Aqua Grill - Ponte Vedra

4.7
1164 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Consistently chosen as one of the "Top 25 Restaurants" by Jacksonville Magazine 2010-2020, Best Restaurant "Beaches" by Jacksonville Magazine 2020, "Diner Choice" Open Table and "Travelers' Choice Winner" Favorite Restaurant" Trip Advisor 2012-2020. Aqua Grill continues to wow its guests with superb cuisine and service for over 32 years. As one of the oldest and most successful owner operated restaurants in the Jacksonville area, Aqua Grill continues to differentiate itself from the masses by always delivering an unforgettable dining experience.
Appreciated by its customers for the expansive menu and seemingly endless choices of eclectic cuisine, Aqua Grill serves only the freshest gourmet seafood, steaks, live Maine lobster, creative pasta dishes. Dining choices at Aqua Grill include the casually elegant main dining room, the private banquet room, al fresco dining with lakefront patio seating or the ever popular lounge.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1164 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CFMB
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best friend was in town from Germany and have never been to Ponte Vedra. Surprised the best friend with lunch and experience, one of Florida’s finest.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! They have delicious Fried Green Tomatoes

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DavidW
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like the menu. Fresh seafood. Great Ambience. Attentive service. Reasonable wine list. Has been in business close to 30 years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was fantastic. We had the hummus plate as an appetizer- this was delicious. A flight of wine (didn’t love any of these- but that is a personal choice- I am sure others will enjoy). Settled on 2 different wines that we liked. One of us had the burger- which was excellent. The other ordered the king crab- it wasn’t bad just not as good at you would like it to be for almost $60. Ended with cream brûlée- also good. Overall, nice place. We would try again but not order the crab.

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RandyK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Way to expensive for the amount of food they serve. Won’t go back

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CaroleR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Requested outside table and was given one in the bar side against the divider. It was quite noisy due to two large group tables.
Service was extremely slow as it appeared outtside tables were full and possibly not enough staff.
Waitress was very nice and attentive when possible.
I was disappointed compared to the service I have had all the many times I have dined there.
Also very disappointed with lack of handicapped parking spaces. Only 2 alongside another building. None at the close ends of the parking lot rows.

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JackieM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! I would definitely go again and recommend it to anyone!

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vipSaint
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Good meal and setting. Felt the service lacked because there weee only two of us and she waited more on the larger tables. Waited long time for food and drinks. Had to get manager to pay our Bill. Other than that it was good.

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donc
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outside dining area was full, noisy and windy. Great food, but moderate overall experience.

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vipArtA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Would not come back

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vipPhilH
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience2

The manager needs to be educated about wine and port or she need to understand she needs get education on customers relation. I spent $450 and she refused to open a white port that she declared was a liquor I was willing to
Pay corkage but she said it is against the law which is so incorrect it is pathetic.

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Headhunter
Naples
70 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. It exceeded our expectations. The service was great and the food was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

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Anita
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to have dinner there. It had been a long time!!! Thank you for booking us especially the last minute!!! The place is still awsome!!

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LarryK
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always good. Our server, Hannah, was outstanding and we will look forward to booking in to her area in the future.

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goodies
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good, our waitress was great, very friendly staff. Overall good experience.

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vipFoodie
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipKezinnyc
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit after moving to the area in December. Had a friend visiting from NY and so chose to try this beautiful restaurant. View of wildlife on the lake was fantastic, food, drink and service all perfect. This may just be our new weekend go to place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great drinks and great service. We will definitely be back. The Bang Bang Cod was terrific. Only negative was being sat in a high traffic area.

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vipElizabethB
Jacksonville
635 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had lunch at an outdoor table as requested. She ordered the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich with a draft beer and I had the steak on pita/flatbread sandwich with a glass of Chardonnay. We both thought our food was delicious and a nice-sized portion. Service was excellent as well. Always a good choice for an outstanding dining experience outside overlooking the pond!

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Slvrbrd
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there in ages and can’t wait to go back. Food was superb as was service. Busy lunch time but we never felt rushed to leave our deck table.

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JohnM
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Outdoor seating is just beautiful. The service and drinks were exceptional, but my dinner was marginal. I ordered my favorite dish, Ossobuco and I added broiled scallops. The Ossobuco was just okay, but the scallops were very bland. If I return I won't order either of those two items.

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joannel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious ! Zack our waiter was attentive and made the overall experience better! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

A lot of bugs outside. Hostess was crying. Undermanned. Waitress served as buss boys:

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vipNOSEMAN
Jacksonville
23 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great menu with lots of healthy choices, fish, salads - you can't go wrong with
whatever you choose. We prefer eating outside with the lovely lakeside setting but
the inside has upscale, modern dining sections as well.

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NicholasM
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and ambience. The one complaint would be the noise level. It seemed that the surrounding customers were anxious for us to listen to them and not ourselves!

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vipVBFoodie
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Highly recommend. Will return when we next visit the area.

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Mlrs
Jacksonville
22 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were very busy with a large party outside...

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Shelley
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Treated friends to lunch. We sat outside and it would have been perfect if we could have turned the heater off. It’s all or none and I guess some wanted it on. It was a bit warm for it. We still had a great time and the food was great, as usual!

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RedRaven
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Ambiance of Aqua Grill was nice. However, the food was another matter. My Date and I wanted to order the Seafood Platter shown on the on-line menu. Once at the restaurant, this menu item was not available and had been replaced by a shrimp platter. This platter consisted of shrimp and fried potatoes. The dish was served hot and the shrimp were fresh but NOT tasty. I would classify this meal as slightly below or perhaps on par with Red Lobster. For appetizers my Date chose Seafood Chowder which she said was good. I chose the Meatballs which weren’t so tasty and consisted of more bread crumbs than beef. We ordered Moscato wine and received the wine in small dessert glasses. Total cost of the meal for two, $92.66. I NEVER mind paying the costs for good food as I have eaten at Matthews, Medure’s, Bistro Aix, Seasons 52, etc. This was a Forty-five minute drive to Ponte Vedra and a complete waste of time other than just getting out of the house.

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LorettaM
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lucked out getting a reservation at 5:15 PM on the afternoon prior. Sat on outdoor patio with overhead heater & gas fire: rejuvenating setting for sure. Met out-of-state friends with extended conversation, leisurely orders & no pressure from staff: was really appreciated!
Food was excellent. Will definitely make this a habit!

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TomB
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant and service but a little pricey.

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robertm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , food and atmosphere!
I’d recommend it to anyone for a great night out with family and friends .
I had the Chilean sea bass and it was outstanding

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RONKER
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots! Service and atmosphere is always great.. food is good, but could be better.

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ClaytonB
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

So initial impression was nice place, And it was. Appetizers were great, Problem was the main dishes. They were absolutely sub par. We all left with food still on our plate. There are many better options to choose. My advice would be to pass on this place.

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vipFrequentdiner
Salt Lake City
52 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It took us awhile to order because we were catching up with a friend. After placing out food order, took a very long while for food to arrive. Pleasant wait staff but it seemed like a lot of dropping of silverware by staff (while we were there) which was quite noisy. It’s a beautiful spot on the patio overlooking the water.

Food was very good as always. I ordered the fish on my salad to not be blackened but either it or the shrimp still tasted quite salty.

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Swerving
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Hospitality of hostess was lacking on the way in and on the way out. Service was good. Food was a bit greasy and messy to eat.

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ginc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of the Week

We attended the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Aqua Grill was hands down our best meal. We ate a meal by famous chef Art Smith at the Mariott a few nights prior and this meal put that one to shame.
I had caesar salad , appetizer ahi tuna, key lime pie. Caesar salad was mid size and fresh. tuna was best I have ever had but it is an appetizer portion so if you are not having dessert it most likely won't be enough. key lime was very good but I
enjoyed my husband's warm bread pudding with delicious sauce even more. He ordered
a salad and halibut and both were excellent. Meals were beautiful in presentation and with thoughtful combinations of fresh ingredients. Service was friendly and prompt.

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vipNancy
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our first time at the restaurant and we were celebrating a friends birthday. They went out of their way to just make our night so special.

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SweetG
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a real first class dinner that started with the delicious trio of oysters & 2 glasses of wine. My wife took our server's advice and ordered the Vidalia Crusted Flounder that was truly out of this world. I had the steak & lobster entree, & they were both grilled perfectly. Although we couldn't finish our entrees & had to take some home, we saved room for the tasty bread pudding. Oh my!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Aqua Grill several times, but this most recent visit I have to say they elevated their game. Food was fantastic and service was the best we have had there. We went with Seabass, but all the entrees looked outstanding. Wine was also a great selection and reasonably priced. We will return!!

FAQs

Aqua Grill - Ponte Vedra offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (904) 285-3017.

Aqua Grill - Ponte Vedra is rated 4.7 stars by 1164 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.