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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3951 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (384-6665). An upscale interior matches the creative menu featuring fresh rice-paper salad rolls, pad Thai, calamari nam tok salad, and whole red snapper with Ruan’s three-flavor sauce. L, D, FB, CB, RA, O, TO, BR, VP, WA, $, ALL.
1004 Hendricks Ave., San Marco (674-0190); 8358 Point Meadows Dr., Baymeadows (379-3446). Basil specializes in sushi filled with creative and tasty ingredients like spicy mayonnaise, crab and green snap peas. If you prefer a full-sized entrée, try the Chilean sea bass served with a green curry sauce and vegetables. L, D, B/W, RA, TO, X, […]
1510 Riverplace Blvd., Southbank (399-3933). Serving broiled sea scallops wrapped in bacon, apricot chutney, jumbo lump crab cake, USDA prime aged beef, live Maine lobster and Morton’s legendary hot chocolate cake. Private board room dining available and an extensive wine list. D, FB, CB, RA, RS, BR, VP, TO, WA, $$, AX, M, V.
4000 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (388-4884; espetosteakhouse.com). Fourteen different cuts of meat are fire-grilled and carved tableside in the traditional churrasco style. Large salad bar and housemade desserts. Open 5-9 PM Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday; 5-10 PM Friday and Saturday. Closed Mondays. Fixed price. Upscale. D, FB, CB, RA, O, BR, LE, WA, $$, […]
St. Johns Town Center (997-9233; thecapitalgrille.com). Upscale steakhouse dressed in crisp linens and serving Kona crusted dry aged sirloin with carmelized shallot butter, porcini-rubbed Delmonico with eight-year aged balsamic. Private dining room and chef’s table available. L, D, FB, CB, O, RA, BR, VP, TO, WA, $$, ALL.
9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Southside (928-9277; iiiforks.com). Sleek and swanky steakhouse serving USDA prime beef and succulent seafood along with extensive wine list. Private rooms and outdoor seating available. D, FB, CB, O, RA, BR, VP, TO, WA, $$, ALL.
2032 County Rd. 220, Orange Park (269-4198). Open for more than 40 years, Whitey’s is a local dining institution. Regulars visit for a chance to sit on the huge waterside deck, gawk at the menagerie of stuffed critters on display and partake in steamed snow crab legs, boiled shrimp, fried grouper and sautéed crab cakes. […]
218 First St., Neptune Beach (246-0881). The chalkboard menu is a neighborhood landmark. Regulars come for the fresh shucked oysters, seafood gumbo, grilled mahi and Key lime pie. L, D, FB, O, TO, $$, ALL.
St. Johns Town Center (645-3474; mitchellsfishmarket.com). Upscale but casual restaurant near JTB features a menu 80 dishes long highlighted by items such as Little Neck clam chowder, broiled sea scallops and lemon pepper grilled chicken. L, D, FB, CB, BR, TO, WA, $$, ALL.