bb's restaurant and bar
bb's restaurant and bar

bb's restaurant and bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bbsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (904) 306-0100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - midnight Saturday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joshua Agan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: near Prudential Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from bb's restaurant and bar
Consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Northeast Florida, bb's restaurant and bar never ceases to please and surprise the palate of discerning diners, locals, and visitors alike. We are conveniently located in Jacksonville's South Bank Area, mere minutes from Historic San Marco and the downtown business district. Our award-winning wine list, creative daily specials and house-made desserts will have you return for more. Whether you are seeking a groovy place to unwind after work, or one world cuisine with an eclectic flare before enjoying an evening at the symphony, bb's restaurant and bar is definitely the place to be.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
bb's restaurant and bar reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)neighborhood gem (58)special occasion (46)great for lunch (36)hot spot (36)notable wine list (33)romantic (27)good for groups (23)great for brunch (12)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (11)great for outdoor dining (9)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • FaB my husband is still talking about his meal
    MaryF
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Fab ! Interesting menu And a bakery! Let me get this written, "the best coconut cake on the planet". Y'all know I'm a coconut cake connoisseur, this one is superb. Duck wanton was tasty, and stacked with wanton crisps. My husband is over the moon and still talking about the pork tenderloin he had. Now, I make a mean pork tenderloin. So this didsh was some serious good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was rude
    TryingNewPlaces
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I really liked the restaurant. I do plan to come back. It's a romantic atmosphere. Lots of couples and foursomes. The tables were a little too close together which made conversation a bit dicey. Our server was a bit on the rude side. We were bothering him when we would ask for anything then he would purposely take his time getting our request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sure about the new menu item: pork tenderloin
    Sojourner
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It did not have the flavor or consistency of a pork tenderloin. In fact, I would have said it was ham if given a blind taste test. Maybe it was meant to have a cured, salty taste but is was not what I was expecting, We enjoyed our evening but disappointed in the pork tenderloin.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We arrived 1 hour before our reservation and they were able to seat us. Every table in the restaurant was filled! Their menu changes daily, but we had the Ahi Tuna with Ox tail. It was delicious! We finished off with the coconut cake, which was also very good. Only negatives were the tables are a bit close to each other and you can hear others conversations. The noise level can get a little bit loud with all the people eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    untamed58VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    WOW!!! INCREDIBLE. That's all I have to say about that!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My nonprofit hosted a performing artist and some local experts for an early dinner. The service was great and the food was outstanding. I even had a good zinfandel by the glass, and one of my guests said that his martini was the real thing, which is difficult to find. It is not particularly quiet, but we were able to conduct conversation without issue. I had not been to the restaurant in a while, and I was very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greasy night at BB's
    NanseeVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    As a local diner for last 19 years, BBs has been consistently reliable. Tonight was a train wreck. Service slow and off from the beginning to the end. Ordered sparkling water, waitress brought Voss still. Ordered plain salad jo dressing, arrived bathed in dressing. Ordered large Caesar with grilled shrimp, arrived with very greasy blackened shrimp, ordered Plain grilled Pork loin, which was fab week before and plain green vegetable, arrived with plate of tough pork and greasy overcooked asparagus vegetables. Carrot cake was gargantuan and tasty and my plain 1/2 c vanilla ice cream had ice crystals in it. Obviously it was an off night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    My friend must have told 30 people about the duck won tons...and they were good. Calamari was light and tasty with a light, creamy, tasty sauce. Salmon salad was excellent. Service was impeccable. Nice lighting and you can hear who you are talking to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    GerryVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Always great food and a great experience!!! WE frequent BBs on a regular basis and are always pleased. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The "Great Escape" from work!
    TheFoodieInMe
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    If you find yourself searching for a lunch spot at the request of your boss who is unepectedly driving into town, then bb's restaurant and bar is certainly worth the look. Escape the confines of work and enjoy great daily specials coupled with excellent lunch selections and and away of delicious desserts like the croissant bread pudding to send you on your way. With a comfortable atmosphere, seating outside in the FL sunshine and a friendly knowledgable staff, decisions are made faster and easier and never disappoint. Don't expect to get much work discussion in when the food arrives; everyone will enjoy having their mouth full and a smile on their face.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic, great specialtiy dishes!
    KrysVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great wine list and cheese selection, Server was excellent, food delicious, great craft cocktails, impressive dessert selection, and vibrant atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    fish6735
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I thought the food good but over priced. Grilled herb marinated prime pork flat-iron steak (AKA pork chop!) at $24 and Pan roasted North Carolina (what's wrong with local caught??) Flounder at $30. I think they charge by the number of words in the title of the meal. Service was very slow. Was ready to order dinner before we were even asked about drinks. Waited over 15 minutes for a drink from the bar. Wife wanted dessert. Was told there are no menus, just go to the dessert display and pick out what you want. She did, and it still took the almost 15 minutes to bring it to the table. Definately not a quiet romantic type of place. Was not thrilled with this restaurant. Will not go back for dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but noisy
    LPMd
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Would have given 5 stars but it was noisy, as has been noted by others. Pretty place but the noise really takes away from the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great cake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    my 24 yr old daughter chose BBs and that was a great choice, the cake was almost too pretty to eat, almost
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bbs is definitely a place to go!
    asaintlyrose
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was great and the desert, was amazing. Brought some friends visiting from Australia and they were definitely satisfied. Will go back again..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service > Food
    DrFrozen
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    If you are seeking a place where service matters more than the food you receive, bb's may be your place. My food was by no means terrible; it was quite palatable, but it lacked a certain memorable quality. The pizza was serviceable, but my girlfriend's pork fillet faired much better. The pork was tender and juicy, but I feel it lacked an added touch of flavor. While the food was less than memorable, the service was quite the opposite. Our server was attentive and helpful, even on a packed and noisy Friday night. I think if I were in the area, I would find myself going back, but I'm in no great hurry. I don't believe the food suited the expense, even with the fast and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Four of us enjoyed bbs twice on the same day -- for dinner before the symphony and for cappuccino thereafter. The crab cake sandwich and Mediterranean chicken salad were as good as ever and the German chocolate cake and the dark chocolate flourless cake proved to be excellent choices for our "decadent desserts." As usual, service was prompt and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    luvgreatservice
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This is a great place for business luncheon as well as after work happy hour and appitzers... Great place to dine for anniversary, birthdays, business clinents... After hours for desserts and coffee. The food here is wonderful! and the wait staff does not get any better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Aaroninho13
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service was perfect and the food was incredible. The dessert just even made it more enjoyable. I would come back here every other week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Hot Spot for sure!
    BHolbrookJax7
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My husband and I decided to dine at BB's since we were headed downtown (from the beaches) to see the Garth Brooks concert (and we had a Teal Deal's which is always a plus). We haven't been to BB's in years, but so glad that we went. The service was phenomenal - our server (and I wish now I remembered his name) knew that we only had an hour before having to head to the concert. We ordered two appetizers - the stuffed bruschetta and the crab cakes. Both were delicious. My husband ordered the flounder dish and it was a very nice portion and beautiful presentation . He loved it. I had the chicken dish with the au gratin potatoes (which I rarely have and I shared). The chicken was moist and tasty, as well as the potatoes. Just fantastic!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently a quality lunch spot
    Groovy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food and service are consistently of high quality. The restaurant can be a little tightly packed and loud at lunch, if you want to engage in a private conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Groovy
    carol
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    A delightful recommendation from our cab driver when we asked him to take us to either BB or river Marina. Great Prix fixe menu with solid alternatives and good wines. Incredible desserts and simply excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Dinner Out
    Dawne
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We went for our daughter's 21st birthday. The wine and mixed drinks were very good, and our server was knowledgeable about the wine list. We had a cheese plate as an appetizer, and it was fantastic. The server anticipated our need for more bread. We then ordered from the Prix Fixe menu, and split the appetizer, dinner & dessert between the three of us. Nobody left hungry, but it might have been the two bottles of wine ... Daughter's birthday recognition was low-key and classy -- just a "Happy Birthday" written prettily in chocolate sauce on her dessert plate. No singing/clapping servers, happily. Parking lot on site with free parking. We enthusiastically recommend bb's for a nice night out in Jacksonville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends
    Gigi
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It's always enjoyable to dine at bb's. Food is always delicious and service attentive. My other 3 dinner companions enjoyed their dinners very much and the fried green tomatoes "blt" appetizer was outstanding as always. My dinner this time was not as tasty as usual. I had the cobia dinner and it really didn't have much flavor and the cobia did not taste fresh. I was disappointed, which is the first time ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • finedining
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The service and meal were excellent! This is a great restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is good
    Exquisite
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    All is really good and the portions are big and the prices are reasonables I loved the coconut cake
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST
    GREAT
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food - Fabulous Beau (waiter) the BEST Did I mention food is Yummy? Leave room for dessert - OUT OF THIS WORLD! Bread Pudding, cakes...sooO good...they are GREAT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding new find
    Dianeplus2
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This was my whole parties first time dining with the restaurant and we definitely were not disappointed. We didn't have to wait at all and they noted that we did have reservations right when we walked in. The waiter was very professional and knew his material. There were 3 people in our party so each of us ate one of each of the options on the special menu. The food was delicious! I ate the salad for by appetizer, for my main course I ate the chief's pasta which was amazing, the flourless rocky road cake was a little to rich for me but the bread pudding was outstanding! I really enjoyed my time. Thank you for the great hospitality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My girlfriend and I celebrated my birthday with dinner at bb's. The food was very delicious. We enjoyed the grilled salmon salad and we snacked on crab cakes. Mallory was a dynamic waitress. She was so friendly and accommodating. She made our visit quite enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confused
    dubealone
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The staff was very accommodating as we arrived early for our reservation. We appreciated that. My husband's dinner was very good, the salad as well that we shared. Mine was confusing, it tasted okay but the description did not match the plate at all. I would not have ordered it if I had seen the dish. Pork loin is not a flat-iron cut. I think they are a little "frou-frou" in their descriptions of the dinners. That being said, I will go back for appetizers and small plates as well as pizza. It was also very noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many good places: bb's our favorite
    JaxJM
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My wife and I have lived in Jacksonville for almost three decades now, and we've had the chance to sample many nice restaurants- Marker 34, Bistro Aix, La Cena, Taverna- but our go-to favorite is bb's. It is a wonderful blend of fun and fancy, of fine and casual dining. The food is magnificent, the service attentive but never intrusive, and while it's not cheap it's priced fairly for the level of food and experience. The only caution I would give is that it's small, and the sleek, clean, modern interior can cause it to be a little loud. To me, that translates as a "fun" vibe, but those who want to be able to whisper at dinner might choose somewhere else. Oh, and save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    Divemastermark
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It was the first visit for my date, but I'm pretty sure we'll be going back. As always, the menu is inventive and appealing. Service is always attentive and every visit to the table comes with a smile. Don't forget to save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BB's
    Hannah
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our first dining experience at bb's. We had a late night dinner after the symphony, sat outside in the quietness of the evening with beautiful music, had fantastic wine at great prices, and indulged in well prepared and beautifully presented small dishes, all of which were quite pleasing to the palate!! We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good with one negative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food and service here were great. It was a little loud but I can overlook that downside. The one negative is that the restaurant added an 18% tip on my bill and my party was only 3 people. I normally tip 20% so the server missed out. I just do not understand the automatic tip on such a small party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    BB's is always super delicious and has fantastic wait staff. I have been going to BB's and its sister restaurant Biscotti's since opening. Their salads are my favorite and it is a great place for a girls lunch. I am excited to have them catering my upcoming wedding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very good spot before a show or concert. You can dine lite or a full meal with wonderful food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service-a little loud
    Pete
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've been there several times for lunch but this was my first time for dinner. The food and service were very good, but it was very loud in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food. Bad Service.
    IlovetoDine
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We where not greeted when we walked in. Some kid with some weird mustache who wasn't very outgoing finally came up to us. He seemed agitated when we asked him for a window seat. Service was even worse. We had been to Biscotti's many times with great service, this was different. It took ten minutes to be greeted. Server didn't introduce himself, didn't go over the menu, didn't refill drinks, and didn't prebuss at all. We where the first ones in the restaurant and it wasn't busy at all. Go to Biscotti's, much better service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Restaurant
    James
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love this place. The food was very creative and just flat out delicious! Service was great too. Definitely my new favorite restaurant in Jacksonville. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chelsea's review
    Chels
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I planned a night out with friends here on a Friday night. We were seated right away and our server was awesome. Good food/drinks. Will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate