Over the years, the Fish House has consistently taken home numerous awards from our daily and weekly papers. In addition, the Fish House has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award and Trip Advisor’s Award of Excellence.

As Seen on Television

A fixture of Pensacola dining, the Fish House has been featured on a number of television shows including  MSNBC’s Morning Joe, ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover, the Food Network’s Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods and Emeril’s Florida, as well as the History Channel’s American Pickers and Picked Off.

Fish House TV shows

Best Restaurant Overall

Best Chef – Billy Ballou

Best Seafood

Best Outdoor Dining

Best Sunday Brunch

Best Happy Hour

Best Deck

Best Place to Power Lunch

Best Place to Meet Friends After Work

Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests

Best Shrimp

Best Gumbo

Best Outdoor Dining

Best Seafood Cuisine

Best Bar Overall

Best Happy Hour

Best Ladies Night

Best Gumbo

Best Uniquely Pensacola Dish – Grits à Ya Ya

Best Place for a Birthday Dinner

Best Looking Wait Staff

Best Local Business to “Like” on Facebook

Celebrity Guests

You never know who you might see at the Fish House! Besides being “where the locals go,” we’re also a favorite spot of celebrities, athletes, politicians, and other distinguished guests to Pensacola, including:

Below are some of our most recent “House” guests! Browse our Famous Folks gallery to see more.

Other Cool Things

The Fish House has had a number of opportunities to participate in many “once in a lifetime” things including preparing a luncheon for the King and Queen of Spain, preparing dinner at the James Beard House in New York – 3 times!, hosting a number of political figures for rallies and special events, hosting celebrities from all walks of life for drinks, lunch and dinner and serving as the go-to spot for national news broadcasts.

Raves & Reviews

The Fish House is a not-to-miss spot … a Pensacola favorite. … This is spectacular!

— Andrew Zimmern, Host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel

Through my work in Congress, the media and Morning Joe, I have been fortunate enough to enjoy food from some of the finest restaurants in the world. Without a doubt, the Fish House is the go-to place on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Every time I am in Pensacola, I make it a point to stop by and eat at the Fish House — they are in a league of their own.

— Joe Scarborough, Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe & former U.S. Congressman

The Fish House, Atlas Oyster House and the Deck Bar all occupy a handsome, sprawling waterfront location on the bay just a couple blocks off Palafox Street. Chef Shirley’s award winning signature Grits à Ya Ya are creamy and redolent of smoked gouda.

Marc d’Entremont, Culinary Travel Examiner

Come one, come all, come hungry, and come at 11 am to witness the calm before the lunch storm. By noon the Fish House is packed with professionals, power players, and poseurs. The wide-ranging menu of fish dishes is the bait, and each can be served in a variety of ways: ginger-crusted, grilled, blackened, pecan-crusted, or Pacific-grilled, which puts any dish over the top. The attentive service, bay-front setting, and signature “Grits a Ya-Ya” (fresh gulf shrimp on a bed of smoked Gouda-cheese grits smothered with a portobello mushroom sauce) keeps diners in the net. Steaks, delicious homemade desserts, a sushi bar, more than 300 varieties of wine, and a full-service bar don’t hurt the popularity of this restaurant either.


A favorite stop is the Fish House, located on the water in downtown Pensacola. Sit out back on the deck, and watch the fishing boats come in while you revel in their famous Grits a Ya Ya.

— Wanda McKinney, Southern Living