29 South Eats
29 South Eats

29 South Eats

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.29southrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9042777919
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scotty Schwartz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ash
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Located in the downtown historic district of Fernandina Beach Florida. Ample street parking available as well as the city hall parking lot available after 6 pm across the street form the restaurant.
A word from 29 South Eats
29 South is a chic, neighborhood bistro perfect for dates, a quick bite or a casual dinner with old friends and family.
This eclectic bistro has it all; great ambiance, fantastic food, an extensive wine list. The menu can best be described as extraordinary casual farm to table cuisine, where Chef Scott Schwartz paints a playground for the palette using the freshest ingredients sourced from local fisherman, farms and our own onsite garden.
Three time winner of the "Best of Jacksonville" 29 South was recently awarded a "Snail of Approval" and "Spirit of Slow Food" by Slow Food USA.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
29 South Eats reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)fit for foodies (51)great for outdoor dining (47)special occasion (26)romantic (24)notable wine list (15)great for brunch (14)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (11)good for groups (10)hot spot (8)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Excellent small local restaurant
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Everything our party of 4 had was excellent...the grilled romaine salad, the shrimp & grits (3 of us) and the scallops. Very nice moderately priced wine list, many by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Very disappointing evening. Have dined at 29 South many times over the years. They don't have a particularly large menu, yet they were out of 5 entrees, including all 3 my wife and I enjoy. This is an early evening Wednesday night dinner! Forced to order a substitute, we weren't pleased with at all. Additionally they seemed short on servers and this led to very poor service, took 20 minutes to flag down the waiter for our bill. We certainly hope this experience was an anomaly .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Wayne
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great food, Great service, True Gem. Service was outstanding. The pork chop is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • farm to table gem
    ksfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had an outstanding meal with wonderful service. We will be dining there again next time we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal!!!
    DeForce
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was the best meal I've experienced in a while. Nice menu with good mix of choices. Perfect service. I love the local sourcing initiative too! We will definitely return when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time as great as the first!
    Charles59
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I really enjoy our visits to Fernandina Beach and one of the main reasons is the excellent food. 29 South is now on our "must have" meals list when in town. Excellent food, wonderful service and over all great experience. As mentioned in the title this was our second visit to 29 South but we both hope to enjoy eating there many more times. The prices are what we expected and after our first visit we knew enough to make reservations way ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reservations
    betterreservationpolicy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    everything was fine except….when we arrived we were told our table was outside. it was hot and we did not want to sit in the heat!! people should be told ahead of time their seating is outside!! there were lots of empty table inside!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Pleasant low-key Dinner
    GarlicVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We enjoyed 29 South Eats. The owner was friendly and accommodating. The food was well prepared. Service was a bit inconsistent, but not bad. the menu is interesting and the portions are ample. Easy to find, park, and be close to the main street.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Super shrimp and grits. Lovely lobster mac n cheese.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good as last time
    islandgirl
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We couldn't get a reservation at the time we preferred and took an earlier one. I felt rushed. I felt like a tourist that was just a "one time check" rather than a local enjoying my favorite restaurant. That was disappointing because we were celebrating my daughter's last night on the island with us before returning back to school. The food was fabulous as always. It just felt more like a chain restaurant experience than a relaxing dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • charming
    DCfromSAVVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is a small cafe with a deceivingly large menu. Service is excellent, though the room is a bit dark with the tables necessarily close together. I'd return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is excellent.
    onehungrygirl
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    While in the area last year, we chose this restaurant based on the appearance and the herb/vegetable garden on the property. We went back this year because we enjoyed the food so much last year. We have had salads, fish entrees and desserts here. All were extraordinary. I eat in Charleston, SC restaurants regularly and am fairly hard to impress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    BillieJoVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was the super-star of restaurants in this area - the egg rolls were a rock star appetizer but every single thing was wonderful and concluding with donut bread pudding - are you kidding me - besides it took 3 days to get a reservations - so reserve early and often
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food!! Pleasant server, comfortable atomosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    rockinn
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I had eaten lunch at 29 South Eats shortly after it first opened and we were impressed with the creativity of the menu and the care of preparation and flavors of the food. It seems to have evolved into a mediocre place to eat with a predictable menu and prices not reflecting value. We will not return unless something changes to make the restaurant worth going to.
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  • Must try!!!
    MandM
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The 'lobster corn dog' was the hit!!! Great food - great service!! We're definetly going back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RansReview
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    29 South was a great experience! The food was pricey but very good. The staff was very helpful and efficient! Our waiter knew his specials and was very well detailed, so there was no guest work involved. Highly recommend 29 South to anyone coming to Fernandina Beach. It, to us, was well worth dining there and the money spent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite
    EwhtnVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    29 South has always been one of my downtown favorites! My last experience wasn't the greatest as t here were some large loud parties and the room was really warm, but the food and service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Casual but excellent
    DelighteddebVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    South 29 was as remember it. Casual,comfortable but also very good southern style food and good wine and beer selection.mussells were great and the main course selection varied. Great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Day Trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We live in Jacksonville and decided to take a ride up to Fernandina for the day. After reading the reviews of 29 South as well as their menu which has a focus on farm to table we knew this was the place to try. We were not disappointed at all. Food was fresh and delicious, and our server was great as well. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous as usual!
    LoJFromFernandinaBeach
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We are local residents and we have many great restaurants to choose from but 29 South is always our favorite. Consistently great food and service. The service is always superb and they are knowledgeable about the menu and any questions that we may have. Fresh and fabulous!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Budbarb
    Budbarb
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The pork chop is my favorite dish at this restaurant, served on a bed of creamy Mac and cheese and blackberry preserves! Do not pass it up! Delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip this one
    LindaB
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food was not good. I had high hopes for this restaurant because of the farm to table concept. Service was snotty and the lobster corndog a joke.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique brunch choices
    phurd229VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I had the pork bbq eggs benedict. It was a unique mix of dishes on a plate. BBQ pork with a sweet/spicy sauce in the center with eggs benedict framing it on either side. This was the best brunch dish I have had in a long time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marginal at best...
    Newyears2013
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our experience at 29 South Eats was underwhelming, this is being kind. The restaurant is located in a very nice historic section, however the resturant itself is rather small, making it loud and cramped. I had the shrimp and grits, which were quite good, my partner had the pork chop, dry as whit leather. Upon tell the hostess that it was indee subpar she replied, "oh I'm sorry" and that was that. No offer of anything other than the, "I'm sorry". The wait staff that we had was nice enough, I wouldn't dare go as far as "friendly" she was dry and to the point. We tried several reaturants while in Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. I'd suggest picking another one than this and get what you pay for. At $25.00 plus a head, there are far better.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy2
    Happy2
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Well first of all overall we liked our food. Husband had hambuger - he loved it. I had bbq salad. Way way way too much sauce and no deviled eggs only boiled eggs. I would get again but put sauce on side. But the fried green tomatoes were some of the best ever. Wine list was frustrating At least 4 of our selections were no longer carried. It was comical. Finally we just said bring us a red! The dessert donut bread pudding is outstanding - a must have. Don't get mac and cheese pretty much velveta cheese and macaroni noodles - nasty. Chef needs a new recipe
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is an amazing place!
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food is so delicious, fresh (vege's from the garden out back), and the service is perfect. We discovered this place several years ago and it's still one of the best dining experiences to have. If I'm anywhere near it's a definite for dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, difficult choices!
    db59
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food at 29 South is very good and very different. We had a difficult time choosing our entrees because they all sounded interesting. We had the Cobb Salad, the Shrimp and Grits, the Fried Chicken, and the Catch of the day. They were all excellent! We can't wait to go back and try the ones we didn't order!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Transported
    FeFeandthegirls
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Our party of 5 thoroughly enjoyed our late night dessert stop at 29 South. We came very close to closing time but the staff (Demetri I believe) welcomed us and took our orders without hesitation. We were transported to a quaint, little place. It felt like we were in SoHo in a little neighborhood spot. The atmosphere was perfect and delightful. All of our desserts were excellent. The Krispy Kreme bread pudding presentation was very cute. I will definitely come back the next time I'm in town. Great experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This is a great restaurant in that all of their food is local. They try to be organic; they are close but not totally there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointingfood;excellent service
    WinemanVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Returned the mussels. Tile fish entree was excellent; Blue Marlin was dry. Service was very good. Complimentary dessert and cheese plate were given and mussels removed from the bill. Had an excellent T-Vines Grenache that deserved a crystal wine glass
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu highlights
    2foodies
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Really everything we had was delicious, but the polenta, lobster corn dog and the coffe and dough nuts were particularly delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If the locals eat there.....
    varicari
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    You know it's good! Our server, Bobby, was very knowledgable about both food and wine and guided us in the right direction on both fronts....even a special vegetarian dish made to order from their freshest ingredients!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Fletcherdiner
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Absolutely wonderful meal. Preparation and presentation were beyond expectation. Grilled romaine salad was excellent. Swordfish as the special was perfection. Don't miss this place in your quest to find great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The specials are worth the trip
    FoodE
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My husband and I had another memorable meal at 29 South. While the regular menu has something that fits every mood (from grilled romaine and a fancy burger to scallops), we both decided on the special. It was spotted snapper- amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decided not to eat here
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We made our review through Open table for 6:30 pm on a Sunday evening. We wanted to sit inside since it was 90 degrees and very humid outside. There were multiple tables open inside the restaurant. However, the gentleman who seated us told us that we had to either sit outside or at a table right by the front door. He told us that when we make reservations through Open Table, their reservation system at the restaurant only reserves tables outside. We decided we did not want to sit three feet from the front door so we left. Open Table needs to work with the restaurant to fix this problem.
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  • Fantastic night for our group
    islandgirl
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had 6 energetic people, great wine and wonderful meals. The "upscale southern food" menu was once again wonderful. I only said very good because I didn't order my usual scallops and wished I had, even though the fish was wonderful. We finished the evening with the "doughnuts and coffee" desert and weren't disappointed. This is my favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Gluten-Free Offerings
    Visitor
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The shrimp and grits were exceptional - the best gluten-free gravy we've had. It was great that the waiter offered to have all the shrimp grilled for the dish to make it GF. My fish taco was wonderfully fresh and tasty - the best I've had. The portions were very satisfying, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated
    Jperlrose1
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food was fair the oysters had no flavor whatsoever and neither did the fish. The bread was somewhat stale. The portions were very small. The prices on the menu were high not worth the money. Would not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    DiveyVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The restaurant had a great concept, a farmers table. However, the food did not live to the expectations one would have of a restaurant with so many accolades. The fish tacos were dry. The sopressata appetizer was too fattening and the mozzarella which complimented the sopressata was a fraction of the bruschetta. I think the restaurant needs updates too, such as table cloths on tables outside, as the food falls right on the floor.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.