29 South Eats

4.4
1580 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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. Florida Trend magazine has awarded 29 South the coveted Golden Spoon every year since 2010.
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robertjfeezor
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational restaurant. I would say "hidden gem" but I suspect it is well known to many. From the tomato soup, the pork chops, shrimp and grits, burgers, and then ..... coffee and donuts. Amazing all around. Rivals the best restaurants I have ever been to. The staff was perfect as well. I can't wait to return.

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HollyH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Southern chicken was disappointing. Chicken itself was crispy and well cooked but under seasoned. Served on top of Mashed potato’s and 5 green beans. Could Have benefited from a nice peppery milk gravy.

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EdgarB
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Vibe and decor like New Orleans. Quiet. Very good food.

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ajames
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I typically love the honey chicken, but the pieces were quite small and the breading was dry and overwhelming. My companions' shrimp and fish entrees were good..........but not memorable. Did 29 South change chefs from prior years............the desserts......flourless chocolate cake with butter pecan ice cream and the donut/coffee ice cream in the mug............were superb as usual.............but overall, a disappointing experience.

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vipJaneH
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the shrimp and grits! I visit this restaurant once a year when I am in town.

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RandyL
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine Dining at very reasonable prices. Excellent staff, all knowledgeable and caring.

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vipKathyT
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have been to this restaurant many times and have always been happy. This time the food was not as good.
I had the short ribs and they were over cooked. The potatoes however were under cooked. This was a busy weekend
On the island so I am hoping that it was just a fluke.

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RogerK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of favorite eateries in Fernandina Beach. Excellent food, attentive service. Limited seating inside so reservations are a must in cool weather.

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RichardL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! The food was amazing. Our server was wonderful.

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viptravlib
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food. Unusual food combos which added to the positive food experience. Wait staff seemed stretched too thin to be attentive to the customer

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TonyA
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been here many times and they do a great job. Food is always fresh, delicious and the service awesome!! Highly recommend this place.

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vipPhillyvisitor
Jacksonville
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An Amelia Island classic, consistently good, interesting food using the freshest of ingredients. Service is professional and pleasant. Location is great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special night of specials. We loved our starter, the Chefs Daily Market Inspired Crostini followed by a great garden salad with citrus vinaigrette. Our entree special was a brined salmon with fresh vegetable—delicious. Capped with “coffee and doughnuts” bread pudding dessert.

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vipDougL
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! Great food and excellent service.

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vipBetty
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

this has been one of our favorite restaurants in Fernandina Beach but this year it was a really poor eating experience. We had children with us who ordered a hamburger and McDonalds would close if ever they served a rubbery hard overcooked burger like this . One son had short ribs that should have been illegal they were also so rubbery as the hamburgers were. The plates did not even pretend to be fine dinning , empty of all niceties and decoration . We really debated asking for a refund which I have never thought of in a restaurant of this caliber . Before they charge others for a meal I hope they wake up and get something right .

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eve was our server, she was friendly and very helpful. Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience in every regard. Our meals, scallops over grits, crab cake, and grilled romaine salad, were all excellent. And our server, Amanda, is one of the nicest and most professional servers we have ever had. I highly recommend 29 South if you are visiting Fernandina Beach.

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vipLugeneC
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to 29 South for our Valentine dinner and it was awesome.

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LadyKate
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always, the staff was pleasant and efficient.The menu changes fairly regularly and ours had lots of fresh (think local) seafood deliciously prepared. The salads were fresh from there own gardens. Beware: servings are huge. Consider sharing.
Prices were very reasonable.

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vipTSGriffis
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Evening was great and all the food was good except one meal was bad. The fish was really dry. Service was amazing.

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vipLovegoodfood
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve eaten here several times and each time has been great!

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MarkF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great dinner! Southern inspired food done superbly... The shrimp and grits are among the best I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service. Terrible food. Sat by the kitchen and caught a glimpse of the kitchen and it was incredibly dirty. Ordered three appetizers and one was inedible.... the lobster corn dog was undercooked and the raw batter oozed out when cut into. Fried green tomatoes were decent, although overly battered. Once we saw the kitchen, we stopped eating, paid for our appetizers and left. We walked over to Amelia Tavern where we had a great meal. Don’t waste your time and money here!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! We had a crazy party of 12 and our wait staff handled like rock stars. The food was completely beyond on point. Love every moment of our time there!

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We are locals and have dined at 29 South on several occasions. This was not a good experience. The chicken dinners were tough, the meat particles had little white meat and the portions small. Sadly, the best part of our meal was the dinner salads. The competitive market is strong on Amelia Island especially for fried chicken dinners so 29 South is going to have to up their game for success.

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JuneW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous night with exceptional food and service. New ownership is setting the standard high!

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vipmike
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Not very positive, menu is not very extensive, room even though not crowded was loud, ambiance leaves a lot to be desired...food was okay, nothing to rave about...was looking forward to it but was disappointed

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JackieG
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time there. Will go back

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HeinzR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service, all of the food was very good, we look forward to checking the upcoming new menu

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JimC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good! Great place for a good night out!

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vipMikeB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Pan seared scallops and shrimp pappardelle were our two main courses and both were fantastic. It is all about how everything complements each other to create a culinary experience worth writing about.

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vipbobc
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Reputation as best on Amelia is long since gone. Second chance tonite was a confirmation. Food quality was mediocre.
Will not return. It was a previous favourite.

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vipRonL
Jacksonville
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having visited the restaurant on several occasions, it is good to enjoy a continued great level of quality food options along with helpful and attentive staff.

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LouisR
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and friendly service!

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vipIlsa
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

charming setting, great service, good food. the fried chicken was especially delicious.

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vipCodyK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food

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BruceB
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great ambiance and service but food was average at best. Ran out of some beers early on a Friday night. Tuna was over cooked and bland. Ran out of smashed potatoes so had to settle for fries. Terrible value of an upscale Bistro. We would not recommend.

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vipScott
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fine dinner. Sorry to hear that it may close. Simple crust and fried chicken are great pair

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vipShadow
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Drab interior. Very slow service. Entree overcooked. Poor seating. Very drafty table location.

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vipEileen
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Really disappointed. Atmosphere felt much different than previous times. There was an off odor in the restaurant. Lighting was terrible and could hardly see the menu or food. Likely our last time there.

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29 South Eats is rated 4.4 stars by 1580 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.