The Fairbanks House is located within walking distance of 25 Amelia Island restaurants, from casual to fine-dining. The closest restaurant is a two-minute walk and the farthest will take you ten minutes.  With so many great choices, you’ll want to extend your stay.  We’ve narrowed the field a bit for you and compiled a list of some of our guests’ favorites.  Reservations are recommended for most.  We’ll be happy to get them for you.

RESTAURANTS

Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro

Chef Ricky Pigg offers a diverse menu including local seafood , steaks, pasta and game. Breads are baked daily and all deserts are made in house. Extensive wine list. Dine in the intimate dining rooms or in the New Orleans-inspired Courtyard. Open for lunch and dinner six days – closed Tuesday. Beer and fine wines are available.  Featured in our Romance Package.

Espana

Spain’s Old World cuisine in a quaint and intimate atmosphere. Let chef/owner Roberto impress you with his family recipes. Entree choices include Paella Valencia style, Veal Chops or Filet Mignon with Cabrales Sauce, shrimp, scallops and snapper. Tapas bar, fine wines and homemade Sangria. Open nightly 5pm – 10pm.  Featured in our Romance Package.

David’s

One of the newest arrivals to the Historic District, David’s Restaurant serves fine seafood and meats in an upscale setting. Menu items include Filet Oscar, Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, New York Strip Steak Special, Dover Sole, Truffle Scallops, Soft Shell Crabs and Seafood Risotto.  Attire: Sophisticated casual in the dining room, casual in the lounge.  Lounge opens at 5pm, dining room open from 6pm-10pm six nights – closed Tuesday.  Featured in our Romance Package.

Cafe Karibo

Inside a charming old building on Third Street, an eclectic palette of colors and furnishings add to the relaxed ambiance that is Café Karibo. A large garden patio shaded by huge oak tree invites you to a fun and unique culinary experience in a friendly relaxed and very casual setting.  There is also a brewpub on site.  Open six days a week for lunch and dinner – Monday, lunch only.  Featured in our Romance Package.

LeClos

Chef-owner Katherine Ewing serves delicious Provencal dishes by candlelight in a charming, intimate 1906 Amelia Island cottage. The menu items are prepared carefully and presented beautifully with an emphasis on impeccably fresh seafood, The extensive wine list offers the perfect accompaniment for every menu selection. Open for dinner Mon – Sat beginning at 5:30.

Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant

Festive, fun and offering a full bar, Pablo’s offers the traditional and the unexpected. Don’t miss the Florida Shrimp Burritos. Open for lunch and dinner daily.  You can find them at 12 N. Second Street.

 Lulu’s

Chef and owner Brian John Grimley was born in the west country of England and moved to America 25 years ago.  His influences exhibit a southern bias with his love of the cuisine of New Orleans and Charleston.  Brian and his wife, Melanie came from Colonial Beach, Virginia where they owned and operated a full service restaurant.  Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.  Lulu’s is two blocks from Fairbanks House.  Closed Sunday dinner and Monday.

29 South

A chic neighborhood bistro with a little something for everyone… Chef Scotty Schwartz prepares classic world cuisine with a modern twist. Farm to table cuisine.  Open Tues – Sat for lunch, nightly for dinner, Sunday brunch.

Salty Pelican

A new addition to the casual scene in Fernandina, the Pelican overlooks the river and offers great views for sunset from the decks – if you’re lucky enough to get a seat.  Sunset or not, the casual menu is sure to please with a good mix of burgers, local seafood, oysters, tacos and craft beers.  Multiple large-screen TV’s make this a good spot to catch your game.

BARS

Dog Star Tavern

This recent addition to the pub scene here on Amelia Island features lots and lots of beers on tap.  Specializing in microbrews, they also feature late-night bands and a full liquor license.  There are dartboards in the back and some garden seating, as well.

Palace Saloon and Sheffield’s

Florida’s oldest continually operating saloon continues to quench the thirst and entertain the ears of all who come through her saloon doors.  Featuring a full bar – where Carnegies and Rockefellers once bellied up – nightly entertainment and occasional special events, this is a must-visit stop while you’re in town.  Beware of the smoke and Pirates Punch… you’ve been warned.  No food. Open nightly on Centre Street.

Halftime Sports

An excellent sports bar right around the corner from Fairbanks House featuring beer, burgers, bar food and just about any game that you’d like to watch.  Daily specials on food and beer and Wednesday night trivia add to the fun.  Open from lunch to close six days a week, closed Tuesdays.  On 8th Street.

Green Turtle Tavern

Local hangout with a Key West vibe.  Very casual, local musicians, outdoor seating, pet-friendly.  No food.  Open nightly.  3rd Street.