Browse popular Amelia Island restaurants, from casual beach grills to fine dining options in Fernandina Beach


Salty Pelican Bar & Grill, Fernandina Beach at Downtown Riverfront

Salty Pelican Bar & Grill, Fernandina Beach at Downtown Riverfront.

SALTY 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.

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.

Fernandina's French Restaurant, Le Clos

Fernandina’s French Restaurant, Le Clos

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. Wi-Fi available here. The adjoining KARIBREW PUB features freshest beer on the island. See Cafe’ Karibo’s FACEBOOK for the latest updates. Website:

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. Wi-Fi available here.

David's Restaurant & Lounge, Fernandina Beach, Florida

David’s Restaurant & Lounge, Fernandina Beach, Florida

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

Espana Restaurant, 22 S. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 261-7700, 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. Wi-Fi available here.

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.

Kelley’s Courtyard Cafe, 19 S. 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, 904-432-8213. Lovely outdoor courtyard setting with fountain.  See Kelley’s FACEBOOK page for latest updates.

Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro,14 S. 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 321-2558. Website: 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. Generous portions, reasonable prices and festive atmosphere. Two can easily 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 Bars

Sliders Seaside Grill, oceanfront grill with outdoor tiki bar on the beach, located at 1998 South Fletcher Avenue at the roundabout at Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 277-6652.

Sliders oceanfront Tiki bar, rear courtyard on the beach

Sliders oceanfront Tiki bar, rear courtyard on the beach

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 some nights. Sliders has playground equipment off its rear covered porch, adjacent to the beach, for patrons with kids. Sliders is well known to both locals and visitors, having a presence on Amelia Island for over 50 years (initially as an inn). Adjacent is Seaside Park, with additional parking area (one of Fernandina’s public beach parks). Call Sliders for further information at 904-277-6652 about seasonal operating hours, specials and featured entertainment.

The Surf, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 261-5711. 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 oceanview 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 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,

Fine Dining at Amelia Island’s Luxury Oceanfront Resorts

Ritz-Carlton and Golf Club of Amelia, Summer Beach

Ritz-Carlton and Golf Club of Amelia, Summer Beach

Salt 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. For a rare fine dining experience, Salt is located at the AAA five diamond award winning Ritz-Carlton hotel on Amelia Island. Valet parking, jackets suggested. Located at 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Florida. Cuisine: Modern American. 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 a wonderful meal at the Verandah on Amelia Island Plantaton (near the tennis complex). A popular restaurant with residents of the Plantation as well as others living on Amelia Island, the Verandah is resort casual dining and great for seafood lovers. Located at 6800 First Coast Highway, visit Amelia Island Plantation’s website.

PLAE (People Laughing And Eating) Phone: 904-277-2132. AWARDS: Top 500 Restaurant in FLORIDA. 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 of course, sea food. PLAE has an impressive cocktail lounge, offering 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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