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29 South Eats
29 South Eats
  • Address:
    29 South 3rd Street
    Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
    Neighborhood:
    Amelia Island
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

29 South Eats Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.29southrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (904) 277-7919
  • 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: Contemporary American, Southern
  • 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
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "cool place. great food. perfect brunch spot. enjoy!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Really everything we had was delicious, but the polenta, lobster corn dog and the coffe and dough nuts were particularly delicious."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had a lovely birthday celebration at this very nice resturant. The food was excellent, and the service perfect."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "While the service was great, the outside seating very nice in the late spring, the food just wasn’t quite in line with other reviews. Not sure if it was a matter of the kitchen being busy but everything tasted a bit over seasoned but not in a way to compliment the dish. Ordered the Lobster Spring Rolls – this could be so much better but was rubbery. Pulled Pork Spring Rolls were just mixing something to elevate them above being greasy and lacking flavor. So close, just need to add some more finesse. And need to clean outside - rather scruffy."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Ordered the honey fried chicken. It was melt in your mouth excellent! The lobster appetizer is delicious! Make reservations if you want to get in - it's that good!!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Ate outside. The tables were dirty and it was like the table was on a rocking chair. Ordered the cheese and salami plate- three very small scraps of delicious cheese and one slice of salami. Pork chop was good but the balance of the event took away from the dining experience. Needed more server and kitchen help, along with someone to clean the tables and floor - and, it would be a good idea to hide the rodent traps- my wife kicked one under her feet during desert - what a way to finish a meal!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Nice place. Good, almost great, food. Could use a cleaning and a lightbulb or two. You won't find much better on the island. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Good meal - great staff. Great local beer list - Will be back."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My wife and I like to try and find the restaurants the "foodies" frequent because they are usually the most unique and serve an amazing array of food selection. 29 South did not disappoint. The farm to table freshness was apparent, the service was excellent and the food was unforgettable."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Creative menu combined with very well made classics. Would definitely go back. Lobster corn dog was great. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great casual spot in historic downtown area. Very friendly, helpful staff. Food was first rate -- very fresh and great flavors. I would eat here again in a heartbeat. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed the unique atmosphere of the restaurant. We enjoy looking at garden in back, and knowing all the selections are coming from different farms and gardens locally. The preparation is always impressive as well as delicious! Love it."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have eaten here for dinner and love the atmosphere. However, I think their Mother's Day brunch was a bit lame. Not a single homemade dessert item for mom? Danishes like the ones from Sam's club, really? Peel and eat shrimp were delicious, but they were the only delectable item. Quesadillas were cold although the Kobe sliders were Okay. Fruit was lovely, but all in all, $25 for this minimal brunch was not acceptable. We will still enjoy lunch or dinner at 29 South, but I think future brunches are out. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Employees very pleasant. Service slow and diorganized. Ribs a bite pricy ($28) for quality and quantity (2 RIBS).Veggy polenta cute presentation- thoughbland and runny. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "But one critisizem.. For a 9 dollar glass of wine the pour should NOT be below the bulb of the glass...."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I had the Fried Green Tomato BLT with a side of their soup of the day (potato) which was BEYOND EXCELLENT. $9.00. Yes you can eat great and not break the bank. If you are in Fernandina Beach for a visit...or even if you live in this part of Florida, try this place for lunch. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "It was a beautiful evening and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to dine somewhere outside. Having a delicious dinner served to us on the porch was a great choice. We both had the mixed green salad with the vinaigrette dressing which was unique how it was served and then for entrees I ordered the shrimp and grits which I loved and then my husband had the honey-coated fried chicken which he enjoyed also. Our waiter was friendly and helpful and we enjoyed chatting with a couple from Michigan visiting the island for the first time."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Very informal, but charming atmosphere. Food was quite good and service was very helpful and friendly."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Was in town for the Shrimp Fest and had brunch at 29 South Eats. Absolutely delicious! I had the green tomato blt and my was have the pulled pork eggs benedict. Mimosa and poinsettias, great food, beautiful day, couldn't have been better."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Fresh, local food. Fried green tomatoes were prepared with a wonderful twist. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Loved our dinner at 29 South - very convenient location. Great setting. Food was delicious. Desserts were amazing in particular the donut bread pudding! Very happy with the service too!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This place is fabulous! Super creative menu, locally sourced, amazing service. They have a garden out back. Most original BLT you will find anywhere!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Another great dinner on the porch at 29 South. Always enjoy the diversity of their menu. Good food and fun experience!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Our server, Sean I think, was fantastic. He really went the extra mile to create a memory for us. He was personable, knowledgable, and seemed genuinely excited in our conversations and choices. We sat on the porch which was amazing. The tables were a little close together and I only say that because of a couple that came in and wanted to talk so loudly at every table around them. Kind of killed our experience but that was the people not the restaurant. Food was amazing. The pork chop and crab cakes were a wonderful selection. We will absolutely be returning on our next visit!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We had the egg rolls, shrimp and grits and fried chicken. Everything was perfect!!!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014