#10 of 137 Pensacola Beach Restaurants

Dharma Blue

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Dharma Blue - Local Cafe Serving Up Historic Charm
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Dharma Blue serves up mouthwatering sushi, seafood, and all-American cuisine in a renovated Victorian home brimming with ambiance. It's a local favorite for dates and low-key family gatherings, thanks to its cozy atmosphere and wide range of culinary options. And because it's easily accessible from practically anywhere in downtown Pensacola, it's a great brunch or dinner option when you're spending a day in the city. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Dharma Blue offers up a hefty dose of charm and local flavor the second you walk through the door. The venue, which offers plenty of seating in a renovated Victorian home with old-world character, brims with laughter and conversation. The overall effect is one of hip, cozy charm and plenty of seating–as well as an abundance of intimate nooks and corners, well-decorated with local folk art. You’ll feel welcome at Dharma Blue whether you pop in for a solo lunch or bring a large group along for dinner.

The robust selection of brunch and dinner menu options includes sushi (fresh, flavorful, high-quality), seafood (including a few local catch-of-the-day selections), and classic Americana dishes–like pork tenderloin, chicken and waffles, and the classic cheeseburger. A limited wine and drink menu rounds out the options, along with a few mouth-watering desserts including their must-try Florida key lime pie.

Dharma Blue has the unique chic-but-low-key atmosphere that makes it perfect for a date night–while retaining a family-friendly vibe that doesn’t discourage families with kids. The menu includes something for everyone, including vegetarians, seafood-avoiders, and the pickiest of young taste buds. Everything is served fresh and with prompt, smiling service–a noticeable step up from many area cafes.

A few of our menu favorites include:

Caramelized Pear Salad
This salad is served with a lightly sweet poppyseed dressing, walnuts, and goat cheese.

Blackened Catch of the Day
This features the day’s fish and is served with lemon beurre blanc, basmati rice, and the vegetable of the day.

Traditional Breakfast
This includes pretty much exactly what you’d expect for a classic Southern breakfast: scrambled eggs, wheat toast, your choice of breakfast meat, and your choice of country potatoes or cheese grits.

Crunchy Shrimp Roll
Incorporating shrimp, fried tempura, cucumber, and spicy sauce – this roll is a treat.

Dharma Blue Cafe is located in downtown Pensacola, just a few blocks down from the Pensacola Bay Bridge, and just two blocks in from the coast. It’s just across Alcaniz St. from Seville Square, and within easy walking distance of downtown Pensacola attractions like Old Pensacola Village and the Museums of Industry and Commerce–so it’s the perfect brunch or dinner stop during a day of exploring the city.

Insider Tip:
– Darma Blue is dog-friendly in the outdoor seating area! Take your pooch on a stroll and enjoy your dinner outdoors. Beware of rain, though; pets aren’t allowed on the covered patio area, only at the tables with umbrellas on the lower outdoor eating area.