• 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.
    Photo Credit: Miguel Emmanuelli , Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

    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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The Florida Surfing Association proudly announces the 7th Annual Super Grom Surf Fest Series coming to Jacksonville Beach on May 30, June 27 and July 25, 2015.

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    25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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    The River Speaks: Literature Inspired by the St. Johns River

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    Fletcher All-Class Block Party

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    FinFest 2015: Return to the River

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    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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  • Greetings from Riverside’s Historic B&B

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    If the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville had a greeting card, the Riverdale Inn would be on the cover

  • Holiday Festivals Surrounded by History

    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.

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    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.

  • Pioneers of Aviation – The Blue Angels Are Still Flying High

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    The Blue Angels, the most spectacular annual air show, happens right here in Jacksonville! The Naval Air Station in Jacksonville (NAS Jax) has the distinction of being the “Birthplace of the Blue Angels”.

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    August 13, 2014 11:05 am EDT

    “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.

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  • Project Atrium at MOCA Jacksonville

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    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.”

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    Catalogue Helps Visitors Get Behind ‘Get Real’

    October 22, 2014 12:32 pm EDT

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    The Art of the Brain

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