St. Johns Town Center (645-3474; mitchellsfishmarket.com). Upscale but casual restaurant near JTB features a menu 80 dishes long highlighted by items such as Little Neck clam chowder, broiled sea scallops and lemon pepper grilled chicken. L, D, FB, CB, BR, TO, WA, $$, ALL.
1501 Riverplace Blvd., Southbank (398-3353; chart-house.com). The exterior of the waterfront restaurant is probably the most unusual in town. Inside is a dramatic, dimly-lit, dinner-only restaurant best known for its seafood, prime rib, salad bar and Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Upscale. D, FB, *, RA, RS, BR, X, $$, ALL.
1986 San Marco Blvd. (398-3005). San Marco Square’s upscale dining option features a casual interior and a menu that draws inspiration from Spain and the Mediterranean. Tapas items, salads, meats and pizzas made in a wood-burning oven are top sellers. L, D, SB, O, RA, TO, WA, $, ALL.
25 Cuna St., St. Augustine (810-2400, tastetapas.com). Innovation and seasonal variety are the hallmarks of this chef-owned restaurant, serving grilled hanger steak, baby lamb chops, and seafood paella. Tapas menu. Courtyard dining and a private room for intimate gatherings. Live music nightly. L, D, B/W, RA, RS, O, LE, WA, $$, ALL.
3551 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (387-0700, bluefishjax.com). Replaced Sterlings in Avondale. The interior and menu were updated—lots of blue (fitting, of course), serving oysters, steaks and chops. Extensive wine list. L, D, SB, O, BR, *, FB, RA, TO, =, X, $$, ALL.
619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach (285-0202). Relaxing oceanfront restaurant specializes in seafood spiced with Caribbean, Cajun and Southern flavors. Offering fried green tomatoes, seafood gumbo, coconut shrimp and blackened snapper. L, D, SB, O, BR, VP, FB, TO, RA, $, ALL
333 1st St. N., Jacksonville Beach (242-9499; maccoolsjax.com). Really more of a restaurant than a typical pub, the two-story establishment serves a variety of upscale entrées including steaks, paella and seafood stew. The Guinness and beef stew is loaded with chunks of meat, carrots, celery, onions and potatoes simmered in an aromatic broth. The bangers […]
1521 Margaret St., Riverside (854-9300). O’Brothers offers a true “pub” atmosphere. The menu includes Irish staples like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips as well as treats like Guinness mac and cheese and lamb burger. Outdoor seating and full bar service. L, D, FB, CB, O, TO, LE, WA, $, ALL.
3628 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (981-9966; thecasbahcafe.com). Diners seeking a Middle Eastern experience will find it at this Avondale restaurant and lounge. In addition to a menu of traditional fare such as baba ghannoush and fried kibbie, guests can enjoy aromatic tobacco in the hookah lounge, as well as live belly dancing Thursday through Saturday […]
1183 Beach Blvd. (249-8226). Offering a blend of Baja-style cuisine, this casual Beaches sit-down eatery offers a new twist on the traditional taco. But, what really sets it apart from the pack is its selection of over 50 tequilas. L, D, SB, FB, CB, O, TO, WA, $, ALL.