Vernon's Restaurant
Vernon's Restaurant

Vernon's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sawgrassmarriott.com/dining/vernons.aspx
  • Phone: 9042803405x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Served Nightly: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef Brett Smith / Chef de Cuisine Matthieu Landillon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Music at the Wine Bar from 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet with every purchase
A word from Vernon's Restaurant
Vernon’s Restaurant features fresh Florida seafood, masterfully cut chops, locally-sourced vegetables and an enviable wine list.

The namesake restaurant of Vernon Kelly, a member of the development team that crafted the renowned TPC Sawgrass course with architects Pete and Alice Dye and former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman, is a destination for foodies as well as families. Enjoy breakfast or dinner and a floor-to-ceiling window view to the resort’s signature waterfall and lagoon, or watch the sun come up or go down on TPC Sawgrass.
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Vernon's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (9)scenic view (8)good for groups (6)fit for foodies (4)neighborhood gem (4)notable wine list (3)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • John
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    NICE AND ROMANTIC, FOOD GOOD, NOT GREAT, SERVICE GREAT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Place
    gateman
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Service and atmosphere were A+. The soup bar is unique and very tasty with the 3 bowl cup.the drinks from the Bar were very good.It is a little pricey but a great special occasion venue. Taking a walk around the Sawgrass Marriott added to the dining experience.Nice people all the way from enter to exit.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    Wendy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are strong supporters of Marriott properties in general and usually have excellent food experiences. However, after looking forward to trying Vernon's, we were extremely disappointed. The "catch of the day," snapper, in entree #1, was NOT fresh, and in fact smelled & tasted fishy. The lamb chops in entree #2 were very fatty. We tried the lobster strudel for an appetizer, which was tasteless. We did like the calamari as a second appetizer, however. Also, they have a 'Soup Bar' which was interesting and liked 2 of 4 soups. Service was good. This is an expensive restaurant, and the food presentation was lovely, however, we expected higher quality. We live close by now, and are Platinum Marriott members, but we do not plan to return here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great views of the pond and waterfalls on the Sawgrass Marriott property. All entrees include the soup bar. We tasted 4 varieties, all delicious. Entree prices were in the high $20s to $40s, a bit high we thought . The shrimp appetizer included 3 large shrimp; we thought the price of $16 was excessive. Our short ribs and grouper entrees were $29 and $35, respectively. Bottom line -- excellent service in a pleasant setting but the food seemed to us to be a bit overpriced. The wine list mark up, however was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service - Food just ok
    ShanklyVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Enjoyed the restaurant overall. The location in proximity to the hotel is it's key obviously. The staff was excellent in making it feel like a nice restaurant, but the food was mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ouitstanding
    Skip
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is the third time we have dined at Vernon's and we have not had a bad experience anytime we have attended the evening dinning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 33 reviews are from the Vernon's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Early on a Saturday
    DJinJAX
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Everything was delightful as our reservation and seating was early on a Saturday before TPC. The restaurant was empty except for a few tables. The chowder bar was enjoyable but filling. The bill reflects Vernon's being in a hotel rather than the upscale nature. It was more expensive than I would have thought.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening
    Rayern
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Really recommend this restaurant to everyone. Not a typical hotel restaurant but a restaurant with flair. Excellent food and good ambiance. We good service level and prefect wine list for everyone's level. The free chowders included with the entrees are a must.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • umimpressive
    foodieinpvb
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    limited menu, couldn't find a bottle of wine that I would over pay for, soups were ok, meal was good..... Not impressed... Might go back to sit in the bar area.......
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • beachbum
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We recieved a promo to check out Vernons so gave it a try. Glad we did, rediscovered a near by restaurant that we'd kind of forgotten about. The food was very good and there is a nice happy hour at the bar with half price wine and apps.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our party of 8 over taxed
    OasisH2O
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Our party of 8 over taxed our server. Perhaps he had too many tables. However the restaurant was empty at the beginning of our meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Atmosphere and Food
    Kcon17
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The restaurant has been beautifully remodeled (long overdue) and the food was very good (not outstanding). They offer a complementary soup bar to begin the meal. Prices are relatively high but you are in a hotel. Martina's are $12 and $13.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we loved the amazing windows-what
    judy
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    we loved the amazing windows-what a view-best lobster I've had since I moved here six years ago-truly a maine lobster tail-all of us enjoyed our meals-my husband loved his soup-definetly will return-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We had an excellent meal last friday. The dining experience was four and a half stars.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Got a coupon in the mail...
    PvbfoodVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Glad we had coupon. Chowder bar was good... enjoyed the appetizers. Entrees... ribeye and pan seared grouper were good... not great. Prices were a little high for the quality. Wine list inconsistent. Some great prices on good wines and some prices, way out of line with other local restaurants. Again, not bad, but so many other better places to eat in Ponte Vedra Beach. Service was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun for all
    Vacationfor2
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We dined at m Vernon's with a party of 6. Everyone enjoyed the food and the service. We all had the Vernon's salad which was nice. But we all had different entrées. From fish to steak with no complaints or regrets. Thanks Vernon's
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Wonderful
    PonteVedraDiners
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Great new addition to the local dining scene! Service was one of the best we have had in the area and that's saying a lot considering the local restaurants. Prices were reasonable with a great wine list and something for everyone. Definately will be back with food, service and management that this place has!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful new upscale restaurant
    MaryJaneVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great service and friendly staff. Chowder bar is cute concept. Food was fine--not exceptional--service was fabulous! We will come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We're locals and were reluctant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We're locals and were reluctant to try a hotel / resort restaurant. It was first class, stacks up well against any restaurant in the area. Hope it does well. Great spot especially for golfers Chowder bar was great - challenge is not to overdo it! A bit pricey, but very good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    PVBeachDiners
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    What a pleasant surprise! The restaurant has a subtle 1920's appeal while remaining modern and attractive. The Filet's are excellent and the enhancements for the steak and fish are impressive. Excellent wine list with something for everyone. Service was attentive and professional yet friendly and personable. Definitely coming back and highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Daniel
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at Vernon's. Their chowder bar is u
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent hotel restaurant
    jennie
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We had a great time! The chowder bar was impressive. Great ambience for a quiet romantic dinner for two or a dinner among friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I ordered the salmon appetizer
    JiimVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I ordered the salmon appetizer served cold which in two of the three thin slices had bones in it as well as a scale. My entree was grouper oscar which was, when delivered to the table, warm but not hot. The grilled vegetables served with it were very good, but again, warm.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The kitchen was very busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The kitchen was very busy serving the restaurant guests and Gator Bowl fans and players. The food seemed like it had been prepared in advance and left warming--dry fish. The waitstaff was very attentive and friendly. I would go back in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Night Out
    TKeeler
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I called ahead and spoke with the GM William Mahon, and he accomodated a special request that I made of him for my wife's birthday dinner. We found the venue elegant & well maintained. Our waiter Mabrouck remembered us from some of our outings at the Augustine Grille, and took good care of us throughout the meal. Executive Cheff Brett Smith delivered Lobster Strudel to my wife personally, which was not on their New Year's Eve menu, explaining that this recipe was his creation from a time he worked in Arizona. If you like lobster at all, this is a must have -- you will not regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacks energy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Good: love the redesign & view.Chowder bar delicious.Wonderful concept.. Grilled Salmon & Grouper were nicely done & tasty. Bad: Scallop dish way too salty, spinach was minimal considering it was the veg that came w the dish. Ugly: for a Marriott Resort/Spa property to run out of Stoli AND Belvedere vodka on a Saturday night is inexcusable and the bar was empty! Also inexcusable was in making our reservation I wrote a message that it was my husbands birthday. This was absolutely ignored. We were very disappointed as we were looking for a new local restaurant in this area. The place is very impressive and Marriott did a fabulous job at the "new look". Hope they get their act together with promotions. Place lacked energy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Christmas Dinner
    pvbdiner
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    5 course Prix fixe menu - choices of 4 soups, 3 salads, appetizer, entree and wide selection of desserts. Rack of lamb very tasty. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive and innovative
    BusinessTravlrVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Our family had a terrific dinner at Vernon's recently. The porcupine crabcake and lobster strudel appetizers were tremendous. We lived in Annapolis for many years and Vernon's crabcake rivaled the best we would have found in Maryland. We can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    SuperbVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    This was our first time at this new restaurant within the Sawgrass Marriott. They are having outstanding happy hour 5 -6 with 1/2 priced wine, beer & superb appetizers: lobster strudel & raw oysters. We then had an early dinner in beautifully decorated dining room. Steak & fish were very good + had chowder bar offerings that were quite good. Service was outstanding in bar & restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vernon's
    Hannah
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    We have been dining at Augustine Grill for the past 17 years. The food and the chef have always been great. This is the first time for us in Vernon's. The menu was impressive. We, unfortunately, would not rate the food as highly as the preparations in Augustine Grill. Will come back, though, in order to give it another try.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient for Marriott Guests
    MoonstruckOneVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    The host was very welcoming. The waiter, though attentive, tried to push courses we did not want & I find that offensive. They offer complimentary soup. The crab chowder was good. The fillet mignon was cooked to death, but graciously reckoned. The rib eye, though tasty, was nowhere near the menu size. Entrees came w nice free sides. The wineidt had reasonable reds.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    EApvb
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We liked the previous restaurant (Augustine's) in the Marriott and thought food and service were excellent. Our first visit to Vernon's was just ok, but nothing special for the price of the evening. Also missed the cheese plate which was a previous favorite. Nice wine selection and attentive service from waiter and manager. Didn't feel it had much ambiance for a date night, so maybe better for a family dinner or brunch on the weekend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your typical hotel restaurant
    TMKPVBVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Picked this newly reconceptualized hotel restaurant for location not necessarily the menu and was pleasantly surprised. A terrific venue, with a "cool" vibe, The food lived up to the Decor. The complimentary chowder bar was unusual and delicious. The breadsticks are yummy and well seasoned. Service was knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. All in all, a lovely evening for group of seven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great unique flavorful dishes
    spark
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Great unique flavorful dishes with knowledgeable server. Chowder bar is a treat. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    This is a great new restaurant in Ponte Vedra Beach. My husband and I stayed for 3 nights and came back each night to try something new and we're never disappointed. The servers were great! They knew the menu and how the dishes were prepared. We loved the variety of fresh fish and different chowders. (Lobster and crawfish was my favorite) my husband and I also loved that the staff honestly seemed to care. You don't find that too much these days. The manager was always talking with the guests and interested in feedback and nothing seemed rushed. Overall great dining experience. Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fantastic fine-dining experience
    ConradVanDeMark
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    This is an awesome new restaurant in the Ponte Vedra area. I was very excited to try this out, and my expectations were far exceeded. They offer complimentary valet service. When we got into the resort, the restaurant caught my eye right away. It is furnished and decorated very beautifully. As the hostess walked me and my dinner guest to our table, she gave us a brief tour of the restaurant including some of the artwork, and Vernon's "private table." The food was delicious and elaborately presented. They offer a complimentary chowder bar with every entree. I had the beef short ribs, and they were so tender. We also ordered a bottle of wine from their LONG list (they even have 30 bottles for under $30). A true dining "experience!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newly opened
    eagleVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Hard opening 4 days ago;however,restaurant and staff have been here for some years.The menu is ambitious and the presentation is excellent. It is a hotel lobby restaurant that has been redone very well,the views during daylight would be outstanding.the occupancy this evening was about 25%,including, a large table of Marriott staff. Our server, who worked in their downstairs pub for some time,was abominable,lazy,and in some netherworld.When servers disappear for some time,I actually got my own drink from the bar,are reported to the manager,then disappear again for even longer,when not really busy,there is a serious problem with management as well.Another long term server,who knew us ,came to the rescue. .
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant at the beaches
    kenzo32082VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The only negatives were Vernon's lacks the intimacy of the Augustine Grill and the valet parking needs to staff better. Now the positives • The best staff in the beaches by far. • More expansive menu • Food quality is top shelf - The swordfish was exceptional and the NY Strip was cooked perfectly • Not the largest wine list in the Jacksonville area, but very approachable with some good values, and only a few on the high side. • Seating is very comfortable and you never feel crowded • Very upscale atmosphere • The soup and chowder bar is unique, with a great selection of choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining room is beautiful and
    muffincakesVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Dining room is beautiful and feels exactly like you have stepped into a fancy magazine. Food took longer than expected to arrive. Had the parmesan crusted grouper which was slightly over cooked. The dish had great flavor due to the vegetables and sauce but the fish was a bit bland. Doubt we will be back as there are several other restaurants in the area we enjoy more.
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