Awards & Prestige

Great Southern Restaurants is proud to be Pensacola’s most awarded restaurant group. Over the past four decades, our restaurants and staff have won numerous awards, including the Independent News’ Best of the Coast and the Pensacola News Journal’s Best of the Bay awards, several of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon awards, Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, WSRE’s Best Entrée, among others, and Jackson’s is particularly distinguished by securing the DiRoNA Award of Excellence and being inducted in the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame.

As Seen on Television

Great Southern Restaurants have been featured on a number of national 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.”

Other Cool Things

The Fish House, Atlas Oyster House, the Deck Bar and Jackson’s Steakhouse have all 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 – 4 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.

Celebrity Guests

You never know whom you might see at a Great Southern Restaurant! 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 visitors. Click here to view all the Famous Folks galleries.