#35 of 130 Pensacola Beach Restaurants

The Wine Bar on Palafox

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Sip and Savor at the Wine Bar on Palafox in Pensacola Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Wine Bar on Palafox is one of downtown Pensacola Beach’s most popular destinations thanks to an extensive wine selection, intriguing menu, and inviting atmosphere suitable for everything from romance to revelry.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Located in the beating heart of Pensacola’s bustling historic downtown, this full-service bar and restaurant is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner, brunch or late-night drinks. Not only does the Wine Bar on Palafox feature a phenomenal selection of wines, but it also boasts a creative menu and an eclectic yet elegant atmosphere.

There’s a reason why the Wine Bar on Palafox is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Owner Ian Kaple has beautifully brought to life his vision of an inviting space for guests to relax with a glass of wine and delicious food. Whether you’re planning a date, girl’s night out, family celebration or casual outing, the Wine Bar on Palafox is more than worth a visit.

While we expected the wine menu at the Wine Bar on Palafox to be impressive, we were equally captivated by the extensive food menu offering everything from basic burgers and sandwiches to tapas-style “small plates” to more traditional entrees like herb-crusted filet mignon. In addition to wine, the Wine Bar on Palafox also offers craft beers; American, Scotch, and Irish whiskeys; and cocktails, including the wonderfully refreshing Hendricks Frozé.

A few of our favorite menu items at the Wine Bar on Palafox include:

Cheese and Charcuterie Board
Talk to anyone who’s visited the Wine Bar on Palafox and they’re almost certain to mention this exquisite offering featuring a chef’s selection of gourmet cheese, meats, and various accouterments.

Goat Cheese, Black Cherry, and Apricot Napoleon
It had us at the name alone. This concoction, fusing Grenache-infused Black cherries, chardonnay-infused apricots, and layers of creamy whipped goat cheese, is the ultimate appetizer indulgence.

Shaved Prime Rib Sub
Served with a side of savory red wine ad jus, this just might be the best French dip you’ll ever have.

Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna
This melt-in-your-mouth rare tuna is service with seaweed salad, pickled ginger and cucumber slices for an unforgettable flavor combination.

Lamb Bibimbap
An elevated take on a traditional Korean favorite featuring New Zealand double-cut lamb chops instead of the usual ground meat, this is not your grandmother’s bibimbap.

Limoncello Cake with Mascarpone Icing and White Chocolate Shavings
Take our word for it: Do not skip dessert. Even better than ordering the Limoncello cake? Ordering the Limoncello cake and a few other delectable desserts for the table to share.

If you’ve previously visited the Wine Bar on Palafox, there’s even more to love since the downtown Pensacola hangout added an amazing outdoor patio. Guests now have their choice of indoor, covered courtyard, or cafe sidewalk seating — each with its own unique vibe.

The Wine Bar at Palafox is also known for having one of the best (and longest) happy hours around. Stop in any day of the week between the hours of 11am and 6pm when many wines-by-the-glass are available at half price.

Adding to the Wine Bar at Palafox’s many allures? A friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Whether you stop in for drinks, a meal, or to attend a special event like a weekly wine tasting or Sundays’ Paella on the Patio, you’ll find plenty to sip and savor at the Wine Bar on Palafox.

Insider Tips:
– The outdoor seating at the Wine Bar on Palafox is Fido-friendly so feel free to bring your well-behaved pet along.
– Want to pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy at the beach or at home? Make sure to stop by the Wine Bar on Palafox’s retail shop, The Bottle Shop.