Jacksonville is a foodie town. Maybe it's the Southern influence or the fresh seafood from the river and the ocean. Maybe it's the cultural melting pot of nearby St. Augustine, the country's oldest European city. But whatever the case, Jacksonville offers locals and tourists a dynamic dining scene with a plethora of locally owned eateries and breweries. From Five Points to San Marco Square and from downtown to the St. Johns Town Center and the beach, here are a few of our favorite spots for a memorable meal (or beer) in Jacksonville.
Located in one of the most popular neighborhoods in Jacksonville, Five Points, this chic Southern gastopub sets the bar for food and cocktails. Start with the housemade Rock & Rye, a tasty combination of bourbon and rock candy. The Mayport shrimp and grits are incredible along with the bar food, like the Old Bay potato chips.
Chef Matthew Medure runs several popular eateries in town, but his namesake in San Marco Square is especially notable. Medure blends Middle Eastern, Asian, Mediterranean flavors with Southern fare. A AAA Four Diamond winner.
After a day of shopping at the St. Johns Town Center, head over for signature cocktails, local draft beer and creative cuisine from James Beard Award nominee Chef Tom Gray. Menu favorites include the deviled farm eggs and crispy chicken livers, Dr. Pepper-glazed beef short ribs and chicken and waffles.
This popular neighborhood eatery recently received a nod from the James Beard Foundation. Expect a Southern take on French cuisine in a simple but elegant atmosphere where a raw Gulf oysters co-exist on the menu with escargot and Boeuf Bourguignon.
This has become an institution in the popular San Marco Square neighborhood, located on the other side of the St. Johns River from downtown. Start with a great glass of wine and house-made potato chips with warm blue cheese, followed by some fresh fish from the coast.
This is definitely not your grandpa's corner diner. Here you'll find locally roasted coffee and freshly made biscuits, stuffed with fried chicken and pepper jelly or pulled pork and slaw.
The atmosphere at this beach hot spot is colorful and lively, and the chefs turn out great cuisine to match. Choose from freshly made tacos, homemade guacamole and hearty salads for lunch or dinner.
The outside doesn't look like much at this King Street spot, but trust us when we say this is the place for beer lovers. Try the flagship People’s Pale Ale or the Jon Boat Coastal Ale or cool off with a local Hyppo Ice Pop made with beer.