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29 South Eats

4.5
1205 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday- Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

If for any reason your requested time is unavailable on OpenTable please call the restaurant and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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Phone number
(904) 277-7919
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Scotty Schwartz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ash
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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.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Good food served with a smile. We will go back. Great find

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Hostess was incredibly nice and got us in ahead of reservation. She was a middle aged woman with blonde-gray hair. Probably the most genuine hostess we have ever had. Food was excellent and waiter(Drew) compted our drinks because he went to another table after we had already been there. It was a pretty good waiter but he was fake nice.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great setting. Casual but elegant. The mussels were the best I have had anywhere!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wonderful Mother’s Day buffet. Except we didn’t know it was a buffet-only day (or that they had one at all). Appreciated the call the day before to confirm the reservation, but perhaps would have been a good time to mention it. But overall experience was great.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful experience

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We’ve been to 29 South and as north Floridians, it has been our go to place on Amelia Island for years. This time, it was clear that things have changed. The service was subpar and our waiter didn’t give us the time of day—he actually didn’t come to the table to check on us and the only time we got service was when we asked for it from another wait staff who went to get him. My shrimp and grits were a huge disappointment—there were sliced onions in the grits and it came with 3 heavy tempura style fried shrimp that were heavily grease laden and also tasteless sautéed shrimp. My sister ordered their polenta without asparagus as a first course—it came out with asparagus and we found another table’s waiter to take it back and get a new one. My daughters steak was not a great cut of meat which really surprised us because in the past their steak special has been one of their bast entrees. The highlight of the meat was the seared scallops appetizer and it was a beautiful plate and a tasty dish! Hope whatever is broken gets fixed!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Awesome space with a very cool, locally inspired menu. Great service and interesting atmosphere. Great job

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Group of 6, everything went as planned and it was delightful. Great place to enjoy unique dishes.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Excellent food and amazing service. Our server was the best! Very accommodating to all our requests. The Fried chicken is incredible as well as the pork shank. We enjoyed every minute of it.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

A true standout and one of our favorite restaurants in Fernandina Beach. The food is always superb and beautifully presented. It feels like you are dining in your best friend's house and we always enjoy eating on the wrap around front porch whenever the weather dictates. The chef always prepares some specials which are well worth considering along with their diverse Southern menu favorites.

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2.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Our server wasn’t horrible but certainly needs to learn how to do his job better. Ask for an outdoor table and told they weren’t available by our server. I asked

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Mark was our amazing waiter - 10 ladies at brunch with Poinsetta orders! He was so patient with us making our choices and especially with getting me the BIG spooon for dessert! Great time great foods lots of fun!

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2.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Service was extremely extremely slow We ate outside and once the lights came on the bugs also came to feast (on us) which combined with the slow service accounts for about 70 percent of this rating. We’ve previously had great dinners here. The special appetizer (salmon on avocado toast) was tasty and interesting. The shrimp and grits underspiced and heavy, the duck pasta was good as was the beef short rib but not remarkable.

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2.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Food was good, and setting in an older home is charming. HOWEVER, the people seated at the table next to us (in an indoor area) where permitted to bring a damp, smelly basset hound into the restaurant on a rainy evening. They were seated after we had ordered appetizers, and the dog laid variously under the table, in the walkway, behind dining chairs during the meal. This seems like an obvious Board of Health violation and was totally unacceptable. Given that my parents suffer from allergies, the presence of a dog in the dining area was greatly disappointing and overshadowed the food and service. Though we've enjoyed dining here in the past, it's unlikely that we would return given an unacceptable policy about pets in the dining room. We cut our evening short, and declined to order dessert to more quickly leave the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Interesting and unique menu. Enjoyed the crab cake. The crust of the day was delicious--tomatoes, arugula, mozzarella and pesto drizzle--really enjoyed this. Chestnut Parpadella was good, a bit more sauce would have made it better. Great waiter--Mark

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Definitely didn’t live up to the hype. Read lots of good reviews however we just weren’t blown away nor were we impressed with our server. The guy running our food was so much friendlier and attentive than our actual server. Food was good just nothing memorable.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Our experience was disappointing because they were out of the one dish that we were there for.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Wonderful breakfast! super wait staff!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was phenomenal.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Food was amazing and the service was excellent

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great place to grab great food in a very nice casual setting downtown.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We ate at 29 South Eats for Sunday brunch. I had a sandwich with egg, sausage, and bacon. It was HUGE but just alright as far as taste. I had the potatoes that came with it and also got the cheese grits. They were SO good. We also had mimosas and we all agreed that they were one of the few drinks we’d had all weekend (we were on a girl’s trip) that we felt like actually had alcohol in them. Everywhere else we ate made their drinks super weak. The atmosphere and service were excellent. I think we wouldn’t have been as disappointed in the food had we not heard rave reviews all weekend from other people. It just didn’t live up to our expectations.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We went only for desserts and were aware of the constantly changing dessert menu as new items are continuously brought out for sale. We tried a slice of carrot cake (it was huge) and it was delicious-not overly sweet. We also had a croissant bread pudding with ice cream and that was served warm. It was rich but in a good way. The desserts are priced at $10 each, but are sized for sharing. We were traveling from out of town so probably will not return to try their main dishes but things that were being delivered to tables looked and smelled good.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Had a great evening! Nice service and delicious food!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was exceptional and creative. The service was also top shelf. We enjoyed it so much, we made a reservation to go back even before we finished dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

As always the food and service is excellent at 29 South. They have their own garden out back so a good amount of their vegetables/salads they serve are as fresh as possible. Many of the other items they serve are local ingredients as well. We have never had a bad meal there and have been many times.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Atmosphere was pleasant. Restaurant is small so it might be noisy if crowded, but we went early and only a few tables filled. Food was excellent--local ingredients creatively prepared. We had soup, shrimp and grits, and a mahi mani special. Dessert was also splendid.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

One of the few places open on Sunday nights in Amelia Island. Food was very
good as usual and thanks to Todd for the outstanding service.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Delicious food! Hometown feel
Mahi Mahi with succotash was superb. Fried chicken was yummy. A definite must when visiting the island.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great night celebrating a birthday.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

29 South is in a quaint historical house just up from the waterfront and down from Centre Street in Fernandina and has authentic cuisine to match. The ingredients were fresh and delicious, the service attentive without being obtrusive, and the recommendations flawless. The fried chicken with honey was cooked to perfection. Our gluten-free, dairy-free entree request was a seafood special prepared without any hesitation and simply delicious. The ambience was as comfortable and relaxed as being invited over to a friend's house for dinner. There were many creative choices up and down the menu, including for small plates, dessert, and drinks (wine and beer). The staff were laid back but focused simply on your best experience of the food. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Probably the best food we have ever eaten! And fabulous service too. An overall great evening. Definitely would recommend it.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Had a great dinner eating fish that we caught today. They cooked it three ways grilled,blackened and fried. All were delicious. Service was excellent. He gave great recommendations

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Tremendous southern food and hospitality. They were great with the kids and had amazing food- best of our trip. The fried green tomatoes, pulled pork, short rib and shrimp and grits all had high expectations and delivered well beyond. Casual, friendly atmosphere. Best of Amelia Island.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

This place was fantastic! If you are in downtown or even close to there it is a must. My husband and I went two nights in a row. We had multiple starters and a few entrees and everything was fantastic. They even grow some of the produce in the backyard! Service was also fantastic. Food feels creative, healthy, and upscale, and the atmosphere is local, quiet, and great serving sizes.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was fabulous and our server Todd was outstanding.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Overpriced for a brunch buffet. Food was decent but tended to be dry and cold. They didn't restock the buffet fast enough and people had to wait for food. Not a good value for money at $25 a head.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch. We had to wait for a "special table" to be seated right between the bathroom doors (literally) and the swinging kitchen doors and the servers' station. It made for a not so nice meal. The food was ok but not worth the brunch price. The eggs were outstanding and fresh. The remaining items were less than what would be expected for a special meal.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything was excellent but the polenta in a jar was sublime !

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Such great food. Such a great experience always. Always one of our favorites for brunch on the island with awesome options & service!

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