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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
  • Email: lauren@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "29 South has become our favorite on the island. Even the burgers are great. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Went there for lunch last week Everything was delish and the service (Ian) was wonderful. He made excellent suggestions. Can't wait to go back for dinner."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Good food. Lobster corn dog and shrimp and grits were stand outs. Also the flourless chocolate cake with butter pecan ice-cream is worth saving room for!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "A very imaginative menu. Great choices with locally sourced ingredients. Must save room for the Coffee and Doughnuts desert!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here and it was fabulous. Nice local restaurant with casual but upscale feel. Service was excellent, food was unbelievable. If in or around Amelia Island/ Fernandina Beach area, it's a must."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Was really excited to bring dine at 29 South based on the reviews; however, it was very disappointing. And, embarrassing as we had out of town "foodie" friends with us. The most disappointing was the lack of seasoning as the presentations were very good. I love the fact that they embrace "farm to table"; however, not one of the dishes had a 'wow' taste. We tried the two fish specials; great presentation, fish was cooked perfectly but overall the entrée just wasn't seasoned well .... and, I'm not just talking about salt. The most disappointing was a southern favorite; "Shrimp & Grits". How can you possibly screw it up?!?!?!? Well, they did! First, it was more like a "Tempera Shrimp and Grits Broth" ; little to no Grits! Won't go back!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I was somewhat apprehensive about this restaurant when I first saw it. The menu was also not one we have usually seen. But, the proof of a good restaurant is not the words on the menu but in the proverbial "pudding". The our meals were great. In fact I would say our meals were outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant and would eat there the next time we are on Amelia Island."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Everything was exceptional. Amazing food at a comfortable environment."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Great food, great ambience, GREAT service. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had such high expectations as a first timer. You definitely need reservations a couple of days in advance. We had a seat near the kitchen...ask for a less distracting spot. Our waitress certainly did not have the southern hospitably we were used too. But the food was amazing!!! We would definitely go back all considered."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Talk about GREAT food. You've got to get the pork chops. I know, pork chops you say? Trust us, they are to die for. They even made flounder (not my favorite fish) outstanding. The fried chicken is always killer. My bride and I had a fine bottle of the Prisoner, and one of our children ordered pink lemonade -- even the pink lemonade was WOW (home-squeezed and definitely not prefab). If your on Amelia Island, you gotta go to 29S."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Started with the grilled romain salad which was amazing. Toped with walnuts, bacon, crumbled blue cheese with a honey champagne dressing. Then the small plate special curried scallops on flatbread with cilantro lime vegetables (slivers of red and yellow peppers). The flavors melded together beautifully and I would not have guesses it was a curry dish the flavor was so mild but devine. My 10yo daughter had a green salad that she ate the entire salad and would have licked the bowl clean if I'd let her. Then she had the burger on the main menu made simply plain with fries. The burger for her was on the large side but it was so good she ate the entire thing! Would highly recommend. Our best meal on Amelia Island on a 5 night vacation!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food was good. Pork chops a must. Shrimp and grits not the best, but okay. Salad was gritty, maybe needs to be rinsed a few more times. The desserts are excellent."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Read reviews &though most were excellent those that were not made us wonder if we'd have a good one...glad to say we had a delicious meal..interesting combos/seasoning/pairings...scallops,porkchop,green tomatoes all yummy.Our waiter Bo was a great guy.Though we were inside ,the outside area would be good spot for lunch or in nice weather.Would be nice if owners gave the interior a but of ambiance/updating. But food is their business & that speaks for itself. Liked that it was in the wonderful downtown area within walking distance."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was our first time, and it was amazing! Bo did an awesome job navigating us through the menu and attending to our every need. I enjoyed the barbecue cobb salad, and it was really an opportunity to taste a lot of the restaurant's specialties. My husband got the porkchops, and the tea made for a very interesting experience. Great food, great service, and a wonderful date night :-)"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Giant pieces of lobster in this Mac n' Cheese. Gotta get you some!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have been dining at 29 South Eats for years and always love the food. We had another great meal there recently, but the service was painfully slow and inattentive. We were constantly looking for our waiter to flag down so we could get bread, water, wine. Ordered a glass of wine and it never did come. Flagged our waiter down when I was almost done with my meal to remind him about the wine. If the service was better, I would have given 4 stars."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. The seared scallops, served over creamed leeks and potato pancakes, were amazing. Wines by the glass also fairly reasonable and very good. Please note: This place is POPULAR. Reservations are a must -- even on weeknights. We couldn't get a table at 7PM on a Tuesday in mid-March. While dining there (earlier) we saw at least 15 people turned away. Definitely worth booking."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Our party of four can't stop raving about our meal. Everything was delicious!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I was among four people who dined on the Sunday Brunch menu. The group is noted for being foodies who are tough food critics. Yet, all were happy with the meals but thought the menu was a bit limited compared to the dinner menu. Everyone wants to return for dinner on the next trip to Amelia Island."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We found that this was a great recommended restaurant by all the locals. We loved the generous portions of food and the idea behind the food to table. Great find. Definitely recommend reservations."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "After a local recommendation, we found that this was a wonderful place for an after-sunset evening. Cuisine, ambiance and service were exemplary. As is our custom, we conversed with our "next table" diners, enjoying a couple that was visiting from England. Bottom line: enjoyable and a thoroughly romantic evening with the spouse. If we were staying longer than one night, we would be back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Always delicious. We eat here every time we stay in Fernandina. We have never been disappointed with the food or our servers! Remember to get reservations!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Heard that this was a great place for special occasion. I found it to be a "Hole in the wall place" with unfriendly reception. Having a reservation made no difference, was placed in table in door way near the kitchen. People crammed everywhere, no atmosphere other then crowded, noisy, and eclectic. Could not stand the place so we left without eating, they could care less that we left."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food here is always a treat. The staff is friendly and attentive Always some new combination to treat your palate."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I always love to find local places that support their communities and bring a little local flair to their cuisine. I was very happy with 29 South. The staff was friendly, the atmosphere felt homey, comfortable and yet still sophisticated and current. Great place for a nice meal that represents the area."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Great food! A reservation is a must and still be prepared for a little wait. While waiting enjoy your time on the porch w a glass of wine. The doughnuts and lobster corndog are a must have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We ate at 29 South twice this past week while visiting Fernandina Beach, as we do every year. Our first experience was wonderful. Great service from Bo and delicious food. On our second visit we were entertaining clients and had the worse service imaginable (not Bo).We had the same experiences with this waiter on a previous visit, but mostly just a very poor/superior attitude towards his clientele. This time, however, he took so long to take our orders that two entrees became unavailable and then completely forgot to serve our salads and appetizers.....just arrived with entrees. So the whole mass of food just got dumped on an already cramped table. Embarrassing. We love this restaurant, but just dread this server!!!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. My husband had the best shrimp and grits ever"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We had Sunday brunch. Busy place but we had made reservations. Great comfort food for brunch. Close to downtown shopping. Would go again."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "As out of town visitors, we felt we 'lucked out' with 29 South. Had to take an 8:30 reservation spot even though we had hoped for an earlier seating so do plan ahead. We can heartily recommend the fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits and the grilled swordfish on a huge bed of awesome succotash. Fresh ingredients tastefully prepared!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "If you don't believe it, walk through the chef's garden in back. Nice variety on the menu."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Second visit to 29 South was as good as the first. Great food and service and reasonable prices. Enjoyed 4 very good apps and a tasty salad- everything better with their homemade bacon. My wife's pulled pork Cobb salad was excellent as was my pork chop over Mac n cheese. Ambience is casual and wine list is good value. Food is excellent. Planning another visit when we return next year."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "First of all, this restaurant smells like a dirty mop. The seating is uncomfortable and their is no ambience at all. I ordered the daily fish special which was a baked grouper. It had no flavor and was cooked for someone on a tasteless diet, and was on a few carrots and it came with with puree with cauliflower. It was one 1/4 inch strip which I thought was a bit of sauce. My husband had the short ribs which were tender, but not hot. I really thought why go here and spend these prices when there are so many great restaurants in this town. I won't return."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Good onion soup, but not hot enough; best fried green tomatoes we ever had; really big and great southern cobb salad; skip the fried chicken"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "When we decided to celebrate our anniversary; my wife and I decided to try someplace new. Our choice of 29 South could not have been better. The meal, service and experience was exceptional! Their version of Shrimp and Grits was spectacular and my wife's scallops were perfect. We even tried dessert; just to see if the desserts were as special as the entree. We were not surprised when it surpassed our expectations. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Love the quaint decor, brilliant breakfast, price reasonable and Kiki is an excellent waitress. Spot on experience."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We are frequent visitors, have been for a long time, will continue to be!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Based on a recommendation from a local friend and reviews for 29 South, my wife and I went there for our 35th anniversary dinner. We were not disappointed. The service was excellent. Our waiter, Ian was knowledgeable of each dish and was very helpful in offering suggestions. The fried green tomato appetizer was excellent. I selected the sweet tea marinated pork chop and my wife had the honey fried chicken. Both were excellent. We did not have dessert afterwards but can only imagine they matched the quality of the appetizers and entrees. Definitely a place we will revisit on our next trip to Fernandina Beach."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Restaurant was great close to home and food foodies dream. Late dinner for husband birthday arrived and seated right away. Local treasure enjoy each and every bit."
    Dined on 2/21/2014