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.
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