Omni Jacksonville Hotel, 245 Water St., Downtown (355-6664) Offering casual dining in an upscale environment. Serving fresh seafood and hand-cut Buckhead beef. Open air atrium. Lengthy wine list. Tapas menu is ideal for theater patrons. Upscale. B, L, D, FB, CB, RA, VP, TO, WA, $$$, All.
2030 Wells Rd., Orange Park (272-5959) A true Orange Park landmark, the Hilltop serves classic American fare like prime rib, stuffed grouper and shrimp and scallops New Orleans. Seven banquet rooms and a piano bar. D, FB, CB, RA, BR, TO, LE, WA, $$, ALL.
10281 Midtown Pkwy., Suite 119, St. Johns Town Center (642-7111) Hip wine boutique and eatery serving lamb chops, steak sandwiches, brie quesadillas and chocolate fondue. L, D, wine only, RA, O, TO, LE, WA, $$, ALL.
Four locations: 992 Beach Blvd. (249-3001; europeanstcafe.com); 5500 Beach Blvd. (398-1717); 2753 Park St. (384-9999); 1704 San Marco Blvd. (398-9500) With more than 100 salads and deli sandwiches and another hundred beers to choose from, the home of the monster German wiener caters to worker bees on lunch break and neighborhood denizens at “beer-thirty.” Casual. […]
1500 Beach Blvd., #217, Jacksonville Beach (249-BEER; engine15.com) The main attractions at Engine 15? Beer, specifically 29 on draught and more than 100 in all offered. The menu is straightforward pub eats including chips and queso, chili nachos, pigs in blankets, tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons and more. L, D, B/W, O, TO, LE, […]
216 11th Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach (241-1112) Upscale eatery earns high marks for its extensive wine list, mesquite wood grill and outdoor patio. Seafood martini, lobster “mac and cheese,” miso-glazed Chilean sea bass and mesquite grilled certified angus beef tenderloin highlight the menu. L, D, FB, CB, RA, RS, O, BR, VP, TO, LE, WA, $$$$, […]
319 23rd Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach (270-0356); 5613 San Jose Blvd., Lakewood (737-2874); 3 St. George St., St. Augustine (824-6993) Famed for its enormous orders of cheddar cheese fries, Cruisers is a casual and family-friendly burger and sandwich joint that also serves Tex-Mex favorites like quesadillas and tacos. L, D, B/W, O, TO, WA, $, […]
117 W. Adams St., Downtown (355-3793) Downtown hotspot serves an innovative menu featuring twists on favorites like mac and cheese gratin, apple and goat cheese salad, fried green tomato BLT and full service Lavazza espresso. Loose leaf tea selection. L, D, B/W, TO, WA, $$, All.
333 N. Laura St., Downtown (366-6911, x231) Inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, this chic eatery serves food that rivals its artwork, with dishes like spicy salmon soba, coconut and curry chicken, grilled asparagus and blueberry salad with goat cheese and toasted Georgia pecans. Wine tastings every Thursday. Upscale. L, D, RA, TO, X, […]
3585 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (387-0606) Food might be the main attraction (regulars swear by the grilled salmon salad, Kobe beef burger and prime rib), but it’s not the only thing that draws guests into The Brick. Outdoor seating, live music (usually of the groovy, jazzy variety) and a happening bar also make it an Avondale […]