Where To Eat?
Browse this Amelia Island restaurant list with options from casual beach dining along the island’s eastern seashore, to the historic district in downtown Fernandina on the riverfront. Also, fine dining restaurants at the south end’s resorts, the Ritz-Carlton & Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
Downtown Fernandina Historic District
Wicked BAO — 232 North 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034. Phone: 904-775-5577. Unique dining option known for great service and flavorful “Asian Street Food.” The combination of menu options, casual atmosphere, the delightful restaurateur, Nathalie Wu, and the steamed Taiwanese buns (i.e. “BAO”), have all made a big impression on this town and its visitors. Don’t miss trying this gem, tucked away a bit, a few blocks off Centre Street. Open for dinner only (4 pm to 9 pm), closed Sundays.
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.
Espana Restaurant — 22 S. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: 904-261-7700. Specializing in traditional Spanish and Portuguese dishes, a very popular place to dine. Reservations are suggested, especially weekends and busy summer season. Menu includes varied hot and cold tapas, steaks, fish, paellas, and homemade sangria. Indoor dining room, enclosed patio dining or outdoor garden dining. Mick Jagger ate at Espana during the summer 2019, read about it here. (Also see Espana YouTube video for a glimpse inside the restaurant.)
Cafe Karibo — 27 North 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: 904-277-5269. Casual atmosphere, long track record downtown, a local favorite. Indoor dining plus outdoor courtyard.
Timoti’s Seafood Shak — 21 N 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, Phone: 904-310-6550. Serving 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).
SALTY PELICAN — 12 N. Front Street. Phone: 904-277-3811. A popular restaurant with second-floor overlooking the Amelia River near foot of Centre Street (along the railroad tracks). The restaurant features many big-screen TVs, a nice spot to watch sports and a sunset.
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.
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.
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 favorite place of locals.
ARTE PIZZA — 109 North 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, 904-277-1515. Wood fired oven, thin-crust style pizza, plus large menu — pasta, chicken, salads and seafood (including shrimp mac-n-cheese). Eat in or take out.
David’s — 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.
HOLA! Cuban Cafe — 904-206-1985. Unique in Fernandina serving authentic Cuban cuisine (Cuban coffee, pressed sandwiches & more), HOLA is located behind the Palace Saloon (Centre Street & North 2nd).
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. Gilbert was formerly a chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in its early years.
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.
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.
Casual Beach Dining & Bars
Salt Life Food Shack located at Fernandina’s Main Beach Park, 17 North Fletcher Ave, phone 904-432-7385. The newest Fernandina Beach restaurant featuring oceanfront views. The blue hues of evening lighting along with glowing flames of tiki torches adds to the nighttime ambiance at this dining/beach bar option. From rooftop bar, the elevated view looking across Main Beach Park to the ocean is terrific. The restaurant’s building design is impressive (5,500 SF inside plus 4,000 SF outside).
The Sandbar & Kitchen, is also located at Fernandina’s Main Beach Park, 2910 Atlantic Avenue, phone 904-310-3648. This restaurant is right on the beach. Sit oceanfront beside a sand dune at tables on outside patio or at the outdoor bar, or dine inside upstairs or on first level (interior design themed “the Main Beach Pier”). Lots of TVs for sports, live entertainment (musicians/bands perform on stage). Brick pizza oven plus full menu.
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 next to the outdoor patio dining area, live evening entertainment, two levels of dining/bars inside and valet parking in busy summer season. Newcomer, Tortuga Jacks (Baja Mexican), has opened upstairs in Sliders in summer of 2019, occupying Sliders’ second floor.
The Surf — 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: 904-261-5711. Outdoor dining featuring seafood and more, on rebuilt deck (8,000 square feet), live entertainment and casual beach vibe (located across the street from the ocean). The Surf Café features some healthy options (poke bowls, sandwiches, organic smoothies) plus coffee and Savannah, Georgia’s famous Leopold’s ice-cream. The Surf also serves breakfast.
The Down Under, located under Amelia Island’s Shave Bridge (96106 Wades Place), phone 904-310-6211. Enjoy dockside dining and/or drinks inside or out (large riverfront deck with Tiki bar). With floating docks for mariners, read previous article about restaurant’s reopening, see photos.
Fine Dining at Resorts
Salt At The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island — The hotel’s restaurant has been awarded AAA Five Diamonds in multiple years. Enjoy a rare fine dining experience at Salt, (valet parking, jackets suggested, reservations recommended). Or visit the 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.
Bob’s Steak and Chop House. Phone: 904-432-2201. Located within the Omni Resort property at the Spa & Shops (off First Coast Highway).
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.