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Best Restaurants in Jacksonville, FL The Master List

6 June 2014 by

One of the best parts about living in Jacksonville, FL is the variety of food. From casual comfortable settings to fine dining, our list of the best restaurants in Jacksonville has it all.

The Best Restaurants in Jacksonville

*This list is an accumulation of suggestions from many military spouses from our Facebook page.

A. The Beaches Area

Jacksonville (Jax Beach) Area

  • Mojo's BBQ (Jax Beach) Mojo BBQ as a Southern Blues Kitchen, focusing on offering unbelievable food in a laid back, down home, one of a kind atmosphere.
  • Casa Marina - (Jax Beach)(hotel with great deck bar) Tapas Restaurant
  • Mellow Mushroom (Jax Beach) great pizza place, casual
  • Roy's (Jax Beach) chain restaurant, pacific fusion cuisine, great food
  • Taco Lu (Jax Beach) Mexican - If you are looking for the biggest and best selection of Tequilas and Fish Tacos in Jacksonville Beach, you've come to the right place. If you're looking for the same old, worn-out ground beef tacos with piles of mashed up beans and sour cream
  • Eleven South (Jax Beach) elegant dining
  • Metro Diner  (Jax Beach)  Breakfast and lunch spot - In 2010, we were visited by Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. We trust that you too will enjoy our selections of delicious diner dishes.
  • Salt Life Food Shop(Jax Beach) Casual seafood
  • M Shack  (Jax Beach) Casual, great burgers and shakes.
  • Marker 32 (off beach Blvd west of Intracoastal Waterway) Fine dining. Voted the best restaurant in 2013.

Atlantic/Neptune Beach Area

  • Ocean 60  (Between Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach) Chef owned, delicious and has small jazz trio. The cuisine is eclectic yet familiar featuring a Continental twist with an Island inspiration. Established in 2001, Ocean 60 provides a relaxed, elegant experience with a upscale casual ambiance.
  • Ragtime Tavern (Between Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach ) the mussels are my favorite and they brew their own beer. Ragtime serves a variety of cuisines, including Cajun, fresh seafood, chicken and pasta, and uses only the freshest ingredients.
  • Mezza - (Between Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach ) - A neighborhood restaurant offering dinner six nights a week in three different spaces: our bar and lounge where we have a musical happy hour three nights a week and where children can make their own pizzas at our wood fired oven in the early part of the evening; our covered patio where guests can sit outdoors protected from the elements; our main dining room for those who like their evening meal to be a little bit more formal.
  • One Ocean Bar (Between Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach) expensive, but high end boutique food. Located on the beach, Azurea remains true to its local surroundings, providing an elegant, artfully inspired atmosphere, where a view of the ocean is accessible from any seat in the house. Azurea showcases the area's culinary movement with an eclectic tribute to the flavors of Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. The menu changes with each season, representing the latest trends and finest ingredients.
  • Billy's Boat House Grill on the Intracoastal Waterway on Beach Blvd, great brunch
  • Royal Palms (Between Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach) - a wine and tapas bar. Passion for food, wine & beer. Supporting our local independent businesses w/ a vision of sustainable agriculture.   We are proud to feature herbs, fruits, vegetables & edible flowers from our organic garden. What we don't grow ourselves we focus on sourcing locally from Alvarez Farms, Twinn Bridges & Safe Harbor Seafood.
  • Sliders (Neptune Beach) Sliders offers a delicious fresh and creative blend of cuisines at affordable prices, where customers can share a meal with old friends and neighbors. Slider's Floridian style lunch & dinners and casual coastal atmosphere combine to nourish and nurture like no other restaurant at the beach.
  • Al's Pizza (Atlantic beach) - Al's Pizza makes fresh dough daily - often twice daily- from scratch. Produce is delivered 6 days a week to ensure only the freshest ingredients possible. Al's only uses one hundred percent whole milk mozzarella grated daily on site and nothing but fresh toppings, as Al knows there is no substitute for quality.
  • North Beach Fish Camp (Atlantic/Neptune Beach) Located on 1st Street, North Beach Fish Camp is Palm Valley's sister restaurant, mirroring a creative menu, spectacular view, and inviting atmosphere. This venue's interior offers a contemporary, beach casual feel. Blue Crab Cakes with Caper Aioli and Steamed Gulf Coast Oysters

Ponte Vedra Beach Area

  • Restaurant Medure Elegant setting, delicious seafood
  • Lulus Waterfront out of the way, hole in the wall, great seafood
  • Barbara Jeans Family run restaurant. They specialize in both seafood and made-from-scratch, home-style cooking. Love their crab cakes
  • Al's Pizza - Al's Pizza makes fresh dough daily - often twice daily- from scratch. Produce is delivered 6 days a week to ensure only the freshest ingredients possible. Al's only uses one hundred percent whole milk mozzarella grated daily on site and nothing but fresh toppings, as Al knows there is no substitute for quality.
  • Palm Valley Fish Camp - Located on the Intracoastal, Palm Valley Fish it's a restaurant with a neighborhood feel, the freshest seafood, amazing views, and old favorite entrees with creative, new twists. Oysters and southern seafood.

B. St Augustine Area

  • Cap's on the Water - Cap's is widely recognized for its incredible location and views. In fact, Cap's has been voted "Best Outdoor Dining" on numerous occasions. Oysters and great seafood
  • Mojo's BBQ - Mojo BBQ as a Southern Blues Kitchen, focusing on offering unbelievable food in a laid back, down home, one of a kind atmosphere.
  • Al's Pizza - Al's Pizza makes fresh dough daily - often twice daily- from scratch. Produce is delivered 6 days a week to ensure only the freshest ingredients possible. Al's only uses one hundred percent whole milk mozzarella grated daily on site and nothing but fresh toppings, as Al knows there is no substitute for quality.
  • San Sebatian Winery, (St. Augustine Beach) - The Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz & Blues Bar is located on the rooftop of the Winery building and is a best kept secret with locals.
  • Cellar 6  (St. Augustine Beach)  Wine, food, and entertainment
  • Collage (St Augustine) Pricey but amazing. When dining at Collage, be prepared for a first-class, award-winning experience. The menu is fresh local seafood, steaks, lamb and veal, using international flavor profiles.
  • La Nopalera Mexican serving great tasting authentic Mexican cuisine since 1991. Locations in Orange Park, Fleming Island, Mandarin, St Augustine, Oakleaf, Jax Beach

C. Downtown Jacksonville

D. Riverside/Avondale Area

  • Orsay - Orsay strives to provide a warm, genuine dining experience without pretense in a bustling, fun atmosphere with smiling, attentive service.
  • Biscotti - Offering casual comfort, innovative cuisine (try the fabulous Sunday brunch), and with a personality all its own, the Avondale eatery has expanded to accommodate its citywide clientele.
  • Black Sheep - Focus is on fresh, local ingredients, hand-crafted food, and gracious service. We offer a full bar, signature cocktails, craft beers and an excellent wine list.
  • Pele Wood Fire- Pele's is a modern Italian-American restaurant. The cuisine travels from the shores of Kauai, Hawaii to New Jersey from an Italian’s perspective.
  • Brick Restaurant Creative cuisine, live music, casual fun. Great American food.
  • Blue Fish Fine seafood
  • 13 gypsies- Make their own bread. Simple peasant food.
  • Casbah Hookah lounge. Jacksonville's most frequented stop for friends, conversation, and a wide selection of traditional and herbal shisha. Nestled in the heart of Avondale, the Casbah provides a comfortable setting for meeting with friends and neighbors while sharing in rich Mediterranean traditions.

E. San Marco Area

  • Bistro Aix (San Marco) Named after the French town in Aix-en-Provence, Bistro AIX, is a high-energy bistro with a stylish, big-city setting. We look forward to welcoming you.
  • San Marco Deli (San Marco) Deli sandwiches, salads, and burgers
  • The Grotto (san marco) Tapas and a great wine bar.
  • Al's Pizza (riverside) - Al's Pizza makes fresh dough daily - often twice daily- from scratch. Produce is delivered 6 days a week to ensure only the freshest ingredients possible. Al's only uses one hundred percent whole milk mozzarella grated daily on site and nothing but fresh toppings, as Al knows there is no substitute for quality.
  • BBs- On the Southbank (San Marco area) - BB's restaurant and bar offers a mix of American continental cuisine with international influences including great salads, seafood, pizzas and sandwiches as well as daily specials of fresh caught fish, steaks, chops and pasta.

F. Southside

G. Baymeadows/Phillips HWY

  • Mellow Mushroom (Jax Beach) great pizza place, casual
  • Al's Pizza - Al's Pizza makes fresh dough daily - often twice daily- from scratch. Produce is delivered 6 days a week to ensure only the freshest ingredients possible. Al's only uses one hundred percent whole milk mozzarella grated daily on site and nothing but fresh toppings, as Al knows there is no substitute for quality.
  • 4 Rivers Smokehouse (on Baymeadows) New BBQ, really yummy, closed on Sunday.
  • Stonewood Grill (Baymeadows)small chain, but their food is really good, the lamb is great

H. St. Johns Town Center Area

  • Seasons 52 every entree is fresh, under 500 calories, so yum . Known for its seasonally inspired menu and fresh approach to dining notable menu selections include: Steak and Cremini Mushroom Flatbread, Cedar Plank Salmon, Caramelized Sea Scallops and Maui Tuna Crunch Salad. Menus change four times a year with weekly specials that truly capture the flavors of each season. Nothing on the menu is more than 475 calories, from its signature flatbreads and appetizers, to all entrees and its popular Mini Indulgence desserts.
  • Blackfinn - Blackfinn Ameripub was born to be a whole new generation of the classic American pub, a lively restaurant and bar that offers the affordable, craveable American food our guests want to eat. Guests are served by our great people in a high-energy atmosphere, alongside an extensive list of craft beers and signature cocktails.
  • Cantina Laredo Cantina Laredo offers a menu that evokes the sophisticated gourmet tastes of Mexico City. From the first day Cantina Laredo opened in 1984, guests have enthusiastically embraced our concept. Combining the traditional with modern flairs, the menu is unique and includes grilled fish, chicken and steaks complimented by signature sauces such as chipotle-wine with portabella mushrooms or sauteed artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers.
  • * Ovinte Tappas and Wine - European style dinner of tapas & small plates. Enjoy our large lounge area with velvet couches, dine al fresco under the cedar beam trellis or challenge your friends to a game of Bocce.
  • Moxie Chicken and Waffles and a cool place to grab a drink

Fast and Casual Restaurants at St. Johns Town Center Area

  • The Loop  Pizza, Burgers, and Salads, Each location is different. Located throughout Jacksonville. This location brings in the artistic community with good food.
  • M Shack Casual, great burgers and shakes.
  • Bento Japanese fusion/Sushi
  • Zoe's  Mediteranean Kitchen
  • Crispers Salads, Soups, and sandwiches

I. Mandarin Area

  • Clark's Fish Camp (Mandarin) Try the fried shrimp and gator.
  • Picasso's  (Mandarin) Everything is handmade. Try the toasted ravioli and pizza.
  • Al's Pizza (Mandarin) - Al's Pizza makes fresh dough daily - often twice daily- from scratch. Produce is delivered 6 days a week to ensure only the freshest ingredients possible. Al's only uses one hundred percent whole milk mozzarella grated daily on site and nothing but fresh toppings, as Al knows there is no substitute for quality.
  • La Nopalera (Mandarin) Serving great tasting authentic Mexican cuisine since 1991.
  • Tree Steak House (San Jose BLVD)

J. Orange Park Area

  • Sam's St. Johns Seafood - 1464 Park Ave Orange Park, Florida 32073 - Our family oriented restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy fine seafood.

Best Restaurants in Jacksonville

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Cameron A.

Cameron A.

Cameron is the founder of MilitaryTownAdvisor.com. She realized after a tough PCS there needed to be a place where military families can leave insider information for other military families. That's when she created the site: a place for military families to leave reviews for their neighborhoods, areas of town, and schools. Tweet her @MilTownAdvisor

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