Jacksonville Rises in Popularity as a Culinary Giant

One of the top reasons visitors are flocking to the sprawling metropolis of Jacksonville is the great taste she’s become known for. Locally owned brick and mortars like Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails are rising up next to legendary favorites creating a hotbed of new culinary discoveries for the adventurous appetite. With more and more cultured taste buds traveling for the sake of a well balanced meal, Jacksonville is securing a strong dining presence among other giants in the South East region like Orlando, Miami, and Atlanta.

If you are looking for exceptional regional fare, fresh seafood prepared with finesse can be found at Azurea, Eleven South Bistro and Bar, and the sophisticated Ovinte. While if you're seeking Southern Regional selections that pair well with innovative hand crafted cocktails, then your hunt will end satisfactorily at Sbraga & Company.

At it’s heart Jacksonville is a coastal town that takes life a bit more casually than some. Look for fine dining with a more laid back appeal where unique creations are dished up with great service, and none of the snobbery you might expect of a high end establishment. Enjoy the tastes of land and sea with a southern welcome, and exceptional creativity in a city whose foodie fame is on the rise.


Ovinte is a small plates restaurant with sophisticated style. Designed with casual comfort in mind, Ovinte invites you to grab a drink, share some plates, and stay for a while. The menu has an elegant European aesthetic to it with an excellent...  Read More

San Marco

Praised for it's fresh ingredients and seasonal menu this locally owned business has quickly risen in popularity. Inspired by the tastes of Italy and Spain, Taverna welcomes guests to dine in an ambiance of rustic charm with chic sophistication....  Read More

Owners Chef Tom Gray and Sarah Marie Johnston have built an innovative masterpiece in the heart of Jacksonville that sets a powerful example on how to create a responsible restaurant. Not only do they put great thought into every ingredient they...  Read More

Orsay is one of the premier fine dining establishments in Jacksonville. This rustic French bistro is passionate about locally sourced ingredients prepared in a technique driven kitchen. Offering classic dishes with a touch of southern style,...  Read More

San Marco

After receiving many awards serving as chef in restaurants around the world, and building an internationally reknown cooking school, Matthew Medure set his eyes on Jacksonville to further establish his culinary empire. The flagship of that...  Read More

Atlantic Beach

First Coast Inspired cuisine reigns at One Ocean Resort's Azurea restaurant. Winner of multiple awards for fine dining, Azurea has become a staple in Jacksonville's elite dining scene. Chef Ted Peters masterfully sets locally sourced fare like...  Read More


Jacksonville diners are raving about one of the newest additions to its culinary scene. Located in the River City's historic Brooklyn neighborhood in the trendy setting of Unity Plaza, Hobnob is right in the center of culture and creativity. The...  Read More

When you think of Southern fare, many times the focus tends to lean on BBQ, or perhaps fried chicken. What many diners may not know is that the South is home to a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains. It is on this rich harvest that...  Read More

Blink and you might drive right by this local favorite tucked away along the coastline of Jacksonville Beach. Known for it's award winning wine list and well executed menu pairings, you can expect nothing but excellence from Eleven South. Menu...  Read More

Amelia Island

Elevating the simplest ingredients into culinary masterpieces, this AAA 5 Diamond rated culinary star consistently impresses both locals and guests alike. Named for the most important ingredient in any chefs pantry, the title Salt pays homage...  Read More


Meet Amy West

Jacksonville, FL based Amy West is the creator of amywesttravel.com, a travel and lifestyle brand including TV show "Like Love Want Need".

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