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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Northwest Florida

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 favorite 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 Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - Sandestin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2341)
$30 and under
Seafood
Destin
About the restaurant
Tommy Bahama combines a tranquil environment and great food with an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind while indulging in a unique dining experience. The experience is sure to feel like a getaway, whether you’re on vacation or looking for a vacation from your everyday life
Top review
visitor
Dined 5 days ago
Great food, friendly staff, and not overbearing live band. Reasonably priced and ample portion. Very nice family dinner experience after a day at the beach. The room temperature could have been cooler but not at an uncomfortable level.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Pensacola restaurant
4.6
4.6 (782)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Pensacola
About the restaurant
Dip into fondue dinner tonight at Melting Pot of Pensacola, FL. From savory artisan cheeses seasoned to perfection and freshly made salads with signature dressings, we start your meal off right. Once you’ve enjoyed your starters, you can choose from a customizable entrée selection that includes succulent shrimp, cold-water lobster, and filet mignon. The perfect ending to any meal is chocolate fondue dessert!

Join us for a romantic night out, celebrating something special or just because!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 18, 2024
absolutely awesome in every way !! i wish i could remember my server's name, she was the best and another girl stopped by for a question i had...these folks are dedicated to there work and that is priceless these days. my girl even said" this is not like anywhere i have every been" thats why i brought her here and we both loved it. thank you pensacola melting pot, i have been a customer here way before the move from garden street after hurricane Ivan. wonderful place indeed. THANK YOU ALL !!!
A photo of Mezcal Mexican Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (218)
$30 and under
Mexican
Miramar Beach
About the restaurant
Mezcal Mexican Grill at The Seascape Towne Centre serves an upscale menu paired with a full-service bar, top-shelf tequilas and local live entertainment
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Our family enjoyed this Mexican restaurant during our summer vacation in Miramar Beach. The service was over the top and the food was just as good. Highly recommend a visit.
A photo of The Blu Halo restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1206)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Tallahassee
About the restaurant
THE BLU HALO in Tallahassee, Florida is much more than just a restaurant. With our wine and martini bar, as well as steaks and seafood, we offer a high-end dining experience that everyone in Tallahassee can enjoy.
Top review
DebbieP
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Drinks and food were exceptional. Service perfect.
A photo of Wild Olives Market & Cafe restaurant
4.5
4.5 (74)
$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
Kienovip
Dined 2 days ago
My hubby and I are regulars. Thid beautiful new restaurant , used to be located in Rosemary Beach. They’ve now relocated to seagrove, we absolutely love the owners. The staff treat you like family. The food is excellent.
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Panama City Beach restaurant
4.0
4 (92)
$30 and under
American
Panama City Beach - Bay Point
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster’s has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we’ve got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we’re stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 20, 2024
Very crowded, very loud. Other than that we had a wonderful time!
A photo of SALT restaurant
3.8
3.8 (62)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Pensacola Beach
About the restaurant
Salt offers a welcoming haven where people come together to enjoy fresh from the Gulf cuisine and share in the joy of good company. Inspired by the vibrant flavors and rich cultural traditions of the Mediterranean, our dishes are created from scratch using the freshest and most flavorful ingredients available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Food was yummy, service was good but took a while for our server to initially get to us
A photo of Bowden's restaurant
3.8
3.8 (50)
$30 and under
American
Tallahassee
About the restaurant
A new sports-themed restaurant now open in CollegeTown with chef crafted sports bar fare, cocktails, expansive patio – and, dadgummit, honoring the Florida State coaching legend Bobby Bowden.

Top review
KristieRvip
Dined on May 2, 2024
Order up the wings and cheese sticks! Great place for a cool vibe with music, fun and sports. Great for a pre game drink and appetizers! The manager is on top of everything and strives to make it great! Will be back!
A photo of Whiskey Joe’s Pensacola Beach on the Boardwalk restaurant
3.7
3.7 (178)
$30 and under
American
Pensacola Beach
About the restaurant
If you're looking for a warm tropical breeze, white sands, family fun, cold drinks, delicious island-inspired grub, killer sunsets, and a breathtaking view of the waterfront from Pensacola Beach, look no further than Whiskey Joe's.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Kamille was a wonderful waitress! So personable and funny and kind. It was extremely busy, as it was the 4th of July, so obviously the kitchen service was slow. However, we always had drinks. Plus our table outside was directly in front of the fireworks! Dinner arrived right after the show - perfect timing. Highly recommend and request Kamille's section!
A photo of Señor Frog's Pensacola Beach restaurant
3.2
3.2 (21)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Pensacola Beach
About the restaurant
If you've ever been to a Señor Frog's anywhere around the world, you already know that we're a place where people of all backgrounds hang together, dance, sing and basically act the way they want. Our philosophy is simple: have fun, let yourself go and unleash your fiesta!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Had a complete blast! Megan was our server and she was fantastic
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