannaR

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service are always excellent. I did think the noise level was high, the acoustics are not good, but I don’t suppose much can be done about that. I prefer a booth and always ask for one, but I did notice this time that the seat was getting rather shabby, I sunk into a hole. It’s no biggie. I can overlook shabby surroundings if the food is excellent, and it was.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Arrived at 640, 10 mins early for our reservation, and were seated. Our order was taken very quickly, and that's about where the good ended. The appetizer was out by 715, and our salad was out at 725. We didn't get our main course until 850. No one stopped to inform us about the kitchen being behind or any other issues. We just sat there for 30 mins waiting. We both order one of the specials. I had a filet my wife had fish. My steak was supposed to be medium rare it was closer to well done. The risotto was soaked in so much sauce that it was more like rice. When I informed the waitress about the steak, she asked if I wanted to send it back. I declined due to too many years of working in the restaurant industry. There was no offer to reduce the price of the bill. For over $100, I expect a little better. Also, the noise level in there is almost unbearable. We could hardly talk to each other. One last thing. Make sure you are wearing long sleeves or eat with a jacket on. It's freezing in there.

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  18. MarilynL

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was excellent and our server Shelley was so friendly and attentive! I highly recommend O’Briens.

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  19. rick

    Alabama

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Always have good food, never have had bad meal.The server was great. Highly recommend.

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  20. QuinnE

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    It was fair. The ranch salad dressing was spicy and when we told our server, she kind of made a joke of it. She also made other comments throughout our service that weren’t very professional. We probably won’t be going back.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The music was loud classic rock which was very strange for a restaurant that serves nice seafood and steak. It was expensive meal with mediocre flavor and ingredients.

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  22. Scotty

    Tallahassee

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Black Bean and French Onion soups were delicious. Our friend had sandwiches, French Dip and Croissant Club. Ample in size, and both loved 'em! Jo had the Chicken Marsala (claims it's the best she's had in ages). Very generous portion, enough to take home for another meal. I indulged in the Almond Crusted Mahi Mahi. Simply fantastic. Ate everything on the plate and wanted to lick it clean ;_}

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  23. ScottK

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating there and was not disappointed. Filet was perfect as was the Salmon w/ mango sauce. Balsamic homemade dressing is the best I've had.

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  24. moreplease

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful lunch at O’Brien’s Bistro. Food and service were both on point and love the cozy atmosphere.

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  25. JaimeR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Hidden in a strip mall is this bistro / bar with an eclectic menu of seafood, steaks, and Italian flare dishes. Enjoy!

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  26. Masterpiece

    Tallahassee

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect from the food to the delivery by our server.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful. Our table ordered the grouper, mahi, and steak. All were delicious. Dont miss the Bree appetizer or the soups - we tried a French onion and a salmon bisque and both were outstanding! Our waiter was knowledgeable, charming, helpful, and went out of his way to make sure we were on our way before a show we had planned later in the evening. We are already planning a trip back for a Sunday brunch in a few weeks.

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  28. Foodie01

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love O’Briens!! I eat here frequently and I’m always impressed. Fantastic wait staff, food is delicious, and the ambiance is amazing.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints! Gnocchi, mac & cheese is 🔥 One of our favorite little hidden local spots. Highly recommend. 

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  30. RobertS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant. Disappointed they are no longer open for Saturday lunch.

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  31. Gbeck

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was slow because there was a big party ahead of us. The steak was not cooked properly. (Ordered medium it was medium rare. The food was a bit bland - the spinach had no seasoning. The atmosphere was great-a cute place. The waiter was attentative.

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  32. mihyon

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We were pleasantly surprised considering the location of the restaurant (shopping plaza). Don't let the name O' Brien fool you. This is an all around great restaurant with seafood, beef, pork and chicken. Not a corn beef Irish pub. Food was very good and we loved that they still serve starch and veggies with the dinner, as well as salad. So many restaurants are getting away from that and you have to order everything ala cart. Our server, Julie, was excellent - very pleasant, even though she got a 30 topper, that didn't deter her from giving good service, she stayed calm and constantly checked on us. It was noisy and very cold inside, so we opted to sit outside, which was very pleasant and quiet. Only suggestion would be to put some potted trees between the tables and the parking spaces, to block the cars from shining their lights on you while you're trying to eat. We found a new favorite place to eat near the airport.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful birthday celebration and outstanding food.

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  34. Mary

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner and wonderful service. We enjoyed it!

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  35. ArnaldoF

    Tallahassee

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding lunch date with my daughter; excellent service, delish food, superb ambiance

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  36. KimM

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was nice but he was terribly slow and didn’t do a good job of refreshing our drinks. He was slow with any request. It wasn’t that busy at 6:15p but maybe he was new as I hadn’t seen him before. The food was delicious.

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  37. Pcolagirl

    New Orleans

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We simply LOVE O’Brien’s Bistro. A Pensacola favorite.

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  38. Dennisn

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perhaps the most consistent restaurant in the Pensacola area. Our favorite go to place for a great meal and excellent service.

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  39. DeDe

    Houston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful! Brunch was delicious. Service was great. We enjoy the neighborhood feel.

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  40. RyanG

    Mississippi

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Our order was messed up because the server didn’t write it down.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

O'Brien's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (850) 477-9120.

O'Brien's Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 400 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


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for O'Brien's Bistro

4350 Bayou Blvd, Suite 8, Pensacola, FL 32503

Additional information

  • Cross street
    12th Ave and Bayou Blvd.
  • Neighborhood
    Pensacola
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Bistro, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Brandon Collins
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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