PLACES TO EAT IN DOWNTOWN JACKSONVILLE
River City Brewing Company, Jacksonville
If you are visiting Jacksonville then you need to experience The River City Brewing Company restaurant, located on the riverfront. The main dining room seats 325 people and boats impressive views of St. John’s River and the skyline of downtown Jacksonville. The menu is fantastic, offering a number of delicious options including fresh seafood, tender steaks, innovative pasta dishes and the chef’s daily specials.
The restaurant is extremely popular, so you are advised to make a reservation to make sure you secure a table. The River City Brewing Company serves delicious lunches and dinners. Enjoy live entertainment whilst you eat and take in the views. There is a fantastic prix fixe menu priced at just $25, which we would certainly recommend.
Address: 835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Main Dining Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday: Lunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 4pm-9.30pm
Friday: Lunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 4pm-10pm
Saturday: Lunch 11.30am-3pm, Dinner 4pm-10pm
Sunday: Brunch 10.30am-2.30pm
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Jacksonville
Located near St John’s River enjoy a fantastic steakhouse experience. The restaurants signature 500o plates and award-winning wine lists offer the perfect setting whatever the occasion. Make sure to try the signature cocktails before tucking into a tender steak or seafood tower. You will be sure to experience a memorable dining experience and will be sure to leave fully satisfied.
Address: 1201 Riverplace Boulevard, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Monday to Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday to Saturday 5pm-10.30pm
RESTAURANTS IN RIVERSIDE/AVONDALE, JACKSONVILLE
Biscottis Restaurant Jacksonville
Biscottis was established in 1993 by Karin Tucker and Barbara Bredehoeft. It started as a 37 seater coffee house and was a great success. The coffee house is now a fully-fledged restaurant seating 100 in a beautiful brick and wood interior building. Happy Hour runs Monday to Friday from 4pm to 6.30pm, the perfect time to try the Biscottis cocktails.
The cuisine is exceptional and if you pay Biscottis a visit then you certainly need to try the Sunday brunch! If you have a sweet tooth then you will love the selection of decadent cakes, delicious pies, truly tempting tarts and the restaurants signature biscotti. Every sweet treat is made in the onsite bakery meaning it will be as fresh as can be.
Address: 3556 Street, Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Monday to Friday: Lunch 10.30am-3pm. Dinner Specials 5pm-10pm
Saturday & Sunday: Brunch 8am-3pm, Dinner Specials 5pm-10pm
Black Sheep Restaurant, Jacksonville
Enjoy a modern, proud American restaurant in the historic Five Points district of Jacksonville’s Riverside neighbourhood. The restaurant focuses on using local, fresh ingredients to create homemade food with a strong focus on delivering excellent customer service.
Make the most of the bar before sitting down at your table, with a great selection of cocktails, craft beers and wines. There is also a fabulous rooftop bar and lounge, which offers brilliant views of Riverside, Downtown and the St. John’s River. If you cannot make it to the restaurant you can order a boxed lunch option and your meal will be delivered to you, wherever you are in Jacksonville.
Address: 1534 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Monday to Thursday: 10.30am-10pm
Saturday: Brunch 9.30am-3pm, Limited Menu 3pm-5pm, Dinner, 5pm-11pm
Sunday: Brunch 9.30am-3pm, Limited Menu 3pm-5pm, Dinner, 5pm-10pm
European Street Café
The European Street Café has four different premises in Jacksonville, so you will probably see them as you make your way around the area and you should definitely visit at least one of them to enjoy lunch or dinner.
The menu has over a hundred items, so there is certainly plenty of choice to find what you fancy. There are even a delicious selection of vegetarian and vegan options too.The sandwich menu is an absolute must try with timely favourites such as the Red Baron and Classic Reuben, as well as newer additions like the Italian Turkey Hero and White Russian.
If you enjoy beer then you will love the European Street Café. After a morning or afternoon spent exploring Jacksonville, take a break with a refreshing beer and make the most of the restaurants rotating beer taps and great selection of bottled beers.
The customer service is exceptional and you will be amazed at how the staff make a really effort to remember your name if you visit more than once during your stay in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Beach, 991 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32250
Riverside, 2753 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205
San Marco, 1704 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 322207
Beach Boulevard (near the University Boulevard South), 5500 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Monday to Sunday: 10am-10pm
The Cummer Museum and Gardens Café
The Gardens Café is situated in the grounds of the Cummer Museum, which is certainly one of Jacksonville’s great treasures. The lunch menu offers the perfect extension to the Museum experience. After walking around the museum and the beautiful garden, enjoy light lunch options, quick bites and delicious locally roasted coffee. Tuck into delicious sandwiches, refreshing salads and homemade soups.
Alternatively, why not try out Tapas Tuesdays, when the café serves delicious Spanish food from 5pm to 7.30pm.
Address: 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Wednesday to Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: Noon to 3pm
SAN MARCO RESTAURANTS, JACKSONVILLE
Bistro AIX, Jacksonville
The food at Bistro AIX is inspired by the South of France serves delicious French and Mediterranean style cuisine. The rustic restaurant is located in the heart of the historic San Marco District and provides a welcoming environment. The wood fire oven and an open chefs’ kitchen allow you to watch your food being made in front of your eyes and adds to an energetic dining experience.
Connected to the main dining room is Bar X, where live music will be playing, offering the perfect place to enjoy a drink and relax.
Address: 1440 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FR 32207
Monday to Thursday: Lunch 11am-4pm, Dinner 4pm-10pm
Friday: Lunch 11am-4pm, Dinner 5pm-11pm
Saturday: Dinner 5pm-11pm
Sunday: Dinner 5pm-9pm
Green Erth Bistro, Jacksonville
The Green Erth Bistro is a fantastic neighbourhood restaurant promising a relaxed dining experience coupled with outstanding service. Enjoy beautifully presented, reasonably priced, Middle Eastern specialities from the menu including sandwiches, wraps, kabobs and flatbread pizzas. There are also a number of delicious vegan and vegetarian options.
Enjoy lunch or dinner, and choose from a great selection of drinks including draft beer and house wine. There is even organic beer and wine available, which is certainly a must try!
Address: 1520 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Monday: Lunch 11am-2.30pm
Tuesday to Thursday: Lunch 11am-2.30pm, Dinner 5.30pm-9pm
Friday: Lunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm
The Metro Diner, Jacksonville Beach
If you are in the United States of America then you definitely need to experience a proper American diner, serving delicious comfort food. The diner has been satisfying guests for over 25 years with fantastic lunch and dinner options. The Metro Diner has been expanding with additional locations popping up around Florida, which is a testament to the service and quality of food.
The Breakfast Menu is very popular and is served all day. There is a great selection of breakfast options, including fry ups, omelettes and waffles. The Bissell Breakfast is certainly a worthy favourite and is served with two eggs, bacon, toast, hashbrowns and a stack of pancakes. You can then choose from a great selection of freshly ground coffee, tea or fresh juices.
The lunch and dinner menu provides a great range of salads, sandwiches and soups, or treat yourself to one of the delicious Metro favourites, including Chicken Pot Pie and the Meatloaf Plate.
Address: 1534 3rd Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Monday to Thursday: 6.30am-8pm
Friday & Saturday: 6.30am-8.30pm
The Wine Cellar, Jacksonville
The Wine Cellar is a well-established and well-respected restaurant, having opened in 1974. Experience fine dining in an ambient, quiet restaurant environment. You can choose to eat outside in the brick paved garden or make the most of the indoor dining rooms.
The restaurant certainly could not be called The Wine Cellar without offering an exceptional wine list. Choose from a fine selection of wines, to perfectly compliment your meal.
Address: 1314 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Lunch: Monday to Friday, 11am-2.15pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 5pm-10.30pm
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