Think Outside the Beach

Restaurants Gulf Breeze FL

Restaurants Gulf Breeze FL

When you’re in the mood to check out our local culinary scene beyond the beach, there’s no need to head all the way into Pensacola.

That’s two bridges, for crying out loud!

The iconic Pensacola Beach sign, pictured at right, is actually located in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

If you want to venture out but still stay close, pop over the beach bridge into this quaint town, best known for its fine schools, beautiful homes … and great local restaurants.

No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can find it in Gulf Breeze.

Our list spans the spectrum from Classic American to Italian, Mexican to Thai and then some.

Aegean Breeze
913 Gulf Breeze Parkway #20
(850) 916-0430

This favorite among locals offers excellent Greek cuisine, fresh local seafood and some of the best New York style steaks in these parts.

Thai 54
47 Gulf Breeze Parkway
(850) 677-8145

Need some noodles? Get your Tom Kha fix at this local eatery, perched at the foot of the Bay Bridge. The back deck is lovely at sunset.

Taco Rock
B, 911 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
(850) 733-9078

Authentic Mexican street tacos and much more are just over the bridge in Gulf Breeze. This Mexican-style restaurant is beloved by locals, so be prepared to jockey for a seat.

Lillo’s Tuscan Grille
51 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
(850) 377-7571

Family-owned and locally adored, Lillo’s serves up rustic Italian classics that taste like they came straight from grandma’s kitchen.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
344 Gulf Breeze Parkway
(850) 733-9865

Grab a beer and catch a game at this All-American, family-friendly sports bar. The fried chicken sandwich scores points.

Wild Roots
820 Gulf Breeze Parkway
(850) 816-8870

This organic eatery offers smoothies, green juices, wraps, salads, baked goods and ice pops for healthy breakfasts, lunches or dinners.

Shan Kishi
804 Gulf Breeze Parkway
(850) 932-8188

I like to tell my kids they can watch their food explode. For Japanese Hibachi, Shan Kishi in the Publix Supermarket complex is the place to be. They also have great sushi.

888 Gulf Breeze Parkway
(850) 934-6699

Order up a pizza pie or a calzone. Call to ask about daily specials. Sometimes, kids can make their own pizza right at the table!

2747 Gulf Breeze Parkway
(850) 934-3606

I don’t know about you, but chips and queso is pretty much all it takes to make this girl happy. If you’re anything like me, head here for fajitas, margaritas and guacamole. Ole!

Aloha Grill
3499 Gulf Breeze Parkway
(850) 932-4837

Tucked into a strip mall a few minutes east down the highway, Aloha Grill serves Hawaiian fusion fare, like dumplings and rice bowls, with signature sauces.

Life (and lunch) is good on the beach … and nearby.

– Ashley Kahn Salley
Lead Storyteller, Innisfree Hotels