Occasionally, we happen upon something that surprises us with an unexpected experience. Tucked away at the water’s edge on Pensacola Bay — with a view right out of the South Seas, you’ll find a gem of coastal culinary delight.
When you dine at La Brisa Waterfront Café in Gulf Breeze, the casual bayside experience is a feast for the eyes, peace for the soul, and most pleasant on the palate. Upon first look, the location and outward appearance belies what is on the flip side of the building that La Brisa calls home. Yet once inside and seated, the setting draws you into a serene vista. This combination of stunning view, casual ambience, and delicious cuisine always works wonders! It's like a magnet that draws you back, time after time. While this lovely setting is easily accessible — it’s not easily noticed. Once discovered, most realize they’ve passed it often, and never knew it was there.
The location, inside a local motel, is equally secretive. Owner and Chef, John Huggins, a local Pensacola native, uses his culinary talent to create a menu containing American coastal + comfort, with a distinctive New Orleans influence. For comfort, you’ll find classic, seafood favorites along with gourmet burgers and fries, but don’t expect anything average - in taste or presentation.
Selections found on the menu are curated with tasteful consideration for fresh and local gulf seafood currently available. For those who appreciate American-style beef dishes, steaks and burgers offer a robust departure from seafood.
Huggins displays his creative spirit by appealing to our senses with a signature style. The plates are full of colorful and fresh delicious-ness, with aromas that build your anticipation for the burst of flavor contained in each bite. All of which is to say, go to La Brisa expecting to be filled up with a lot more than exceptional food. You’ll be pleased by the portions, and find it difficult to make a choice as everything on the menu vies for your attention.
Most of the year, your dining experience will deliver a tranquil and tropical scene. Many evenings, the skies partner with the setting sun to deliver its own drama. One of the few dining locations in Pensacola considered as waterfront, you’ll breathe a heaving sigh the moment you take it all in. And yes, do take it all in.
Order a favorite beverage, or trust your server to suggest one. From craft beer to creative cocktails to select wines, your drink adds to the dancing reflections on the water and balmy, coastal breezes.
Don’t forget to bring a camera, because with several unique vantage points, a few steps to a small beach delivers nature’s palette. You can visit with friends — or just take a quiet moment to soak in the rays as you await your food order.
La Brisa brings everything together, comfort, relaxation, and well-served bliss. You’ll feel transported to a tropical location, right on Pensacola Bay.