Activities

Average Temperature in October: H: 80° L: 64°

Dining

Northeast Florida is an eclectic hybrid of inspired casual elegance and classic southern comfort, infused with the flavors of the coast and a dash of international flair. Jacksonville was named as one of the 5 Surprising Foodie Cities to Visit Right Now by Forbes Travel Guide. With dining options ranging from upscale bistros, to popular chains, down-home fish camps and everything in between, the region provides an abundance of flavors suitable for everyone’s pallet.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience or a quick bite to each after a round of golf, Ponte Vedra Beach has dozens of options to satisfy your appetite. Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, Nona Blue, Aqua Grill, and Palm Valley Fish Camp offer a variety of pallet pleasing options ranging from fresh-caught seafood to hearty American classics. Relax on the river at Barbara Jean’s and enjoy excellent made-from-scratch, home cooked meals including their famous crab cakes and she-crab soup. Map

Beaches/Mayport

Northeast Florida is made up of 120 miles of pristine beaches offering some of the best seafood cuisine available on the East Coast. Enjoy Mayport Shrimp, a local favorite, and other fresh catches at unique spots like North Beach Fish Camp, Marker 32, Azurea at One Ocean, and the Fish Company Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Map

Southside/Mandarin

If you cannot decide whether to try something new or stick to something you know, then Southside is the place to go. Home to dozens of renowned chain restaurants like Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze, and the Capital Grill, Southside has established its own unique flavor with some signature restaurants. Sip on artfully designed cocktails at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, enjoy upscale appetizers at Ovinte, or savor authentic Greek Style meals at Taverna Yamas. To experience real southern-style food, visit The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro. Map

Riverside/Avondale

The historic neighborhoods are putting Jacksonville’s culinary scene on the national map. Immerse yourself in the eclectic culture of the Five Points District and the Shops of Avondale, while indulging in some of the city’s best restaurants like The Mossfire Grill, The Brick of Avondale, Black Sheep Restaurant, Hawkers Asian Street Fare and Osray. Riverside Map Avondale Map

San Marco

The San Marco dining district includes some of Jacksonville’s most popular restaurants including Taverna San Marco, Bistro AIX, and Matthew’s Restaurant. Enjoy a progressive dinner or visit each restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience in one of Jacksonville’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Map

Downtown

The city’s core has more than 50 restaurants to choose from, ranging from food trucks and scrumptious meals and freshly prepared drinks at Juliette’s Bistro (located in the Omni Jacksonville Hotel), Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, River City Brewing Company, and the Chart House. Ruth’s Chris Steak House (located inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront), offers sweeping views of the St. Johns River and downtown Jacksonville through oversized windows that stretch from floor to ceiling. Map

St. Augustine

The oldest city in America has unique and historic dining experiences to offer. For an intimate and casually elegant dining experience, look no further than Old City House Inn and Restaurant or Columbia Restaurant. Other must-eat options in St. Augustine include Coutsteau’s Waffle and Milkshake Bar, Sunset Grille and O’Steen’s Restaurant. While visiting the World Golf Village, the Murray Bros. Caddy Shack is a dining experience that no golf fan should miss. Opened by actor Bill Murray and his five brothers, the restaurant combines the brothers’ sense of irreverence with their love of golf. The A1A Cocktail Trail traverses from Atlantic Beach to St. Augustine. This scenic trail leads you to the local restaurants and bars where master mixologists pair Florida orange and grapefruit juice with craft spirits from the St. Augustine Distillery. All cocktails featured on the trail are made from locally sourced Florida ingredients. Map

Vegan Options

Take out the meat and Northeast Florida still has flavor. Most of the restaurants in the region offer vegetarian options and nearly 30 are vegan-friendly. Green Earth Bistro, located in San Marco, is just one of the many vegan restaurants to try while in town. Seasons 52, Chamblin’s, Super Food & Brew, and Southern Roots Filling Station all offer fantastic vegan options as well. Stop by one of the three Burrito Gallery locations to savor the delicious flavors known as JaxMex. With a menu sensitive to vegetarian and gluten-free options, Burrito Gallery combines dining, drinks and entertainment with the unique accents of local art and music to give patrons a true local experience.

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  • Orlando (158 miles) – Disney World and Universal Studios
  • Palatka (64 miles) – Bass fishing
  • Gainesville (92 miles) – University of Florida (October 14 vs. Texas A&M in Gainesville)

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