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.


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.


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.


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 seven nights.  Featured in our Romance Package.


One of the newest entrants to the Amelia Island restaurant scene features Chef Chad Livingston’s seasonally inspired, modern American food with a twist. The menu is small by design to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes each season. The vision for Burlingame is simple: great food from fresh ingredients, unobtrusive service, in a relaxed environment. The atmosphere is casually elegant and comfortable whether dining in the intimate Glass Room, the lively Bar/Lounge, quiet Ethel’s Room or on the Back Deck under the magnolia and live oaks.  Open Tuesday to Saturday  5:30 – 9:30pm.   Closed Sunday and Monday.  Featured in our Romance Package.


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 Tue – Sat beginning at 5:30.


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.

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. 

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 great 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.  Open all day beginning at noon.

Amelia Tavern

An in-town gastro brew pub.  From the website: “We create beers and plates that add to the American experience, standing atop the classics, poking and prodding, tinkering for the greater good. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfort food, where you’ll see enough diversity to be surprised without losing sight of the simple stuff you love. The collection of house brews and craft beer options are curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette”. Open daily 11am – 10pm. opening at 4pm on Monday.

The Patio Place

This creperie and wine bar is a fresh service bistro with extensive outdoor patio seating, great for gathering and relaxing with friends and family. With a focus on fresh and healthy cuisine, we feature global tastes served in crepes, salads, appetizers, soups and plates. Our beverage selection includes: beer, wine, hard cider, smoothies, coffee, iced tea and soda.  Open Tue – Thur 11am – 8pm, until 9:30 on Fri/Sat, until 3pm on Sunday, closed Monday.

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.




Palace Saloon

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.  New no-smoking policy!.  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.