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 Bistro, Fionn 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.
Blogs by Captain Dave Sipler
April 21, 2015 11:44 am EDT
I hear it all the time. "We're coming to Jacksonville, staying at the beach, at a nice hotel with a fancy swimming pool, because the kids are out of school and wondered what else can we do with our kids?"
August 05, 2014 1:58 pm EDT
July was, and August will be too..... Teeth Month, aboard Capt Dave's Jettywolf. From Barracuda's to Sharks, it's all about "Sport Fishing" for the BIG ONES!
July 10, 2014 3:31 pm EDT
Hello Anglers! Summer has been here for quit a while in N.E. Florida. Most of you don't really care what month the calendar says. As a fisherman, I call it summer when the Spanish Mackerel show up at the inlet. And that happened back in May!
May 29, 2014 5:01 pm EDT
Hello Folks, Captain Dave Sipler here.....I'm going to tell you all about Jacksonville's fishing opportunities every month for the next six months.
Blogs by Denise M. Reagan
July 06, 2015 12:00 pm EDT
A terrarium is an apt metaphor for what’s happening in Hemming Park.
June 24, 2015 9:55 am EDT
Sometimes art wants to be set free. That’s the idea behind the worldwide Outings project, initiated by French visual artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca.
June 15, 2015 10:32 am EDT
Visit MOCA Jacksonville for a self-curated exhibition “Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape”.
June 01, 2015 9:55 am EDT
When you think about what’s happening under a bridge, storybook scenes of trolls might come to mind—or perhaps more sobering visions of seedier activity.
December 12, 2014 4:18 pm EST
Angela Strassheim creates images that are more like paintings than photographs. “I don’t take pictures. I make photographs,” Strassheim said. “Everything in a photograph is there because I decided it would be there.”
Blogs by First Coast Magazine
March 30, 2015 1:49 pm EDT
Take a leisurely stroll down St. Johns Avenue in Avondale, and you’re bound to find yourself peeking through the plate glass of Biscottis.
March 16, 2015 3:00 pm EDT
While growing up in Chicago, Chef DeJuan Roy knew what he wanted to do with his life. He spent his teens working in the kitchens of various restaurants, and joined the Army as a cook.
March 12, 2015 2:22 pm EDT
Local speakeasy features old-school spirits and sounds.
January 22, 2015 10:05 am EST
Scott Meyer operates the nation’s smallest rice farm. It’s the only one in Jacksonville. And he’s fairly certain it’s the only one in Florida.
July 21, 2014 9:32 pm EDT
Almost 100 years ago in a community rich with potato farming tradition, but light on technology, Danny Johns’ great-grandfather pioneered the first horseless farm in Hastings.
Blogs by Becky
July 05, 2015 1:44 pm EDT
Apex predators, misunderstood sea creatures, oversized fish – the shark gets called a lot of things these days, but one thing is for sure, people are fascinated by them.
June 28, 2015 10:32 am EDT
Fireworks, fishing, festivals and fun abound this July in Jacksonville.
June 04, 2015 2:53 pm EDT
June in Jax is action packed. With the heartpumping speeds of powerboats zipping along the mighty St. Johns at the P1 Jacksonville Grand Prix and the aerial acrobatics performed by daring skateboarders in honor of Go Skate Day, there’s plenty of excitement to go around.
May 01, 2015 8:43 am EDT
There are plenty of reasons to visit Jacksonville in May. The weather is warm, the ocean is inviting, the flowers are in bloom, and the farm-to-table restaurants are getting ready to change their seasonal menus from Spring to Summer.
April 08, 2015 5:21 pm EDT
It’s no secret we love beer here in Jacksonville. With eight local breweries all part of the Jax Ale Trail, Jacksonville is one of Florida’s best spots to grab a pint (or two).
Blogs by Gary Sass
June 25, 2015 2:57 pm EDT
This year’s Downtown Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display is on the actual anniversary, Saturday July 4, 2015.
June 16, 2015 11:49 am EDT
Walk into Downtown Jacksonville’s Merrill House and step back in time to the year 1903
April 09, 2015 3:47 pm EDT
If the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville had a greeting card, the Riverdale Inn would be on the cover
December 01, 2014 11:47 am EST
The local historical societies celebrate the holidays and offer fun activities. It is also a chance to buy unique gifts for history buffs.
November 05, 2014 3:12 pm EST
We call it the “First Coast”, home of the first European settlements and a region steeped in history.