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What to Eat in Jacksonville

Foodie-ism is on the up-and-up in Jacksonville: The city welcomes new restaurants on a regular basis and the food truck phenomenon has taken over (Cartels Kitchen Seafood & More, Khloe's Kitchen and Holy Smoke Barbeque are a few favorites). Of course, there's no shortage of fresh seafood here: Try some of the region's signature Mayport shrimp at Safe Harbor Seafood Market & Restaurant in the Jacksonville Beach area. You can also sink your teeth into fresh fish served Southern-style at one of the region's "fish camps" – these rustic restaurants specialize in regional seafood and offer laid-back dining experiences. One of the most popular fish camps in the area is Clark's Fish Camp, a former bait and tackle shop that now serves a variety of fish dishes in a lodge setting that showcases the art of taxidermy. You'll find Clark's at the mouth of Julington Creek in Southside, about 15 miles south of downtown Jacksonville. 

If you tire of seafood dishes, sample some of the city's soul food restaurants. Austin's Soul Food, Shut Em Down Authentic Southern Restaurant and Soul Food Bistro are a few local favorites serving traditional fried chicken, collard greens and corn bread.

You'll also have plenty of venues to choose from when looking for a more upscale dining experience. Ponte Vedra Beach is home to such popular fine dining establishments as Aqua Grill and J.J.'s Bistro. And Matthew's – just south of downtown Jacksonville – earns praise for its constantly changing menu and unique ingredients. Meanwhile, Atlantic Beach adds some funk to its flavors at places like The Fish Company the Ragtime Tavern, both of which feature live music. For a splurge-worthy meal with a side of fantastic views, make a reservation at Azurea, which is housed at the One Ocean Resort & Spa

If you're a fan of craft beer, you'll also want to devote an afternoon or two to explore the Jax Ale Trail. More than a dozen breweries are featured on the ale trail, which encourages visitors to earn stamps on the corresponding passport to score prizes, such as a koozie or a T-shirt. Some of the breweries highlighted along the Jax Ale Trail include Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewery and Aardwolf Brewing Company, among others. If you'd rather let someone else do the driving, consider signing up for the Jax Brew Bus, which makes stops at three local breweries over the course of the 4 1/2-hour tour.

Find the Best Restaurants in Jacksonville

  • #1
    The French Pantry
    #1 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1149 reviewsTripadvisor (1149)
    $ - $$ | French, American
    6301 Powers Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32217-2217
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  • #2
    Moon River Pizza
    #2 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 296 reviewsTripadvisor (296)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    1176 Edgewood Ave S Ste 2, Jacksonville, FL 32205-0814
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  • #3
    Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
    #3 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 591 reviewsTripadvisor (591)
    $$ | Brazilian, South American, Steakhouse
    4483 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216-5402
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  • #4
    Southern Charm
    #4 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 272 reviewsTripadvisor (272)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, American, Seafood
    3566 Saint Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-5571
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  • #5
    Restaurant Orsay
    #5 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 973 reviewsTripadvisor (973)
    $$ | French, American, European
    3630 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32205-8336
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  • #6
    Biscottis
    #6 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 415 reviewsTripadvisor (415)
    $ - $$ | American, International
    3556 Saint Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205-8446
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  • #7
    Metro Diner
    #7 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1905 reviewsTripadvisor (1905)
    $ - $$ | Diner, International, Contemporary
    3302 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207-5302
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  • #8
    The Bearded Pig BBQ
    #8 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 397 reviewsTripadvisor (397)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue
    1224 Kings Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8627
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  • #9
    Maple Street Biscuit Company- San Marco
    #9 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1189 reviewsTripadvisor (1189)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    2004 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-3214
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  • #10
    Green Papaya Thai Cuisine
    #10 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 421 reviewsTripadvisor (421)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai, Fusion
    13141 City Station Dr #d149, Jacksonville, FL 32218-7235
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  • #11
    Ruth's Chris Steak House
    #11 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 936 reviewsTripadvisor (936)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    1201 Riverplace Boulevard Crown Plaza Hotel, Jacksonville, FL 32207-9009
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  • #12
    BB's Restaurant + Bar
    #12 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 739 reviewsTripadvisor (739)
    $ - $$ | American, International
    1019 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8307
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  • #13
    Hawkers Asian Street Food
    #13 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 375 reviewsTripadvisor (375)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian, Korean, Malaysian
    1001 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204-3907
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  • #14
    The Capital Grille
    #14 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 362 reviewsTripadvisor (362)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    5197 Big Island Dr St. Johns Towne Center, Jacksonville, FL 32246-7482
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  • #15
    Marker 32
    #15 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 461 reviewsTripadvisor (461)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    14549 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32250-2301
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  • #16
    Carmines Pie House
    #16 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 257 reviewsTripadvisor (257)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Bar, Pizza
    2677 Forbes St, Jacksonville, FL 32204-4224
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  • #17
    Ted’s Montana Grill
    #17 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 257 reviewsTripadvisor (257)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    10281 Midtown Pkwy Ste 221 St Johns Town Center, Jacksonville, FL 32246-7445
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  • #18
    Seasons 52
    #18 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 592 reviewsTripadvisor (592)
    $ - $$ | American
    5096 Big Island Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246-7403
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  • #19
    Julington Creek Fish Camp
    #19 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 527 reviewsTripadvisor (527)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Soups
    12760 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223-2661
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  • #20
    Taverna
    #20 of 2,104 Places to Eat in Jacksonville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 406 reviewsTripadvisor (406)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1986 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-3212
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