Polonza Bistro

Enjoy Local Cuisine Alongside Excellent Coffee at Polonza Bistro
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

From strong brews to hearty breakfast and lunch dishes, Polonza Bistro offers plenty to keep both locals and tourists satisfied. Specializing in locally-sourced cuisine, this charmingly laid-back destination encourages the ultimate combination of culinary delight and personal relaxation.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Local cuisine is a big deal at Polonza Bistro, where every meal is made from scratch — and from fresh ingredients sourced in and around Pensacola. The restaurant’s name reflects its local emphasis; historic research suggests that the area’s earliest Spanish explorers referred to Pensacola Bay as ‘Polonza.’ 

Conveniently situated in Pensacola’s downtown district, this restaurant caters primarily to an urban crowd largely made up of locals. Several tourists find their way here, however, as many are eager to experience the best of the local culinary scene.

While Polonza Bistro is largely known for its fresh meals, you’ll notice immediately upon stepping inside that coffee is equally important. In fact, if you’re like many unsuspecting visitors, you’ll be even more impressed by your caffeinated beverage than by the tasty treats that accompany it. From espresso to coffee shakes, there is something for everyone. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, feel free to try one of the bistro’s many loose leaf teas. 

The hot beverages served at Polonza Bistro are wonderful, but they’re far better when enjoyed alongside breakfast, brunch, or lunch. You’ll find it tough to resist the many delectable items included on the restaurant’s various menus, each of which emphasizes fresh ingredients prepared with the utmost attention to detail.

Service can be slow at times, but this doesn’t bother most visitors. In fact, many specifically seek out Polonza for its laid-back vibes. If you’re in a hurry, however, you may be better off grabbing your coffee and accompanying snacks elsewhere. Otherwise, feel free to grab a table, take in the friendly atmosphere, and relax as you are served the ultimate in local cuisine.

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Barrancas Plate
This hearty meal is best suited to anyone with a strong appetite. It consists of a sizable burrito packed with scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, onions, peppers, and cheddar cheese. Salsa and guacamole add plenty of flavor. Don’t be surprised if you peter out after half a burrito and end up taking the rest home to enjoy later.

Garden Frittata
One of several egg-based options offered during brunch, this memorable frittata includes plenty of asparagus, spinach, and Swiss cheese. It’s served with home fries and your choice of toast or a biscuit.

Stuffed French Toast
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll naturally gravitate towards this delightful dish, which features a whipped cream cheese and berry compote filling within house-made brioche. Complete this satisfying meal with your choice of bacon or sausage.

Portobello Sandwich
This vegetarian entree features perfectly marinated and grilled Portobello mushrooms accompanied by roasted red peppers, tomatoes, arugula, basil pesto, and feta. Enjoy on a house-made bun and with your choice of side. Favorite options include sweet potato fries, collard greens, and mac & cheese featuring a mouthwatering blend of gouda and cheddar. 

Shrimp Po’ Boy
Seafood is essential when visiting Pensacola, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be fried and battered or served in a basket with fries. If you prefer your seafood in sandwich form, try this versatile po’ boy, which, depending on your personal preferences, may feature blackened, grilled, or fried shrimp. Other key ingredients include lettuce, tomato, and a wonderfully spicy caper remoulade. All this is served on a fresh baguette. 

Set aside some time to relax with your favorite breakfast dish or lunch sandwich as you sip on a satisfying coffee and take in the pleasant atmosphere at Polonza Bistro. You’ll quickly find yourself craving a return trip.

Insider Tips:
– Outside seating is often available. Make every effort to sit on the patio if possible. 
– The bistro is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your well-behaved dog to join you on the patio for a relaxed meal.