Our island’s local restaurants offer a wide range of menus that will suit any palate. Most of the leading restaurant’s owners are also the chefs, ensuring that every meal is served as the owner intended. Amelia Island restaurants are quite small and they do tend to fill up quickly, even during the slower months.
If you wish to eat at a specific restaurant at a specific time then advanced reservations are recommended. You can contact the Amelia Island restaurants directly or just let your innkeepers know your preferences and they will look after the reservations for you as part of their concierge service.
The list below contains some of our favorite, recommended restaurants in the Historic Downtown of Fernandina Beach. The first four restaurants in the list are favorites of our guests for those special occasions. Other Amelia Island restaurants on the list are perfect for lighter meals or more casual dinners.
Recommended Amelia Island Restaurants
España Restaurant and Tapas
Old World Spanish and Portuguese cuisine
www.EspanaDowntown.com | 904-261-7700
España is located within the charming historic district of Fernandina Beach, just a few blocks from the Addison and the shopping, art galleries, lively historic taverns, and much more that the Historic District has to offer. Roberto and Marina, owners and chef, have over 20 years of restaurant experience. Their paellas are prepared in traditional imported paella pans from Spain. They take great pride in their recipes, taking their travels to Spain and bringing those flavors to your table. They utilize only the freshest seafood, herbs (some grown on premises), and spices for their paellas. Other menu highlights include varied cold and hot tapas, steaks, nightly specials, and homemade desserts. Accompany your meal with a fine wine from their Select Wine List or try their homemade sangria.
Online reservations available at any time
www.29SouthRestaurant.com | 904-277-7919
29 South is a chic, neighborhood bistro perfect for a date, a quick bite, or a casual dinner with old friends and family. This eclectic bistro has it all; great ambiance, fantastic food, an extensive wine list, and reasonable prices. 29 South provides a collection of the chef’s favorites; small plates from around the world for sharing, as well as grilled pizza, sandwiches, creative entrees and nightly specials. The menu can best be described as extraordinary casual, farm to table cuisine, where Chef Scott Schwartz paints a playground for the senses using the freshest ingredients sourced from local fisherman, farms, and their own onsite garden.
Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro
www.JoesBistro.com | 904-321-2558
Joe’s Bistro on 2nd Street is a pleasant stroll from the Addison. You can savor a special moment enjoying dinner by the fountain in the New Orleans inspired courtyard or in the restored 1900′s home. Watch the sunset from the covered front porch overlooking the scenic intra-coastal harbor that boasts the legends and secrets of 400 years of history. Living up to many critically acclaimed culinary reviews that exclaim “…masterful, expertly prepared and truly memorable”, Joe’s creative menus have thrilled his fans from New England to Aspen, Texas and Florida. The New American cuisine with influences from Italian, French, Creole, Asian, and South of the Border will tempt the most discerning guests. You’ll love the fresh baked bread, homemade ice cream, sorbets, and signature desserts.
Located just a short walk from the Addison, Le Clos serves delicious Provençal dishes by candlelight in a charming, intimate 1906 cottage. Chef/Owner Katherine Ewing received full honors in both pastry and cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu and L’Ecole de Gastronomie Francaise Ritz-Escoffier, Paris, and trained at the Ritz Hotel, Paris, France. The menu items at Le Clos are prepared carefully and presented beautifully with an emphasis on impeccably fresh seafood. The eclectic wine list offers the perfect accompaniment for every menu selection.
Amelia Island’s only brew pub
www.CafeKaribo.com | 904-277-5269
Inside a charming historic building on Third Street, in historic downtown Fernandina Beach just a few blocks from the Addison on Amelia Island is the relaxed ambience that is Café Karibo. A large garden patio shaded by huge oak trees invites you to a fun and unique culinary experience in a friendly, relaxed setting. The island’s only brew pub boasts an eclectic menu full of soups, salads, sandwiches and lighter entrees.
Lulu’s at the Thompson House
www.lulusamelia.com | 904-432-8394
Located in the center of historic Fernandina Beach shopping and arts district, Lulu’s serves up fresh local ingredients with a southern bias that pays homage to the cuisine of New Orleans and Charleston. Don’t forget to leave a little room for their wonderful, homemade desserts.
Ciao Italian Bistro
www.ciaobistro.com | (904) 206-4311
Enjoy wonderful Italian cuisine in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
Salty Pelican Bar and Grill
www.thesaltypelicanamelia.com | (904) 277-3811
The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill is a fun, casual restaurant where you can enjoy the beautiful views and sunsets while drinking a refreshing cold drink and enjoying one of their great menu items. Their menu showcases the great Fresh Local Seafood that is available in our area, as well as great burgers, wings, salads, and sandwiches. The Salty Pelican features all of your favorite sporting events on the island’s largest flat screen HD TV’s, live music, and trivia weekly. Through great food, cold drinks, and awesome customer service they hope to become everyone’s favorite hangout!
Following an old recipe from one of Napoli’s most famous pizzerias, Arte’s pizza is light, crispy and full of flavor. They use only the finest flour, imported cheeses, Italian plum tomatoes and burn-cured oak for smokiness. A pizza and a salad from Arte’s makes a perfect shared meal for two. They don’t take reservations but the food is worth the wait.
www.AmeliaIslandDavids.com | (904) 310-6049
David’s serves the finest seafood and meats available on Amelia Island. Their elegant presentation with a southern flair makes dining at David’s a unique intimate dining experience.