There aren’t too many places in the country where January is the perfect time of year to dine outdoors — but Jacksonville, FL is one of them! With average winter temperatures in the high 60’s, plenty of sunshine, and restaurants dotting the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and countless rivers, marinas, and the intracoastal waterway, waterfront dining is a year-round luxury.
It was hard to choose only 5 from the many dozens of establishments, but this list is a good place to start.
Best Waterfront Restaurants Near Jacksonville, FL
1) Cap’s on the Water | St. Augustine, FL
This favorite JAX-area restaurant overlooking the intracoastal waterway does not take reservations, but they do have three bars serving award-winning wines, craft cocktails, and brews to keep you occupied while you wait. Cap’s large deck is roomy and comfortable with heaters flanking each table for the perfect winter dining experience. Enjoy their new coastal cuisine, or have a beer and oysters at the sunset bar and take in the views.
2) Clark’s Fish Camp | Jacksonville, FL
Arrive by car or boat to this eclectic restaurant along the bank of Julington Creek, a tributary of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. Enjoy Southern size portions of fresh seafood on an outdoor deck decorated with the largest public taxidermy collection in the U.S! There’s (literally) no place quite like it.
3) Azurea at One Ocean | Atlantic Beach, FL
This upscale restaurant in One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from any seat in the house. Supporting local farms, fisheries, and artisan partners, Azurea serves fresh seafood prepared in innovative ways, along with mouth watering classics like beef tenderloin and braised short rib.
4) Dockside Seafood Restaurant | Neptune Beach, FL
Fresh local seafood with a view is the name of the game at this JAX Beach establishment. Perched along the Jacksonville Beach Boat ramp, you’ll enjoy watching the lively scene while feasting on fish, shrimp, scallops, clams, and more in a casual setting. (If you love the experience, check out this restaurant group’s other waterfront restaurants in the area: Palm Valley Fish Camp, St. Augustine Fish Camp, and Julington Creek Fish Camp.)
5) Wicked Barley Brewing Company | Jacksonville, FL
This waterfront craft brewery overlooks Goodby’s Creek in Jacksonville, occupying a vast property that includes a full-service restaurant and tap room, covered patio, pet-friendly beer garden, and a boat dock. Sample house-brewed beers on tap, along with ciders and meads, and enjoy made-from-scratch appetizers, burgers, salads, and sandwiches — all with a view!
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