About as far south as you can get in downtown Pensacola you’ll find Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille overlooking the Palafox Pier Marina. Enjoy fantastic water views from the many windows while dining inside or take a seat on the patio and enjoy the salt air breezes as well. Although the interior decor and ambiance are wonderful, I particularly enjoy watching the boats in the marina from the patio while partaking in my favorite Basil Lemon Drop Martini and perhaps a daydream or two.
If you’re dining alone or just want to drop by for a refreshing adult beverage you’ll find plenty of seating at the fully stocked bar, extensive wine and beer lists, and delicious featured cocktails. Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm they also offer top shelf “Sunset Specials” along with 1/2 off featured wine by the glass and $3 off featured cocktails so come in early or stop by first on your way to other downtown events.
The classic color scheme, rustic can lighting and rich wood details make for a warm and inviting dining area where you can relax with friends and family over a fantastic meal. Jaco’s is a popular local eatery so occasionally there can be a bit of a wait for a table but that’s just more evidence of the great food and you’re welcome to grab a drink or a cocktail and enjoy the view while you wait.
You’ll find something for everyone on Jaco’s menu, from burgers and steaks to seafood and signature flatbreads. There are a variety of salads to choose from and lighter fare like Boston Bibb Lettuce Wraps. Other signature dishes for your “must try” list include Jaco’s Tacos, The Palafox (penne pasta and Italian sausage with olives, spinach and your choice of several sauces), and Plaza de luna Lasagna. Although I like to mix it up and try different things, my all time favorites here are the Ahi Tuna with tempura vegetables and their classic filet mignon which are always delicious.
If you save room for dessert I highly recommend the Chocolate Tart or house made Key Lime Pie. You could also choose Drunken Berries, Deep Fried Oreos or a sampler platter that includes a tasting of all of these options.
If you’re looking for waterfront dining without going all the way to the beach then head on down to 997 South Palafox Street for a spectacular sunset along with your dinner! Jaco’s is open seven days a week, most days until 8 pm or until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday, or give them a call at 850-432-JACO (5226) for your catering needs if you’d like to take the great flavors of Jaco’s to your next event!