#102 of 132 Pensacola Beach Restaurants

Cafe Bistro

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Cafe Bistro - a Quaint Eatery to Grab Breakfast, Pizza, and Shakshuka
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Cafe Bistro offers plenty of gourmet favorites, including coffee, smoothies, and pizza. However, they also branch out their menu to include Mediterranean dishes like Shakshuka. If you're in the mood for a plate of eggs, a bagel sandwich, or a fresh salad, there's something here to fit the bill. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

There are a lot of little cafés along Pensacola Beach. The sun, surf, and sand invite people to relax and enjoy themselves as they refuel with a snack or a cup of coffee. This is exactly the vibe you’ll get when you visit Cafe Bistro, a cute spot where you can order everything from a Greek salad to a smoothie to an egg sandwich. It’s the surprises and variety at this place that make it beloved by the patrons. 

When you’re here, you can expect the staff to cater to hungry beach lovers. Watch as people fill up on a jumbo pizza after being pounded by the waves of the Gulf. At 16″, the hand-tossed crust of the pie is exactly the energy you need to do it all over again after lunch. The secret sauce is delicious and tangy (just don’t try to ask for the recipe). Patrons rave about both the quantity and quality of the dishes here, especially if they choose to order something a little off the beaten path.  

Case in point, Cafe Bistro offers its own delicious twist on Shakshuka, a breakfast dish that gained popularity in North Africa, Israel, and across the Mediterranean. Made with poached eggs, homemade sauce, and feta, this treat is always available during peak season and sometimes available during the off-season. In addition to Shakshuka, the cafe also serves Mediterranean bagels topped with roast beef, hummus, and onions. 

If you stop by Cafe Bistro, try one (or all) of the following:

Shakshuka 
This dish is four eggs surrounded by tomato sauce that’s been enhanced with peppers, onions, and garlic. The dish is topped with feta and black olives before being finished with a sprinkling of parsley. At Cafe Bistro, this dish is served with biscuits and a side of salad. It’s a balanced and filling way to get your day started if you’ve got a lot of vacation plans ahead of you. 

Eggs on the Beach 
Clever naming aside, this simple dish of eggs, meat, and toast is cooked to perfection. It’s not always easy to find a restaurant that can perfect the classics, but Cafe Bistro manages to stand out in a sea of breakfast places in Pensacola. 

Ocean Dream Sandwich 
If you’ve never tried smoked salmon with guacamole before, this has to be on your list. This sandwich is layered with cream cheese, eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. If you’re skeptical of the combination, Cafe Bistro invites you to eat your doubts as you feast on this flavorful sandwich. 

Florida Sunrise Smoothie
Named as much for the color of the smoothie as for the combination of tropical fruits, the Florida Sunrise Smoothie combines orange juice, pineapple, and mangos for a simple and sweet smoothie that will leave you feeling energized all day long. For bonus points, head to the cafe early to enjoy the colors in your glass alongside those of the sky. 

And if you’re still feeling peckish after your main dish, try ordering a scoop of ice cream. They have 24 flavors, so you’re bound to find the right one for you. And if you’re too stuffed to try anymore, order a pound of fudge to go so you can take a little of Cafe Bistro home with you. 

Insider Tips:
– Cafe Bistro has daily lunch specials inspired by everything from the Mediterranean to the flavors of the coast. 
– Don’t expect to get Shakshuka all the time — there’s limited availability during the off-season. 
– The portions here are generous, so make sure to bring your appetite. 
– Cafe Bistro also serves up ice cream in 24 flavors, fudge by the pound, and various breakfast pastries.