Top 5 Fine Dining Experiences in the Florida Panhandle

If you've been looking for the best place to enjoy fine dining and a great experience, then look no further. The Florida Panhandle region is home to some fantastic restaurants near  Inspire Pensacola, which currently has apartments for rent. Five of the best spots you will want to try while living at Inspire Pensacola are:

The Firefly

The Firefly at Panama City Beach exudes a romantic atmosphere from its twinkling courtyard which, lights up the low-hanging branches of the massive tree centerpiece. With its Asian fusion menu, there is something for all taste buds.

Favorites like spicy tuna, cream cheese, and eel stuffed jalapenos pair well with the restaurant's extensive wine list. 


Ovide is an exotic eatery offering delectable food and drinks with inspiration from the south and a blend of Asian infusion. It'll transport you to the mangrove forests of Thailand as you sip on a cocktail, and feast on the seafood tower, boasting a range of fresh seafood such as oysters, clams, pickled mussels, stone crab claws, and more, making it an experience you will never forget.

A few menu favorites are the napper Crudo with ponzu and scallion and the kimchi creamed collards. 

Grand Marlin

Pensacola Beach's Grand Marlin boasts a fantastic view of Santa Rosa Sound, but its food is even better. As you might expect from a restaurant named after one of the largest fish in the ocean, seafood plays a significant role here. A popular dish in their restaurant is the Grouper Picatta, topped with a Panko crust that's crusted with Parmesan and served alongside spinach and whipped potatoes.

Bonsai Pensacola Beach

Located in the Gulf of Mexico and offering views of the Gulf of Mexico within Hilton Pensacola Beach, Bonsai's Asian fusion flavors speak for themselves.

Hand-rolled ramen, a 5-star beef strip, and caviar are on the menu, but the best choice would be the Omakase. Chef Omar Torres quickly earned a reputation for creating unusual dishes with fresh flavors. 

Angelena's Ristorante Italiano

Angelena's recently opened its doors in downtown Pensacola in 2019 after much anticipation. Executive Chef James Briscione, who won the Chopped award twice, brings Southern flair to classic Italian cuisine with fresh pasta and omelets. This authentic Italian spot is guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds with its smoky wood-fired oven, giving the food a unique taste. 

It doesn't matter if you choose the crashing tides of the Gulf Coast or a peaceful romantic evening on the bay; you'll love living at Inspire Pensacola Apartments, just a stone's throw away from everything in Florida's Panhandle.