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Tapestry Cafe

9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Southside (396-0528) Boar’s Head sandwiches, paninis and breakfast offerings draw diners throughout the day and piping hot espresso drinks and smoothies keep the comfy seats filled. Free WiFi, too. L, D, SB, B/W, TO, $, AX, V, MC.

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Suite

St. Johns Town Center (241-7697; suitejacksonville.com) Suite fuses American, Italian and Asian flavors into small dishes like shrimp and crab ceviche, black cod miso and lamb lollipops. Sophisticated cocktails are the new restaurant and nightclub’s specialty; try a nitrogen-infused N-Tini or a gult-free  libation from The Slimlist. VIP areas can be reserved for those seeking a more […]

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Speckled Hen Tavern & Grille

9475 Philips Hwy., Southside (538-0811; speckledhentavern.com). This Southern gastropub features classic fare prepared with a twist. The menu changes seasonally, but look for items like pecan-crusted seared scallops, king crab mac n’ cheese and shrimp and grits. Live music on Friday nights. L, D, B/W, TO, WA, $$, ALL.

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Secret Garden Cafe

10095-600 Beach Blvd., Southside (645-0859; secretgardencafe.net) The newly refurbished interior of the Secret Garden Cafe fills fast for breakfast, especially the Sunday brunch. Lunch specials include the open-faced Monte Cristo sandwich, fried green tomatoes and Alabama meatloaf. Dinner is served on Friday and Saturday nights. B,L, D, SB, TO, B/W, $$, ALL.

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River City Brewing Company

835 Museum Cir., Southbank (398-2299; rivercitybrew.com) It wouldn’t matter if RCBC served salisbury steak, TV dinners and stale corn chips: Folks would still flock to the riverfront restaurant for the view alone. Fortunately, the menu, which includes jambalaya and jumbo roasted Mayport shrimp, is pretty good, too. L, D, SB, FB, CB, RA, RS, O, […]

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Restaurant Medure

818 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach (543-3797) Chic and sleek interior design pairs with creative menu offerings such as whole fried red snapper, upscale meatloaf, Ahi tuna tartare, beer-battered flounder and wild mushroom crepes.  D, FB, CB, RA, BR, WA, $$, ALL.

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The Reef

4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, St. Augustine (824-8008) Casual oceanside dining serving shrimp egg rolls, crab cakes, herbed tuna, Louisiana smoked pork chops and daily specials. Also noteworthy, every table has an ocean view. L, D, SB, FB, CB, RA, O, BR, TO, LE, WA, $$, ALL.

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PLAE

80 Amelia Village Cir., Amelia Island (277-2132) This “adult contemporary” restaurant caters to People who like to Laugh And Eat (P-L-A-E, get it?). Customer favorites include grilled shrimp with mustard vinaigrette, pistachio-encrusted lamb loin and tuna tartare with avocado wasabi. Upscale. D, FB, CB, RA, O, BR, LE, WA, $$$, AX, MC, V.

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Philly's Finest

1527 Third St. N., Jacksonville Beach (241-7188) A little slice of the City of Brotherly Love right here in the River City. Serving all sorts of tasty pub eats like hot wings, cheese fries, onion rings and nine varieties of cheese steak sandwiches. The ice bar is a really “cool” feature. L, D, FB, CB, […]

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O.C. White's Seafood & Spirits

118 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine (824-0808). Dine upstairs, on the balcony or in the tropical courtyard of a building dating back to 1790. Maryland crab cakes, coconut shrimp, grouper and bruschetta round out an extensive menu. The restaurant’s White Room is suitable for receptions and other special events. L, D, SB, FB, CB, RA, O, […]

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