• Get those taste buds ready for a new experience! Jacksonville’s dining scene is an eclectic hybrid of inspired casual elegance and classic southern comfort, infused with the flavors of the coast and a dash of international flair.
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    Flavor Of The Coast

    Get those taste buds ready for a new experience! Jacksonville’s dining scene is an eclectic hybrid of inspired casual elegance and classic southern comfort, infused with the flavors of the coast and a dash of international flair.

  • Don't worry about counting calories in Jacksonville. we have restaurants that do it for you.
    Pictured: Seasons 52 Artichoke and Goat Cheese Flatbread

    Taste seasonally-inspired dining choices.

    Don't worry about counting calories in Jacksonville. we have restaurants that do it for you.

  • The Elbow is a collection of bars, venues, restaurants and shops radiating from the corner of Ocean and Bay Street, in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville.
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    The Elbow

    The Elbow is a collection of bars, venues, restaurants and shops radiating from the corner of Ocean and Bay Street, in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville.

  • Open for weekend brunch, week-day lunch and dinner nightly, Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails is a visitor's way to "taste local" in the Southside area.
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    We make the choice easy, eat LOCAL.

    Open for weekend brunch, week-day lunch and dinner nightly, Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails is a visitor's way to "taste local" in the Southside area.

  • Enjoy a Sunday brunch while taking in the beautiful views of Jacksonville waterways.
    Pictured: Nippers Beach Grille

    Waterfront views await you.

    Enjoy a Sunday brunch while taking in the beautiful views of Jacksonville waterways.


Restaurants

Dining options in Northeast Florida range from upscale bistros to down-home fish camps, all infused with warm Southern charm.

Get those taste buds ready for a new delicious experience in the “River City by the Sea.” No other Florida city has more unique flavors than Jacksonville, a melting pot of cultures and tastes, with a thriving culinary culture pioneered by local chefs that have been nationally and internationally trained. Jacksonville’s food scene is an eclectic hybrid of inspired casual elegance and classic southern comfort, infused with the flavors of the coast and a dash of international flair. Life is short, eat well in Jax!

Whatever your craving might be, you will find the perfect restaurant for you in Jacksonville. From elegant bistros, to popular chains, fish camps and everything in between, Jacksonville is a destination for food lovers with great taste. In Jacksonville, the term “locally sourced,” and even “farm to bar,” is more than just hype. Local restaurateurs are committed to sustainable practices using local seasonal ingredients whenever possible to create delicious menus that showcase the best of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. If you enjoy a liquid meal then the Jax Ale Trail is something you need to explore. Jacksonville is home to eight craft breweries and counting, pick-up your craft brewery passport today!


Take a Bite out of Jax!

What to eat at the Beaches & Mayport:

Seafood of course! Jacksonville’s own Mayport Shrimp is the culinary staple of the region. Enjoy it and other local fresh seafood at unique and delicious spots like North Beach Fish Camp, Marker 32, Azurea at One Ocean, Nippers Beach Grille, and the The Fish Company Restaurant and Oyster Bar.

What to eat at the Southside & Mandarin:

Don’t be fooled, despite the ample presence of nationally known restaurant chains, the Southside also managers to have its own unique flavor with options like MShack at the Town Center, Moxie + Kitchen and Cocktails, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, III Forks, Ovinte, and Taverna Yamas to name a few. For a real Southern Food experience in Jacksonville visit The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro, you won’t regret it! 

What to eat in Riverside & Avondale:

Welcome to foodies mecca! These historic neighborhoods are putting Jacksonville’s culinary scene on the national map. While visiting be sure to indulge in some of the city’s best restaurants located in the eclectic FivePoints District, on King Street, and in the Shops of Avondale. Don’t miss O’Brothers Irish Pub and The Mossfire Grill.

What to eat in San Marco:

The San Marco Dining District includes some of Jacksonville’s most popular restaurants including TAVERNA, Bistro AIX and Matthew’s Restaurant.  Enjoy a progressive dinner or visit each restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience in one of Jacksonville’s most beautiful neighborhoods.

What to eat in Downtown:

The city’s core has over 50 restaurants to choose from, anything from food trucks, to casual eateries, to upscale bistros with eclectic menus. While visiting Downtown be sure to enjoy a great meal at Juliette’s BistroFionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, Olio, River City Brewing Company or the Chart House. Discover what's hot Downtown, download the app today.


#OnlyinJax Fun Facts:

  • There are 19 Chefs from Jacksonville on America’s Best Chefs List.
  • The Jax Food Truckies are on fire! There are 90+ Licensed Food Trucks in Jacksonville.
  • There are 99 ethnic restaurants in Jacksonville.
  • Jacksonville has 30 restaurants offering vegan dishes on their menus.
  • There are 22 restaurants with gluten-free menus in Jacksonville.
  • Jacksonville has 19 locally sourced restaurants. They are all locally owned.


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Jacksonville boasts more than one nightlife hub; visitors can bar hop in the cool ocean…

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Jacksonville boasts more than one nightlife hub; visitors can bar hop in the cool ocean breezes or discover new favorites in Downtown Jacksonville nightlife. Local breweries and world-class entertainment offer additional options. Sundown in Jacksonville sheds light on entertainment options as diverse as the local landscape.

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The 26 Best Drinks in Jacksonville

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The 26 Best Drinks in Jacksonville

After a long day there is nothing more satisfying than sitting down at a local #OnlyinJax bar and sipping on a signature, hand-crafted cocktail. Find 26 of the best drinks in Jacksonville...or should we say "Cocktailville"!

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Music of Florida & the St. Johns River with Al Poindexter – March 30

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It’s Florida folklore set to music! Learn about some interesting sunshine state legends, the St. Johns River, colorful characters and backwater places as Al Poindexter, winner of the 2014 St. Johns Riverkeeper Song Contest, performs on his National ste

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    Music of Florida & the St. Johns River with Al Poindexter – March 30

    It’s Florida folklore set to music! Learn about some interesting sunshine state legends, the St. Johns River, colorful characters and backwater places as Al Poindexter,…

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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    UNF ArtSapce Dark Matters Exhibit

    Come to Southlight Gallery to see the UNF Photo Club student;s interpretation of Dark Matters!

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    Edward Waters Baseball vs Albany State University

    Game 1 - 1:00 pm Game 2 - 4:00 pm For more information, please visit: www.ewc.edu/index.php/athletics

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    Trinity Baptist College Baseball vs Georgia Southwestern State University

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    UF vs FSU Baseball

    Tickets for the annual Florida-Florida State baseball game at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville are now on sale at ticketmaster.com The hottest in-state baseball…

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    Music of Florida & the St. Johns River with Al Poindexter – March 31

    It’s Florida folklore set to music! Learn about some interesting sunshine state legends, the St. Johns River, colorful characters and backwater places as Al Poindexter,…

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    It’s Florida folklore set to music! Learn about some interesting sunshine state legends, the St. Johns River, colorful characters and backwater places as Al Poindexter,…

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    TRIVIA 8pm

    You may be smarter than a 5th grader but how are you at trivia? Join us at Fionn's every Tuesday at 8pm for TRIVIA and a pint!

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    First Wednesday Art Walk - eARTh Day

    Celebrate Mother's Nature's best work of art - planet Earth! - this month with eco-friendly art and vendors. Naturally, you'll love the info and activities from The St.…

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  • The Time Is Now…Fall in Jax!

    October 06, 2014 12:17 pm EDT

    Summer months have come and gone, but the fun has just begun.

  • 488,000 Yards of Greens, 1,200 Holes, 70 courses…Come Sink a Hole-In-One in JAX.

    September 23, 2014 12:36 pm EDT

    From easy to hard, historic to championship, beach to river – Northeast Florida offers more than 1,200 holes of golf on 70 public and private courses, pristine course conditions, affordable rates, great fall deals and comfortable weather all year.

  • Weekend Getaway on a Budget

    August 31, 2014 1:14 pm EDT

    Music, art, fun, food, beer, sports, adventure, and fun await you in Jacksonville on any given day, and the best part? We guarantee it won’t break your bank!

  • Get Hooked in Jax!

    August 19, 2014 12:47 pm EDT

    Some people might call them fish shacks, holes in the wall, dives- but here in Jax we call them Fish Camps!

  • Jacksonville is Florida’s Family Vacation Destination

    July 16, 2014 1:39 pm EDT

    Florida is an ideal vacation destination for families around the country, and Jacksonville, in the northeast corner of the state, is the perfect spot to try a whole new Florida family vacation. Visitors will find the “River City by the Sea” to be a little more relaxed and a lot more affordable with just as many places to play and reconnect.

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  • Don’t Miss Jacksonville’s Spring Line-Up of Festivals

    March 27, 2015 1:22 pm EDT

    Whether you’re looking for a family friendly spring-break destination, or the ideal spot for a quick fun getaway, Jacksonville has the perfect mix of Florida Flair, Southern Hospitality, and exciting festivals to put a spring in your step this new season!

  • I RUN this city

    March 10, 2015 1:22 pm EDT

    Running. You either love it or you hate it, but sometimes you hate a little less and get the inspiration you need from a city and its running paths.

  • Top 5 Romantic Things to do In Jacksonville

    February 06, 2015 7:01 pm EST

    Every day can be Valentine's Day, create your perfect romantic getaway to Jacksonville, the “River City by the Sea.” Whether you’re looking for romantic strolls on the beach, candlelit dinners, or an eco-adventure for two, couples can craft a picture-perfect time together in Jax!

  • Five Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Jax

    October 20, 2014 10:17 am EDT

    Unless you’re an expert on our fine city (and who knows? You might be, it is pretty awesome here) here are some things you probably didn’t know about Jacksonville, Florida.

  • 6 Tips when planning your kid-friendly vacation

    August 08, 2014 1:10 pm EDT

    Planning a getaway with your fam? Be sure you are prepared prior to departure!

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  • Think pink!

    July 30, 2014 5:02 pm EDT

    When you think of a pink bird, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For most people, it would be a flamingo. The flamingo is a very beautiful (and very pink) bird, but it is not a local species to say the least. Lucky for us, we have our own species of pink bird wading in our North Florida waters!

  • Fort Clinch Offers ‘Step into the Past,’ Great Eco-Adventure

    May 29, 2014 4:56 pm EDT

    “What a strange looking bird!” exclaimed the bearded man as we looked up at the helicopter flying overhead. It was a beautiful day in July and we were standing outside. I was wearing a sundress that came down to my knees and he was decked out in a woolen long-sleeved uniform. In JULY… In Florida. This was right after he called me a “jezebel,” no less.


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