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The Blind Fig
The Blind Fig

The Blind Fig Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theblindfig.com
  • Phone: (904) 337-0146
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm,
    Sun: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, American, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Stanford
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: College Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Blind Fig
The Blind Fig is a southern gastropub offering an eclectic ambiance in a polished casual setting with great food and a big city bar promoting the best local ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "It was our second time at Blind Fig. Loved it so much the first time, however our second visit not as great. Good appetizers but we all thought our entrees were way too spicey, it was overbearing and I couldn't finish my dinner. I really like to taste the food that I'm eating. I ordered a glass of wine that never came. The waitress kept coming by the table and apologizing that it was taking so long (blaming the bartenders), but after about 15 minutes everyone at my table had finished their drinks so I just cancelled my glass of wine. We will go again, hopefully our experience will be more like our first visit there."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was my third trip to the Blind Fig, each with a different group of friends. I have always held hope that it's interesting menu would finally hit stride and deliver on it's promises. But, it never has. My first trip the food was WAY too greasy, the second trip was bland, and this last trip, my final trip, saw everyone complaining about the excessive saltiness if every dish. The fried green tomatoes and blue cheese chips remaining great choices, but I suggest you stay away from everything else."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The service and cook times were horrible. It took 45 minutes to get our first round of drinks. There were a couple of mixups and delays with the food. The manager on duty did comp some items, but she did not do a good job of keeping us informed of what was going on and making sure we were taken care of. We were there for a birthday celebration, but were not even offered to see a dessert menu. I don't think I have ever had that bad of a dining experience. I would never recommend it."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It took over a half hour to receive our drink orders. One person's entree came out 45 minutes before the others. When the rest of us received our entrees they were not correct. The ones that were correct were cold. We specifically went to this establishment because of the good reviews, friends were visiting from out of town and wanted to go to a unique place to eat. Unfortunately it did not impress. Oddly enough, it wasn't even extremely busy. We will definitely not return here . We will not recommend that anyone dine at The Blind Fig."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The atmosphere is great, food very good, service staff nice, but the ability to get drinks, even first, and subsequent was more than slow."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "When you first walk in it is a beautiful restaurant, modern, clean, then comes the food we got an assortment of things between about 10 people, every thing was yum! The fried green tomatoes were great, fried chicken was tasty and huge portion. The only thing I was a little disappointed was with the shrimp and grits only got a few shrimp( maybe 4), and just the flavor i wasn't crazy about. But every thing else was great, service good also!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I went to Blind Fig on a lunch date with my wife, and it was very nice. We have been before for dinner, and it is equally as good then. The food was very good, the service was excellent, and we will definitely return again."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Chop was awesome, potato chips, grouper cheeks are a must!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Had a really great meal at The Blind Fig -- everything we had was top notch, from the fried green tomato starter to the unique cochon de lait main (and the desserts were fantastic too, especially the skillet bread pudding). I was also quite happy with the selection of Florida-based beers on tap. Service was fine, but was a little slow/inattentive at times."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Decent food but skimpy servings for the price and took a while to get food considering there were so few customers."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Everything across the board was darn good. Great ambience, service, specialty drinks, appetizers and food in general."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My husband and I were able to have drinks, an appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert for $50 here on a Sunday night! The Gorgonzola Chips are delicious and they don't skimp on the cheese sauce at all. I ordered the sage brown butter gnocchi with gator sausage, kale and mushrooms which was tasty, and pillowy, and delightful, but not the best thing I ever ate. My husband chose the bison sliders and was satisfied with them even though you only get two small sliders with a large side of fries. Our ice cream sandwich dessert consisted of lavender shortbread cookies with fresh peach ice cream. I think we could probably just get an appetizer and dessert next time and be totally satisfied. I'll be back again for these alone!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great food and service. It was my first visit here and certainly worth a return visit the next time I'm in town."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Poor service. Explanation of specials did not match what was served. Did not like meals ordered."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Food, service and drinks were amazing! We had apps, entrees and dessert and all were 5 stars. My husband and I haven't had a great all around dinning experience like that in a long time. Great job Blind Fig!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Overall the dining experience was good. Some of the dishes were really great and others could have been better, but were still good. I would highly recommend the fried green tomatoes appetizer. The service was okay. The food came out fast, but the server could have been a little more attentive. The atmosphere was nice with a variety of table options to suit everyone's needs. Parking at this restaurant is difficult on a Friday or Saturday night."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I've been to The Blind Fig a lot, but my parents hadn't been and they've been wanting to try. Father's Day was the perfect day. We had my nephews with us and though the menu isn't exactly kid friendly (which we knew ahead of time, but we were going to make it work), our server Kelly made awesome suggestions to accommodate two five year old palates. Kelly was amazing and the food was so damn good. My dad usually says "It was alright" everywhere we go, but rarely does he say he'd willingly come back to a place. He's a guy that eats canned corned beef hash, but he can always taste the value in well prepared food made with the great ingredients."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I had checked out the brunch menu online, and it showed fish tacos, which I planned on getting. When we arrived, the tacos were not on the menu. I ended up ordering the french toast with a side of bacon. The french toast was decent, and the bacon was good; however, I received two slices of bacon for $4.00. I guess because they brought the bacon in a cup, they charged a higher price than other places. It would seem that they could give you three slices. Overall, the breakfast was okay, but I guess I was expecting better than okay. It could have been what I ordered or the lunch or dinner items might be better, but I would not be in a rush to go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Go to the Blind Fig! This place was amazing everything was awesome! Creative menu, good drinks, very neat place. Also good bars like the Garage and Rogue right nearby"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have been overly satisfied during my other visits but this experience was very displeasing. Waiter took his time, the crab empanadas I ordered were unavailable after orders were placed and the desert was missing the filling. I love this restaurant, but this night was horrible and embarrassing since I took someone new to experience what I would normally consider a great restaurant. It might be a while before I give them another try. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was still good, but it feels like they missed a step from past visits."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Although I'm an older customer (63) I found the experience refreshing and mildly exciting. The service was excellent and the food was very good. All four of us came away very satisfied withe the experience. There is NO place like this in Jacksonville."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our meals were excellent, fresh and served hot, and our server was very attentive and friendly. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "amazing burgers and ambience, I will definitely go back for burgers and more. loved it though it is kind of difficult to get there"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Cold appetizers followed (immediately) by cold entrées. One of our diners was given her meal to hold since there was no room on the table to put it down. No cutlery and forget about getting lemons for water. When the manager was given the opportunity to make it right, he brought everything back and had it all micro-waved. Not really looking for anything for free but at this point even dessert or a drink would have showed a caring response. This is an expensive restaurant and this type of service isn't even tolerated at fast food chains. Will never go back and will share this bad experience with many friends. I so look forward to going out to dinner after a long work week. This was a big disappointment."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We started with cocktails, which were hit or miss. The eponymous Fig Manhattan is quite good, but the other three we tried were either poorly balanced, too boozy, or presented wrong (on rocks when should have been up). The starters were not as billed on the menu -- "heirloom tomatoes" came out as cherry tomatoes, gorgonzola was ordinary blue cheese. The mains were generously sized and tasty, but not show-stopping. The building is beautiful, but some of the attention lavished on the decor should have gone to training a more consistent waitstaff. Menu seems to reach too hard to stay on theme. Nothing that Black Sheep and Orsay don't do for the same price, and do better."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The Blind Fig has a very interesting menu, a funky ambience and a very nice cocktail list with some unexpected ingredients. Unfortunately, the execution of the menu leaves much to be desired. The pork belly and oyster sandwich, two of my favorites, is exceptionally greasy. I thought it was an off night, so I ordered it the second time I went. It was even greasier. Everything is just not quite there. It tries hard to be a foodie establishment, but can't make it last the written menu. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The only thing missing is a deeper wine list. Great space, great food. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Wonderful brunch...... Loved the bottomless mimosas :)"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were looking for a restaurant in the Riverside area and found The Blind Fig.....what a treat! Our server, Griffin, was top notch and the food was excellent! We will definitly be returning!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I'd waited to try this due to mixed reviews, which has again proven I shouldn't listen to anyone. I also make a habit of asking wait staff what their favorites are and this strategy worked wonders in this case. Blue crab Mac n cheese, shrimp and crawfish cakes on a bed of arugula with a scrumptious sauce, and lastly the mouth-watering fried green tomatoes with goat cheese crumbles - all to die for. My skinny friend and I polished off almost all of it! I will most definitely be back! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Our theater party was pleasantly surprised by this Sunday brunch après theater venue. Everything about it was great. The decor was innovative and modern. Food was really creative and delicious. The wait service was great but it was a slow day so we will have to come back when it is busy to get a better idea. But we will be back! Overall, extremely pleased. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • " My group of 4 friends meet once a month for dinner. After trying many fine restaurants in Jacksonville, we finally found a place that has it all: ambiance, great food, excellent service and a balance between just enough vibrant activity and quiet enough that we could actually carry on conversations comfortably. We will definitely go back. We were thrilled to actually have a place to park, also! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We had a group of 10 people in town and trying to find a place where everyone will be happy can sometimes be a challenge. The Blind Fig fit the bill perfectly. We were able to book online which is simple and hassle free. The selection of beers, wines and cocktails were intriguing and unique to Jacksonville. The food was fabulous, hands-down. Eclectic combinations of salty, sweet and savory combine beautifully. The menu was not overflowing with options but there was enough variety of meats, styles and combinations to satisfy. I definitely recommend this restaurant as a gem of Jacksonville foodies."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Went for Easter dinner with the girlfriend. Best meal I ever had. Got the deconstructed Elvis sundae. It came with candied pork belly!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We went here for Easter brunch. The food was great and the service was good."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My husband was unhappy with his steak dinner but I thought my fish dinner was good. I guess it depends on what you order."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had reservations for Blind Fig, and it is recommended, we ate on an 'off' slow night, but the waitress said they are usually packed on the weekend. Food was awesome! I loved the Blue Pear Salad and the homemade Gnocchi was one of the best I've had! My husband loved the Crab Mac and Cheese. Cheese plate wasn't really anything special, and the Moonshine Mojito wasn't all that either. However, the drink with the fig infused bourbon was really tasty and unique! Beyond the food, the atmosphere and service were great!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Although we asked for a quiet table we were seated in the bar or loudest section. Not sure the staff is all onboard. The food quality was good but was not delivered timely and was almost cold when served. Hope they get it together soon would be ashame to see the restaurant unsuccessful."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "So far, it seems that not many people have discovered this place... The food is eclectic and tasty. Definitely have to just leap and adventure into what the menu offers. The combinations they have created are fantastic and the portions are perfect."
    Dined on 3/26/2014