Where Can I Actually Enjoy a Meal With My Kids?!?

family friendly restaurants pensacola fl

Family Friendly Restaurants Pensacola FL

Pensacola is a beach town.

To be honest, there are few places you couldn’t take the kids to eat with you. But to be even more honest, do you want to spend a bunch of money and get all dressed up to go somewhere your children are going to be miserable?

(And then, you are going to be miserable, because they’re in a bad mood?)

No, we didn’t think so.

Almost everywhere on the beach is fun for children, because most places have sandy playgrounds or games to play to keep them entertained. Plus, they don’t have to actually sit down the whole time.

But if you’ve already checked out Riptides Grill, Red Fish Blue Fish, Flounder’s and Peg Leg Pete’s and you want to get out and explore …

Here’s our list of the Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Downtown Pensacola:

Al Fresco Enjoy fresh, local flavor from four Airstream trailers. Z Taco serves up Mexican, Gouda Stuff offers gourmet grilled cheese, Fusion Cuisine is Asian-inspired, and Gunshot BBQ speaks for itself. It’s open-air, so the kids don’t have to feel buttoned-up.

Beef ‘O’ Bradys This family-friendly sports bar’s menu is chock full of popular appetizers like fried pickles and chicken wings, while also sporting pizzas, sandwiches, salads, tacos and more. There’s a small arcade, shuffleboard and billiards for kids who can’t sit still.

Five Sisters Blues Café Head to Historic Belmont for Southern soul food. They’ve got the best fried chicken in town, and if you’re lucky, you might catch a bluesy performance while you dine. Have you ever met a kid who doesn’t love chicken tenders? (These are the real deal.)

Polonza Bistro The Sunday brunch is top notch here. Breakfast and lunch are served Monday through Sunday, with options like Panko Fried Macaroni & Cheese Balls and a Grilled Salmon BLT. No traditional crayons, either. They give kids Wiki sticks – moldable strings of wax and yarn that’ll keep ’em entertained.

The Portabello Market A nice lunch destination if you’re doing the museum thing, this quaint café is located in the atrium of the Pensacola Cultural Center, which houses the Pensacola Little Theater and is just across the street from the Pensacola Museum of Art. The Pensacola Children’s Museum is just around the corner.

The Tin Cow Burger lovers, beware. You get to pick everything, from your patty (chicken and bison to name a few) to your bun, cheese, and a bevvy of toppings and sauces. There are also great milkshakes for both kids and adults.

There’s an exhaustive list for you, so you won’t be exhausted after a meal with your family.

Now get out there and make some memories together!

– Ashley Kahn Salley
Lead Storyteller, Innisfree Hotels