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O'Brien's Bistro, Pensacola, FL

O'Brien's Bistro

4.5
4.5
416 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 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 416 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Kid-friendly

  • Northwest Florida

    Neighborhood gem

  • Pensacola

    Best Overall

  • Pensacola

    Best Food

  • Pensacola

    Best Service

  • Pensacola

    Best Ambiance

  • Pensacola

    Best Value

  • Pensacola

    Neighborhood gem

  • Pensacola

    Good for special occasions

416 Reviews
  1. FrankK

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great as always, travel a lot and one of very few restaurants we frequent while home.

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  2. MelissaF

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food at great prices, I got the filet mignon and it was cooked to perfection.Meal included a salad and two sides. My husband got chicken marsala also came with 2 sides and a salad

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  3. BethD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited for the first time on Mother's Day and honestly found a gem! Excellent food, wonderful service and pleasant environment and plenty of parking. Prices were fabulous. Two thumbs up. I will be back.

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  4. JuNews

    Alabama

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Been to this restaurant before and always had a good experience. The food is consistently good. The lighting above the booth seats is a bit harsh and the tables are showing signs of wear but parking outside is easy and close to the restaurant.

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  5. Petal

    Tallahassee

    162 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    BLT was awful sorry to say but it was greasy the chips were stale

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good, plentiful sauce on caprese, chicken very tender. Pasta could have used a little more Parmesan. Risotto was dry. Service was excellent, Noah did an amazing job.

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  7. TraciA

    Tallahassee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great as always. As usual the special did not disappoint. We will be back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had brunch today and enjoyed it very much. The only problem was what to choose. It all looked great. Great service and reasonably priced. We had Caesar salad and the shrimp and andouille pasta. The muffins were addictive. Can’t wait to go back!

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  9. CherylM

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service by waiter Charley was wonderful. We had a cozy little booth. I’m sorry to say the food was underwhelming and a disappointment. I had the Grouper Lyonaise . Supposed to have a crispy potato crust , it wasn’t crispy at all in fact it was mushy and tasteless. My vegetable were undercooked. My husband had the swordfish and he enjoyed it . My daughter ordered the New York strip with some kind of gravy on it . She is gluten free so she couldn’t finish it. Her husband had Cajun pasta which was good . We ordered the apple cobbler for dessert . The apples were under cooked which is not desirable in a cobbler . Not sure I will visit this restaurant again.😣

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is wonderful. The owner is always there making sure the food is done right. We sat outside and it was so relaxing. The staff is lovely.

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  11. bparaday

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurant experiences I’ve had from the service to the food! I wanted every appetizer on the menu, but we chose the baked brie and the baked seafood augratin. I have to say we made the right choice. French onion soup was perfect and for our meal, my husband and I split the black and bleu sirloin steak. Our waitress made sure everything came out in the right order. She gave us the perfect amount of time between each course. She was very attentive as well. It’s so hard to have a good experience at most places these days, so it was refreshing. We will be back and I will try the rest of the appetizers!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great dining experience. Thank you to the whole team!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went on 6 April as a date night. Ordered the Mac and cheese Gnocchi, the chicken piccata, and the seafood special plate which was a snapper dish, filled bye the crème brûlée. The service was fast, the food was excellent and the atmosphere was quaint! Would go back and recommend to others!

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  14. VieH

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite dining spot in Pensacola. The seafood specials never disappoint, and you can get a decent steak without going broke. Service is always pleasant and efficient with an atmosphere of local comfort sans touristy noise. We always look forward to the next visit!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Ty was great. The food was delicious. Restaurant was clean , decorated beautifully and a wonderful ambiance for a date night. Highly recommend.

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  16. MarkG

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A hidden gem! Wonderful food and service! Great for food from land and sea.

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  17. Happydiner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    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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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    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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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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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  20. 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 on February 24, 2024
    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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Petal

    Tallahassee

    162 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    162 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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  24. Petal

    Tallahassee

    162 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    162 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. RhondaC

    Tallahassee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. Scotty

    Tallahassee

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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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 4.5 stars by 416 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 5 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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