What’s a beach vacation without a seafood dinner? Lucky for you, Fernandina Beach is home to some of the freshest and most delicious fare in the Southeast. Whether you’re looking to make reservations at a high-end restaurant for you and your sweetheart or hoping to swing by a more laid–back eatery on the way to the beach, you’ll find no shortage of incredible seafood on Amelia Island.
Read on for some of our thoughtful local suggestions. For even more insight regarding the best of the Amelia, be sure to request a copy of our Vacation Guide! We compiled an itinerary full of all our favorite things to do on the island that guests can have as a free resource.
4 of the Best Restaurants for Seafood on Amelia Island
1. David’s Restaurant & Lounge
David’s Restaurant & Lounge sets the scene for a fine-dining experience you won’t soon forget. Their menu features an impressive selection of fresh seafood ranging from delicate caviar and Alaskan king crab clusters to buttery escargots and Chilean sea bass.
2. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro
For another high-end culinary treat, visit Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro. Their seafood selection includes an eclectic array of dishes such as grouper filet grilled in a corn husk wrapper, classic shrimp and grits, seafood bouillabaisse, and risotto Milanese.
3. España Restaurant & Tapas
If you’re craving seafood with a Spanish flair, then you’ll love España Restaurant & Tapas. We highly recommend trying their Paella Marinara that comes with clams, shrimp, scallops, mussels, calamari, and fresh fish, or the Paella Valencia, which comes with clams, shrimp, mussels, chicken, white beans, and chorizo. Don’t forget to order a round of tapas to share!
4. The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill
The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill is the perfect option for hungry diners looking for a more casual atmosphere. Think bar food with a creative twist. Their menu highlights include seared tuna nachos, fried shrimp and oysters, po’boys, and seafood potpie!
Discover the Best of Amelia Island’s Culinary Scene
For even more information about the best restaurants and bars on Amelia Island, take a look at our Restaurants & Bars directory. There, you’ll find some thoughtful suggestions from us locals that you won’t want to miss out on.
Make the Most of Your Amelia Island Getaway When You Stay at The Fairbanks House
Now that you know where to find the best seafood on Amelia Island, it’s time to start thinking about where you’ll stay. The Fairbanks House is a beautiful, historic property that is centrally located in downtown Fernandina Beach. Stay in elegant accommodations that range from airy B&B rooms and spacious Main House suites to our cozy, private cottages. Guests love waking up to our delicious gourmet breakfast every morning! Additionally, you’ll be within walking distance of some of the best local restaurants, shops, and attractions.
Start planning your Amelia Island vacation and book your stay with us today!