Restaurant Reviews


29 South ~ This eclectic bistro has it all; great ambiance, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The menu can best be described as traditional world cuisine with modern, whimsical twist, where award-winning executive chef and owner Scotty Schwartz paints a playground for the palette. Choose from entrees including: lobster corn dogs with spicy horseradish ketchup spiked with ketel one vodka, seared scallops on green tea  smoked thai curry nage topped with crispy calamari straws, and sweet tea brined smithfield farm pork chop on macaroni gratin with warm blackberry preserves. 29 South also features grilled pizzas, sandwiches, and nightly specials. 29 South Third Street, Historic Downtown, (904) 277-7919,

Bar Zin ~ Inspired by 30 years in the hospitality industry and numerous trips to Napa and Sonoma, our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor / outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. In addition, we offer a diverse beverage menu consisting of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. Whenever possible, it is our intention to utilize local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision was to design a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome, whether you are enjoying a full meal, appetizers, or just stopping in for a cold beverage; a place that will attract a diverse clientele which in turn makes it a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620.

Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. Open seven days. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F.

Burlingame ~ In the historic district just a half block off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this new restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Dining out is about more than just food, and our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine and beer list. Reservations recommended. Open Tue – Sat  5:30. Sun Brunch 10am – 2pm. (904) 432-7671

Café Karibo ~ Located on North 3rd St. just off Centre Street in the historic downtown district. It has a cozy interior with a funky, laid-back setting. It’s most striking feature is its naturally shaded outdoor dining patio. Great selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 10:30am–3pm with lunch menu specials; Mon 11am–3pm. Fresh-brewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew—located next door. Food prices are relatively low-lunch average $10 pp; dinner $20 pp (generous portions).

Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 – $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D.

David’s Restaurant ~ David’s Restaurant has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale atmosphere, and professional service. Relax in our lounge and peruse the Martini and full bar menu, then enjoy mouthwatering creations like prime steaks, Filet Oscar, and our Signature 16oz. Grilled Ribeye, English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. We have Vegetarian offerings as well. Try our dessert sensation, Chocolate Fondue for Two. Lounge opens at 5 pm, dinner begins at 6 pm. Young Adult menu available. Happy Hour Sunday – Thursday 5 to 7 pm offering 1/2 price Cocktails and NEW Bar & Lounge Menu, New Martini Flights & delicious Port Flights. Reserve your Whole Alaskan King Crab 48 hours prior to arrival. 6-10 lb. average. All dessert & breads made on premises. Open 7 days a week. Nightly specials! Reservations are highly recommended. Private wine room holds up to 12 & groups up to 50 in private dining room. Resort casual attire. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Make your reservations online at

España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. All major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. $$$, D, B/W.

Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with the friendliest service you will ever have here in friendly Fernandina Beach. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd.

Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest hotel in the state of Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Open for brunch Wednesday – Friday from 11:00am – 2:30pm and Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 2:30pm.  The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Monday – Saturday at 5pm.  Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night.  22 South Third Street, (904)491-3322. L, $$, F

Horizons ~ Where great food and good friends come together.  The gourmet food you are always craving.  You can visit us for a fantastic lunch or dinner or let us cater your event.  We have gourmet items to please everyone in your group, including beef, lamb, seafood, chicken, and even gourmet vegetarian choices and also fresh pastries and
desserts! 5472 First Coast Hwy. (904) 321-2430.

Jack & Diane’s ~ Jack & Diane’s remains the love of the locals for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Come explore “A world of Taste all in one Place” as it is affectionately known by guests from every corner of the globe. At the crossroads of comfort and quest, you will find each dish combines homespun recipes with global influences offering new discoveries in their signature concept of “adventurous dining”. The extensive five page menu presents such a great variety that they created a $5 tasting menu, so you can explore all your cravings at once.  This cozy bistro nestled in a historic home circa 1862 offers a fun-loving, unique dining experience in what is now an artists’ sanctuary. Your senses will be filled with sights, sounds and tastes from the world over in this little island gem. Tastes that echo both tradition and adventure, it’s the memories a happy life are made of.

Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. 321-2558. Open seven days. D, $$$.

La Mancha ~ A Spanish and Portuguese restaurant with a Brazilian flare, blended for savory and bold flavors. We offer a mixture of contemporary and traditional authentic Spanish cuisine. Extensive beer and wine list and our famous sangria! Plenty of parking and catering available for large groups and parties. Check out our menu online at Lunch Thurs – Sun 11am-2pm; Dinner Mon – Sun 5-10pm. 2709 Sadler Road. (904) 261-4646. Tue. – Half price sangria; Wed. – Ladies Night – All you can drink sangria with entree purchase; Thu. – Free dessert, Local’s Night at 10% off with proff of residency; Sun. – All you can eat paella, live Spanish guitar music from 6-9pm!

Lulu’s at the Thompson House ~ Lulu’s is more than just a sandwich shop!  The dinner menu changes nightly to showcase the best available fresh, local seafood. Lunch features sandwiches, po’ boys, salads, and a wide selection of seafood “little plates.”  Open for lunch and dinner Tues – Sat. Sunday Brunch from 10:30am – 3pm. Beer and wine available. Major credit cards. Reservations recommended. 11 South 7th Street. Located in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. (904) 432-8394.

The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 am – 3pm. Mon -Sat. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141.

The Picnic Basket ~ The Picnic Basket is all about fresh foods. For a perfect dessert, knockout side dish, or casual picnic, The Picnic Basket has what you need, including charcuterie, cheese, party platters, picnic baskets, bakery treats, and take-home suppers. Open M-W 8am – 5:30 pm and Th-Sa 8am – 8pm, we offer breakfast and lunch until 3 pm, serving wine & beer and foods to-go. Breakfast includes bagels, daily muffins, housemade granola, fresh scones, fresh-pressed fruit and veggie drinks, and fresh coffee. Lunch features homemade soups, organic salads, sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, and delicious wraps. 503-A Centre St. (904) 277-9779.

Sandy Bottoms ~ Casual dining, lunch and dinner menu, outside beach bar, tables and chairs in the sand on the beach, live entertainment almost every night, feet from the ocean. We offer seafood, sandwiches, salads, and home made pizzas. Full bar inside and outside.

Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Slider’s offers fun dining for the whole family! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). 277-6652. L, D, $$, F.

The Surf ~ Dine indoors or out on our huge, sun-drenched deck with views of the ocean just across the street. The extensive menu features delicious seafood, steaks, burgers, wraps and salads. Daily specials include all-you-can-eat wings on Thursdays and $5 Bloody Marys on Sunday. Casual, fun atmosphere. Take-out and catering available. Reserve the lower deck for your next private event. Open daily from 11 a.m. 29 TVs throughout. WI-FI available. Full service bar. For our entertainment line-up, visit 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711. L, D, $$, F.

Townies Pizzeria ~ Townies is the “Locals’ Choice for Island Pizza”. All of our food is prepared fresh to order. Townies uses real cheese, only the finest quality ingredients, and fresh local produce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson Road. (904) 277-4755. Order online at or call!

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. $=Entrees under $10, $$=Entrees up to $15. $$$=Entrees over $15. F=Full bar, B/W=Beer & Wine