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Dwight's Bistro

1527 Penman Rd., Jacksonville Beach (241-4496; dwightsbistro.com). Petite Mediterranean-style bistro, chef-owned and operated for over 10 years, serving fresh ravioli and pasta, “world famous” crab cakes, grilled quail, filet mignon, veal and lamb. D, B/W, RS, $$, AX, MC, V.

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Brett’s Waterway Café

Fernandina Harbor Marina at the foot of Centre St., Fernandina Beach (261-2660). Serving an eclectic mix of Southern regional cusine with an emphasis on local seafood and aged beef. Wine Spectator award-winner for four years. Seasonal outdoor seating. Casual. L, D, FB, CB, RA, O, BR, TP, LE, WA, $$, ALL.

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Bistro Aix & Lounge

1440 San Marco Blvd., San Marco (398-1949; bistrox.com). San Marco’s Bistro Aix (pronounced “X,” FYI) is stylish, yet unpretentious, in both décor and menu. The Mediterranean and French-inspired fare includes grilled lamb T-bone and oak-fired fish “Aixoise.” If you can find a seat at the glowing martini bar, you won’t even mind a wait for […]

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Orsay

3630 Park St., Avondale (381-0909; restaurantorsay.com). Bistro serves a variety of French favorites including croque madame, steak tartare, mussels frites, coq au vin and house-made patés. Upscale. D, SB, FB, RS, TO, WA, $$, ALL.

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Alhambra Dinner Theatre

12000 Beach Blvd., Southside (641-1212; alhambrajax.com). The Alhambra is the nation’s oldest professional dinner theater featuring five Broadway-style shows each year and a menu prepared by executive chef Matthew Medure. L, D, SB, FB, CB, RS, BR, WC, $$, ALL.

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Beech Street Grill

801 Beech St., Fernandina Beach (277-3662). Located in a restored 19th century home in historic Fernandina Beach, this fine dining establishment caters to guests seeking comfort in their cuisine with entrées like grilled tenderloin of beef with apple-smoked bacon and sautéed lobster and crab Savannah over linguine. Upscale. D, FB, RA, RS, BR, TO, LM, […]

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29 South

29 South 3rd St., Fernandina Beach (277-7919). A chic neighborhood bistro that features an eclectic menu and extensive wine list. Signature items include lobster corndogs and sweet tea brined pork chop. Casual. L, D, SB, B/W, RS, O, TO, WA, $$, ALL.

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bb's

1019 Hendricks Ave. , San Marco (904-306-0100). Serving upscale comfort food, including prosciutto-wrapped pork chops or mushroom triangoli ravioli (specials change daily) with to-die-for desserts. Casual. L, D, BW, TO, WA, $, ALL.

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Biscotti's

3556 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (387-2060; biscottis.net). This Avondale institution specializes in innovative updates on old favorites like meatloaf served with apricot marinara sauce and duck confit pizza (dinner specials change daily). Casual. B, L, D, SB, B/W, O, TO, WA, $, ALL.

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