The “new” Down Under, located under Amelia Island’s Shave Bridge (96106 Wades Place), phone 904-310-6211. Closed for nine years, this “blast from the past,” reopened Oct. 4, 2017. The Fernandina seafood restaurant and popular watering hole on the intracoastal waterway was revived by new owners and management after major renovations. Enjoy dockside dining and/or drinks inside or out (large riverfront deck with Tiki bar). Floating docks for mariners, read article, see more photos of the Down Under.
Casual Beach Restaurants & Bars
New at Fernandina’s Main Beach Park is The Sandbar & Kitchen — 2910 Atlantic Avenue, phone 904-310-3648. Sit oceanfront beside a sand dune at tables on outside patio or at the outdoor bar, or dine inside on either of two levels (interior design themed “the Main Beach Pier”). Read article, see photos and more about this seashore restaurant/bar (opened summer 2017).
Sliders Seaside Grill, a landmark restaurant/bar on the beach for over 50 years, located at the city’s Seaside Park, 1998 South Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. 904-277-6652. Sliders features a large covered tiki bar near the dunes and outdoor patio, live evening entertainment, two levels of dining/bars inside and valet parking in busy summer season. See more at Sliders website.
The Surf — 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: 904-261-5711. The Surf Restaurant & Bar offers outdoor dining on deck, live entertainment and casual beach vibe (located across the street from the ocean).
Downtown Fernandina Historic District
Burlingame Restaurant — 20 S. 5th Street, Fernandina Beach. Phone: 904-432-7671. Enjoy a fine dining experience downtown at Burlingame, offering a “seasonally inspired menu, top quality ingredients and native products of the southern coastal region.” Chef Chad Livingston was formerly with “Salt” at the Ritz-Carlton and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY. See more at Burlingame Restaurant website.
Cafe Karibo — 27 North 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: 904-277-5269. Casual atmosphere, long track record downtown, very popular with locals and visitors. Indoor dining plus outdoor courtyard. The restaurant welcomed Chef Tim Meredith in May 2017 (who formerly helped open The Grill Room at the Ritz-Carlton back in the ’90s, working under Chef Matthew Medure). See more at Cafe Karibo’s website.
Le Clos, — 20 S. 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: 904-261-8100. Enjoy a memorable dining experience at Le Clos (be sure to make reservations well in advance). This excellent French restaurant has a long established reputation downtown. Look for the charming cottage circa 1906 with its white picket fence along the sidewalk. See more at Le Clos.
Timoti’s Seafood Shak — 21 N 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, Phone: 904-310-6550. Serving wild caught seafood prepared fried, grilled or blackened, tacos, PO’Boys, salads and bowls. Small seating area inside and outdoor seating at covered picnic tables plus a neat pirate ship play structure for kids. See more at Timoti’s website.
The Patio Place — 416 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach. Phone: 904-410-3717. Featuring sweet and savory crepes, salads, soups, homemade hummus, fresh seasonal fare. Enjoy outdoor patio and live entertainment some evenings. See menu and more at The Patio Place website.
SALTY PELICAN — 12 N. Front Street. Phone: 904-277-3811. A waterfront restaurant with second-floor deck overlooking the Amelia River near foot of Centre Street (along the railroad tracks). The restaurant features 14 big-screen televisions, two bars plus waterfront view (nice spot to take in a sunset). Popular with locals and tourists alike, the Salty Pelican features its signature broiled oysters. See full menu at Salty Pelican website.
Sabbia “Mediterranean Street Food” — 11 North 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach. Phone: 904-624-7447. The new venture of the Tizzano family (owners of popular Arte Pizza downtown on the same street a block away). Sabbia’s menu includes pita and dips, Gyros, Souvlaki, Greek Salad, Keftedes (Greek meatballs), shrimp and crab fritters, and “My Big Fat Greek Mac n Cheese,” Paninis.
The Amelia Tavern Restaurant and Brewpub — 318 Centre Street, Fernandina (at corner of South 4th). Phone: 904-310-6088. Serving in-house brews such as Tavern Brown Ale and American IPA. Impressive setting with industrial/loft feel, high ceilings, sky lights and three unique glass garage-type doors that roll up opening the front of the Tavern to the Centre Street sidewalk. Huge bar and big TV screens to watch sports. See more about Tavern menu at Amelia Tavern..
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, very popular with locals. See more info at Happy Tomato Cafe’s website.
Luca’s On Centre — 614 Centre Street. Phone: 904-310-9968. Serving seafood (including raw bar), Italian, French and Mediterranean selections. Luca’s is the newest venture of local restaurateur, Luca Misciasci, owner of popular Ciao Bistro of Centre Street. See complete menu at Luca’s On Center website.
ARTE PIZZA — 109 North 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach.904-277-1515. Wood fired oven, thin-crust style pizza is their specialty. Large menu includes pasta, chicken, salads and seafood (including shrimp mac-n-cheese). Eat in or take out. Also visit Arte Pizza’s website.
David’s Restaurant — 802 Ash Street at corner of 8th Street. Phone: 904-310-6049. One of Fernandina’s fine dining experiences, David’s also offers a beautiful cocktail lounge with live entertainment some evenings and a private wine room that can be reserved for dining. Call for reservations or visit David’s website www.AmeliaIslandDavids.com.
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.
Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen — 8th Street at corner of Elm. Phone: 904-310-6374. Owned by celebrity chef, Kenny Gilbert, he gained national fame on BRAVO’s “Restaurant Wars” Top Chef D.C. competition. Returning to the area in 2015, Gilbert was formerly a chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in its early years. Gilbert’s features wonderful barbeque and Southern specialties. Visit Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen website for more info, menu.
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 — 29 South 3rd Street in Fernandina. Phone: 904-277-7919. Chic neighborhood bistro offering fresh ingredients from local sources when possible (including their chef’s garden behind the restaurant.) Grilled pizza and sandwiches also available. See the 29 South website for full menu and more details.
The Picnic Basket — 503-A Centre Street. With its cheerful yellow facade and blue striped awning, it’s hard to miss on Centre Street (eat inside or food to go). Breakfast fare includes fresh baked muffins and scones. Just one of the to-go picnics is “A Day At The Beach,” with three cheeses, two charcuterie meats, black olive hummus, pickled veges, pasta salad, crostinis and housemade cookies. (Catering service also available.)
Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro — 14 S. 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: 904- 321-2558. Fine dining restaurant, enjoy dinner in restored 1900s home or outside in the New Orleans-inspired courtyard. More about Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro at their website.
LuLu’s at the Thompson House – 11 South 7th Street downtown. Phone: 904-432-8394. LuLu’s serves lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch (reservations recommended), see LuLu’s menu at their website.
Pepper’s Mexican Grill & Cantina — 530 Centre Street in Fernandina. Phone: 904-277-2011. The cantina offers a cocktail bar with windows overlooking historic Centre Street, plus outdoor patio seating.
Fine Dining at Resorts
Salt At The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island — AAA Five Diamond award winner multiple years. One of only three Florida restaurants awarded Five Diamonds in 2017. Enjoy a rare fine dining experience at Salt, (valet parking, jackets suggested, reservations recommended). Or visit the new Lobby Lounge Bar featuring a special daily bourbon presentation. Also available at the Lobby Bar, Ritz sushi chefs present the freshest seafood with house specialties including the “Amelia Roll.” Located at 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Florida. Phone: 904-277-1100. Another dining option is the Ritz-Carlton’s restaurant, Coast.
The Verandah, Omni Amelia Island Plantation –Located off First Coast Highway at 142 Racquet Park Drive. Phone: 904-277-5958. The Verandah offers resort casual dining featuring lots of seafood.
Oceanside at Omni Amelia Island Plantation — 39 Beach Lagoon Road. Phone: 904-491-4113. Serving lunch and dinner, see Oceanside menus and more.
Bob’s Steak and Chop House. Phone: 904-432-2201. The newest restaurant that opened within the Omni Resort property at the Spa & Shops (off First Coast Highway). Steaks, chops, seafood, salads (serving dinner only).
Pizza & More
Townies Pizzeria & Deli — 819 TJ Courson Road. Phone: 904-277-4755. 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.). Phone: 904-321-3400. Pizza, salads, calzones, serving wine and beer.
Loop Pizza Grill — Sadler Road and South 14th Street. Phone: 904-321-0093. Family-style eatery (order at counter then seat yourself). Burgers, pizza, salads, and great ice cream thick shakes.