Top 10 Amelia Island Restaurant Recommendations

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Community, Dining | 12 comments

Amelia Island restaurant

I have qualified myself as an Amelia Island restaurant connoisseur based on my love for food and dining at the island’s local eateries for the last seven years.  Outside of our restaurants on the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island offers an amazing selection of restaurants featuring speciality, homemade dishes, local seafood, outdoor dining, and spectacular service. Whether you’re looking for a romantic meal paired with a fine wine by Roberto at España or a casual sandwich and cold beer on the garden patio at Café Karibo, there’s something for everyone on this barrier island.  Below is a list of my top ten Amelia Island restaurant recommendations but a more extensive list of Amelia Island dining can be found here. Bon appétit!

1. España Restaurant & Tapas
Specializing in traditional flavors from Spain & Portugal with enticing tapas, seafood and wine list.
22 S 4th St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 261-7700
* Try the goat cheese salad, Gambas Mozambique (Shrimp Mozambique style) tapas, Mero a Costa Brava (Spicy Grouper) entree or the Paella Marinera (Seafood Paella).

2. Café Karibo
An eclectic menu in a friendly, relaxed setting with garden patio and Cafe Karibrew home brew.
27 N 3rd St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 277-5269
* Try the spicy Thai noodles, pig and apple sandwich or the turkey meatloaf.

3. Bar  Zin
Quaint neighborhood American bistro and wine bar.
4924 First Coast Hwy, Fernandina Beach • (904) 310-6620
* Try the local shrimp salad roll and frites with truffle oil and Parmesan cheese

4. 29 South Eats
Chic bistro with casual farm to table cuisine using fresh ingredients sourced from local fisherman, farms and on-site garden.
29 S 3rd St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 277-7919
* Try Sunday brunch or the lobster corn dog starter, fried Chicken with honey and cracked pepper or the coffee doughnuts for dessert.

5. Kelley’s Courtyard Café
Family friendly café offering homemade soups, salads and sandwiches in a warm and welcoming courtyard.
19 S 3rd St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 432-8213
* Try the seafood enchiladas or fried oysters.

6. T-Rays Burger Station
A local favorite for breakfast and lunch in an old Exxon gas station.
202 S 8th St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 261-6310
* Try the T-Ray burger or yummy breakfast menu.

7. Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Mexican-style food in a friendly and fun atmosphere with full bar and open-air courtyard.
12 N 2nd St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 261-0049
* Try the organic margarita and fresh guacamole.

8. Fancy Sushi
Fresh sushi and hibachi grill menu with friendly service.
1478 Sadler Rd, Fernandina Beach • (904) 261-9855
* Try the lucky dragon eel or volcano roll .

9. Moon River Pizza
Amazing hand tossed pizza and specialty salads in an urban atmosphere.
925 S 14th St Fernandina Beach • (904) 321-3400
* Try the Greek salad, white pizza or a custom calzone.

10. LuLu’s at the Thompson House
Fresh, fine seafood dishes using local shrimp and fish with attention to detail.
11 S 7th St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 432-8394
* Try the steamed clams or shrimp and grits.

Honorable Mentions:
Tasty’s Burgers & Fries - Homemade hamburgers and specialty fries

Arte Pizza - Wood fired pizza and Italian food

Happy Tomato Café - Casual BBQ and sandwiches in outdoor courtyard

Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro - “Like being invited to the home of a fine chef”

Le Clos - French delicious Provençal dishes

Timoti’s Fry Shak - Fried local and wild caught seafood in casual, outdoor setting

Gourmet Gourmet - Neighborhood style gourmet shop, bakery and deli

12 comments on “Top 10 Amelia Island Restaurant Recommendations

  1. TASTEY’S… 5 Star’s, For thier Hamburger’s and French Fried’s

  2. Elaine Mathis on said:

    What about The Loop and Jade Bistro? They are two great restaurants.

  3. Katy Nardi on said:

    You forgot Amelia Island Coffee- friendliest atmosphere on the island and very good light lunch. The Island’s best kept secret is Genoras- best bread around and veal dishes as well.

  4. Patti on said:

    what about Marche Burette Deli? we love that for lunch!

    • Amy Lacroix on said:

      Of course we love Marche Burette Deli, I’m a fan of their quiche! This was a list of dining suggestions off the Omni Amelia Island Plantation property.

  5. Pat Henderson on said:

    Arte Pizza is the best pizza on the island. They also serve wonderful Italian dishes. We’ve lived on the island for 10 years and have eaten at Arte’s more than any other restaurant.

  6. Michael Fitzpatrick on said:

    We are just in, for two wks. Love your recommendations. Any suggestions for good, innovative breakfasts? Thanks.

    • Amy Lacroix on said:

      Hi Michael! If you’re staying on the property at Amelia Island Plantation I suggest Marche Burette or the Marsh View Bar & Grill. Both have great menus and you can dine al fresco. Other great breakfast spots on the island I suggest are Carolyns, Trays and Bright Mornings and for Sunday brunch try 29 South, Salty Pelican, and Bar Zin. Enjoy your stay on Amelia!

  7. August on said:

    Looking for an updated list of the best restaurants in Amelia Island. Great food and great atmosphere! Looking for good spots for a group of women in our mid-30s. Thanks!

    • Chris Boek on said:

      Hi August. There are a great selection of restaurants all throughout the island, but it really depends on what you’re in the mood for. There are over nine outlets on Amelia Island Plantation alone, so if you are staying at the resort, I’d recommend the Verandah for traditional seafood or Oceanside bar and grill for Floribbean cuisine and fantastic views. Some additional restaurants on the south end of Amelia Island include Bar Zin and Gourmet, Gourmet, and Amelia Island Sushi. If you’re planning on heading to the historical downtown district, there’s 29 South (southern fare), Le Clos (french cuisine), the Salty Pelican (outdoor deck, great sunsets, good vibe), LuLu’s (seafood), Cafe Karibou (cafe soups, salads, and sandwiches), Kelly’s Courtyard (eclectic fare, great patio seating), Pablo’s (Mexican), Hola (Cuban sandwhiches) Tasties (Burgers), etc. There are many more and most of the restaurants are chef-owned. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me at cboek@omnihotels.com. Cheers and good luck!

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