#81 of 95 30A Restaurants

The Courtyard at Pescado

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The Courtyard at Pescado – Serving Rosemary Beach Premium Cocktails and Small Bites
Local Expert's Rating:
2.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

A true Rosemary Beach favorite, the Courtyard at Pescado offers a chance to enjoy upscale refreshments in a beautiful garden courtyard. As you dine on small bite plates paired with handcrafted cocktails, talented musicians put on a memorable performance for your pure enjoyment. They even offer out the space for rent for whenever you want it all to yourself.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Are you looking for a wonderful place in Rosemary Beach to get away from it all? Just come on over to The Courtyard at Pescado, located on the ground floor of their main restaurant. They don’t take any reservations – It’s first to come, first seated. So, be sure to show up early. Want the whole place to yourself? Ask about renting their venue for your next special occasion.

Designed to evoke New Orleans vibes, this adults-only eatery lets you savor delightful refreshments while chilling in a garden courtyard. Small bite plates are all they offer, but they’re perfectly balanced by their handcrafted premium cocktails. On top of that, live music creates a relaxing atmosphere, while their friendly service will have you feeling right at home.

When it comes to creating the perfect small bite plates, they’re always changing up the formula to keep things fresh. So, you never truly know what you’re going to find when you come through the doors. Just be sure not to get your heart set on something in particular. The more flexible you are, the better you can enjoy what’s available on each visit. Once you figure out what to get, just enjoy a plate or two to take the edge off your hunger – or build an entire meal out of your selections.

No matter what you get, you’re going to want to sip on their flavorful cocktails, which always feature the finest spirits and mixers, including fresh fruit. If cocktails aren’t your style, then ask about their wine, spirits, and beer. They have all the top alcoholic beverages available plus non-alcoholic drinks for the 18- to 20-year-old crowd.

As you build out your perfect array of snacks and drinks, keep an ear out for the music to start playing. Soon after they open their doors each evening, they invite local musicians to come play for their patrons. Jazz music is the name of the game, keeping the tunes flowing through the air from 5 pm to 9 pm every evening. There’s really no room to dance, but you can tap your feet to the music if you’re so inclined.

You won’t want to miss the:

Red Skies
If you love how fruit playfully interacts with bold rum flavors, go with the Red Skies, for sure. This drink starts with Diplomatico Mantuano Rum, which is then elevated by the perfect mix of strawberry and banana. To balance those sweet flavors, the bartender brings in basil and lemon right at the end.

The Queen Bee
When you want an endlessly complex drink to sip at your leisure, treat yourself to The Queen Bee. To create this drink, the bartender starts with a mix of Prairie Gin, Vanilla Chai, and Cocchi American. Then, honey and lemon join the party next to add a sweet and sour kick.

Duck Confit Poutine
Do you want to enjoy a classic appetizer with a big twist? Don’t hesitate to get the Duck Confit Poutine. The talented chef starts this dish long before you arrive by roasting duck legs in their own fat. Once the meat is pull off the bone tender, they put it over hand-cut fries with cotija cheese and scallions.

Pork Belly
When you’re craving rich, decadent pork flavors in every last bite, the Pork Belly is the way to go. This dish begins with roasted pork belly, sliced thin, and pan-seared to perfection. Then, they cover it in a spicy maple glaze and beautifully pair the meat with Brussels sprout slaw.

Dessert changes often, but there’s always a little something sweet on the menu, like their Seasonal Crème Brulee. So, as you nosh on your small bite selections, be sure to save a little room in your belly for their ‘Sweet Nothings.’ Otherwise, you’ll miss out on whatever the chef has in mind for that day.

Insider Tip:
When they say adults-only, they mean it. No one under the age of 18 is allowed to come through the doors.