Browse popular Amelia Island restaurants, from casual beach grills to fine dining options
FERNANDINA HISTORIC DISTRICT RESTAURANTSSALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front Street (904)277-3811. A waterfront restaurant with second-floor deck overlooking the Amelia River near foot of Centre Street (along the railroad tracks). Housed in what was formerly the Old Dinghy Club building, the restaurant features 14 big-screen televisions, two bars plus a panoramic waterfront view. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the Salty Pelican is known for its signature broiled oysters and local favorites – fried shrimp and shrimp tacos. See their menu and more at Salty Pelican website.
Cafe Karibo, 27 North 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 277-5269. Casual atmosphere, popular with locals and visitors. Indoor dining plus outdoor courtyard and upper deck. The adjoining KARIBREW PUB features freshest beer on the island. See Cafe’ Karibo’s FACEBOOK for the latest updates. Website:http://www.cafekaribo.com.
ARTE PIZZA, located at 109 North 3rd Street (off Centre St.). Wood fired oven, thin-crust style pizza is their specialty, delicious. Eat in or take out, call (904)277-1515.
Pi Infinite Combinations, 19 S. 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, 904-432-8535, the newest pizza place on the island located in downtown Fernandina featuring big pies (20 inch) or by the slice. Lovely outdoor courtyard with fountain. Also check out Pi’s Facebook page.
Le Clos, 20 S. 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 261-8100. Fine dining French restaurant, Le Clos, serves dishes by candlelight in a charming 1906 cottage. Reservations are recommended. Extensive wine list.
LuLu’s at the Thompson House – Tucked away at 11 South 7th Street downtown, don’t miss cozy LuLu’s serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch (reservations recommended), 904-432-8394, see LuLu’s menu at their website.
Happy Tomato Courtyard Cafe & BBQ, 7 South 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, Phone: (904) 321-0707. Menu includes chicken salad, pimento cheese sandwiches and great BBQ, a local favorite. See more info at Happy Tomato Cafe’s website.
HOLA! Cuban Cafe — 904-321-0163. Unique in Fernandina serving authentic Cuban cuisine (Cuban coffee, pressed sandwiches & more), HOLA is located behind the Palace Saloon (Centre Street & North 2nd). Check out the full menu at HOLA’s website.David’s Restaurant, 802 Ash Street at corner of 8th Street. Opened by the Hoyt House innkeepers, this fine dining restaurant is located half a block from the historic Hoyt House. The menu features fresh local shrimp, Chilean Sea Bass, English Channel Dover Sole, and Seafood Risotto to the finest prime meats. David’s also offers a beautiful cocktail lounge with live entertainment some evenings and a private dining wine room that can be reserved. Call 904-310-6049 for reservations, visit David’s website www.AmeliaIslandDavids.com.
Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, 8th Street at corner of Elm. Newcomer to Fernandina’s restaurant scene in 2015, anticipation of this eatery is creating excitement before the doors open with its celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert (having gained national fame participating in BRAVO’s “Restaurant Wars” Top Chef D.C. competition). Returning to Amelia Island, Gilbert was a chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in its early years back in the 90s. Chef Kenny Gilbert’s new restaurant will feature “Deep Southern” food (anticipated opening Feb/March 2015). Daily “international specials based on his travels and career” will also be offered (i.e., Italian, Asian, Mediterranean). Visit Chef Kenny Gilbert’s Facebook page, follow Chef Kenny Gilbert’s tweets on Twitter @chefkennyg37.
Espana Restaurant, 22 S. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 261-7700, http://www.espanadowntown.com Specializing in traditional Spanish and Portuguese dishes. Menu includes varied hot and cold tapas, steaks, fish, paella, and homemade sangria. Indoor dining room, enclosed patio dining or outdoor garden dining.
29 South Restaurant, located at 29 South 3rd Street in Fernandina. (904)277-7919. Chic neighborhood bistro offering fresh ingredients from local sources when possible. (They have a chef’s garden behind the restaurant.) Grilled pizza and sandwiches also available. See the 29 South website for full menu and more details.
Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro,14 S. 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 321-2558. Website: http://www.joesbistro.com Fine dining restaurant offers new American cuisine with influences from Italian, French, Creole, Asian and South of the Border cooking along with fresh baked bread, homemade ice cream, sorbets and signatures desserts. Dine in restored 1900’s home or outside by the fountain in New Orleans-inspired courtyard.
Pepper’s Mexican Grill & Cantina, located at 530 Centre Street in Fernandina (904) 277-2011. Serving generous portions, two can split an appetizer and one entrée. The cantina offers a cocktail bar with windows overlooking historic Centre Street, plus outdoor patio seating, a popular spot downtown.
Casual Beach Restaurants & Beach BarsSliders Seaside Grill located at 1998 South Fletcher Avenue (at roundabout at Sadler Road), Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 277-6652. An Amelia Island landmark, Sliders Seaside Grill is located on oceanfront property — one of only two restaurant/bars on Amelia Island (non-resort property), that are actually right on the beach (the other being Sandy Bottoms). For drinks right on the beach, there’s a tiki bar outside at the rear of Sliders with live evening entertainment. Sliders has playground equipment off its rear covered porch, adjacent to the beach, for patrons with kids. Call Sliders for further info about seasonal operating hours, specials and featured entertainment, or visit Sliders website.
The Surf, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 261-5711. http://www.thesurfonline.com The Surf Restaurant & Bar provides a casual beach atmosphere located across the street from the ocean. Specializing in seafood and steaks, offering daily specials such as Wednesday Wing-It night. Dine indoors or out on our huge ocean view deck, and enjoy live entertainment. The Surf offers live entertainment nightly on the deck (in summer season) and 23 TVs throughout the property.
SANDY BOTTOMS BEACH BAR & GRILL, MAIN BEACH PARK, FERNANDINA
Sandy Bottoms is one of only two beach bar/restaurants on Amelia Island (located in non-resort property) right on the beach with an outdoor patio overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, as well as indoor seating. Sandy Bottoms also offers live musical entertainment some evenings and weekends. Located at Fernandina’s Main Beach, 2910 Atlantic Avenue, call Sandy Bottoms at (904)277-0814 for the latest operating hours and entertainment schedule (summer vs. off season). Or visit their website, www.SandyBottomsAmelia.com.
Pompeo’s Food Truck at Peter’s Point Beach Park — Mario, owner of Pompeo’s restaurant (now closed, but familiar to many, having been on Centre Street for decades), is the first proprietor to receive a permit to operate a food truck in Nassau County, Florida at the beach. Serving pizza, pasta, subs, and salads at Peter’s Point Park (toward the southend of the island off South Fletcher), 904-556-3295.
Fine Dining at Amelia Island’s Luxury Oceanfront ResortsSalt At The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED) Phone: 904-277-1100. AWARDS: One of the top restaurants in the state of Florida, Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. AAA five diamond award winner in 2012, 2013 and 2014, enjoy a rare fine dining experience at Salt. Valet parking, jackets suggested. Located at 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Florida. Dinner served nightly in Salt (other meals available in the Ritz-Carlton’s Cafe 4750). Visit Salt’s website.
The Verandah, Amelia Island Plantation –Phone: 904-261-6161. Enjoy fine dining at the Verandah on Amelia Island Plantation (near the tennis complex). The Verandah offers resort casual dining featuring lots of seafood. Located at 6800 First Coast Highway, visit Amelia Island Plantation’s website.
PLAE (People Laughing And Eating) Phone: 904-277-2132. Located in the Amelia Island Plantation’s Spa & Shops off First Coast Highway, with views of the golf course. Offering an eclectic menu, including beef, pork, fowl, lamb and seafood. PLAE also offers a nice cocktail lounge with live entertainment some evenings. Call or visit their website for the entertainment schedule, further information, and dinner reservations. Plae is located at 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island Plantation. See PLAE’s website. Checkout PLAE’s FACEBOOK page.
Outside the Historic District — Other Casual Restaurants on the Island
Townies Pizzeria & Deli (904-277-4755) Fernandina Beach. Offering specialty pizza, wings, salads, sandwiches and more. Townies also delivers around Amelia Island and Yulee (even “late night” deliveries on the weekend).
Moon River Pizza, 925 South 14th Street (near Jasmine St.), a favorite of locals, in small strip plaza. Kid-friendly, great pizza, salads, calzones, serving wine and beer. (904)321-3400.
Loop Pizza Grill. Family-style eatery (order at counter then seat yourself at a table). Burgers, pizza, salads, and great thick shakes. Sadler Road and South 14th Street. (904) 321-0093.
Barbara Jean’s Restaurant ,960030 Gateway Blvd., Amelia Island, FL 32034 (located on the marsh). Phone: (904) 277-3700. A favorite of locals who like home-style cooking, comfort foods like pot roast and meat loaf. Known for their crab cakes and fresh bread basket.
Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse, 1147 Amelia Plaza, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 277-8782. Kabuki chefs, masters of Ancient Art of Japanese Teppanyaki cookery, will entertain as dinner is prepared at your table. Sushi chefs also serve custom made sushi rolls and platters.
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