Gilbert's Underground Kitchen

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553 reviews
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Contemporary Southern
Celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert Brings Seasonal Southern Neighborhood Dining to Fernandina Beach with the Opening of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen.
Underground Kitchen will Feature Rotating Monthly Menus Showcasing Different Culinary Themes, While Also Serving as a Culinary Think Tank for Local and Traveling Talent.
All of the dishes at UK are intended to be shared, and will come out of the kitchen as they are ready. Menu highlights include: BBQ Alligator Ribs with Carolina Gold Rice Porridge, Padron Peppers and Brussels; Muscovy Duck Tasso Ham with Pickled Pineapple, Anise, Mustard Leaves and Country Bread; and Smothered Organic Chicken and Dumplings with Green Beans, Carrots and Sage. Collards, Hoppin John, Mac and Cheese and Cheese Grits will all be offered as a side, while desserts include: Coca Cola Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Chocolate Icing and Dried Cherry Preserves; Yam Turnover with Buttermilk Glaze, Blackberries and Cracked Pepper; and Banana Fosters Parfait.
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Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great menu, in theory

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Florida! Kenny truly makes exceptional barbecue with the utmost attention to detail!

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AH
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was our second time and we really enjoyed food at Gilbert's. Great barbecue meat and delicious vegetables. Not your regular barbecue joint, more flavor and sinful way of cooking, my crispy brussels sprouts were out of this world but deep fried to perfection. We will be going there again soon!

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HJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Authentic Southern staples treated with respect in a comfortable setting. Amazing variety of smoked and fried meats, greens, grains and sides make dinner selections all the more challenging - we had to share!

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was to spicy. The brisket was tough and hard to eat. The sides were good. The kids Mac and Cheese and fries were also spicy. Toddlers like plain Mac and Cheese and fries.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The biggest problem was the sangria. My wife and I ordered the Underground Red which was advertised as red sangria with ginger and basil. It tasted like watered down red blend wine. No taste of ginger or basil. The waitress brought us extra basil but that didn’t help. We asked for our mains to arrive after our appetizers were finished but our waitress brought them while we were still eating the apps. When we brought this to her attention she blamed it on a party of 45 that evening. But, that party was just starting to arrive. Food was a bit pricy but decent. Fried green tomatoes were small and greasy. Chicken skins were excellent. Catfish and bbq plate were ok. All in all, I thought that $101 (including tip). Was a bit much for bbq and weak sangria.

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SS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is spectacular. Unrushed but attentive. We asked a question that the server couldn't answer and he went back and checked for us bringing the manager out to explain in some detail.

They ran out of a local beer I asked for and, get this, someone went out and got more at 8:00 in the evening. Wow-how awesome is that!

We loved sitting on the small patio in back

We loved everything we ordered but the burnt ends were just as delectable for breakfast:), in case your so inclined

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for barbecue. Food is very good. Staff is friendly.

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BH
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The only problem was I was charged full price when I ordered lunch portions. I had to come back after.. To not embarrass my party. My turkey just a little dry. Which I expected when it's cooked on smoker

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous sides, soups and welcoming, friendly service made our experience a great one. The roast turkey was a bit dry and many of the dishes had enough calories to sustain a platoon in basic training. We didn't delve into the cocktail list, sticking with a bottle of Sauvignon, but the drink descriptions seemed at once edgy and classic. Next time we'll take a family-style Tapas approach and share dishes -- less food, more sampling.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic . Fisherman’s stew and paella was delicious

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j
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!

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BF
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Your menu is truly Southern. The combination of the smoke flavor and the spicy hit is a great match. Service is outstanding. We live on the south end of the island (Summer Beach by the Golf Club of Amelia) so we have now know how long it takes to get to Gilberts. We have been there six times in the last few weeks and you be a regular destination from now on.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

No host onsite when we walked in and it took a good 7-10 minutes before anyone came out to seat us. But once seated the service and food was amazing!!!!

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LF
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always feel like we are sneaking a great meal at this little hideaway! Shshshsh.... don't spread it around but this place has fantastic food! Mac and Cheese.... Chicken Fat.... the awesome Brussels Sprouts!!! And then there is the MEAT!! Ok... you can tell people but just tell a few!

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grest intro to southern cuisine on first day of our trip. Collard greens were amazing, the ribs and brisket and burnt ends were to die for. Will def go back before we leave.

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L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time at Gilbert’s and we will definitely go back! Cozy environment and child friendly. The food was amazing! Eclectic southern cuisine. I had smoked fried chicken thighs and biscuits with a side of collard greens. Others in the group had smoked turkey and brisket which they said were great! Kids had buttered pasta which they devoured! Restaurant is small so I would make reservations!

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Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing! Go eat here don’t hesitate just do it! Even the sides are amazing!

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London
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best BBQ meals.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re from Houston and my mom and I love visiting Amelia Island. We visited three years ago and were BLOWN AWAY by the food! We’ve told everyone we can since and we finally made it back last night. We were impressed yet again! The ribs, brisket, potato salad and brussel sprouts were outstanding! Service was great and the ambiance was perfect. We will be back!

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, not too fancy - just basic good food. And reasonable prices and friendly staff.

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DW
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's always a great time. The shrimp and grits were a unique and delicious take on an old favorite. The smoked turkey was moist and amazing. We're ready to go back.

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JK
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! Huge portions!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here is always awesome! They have a new menu and it was equally as good. Be sure to try the collards if you like them! Some of the best that I’ve ever had.

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DP
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

You should never say you are a barbecue
Resturant. I very disappointed . Go to Amelia island for car events every for 10 yrs.

And I making sure that this those not happen to anyone that I know.


Food dry out and sauce in a plastic bottle

Hell
NO

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MH
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

2nd time at Gilberts and were a bit let down. They had just changed the menu and honestly was not as good as we had remembered. One thing that was a big turn off(might not be if your not from the South)is they ruined my favorite side; collard greens by smothering it in sugar...ugh!!! To top that off my wife ordered fries and they were coated with a seasoning that was heavily laden with sugar.....
I wish restaurants would offer a "no sugar" option for those few of us that don't want everything sweet.
Brussel Sprouts are great and the Mac and Cheese was outstanding. Will go again but now will ask about sugar. Wish they had draft beer.

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K
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed it. Sweet potato soup was excellent!!!! Coleslaw was very good.

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m
New England
42 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu! So excited to learn it is Top Chef finalist Kenny Gilbert’s place! Will definitely be back and raved to others to try when at Amelia Island!

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Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

Never credited me 100 points for my reservation, even thought I check in and told them I had a reservation!

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FW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best customer service bar none. And the food was superb.

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FB
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to visit Gilbert's Underground. The service and food are phenomenal every time. The best southern flare kitchen around and as close to your Grandma's as you will get!

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BB
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True southern barbecue with style! Impeccable seasoning, great variety, upscale comfort food. And the service to match!

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Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had not been to Gilbert's for quite some time and were delighted to see a new menu with many locally sourced foods. The smoked turkey and pork were outrageously delicious! And there was lots to take home to enjoy for another meal.

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PE
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another incredible meal!! Keep it up!! See you soon.

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EC
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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PC
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a quiet night at Gilbert's; unusual, I'm sure. The two glasses of Sangria I had were outstanding. We had fried green tomatoes which were yummy- crispy outside and sweet and juicy inside. We also ordered just meat plates- small- which were very generous (burned ends and sliced brisket)- delicious, tender, and moist. The sides (mac & cheese, crispy Brussels sprouts and coleslaw) were definitely something to write home about.

Best of all was our server, Sam. He was efficient, knowledgeable about the food and the chef's background, and completely pleasant. The other server that night, whose name I didn't catch, went out of her way to acknowledge us and make us feel welcome.

This was overall a very pleasant dining experience and we would not hesitate to return.

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F
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This hidden gem is worth the stop. From the minute we walked in the door we were greeted and felt welcomed . Our server was very informative about all the dishes and explaining the various sauces. We had the pulled pork with slaw and Brussels Sprouts. Everything was delicious, and we enjoyed the sauces. Unfortunately the alligator sliders weren’t available so it gives a reason to return. Thanks for a most enjoyable and delectable evening.

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, excellent service, laid back atmosphere...perfect for my husbands birthday dinner with our family. We’ll be back!

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and Mason out server made it a pleasant experience!

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Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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