Jan. 11, 2021

January Amelia Island Local Update

" Once again Amelia Island Restaurant Week will be this month, January 23-31. Restaurant Week was created here to give a boost to local restaurants during our "winter nights" along with a chance for locals to enjoy special menus and offerings many of which are three course meals. In Florida, indoor dining is allowed.

Since Fran and myself are often asked by customers "What's good? Where should we eat lunch or dinner?" We thought it would be a good time to offer some suggestions based on our experiences and enjoyment of quality food. Enjoy!


Joe's 2nd Street Bistro - Open lunch & dinner. Very consistent food & service. Meats & seafood. One of the best restaurants downtown and on the island.

Le Clos - Next to Joe's. Considered one of the most romantic restaurants on the island. Small cottage of a house also with nice courtyard seating in back.

David's - Generally thought to be one of the best restaurants on the island. Extensive menu and top-notch service.

Brett's Waterway Café - Great place for lunch with expansive water and marina views.

Boat House - Newly built modern restaurant. Indoor and outdoor bar and seating and courtyard.

Ciao - Authentic Italian menu. Enjoy indoor seating and people watching on Centre at the same time.

Espana - Traditional dishes from Spain & Portugal. Fisherman Stew for two is very popular. Indoor and outdoor.

Cafe Karibo - Varied eclectic menu. One of the best outdoor seating areas. Indoor also in old building.

Timoti's Seafood Shack - Casual seafood. Mainly outdoor. Popular spot. Lunch & dinner.

Arte Pizza - Wood oven pizza. Salads, some entrees. Casual. Indoor & outdoor.

The Tavern - More modern restaurant. Huge bar. Mainly bar food. 

Peppers - Authentic Mexican. Nice outdoor courtyard on Centre. Big indoor area. Big food & margarita menus.

Salty Pelican - Casual menu. Sports bar vibe downstairs. Island life vibe upstairs. Water views from both.


At The Beach

Salt Life - Newer casual beachside restaurant. Indoor and outdoor bar and seating. Rooftop bar area.

Sliders - Casual. Oceanfront. Outdoor Tiki experience with entertainment.

The Surf - Popular with mid-island locals and Fletcher Ave condo dwellers. Seafood & sports.


South End

Lagniappe - Popular for lunch & dinner. Extensive menu. Meats & seafood. Cajun flare.

Salt at Ritz-Carlton - Considered best restaurant on Amelia Island. High quality food, atmosphere, service. Ocean views.

Coast at Ritz-Carlton - Sophisticated menu, great service. Indoor and outdoor. Less expensive than Salt.

Cucina South - Small intimate Italian bistro but very popular. Great food. (Sister restaurant Bar Zin is closed).

Pogo's Kitchen - Modern atmosphere. Sophisticated eclectic menu. Great brunch.

Bantam & Biddy - Casual diner vibe. Long menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Popular brunch.


We hope this is helpful and that you enjoy all our great restaurant options." - Gary Farnsworth



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