• 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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Nightlife

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

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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Jacksonville Landing Market

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The Jacksonville Landing Friday Market takes place every Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Market area on the first floor of The Jacksonville Landing. The Friday Market features beautiful displays of art, jewelry, unique gifts and more.

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    $5 Fridays at MOSH

    $5 Fridays at MOSH

    Every Friday, come to MOSH to enjoy $5 admission and extended hours.

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  • Friday, March 27, 2015
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    Edward Waters Softball vs USC Beaufort

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

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    UNF Baseball vs Florida Gulf Coast

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    JU Baseball vs Missouri State

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  • Friday, March 27, 2015
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    Project Atrium: Angela Glajcar Members’ Reception at MOCA Jacksonville

    Be first to view Project Atrium: Angela Glajcar and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, music, and mingling with the artist. Stick around to see a discussion between Glajcar…

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  • Friday, March 27, 2015
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    Tango Buenos Aires

    The legendary dance phenomenon Tango Buenos Aires returns from the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a passionate performance of Tango.

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    TANGO BUENOS AIRES FRIDAY

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    Grand Opening of Xclusive Xcessive Ladies Night @ Taste!

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    December 01, 2014 11:47 am EST

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    “On location in Jacksonville”, has been part of movie production history for over one hundred years. From the silent movie era to today’s modern films, it is entertaining to watch scenes with Jacksonville in the background.

  • Lifesaving Landmark at the Beach

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  • 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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    October 22, 2014 12:32 pm EDT

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  • The Art of the Brain

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    February 03, 2015 9:25 am EST

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  • Explore Our Forts of the First Coast

    January 15, 2015 11:58 am EST

    Are you looking for places you can take your kids that you don’t need to constantly say “no, no…don’t do that, don’t climb on that, don’t go over there, don’t touch that… don’t, don’t, don’t…”? Would you rather say… “What’s under there? Can you you climb this? What does that feel like? Can you guess what that does?”

  • Mom’s Guide to Jacksonville’s Kid-Friendly Hiking Trails

    November 18, 2014 8:55 am EST

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    There is always something exciting to see and do in Jacksonville and the holidays are no exception!


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