Seafood restaurants in Pensacola
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At Pensacola Beach, Flounder's is great for kids, with a pirate ship playground, huge beach area with volleyball nets and lots of memorabilia, including a 15ft Cuban raft that carried refugees.
This once-humble beach shack has morphed into a massively popular, wildly overcrowded eatery/bar/gift shop. But Pete's still serves some of the best oysters on the beach – try 'em raw, or Cajun-spiced, or topped with crumbled Parmesan. Casual seafood dishes round out the menu, but the live music and pirate-themed decor are the real draws. If you don't mind a wait, dinner here is good, noisy fun.
In a huge multilevel building overlooking the harbor, these twin seafood restaurants are always packed with a mix of tourists, businesspeople and locals on date night. Fish House is slightly more upscale, with a dark wood interior and fish cooked every way (pecan-crusted, with mango salsa etc.). Atlas is best for oyster on the half shell and glasses of white wine on the porch. Both are known for their Grits a Ya Ya – spicy gulf shrimp, bacon and garlicky veggies over steaming gouda cheese grits. Weekend happy hours throb with crowds and live music.