Jacksonville Food Spots (Pt. I)

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Jacksonville Food Spots (Pt. I)

Food scene
This local coffee spot has some of the best coffee in Jacksonville. From teas, coffees, and kombucha to pastries, sandwiches, and bread, everything is locally made. Not to mention, the baristas are regulars, so they’re usually super friendly. Also has dairy alternatives and gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options. Bold Bean has three locations in Jacksonville (Jacksonville Beach, San Marco, and Riverside— no difference in quality). This particular location is beachside and across the street from a ton of other local favorites as well as right down the street from a large neighborhood park.
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Bold Bean
2400 3rd Street South
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This local coffee spot has some of the best coffee in Jacksonville. From teas, coffees, and kombucha to pastries, sandwiches, and bread, everything is locally made. Not to mention, the baristas are regulars, so they’re usually super friendly. Also has dairy alternatives and gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options. Bold Bean has three locations in Jacksonville (Jacksonville Beach, San Marco, and Riverside— no difference in quality). This particular location is beachside and across the street from a ton of other local favorites as well as right down the street from a large neighborhood park.
Chill coffee spot if you’re downtown.
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Social Grounds Coffee Company
1712 Main St N
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Chill coffee spot if you’re downtown.
Another trendy beachside cafe (down the street from Bold Bean at the beach).
Sago Coffee
318 7th Avenue North
Another trendy beachside cafe (down the street from Bold Bean at the beach).
Excellent date night spot; a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.
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Restaurant Orsay
3630 Park Street
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Excellent date night spot; a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.
Beachside rooftop dining experience; modernized southern cooking.
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Coop 303
303 Atlantic Blvd
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Beachside rooftop dining experience; modernized southern cooking.
Intimate dockside dining; definitely recommend valet parking because parking is very limited. Reserve ahead of time.
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Marker 32
14549 Beach Boulevard
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Intimate dockside dining; definitely recommend valet parking because parking is very limited. Reserve ahead of time.
Similar to Safe Harbor (in Mayport area), if not identical. Local catch— oysters, fish, gator tail, shrimp, etc. Casual spot; always a line, but worth it because the line moves fast.
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Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant Jax Beach
2510 2nd Ave N
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Similar to Safe Harbor (in Mayport area), if not identical. Local catch— oysters, fish, gator tail, shrimp, etc. Casual spot; always a line, but worth it because the line moves fast.
If you’re a meat-lover and love Brazilian steakhouses— you’ll love this. It’s right around where you’re staying too! If you haven’t been to a Brazilian steakhouse before, well... Consider yourself a fan now. Other nearby options: Texas de Brazil (right next door) or Terra Gaucha (on Southside; 7 min. away). Any of these are really nice options. FDC is on the pricier end of these options and offers the buffet.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
4784 Town Center Pkwy
If you’re a meat-lover and love Brazilian steakhouses— you’ll love this. It’s right around where you’re staying too! If you haven’t been to a Brazilian steakhouse before, well... Consider yourself a fan now. Other nearby options: Texas de Brazil (right next door) or Terra Gaucha (on Southside; 7 min. away). Any of these are really nice options. FDC is on the pricier end of these options and offers the buffet.
Intimate dining; great for family dinners. Seasonal menus, so your options are always fresh. Right next to Nordstrom at Town Center.
Seasons 52
5096 Big Island Drive
Intimate dining; great for family dinners. Seasonal menus, so your options are always fresh. Right next to Nordstrom at Town Center.
The title is pretty self explanatory: Cigars, Wines, and Martini Bar.
Aromas Cigar, Wine, & Martini Bar
4372 Southside Blvd
The title is pretty self explanatory: Cigars, Wines, and Martini Bar.
Definitely go to this location instead of the beach one for many reasons— the food is better quality, the venue is cleaner, and the rooftop bar is really great. Amazing cocktails. Watch out for the stairs to the rooftop— very steep! Also it’s on Park, so there is a lot to do there as well as many bars and restaurants to try. It’s supposed to be German food, but I’ll add a real German place next on this guidebook for your curiosity.
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Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House
1037 Park St
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Definitely go to this location instead of the beach one for many reasons— the food is better quality, the venue is cleaner, and the rooftop bar is really great. Amazing cocktails. Watch out for the stairs to the rooftop— very steep! Also it’s on Park, so there is a lot to do there as well as many bars and restaurants to try. It’s supposed to be German food, but I’ll add a real German place next on this guidebook for your curiosity.
Real German food. Vegan options. If you want lighter food, then avoid. If you want a good cheat meal, then this is it!
German Schnitzel Haus
13475 Atlantic Blvd
Real German food. Vegan options. If you want lighter food, then avoid. If you want a good cheat meal, then this is it!
If you like lobster rolls, then this is the place for you! There’s also Cousins Maine Lobster, but... That’s not a local joint. Same thing, really, except the lobster rolls here are heartier.
Jax Fish Fry
8380 Baymeadows Road
If you like lobster rolls, then this is the place for you! There’s also Cousins Maine Lobster, but... That’s not a local joint. Same thing, really, except the lobster rolls here are heartier.
Four locations in Jacksonville, but this one is right next to the Town Center. Nice brunch spot, and last I checked— bottomless mimosas. Call ahead to reserve, or wait an hour to get in.
Another Broken Egg Cafe
4828 W Deer Lake Dr
Four locations in Jacksonville, but this one is right next to the Town Center. Nice brunch spot, and last I checked— bottomless mimosas. Call ahead to reserve, or wait an hour to get in.
Five locations in Jacksonville— always packed. A preferred brunch spot.
First Watch
544 Marsh Landing Parkway
Five locations in Jacksonville— always packed. A preferred brunch spot.
CASH ONLY. It’s out of the way, but if you want fresh and local donuts— this is it. The blueberry and strawberry donuts... To die for.
Donut Shoppe
1535 University Boulevard North
CASH ONLY. It’s out of the way, but if you want fresh and local donuts— this is it. The blueberry and strawberry donuts... To die for.
Arguably the best burgers in Jacksonville.
Carolina Jax
2548 Oak Street
Arguably the best burgers in Jacksonville.
Beautiful view and great food; intimate dining experience.
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River & Post
1000 Riverside Ave
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Beautiful view and great food; intimate dining experience.
Martini bar with amazing beachfront view. Great rooftop bar view; however, don’t recommend wearing heels (or at least wear flat shoes for safety) for the climb up top to the bar because of the steep steel grill stair steps.
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Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant
691 1st Street North
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Martini bar with amazing beachfront view. Great rooftop bar view; however, don’t recommend wearing heels (or at least wear flat shoes for safety) for the climb up top to the bar because of the steep steel grill stair steps.
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Eleven South
216 11th Avenue South
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Super pricey; only go if you’re absolutely dying to try it.
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Roy's Restaurant
2400 3rd Street South
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Super pricey; only go if you’re absolutely dying to try it.
AUTHENTIC Indian Food; absolutely amazing.
Maa Kitchen
AUTHENTIC Indian Food; absolutely amazing.
Another really great local Indian food joint, but at the beach.
JaxSpice
311 3rd St N
Another really great local Indian food joint, but at the beach.
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Dwight's Mediterranean Style
1527 Penman Road
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Great coffee, and deliciously healthy food.
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Southern Grounds & Co.
200 1st St
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Great coffee, and deliciously healthy food.
Southern Kitchen & Bar
831 1st St N
Great seafood with a great waterfront view— dockside.
Mavi Waterfront Bar & Grill
2309 Beach Boulevard
Great seafood with a great waterfront view— dockside.
Expensive but delicious.
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Azurea
1 Ocean Blvd
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Expensive but delicious.
Great sushi place; amazing staff.
SUSHI HOUSE 2 at town center
10261 River Marsh Drive
Great sushi place; amazing staff.
In the Avondale area, a few minutes away from Five Points, Riverside, and Old Kings Rd. They offer a vegan menu as well as a traditional sushi menu— both menus are amazing. Also, if you like a sweeter wine, try the plum wine because it’s delicious.
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Sushiko Japanese Restaurant
3620 St Johns Ave
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In the Avondale area, a few minutes away from Five Points, Riverside, and Old Kings Rd. They offer a vegan menu as well as a traditional sushi menu— both menus are amazing. Also, if you like a sweeter wine, try the plum wine because it’s delicious.
A couple locations in Jacksonville, but this one is the best.
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Bonefish Grill
2400 3rd Street South
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A couple locations in Jacksonville, but this one is the best.
American food.
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Brix Taphouse
300 2nd Street North
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American food.
Locally sourced kombucha, beer, poke bowls, smoothies, pitaya (dragon fruit) and açaí bowls— literally across the street from Roy’s and Bold Bean Jacksonville Beach.
Fla Juice & Bowl
2403 3rd St S
Locally sourced kombucha, beer, poke bowls, smoothies, pitaya (dragon fruit) and açaí bowls— literally across the street from Roy’s and Bold Bean Jacksonville Beach.
Super fun and super delicious.
Tequila's Town Mexican Restaurant Jacksonville, FL
13475 Atlantic Boulevard
Super fun and super delicious.
Locally and family-owned and staffed. Their burgers have won awards, and if you try them, you’ll see why. They offer bison patties (definitely worth the up-charge), salmon, chicken, as well as vegetarian options. Burgers, fries, onion rings, milkshakes, brownies, and homemade dipping sauces.
Epik Burger
12740 Atlantic Blvd
Locally and family-owned and staffed. Their burgers have won awards, and if you try them, you’ll see why. They offer bison patties (definitely worth the up-charge), salmon, chicken, as well as vegetarian options. Burgers, fries, onion rings, milkshakes, brownies, and homemade dipping sauces.
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The Capital Grille
5197 Big Island Drive
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J. Alexander's Jacksonville
10296 Bistro Dr
Next to Adventure Landing right next to the bridge. Chill local taco spot; really fun and lively environment.
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TacoLu
1712 Beach Blvd
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Next to Adventure Landing right next to the bridge. Chill local taco spot; really fun and lively environment.
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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
4850 Big Island Drive
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bb's restaurant and bar
1019 Hendricks Avenue
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French cuisine, similar to Restaurant Orsay.
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Bistro Aix
1440 San Marco Boulevard
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French cuisine, similar to Restaurant Orsay.
Great cocktails
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Town Hall Restaurant Jacksonville
2012 San Marco Boulevard
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Great cocktails
All I have to say is: $$$$$$$
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Matthew's Restaurant
2107 Hendricks Avenue
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All I have to say is: $$$$$$$
Right down the street from your stay, past Minibar Donuts. Fairly new joint.
Midtown Table
5016 Gate Parkway
Right down the street from your stay, past Minibar Donuts. Fairly new joint.
Bazille
4835 Town Crossing Dr
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Black Sheep Restaurant
1534 Oak Street
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Vegan and vegetarian options. Healthy.
True Food Kitchen
5205 Big Island Drive
Vegan and vegetarian options. Healthy.
Nice lunch spot but always busy because it’s a hot spot for everyone’s lunch break as it’s located next to large banks and law firms in downtown.
Bellwether
100 N Laura St
Nice lunch spot but always busy because it’s a hot spot for everyone’s lunch break as it’s located next to large banks and law firms in downtown.
Olio Restaurant
301 East Bay Street
Great cocktails and very savory but light food.
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Taverna
1986 San Marco Boulevard
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Great cocktails and very savory but light food.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
4826 Town Center Parkway