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Gilbert's Underground Kitchen - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
612 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Menu

Bbq Express Lunch

Fridays (11:00 am-2:00 pm) effective April 10, 2015

  • Deviled Egg Parfait$10.00

    Tasso Ham Onion Jam, Redneck Caviar, Country Bread

    • Baby Kale Salad$8.00

      Granny Smith Apples, Cornbread Croutons, Black Pepper Buttermilk Dressing

      • With Grilled Catch of the Day$20.00
      • With Grilled Local Wild Shrimp$18.00
      • With Grilled Chicken Breast$15.00
    • Soup of the Day$10.00

      • BBQ Alligator Ribs$21.00

        Carolina Gold Rice Porridge, Citrus Mop, Padron Peppers, Brussels

        • Fried or Cast Iron Seared Po Boy

          LTO, Charred Jalapeño Tartar Sauce, Baby Kale Salad with Black Pepper Buttermilk Dressing

          • With Grilled Catch of the Day$18.00
          • With Grilled Wild Local Catch Shrimp$15.00
        • Split Pea Fritter Sliders$10.00

          Dill Pickle Yogurt Sauce, Sweet Rolls, Baby Kale, Carlotta's Potato Salad

          • Fried Chicken Sliders$14.00

            Jack Daniels Honey Mustard Sauce, Sweet Rolls, Spicy Pickled Onions, Carlotta's Potato Salad

            • Elm Street Grilled Cheese$13.00

              Smoked Pulled Turkey, GA Gouda, Green Tomato Jalapeno Jam, Brussels Sprout Slaw

              • Southern Noodles$13.00

                Collard Green Pesto, Potato, Green Beans, Cotija Cheese

                • With Local Wild Shrimp$23.00
                • With Crispy Pork Belly$21.00
                • With Pulled Smoked Turkey$20.00
                • With Catch of the Day$25.00
                • With BBQ Alligator Ribs$23.00
              • Meat and Three of the Day$16.00

                Corn on the Cobb, Brussels Sprout Slaw, Smokey Pork Belly Baked Beans, Drop Biscuits

                • Della's Sweet Potato Pie Turnover$8.00

                  Buttermilk Glaze, Blackberries

                  • With Soft Serve$9.00
                • Soft Serve of the Day$8.00

                  For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                  What 612 people are saying

                  Overall ratings and reviews

                  4.4
                  4.4 based on all time ratings
                  • 4.5Food
                  • 4.5Service
                  • 4.0Ambience
                  • 4.3Value

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                  1. MM

                    MartinM

                    Las Vegas

                    1 review

                    2.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 27, 2019

                    overall2food3service3ambience1

                    We had a reservation and were promptly directed to sit at a table by the door even though the restaurant wasn't crowded at that time. On our own, we decided to sit at an adjacent table. The entry opens to an anteroom that houses a small bar and a waiting area for patrons. Windows face west so at dinnertime the sunlight is unpleasant. After all this is Florida in July. The overall ambiance wasn't relaxing or tasteful. We never did see the actual dining room. The food was decent for barbecue. However, the sliced brisket had more fat than I care for. The brussel spouts tasted good but were dessicated. The rolls were Parker House from the grocery store. If you like barbecue it's worth a visit but we won't be going back.

                  2. VC

                    VitaC

                    New York Area

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 25, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Authentic and amazing bbq in a warm, welcoming environment with great customer service. Highly recommend!

                  3. FT

                    FirstTimer

                    New York Area

                    1 review

                    vip
                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 22, 2019

                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                    Great food!!!!! Friendly staff! Must if you’re in the area!

                  4. D

                    David

                    San Antonio

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on July 20, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                    The ambiance was like sitting at home, however the Food and service was The Best !! Im from Texas and that was some of the best BBQ I have ever eaten! The staff surprised my wife with a delightful birthday treat that was outta this world ! Recommend this place to EVERYONE !!!!!

                  5. ST

                    SauletteT

                    Phoenix

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 18, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Fantastic food! Loved this restaurant! Will definitely return for dinner before I leave Amelia Island.

                  6. C

                    Colette

                    Raleigh

                    32 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    32 reviews

                    Dined on July 18, 2019

                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                    GREAT BBQ with a variety of sauces... Lickin' hot!

                  7. S

                    Scott

                    Tampa

                    14 reviews

                    4.0

                    14 reviews

                    Dined on July 18, 2019

                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                    Price was right but servings were small. Bump up serving size and price. In this tourist market, people happy to pay $5 more for bigger serving. Brisket was good. Burnt ends a bit more fatty than my previous experience elsewhere. Having said that, food overall was very good and the restaurant has a nice local fave feel.

                  8. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Orlando

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 18, 2019

                    overall5food5service4ambience3

                    Food was amazing and a great value. BBQ was moist and flavorful. Sangria varieties were delicious. Huge portions. Parking limited. Would definitely go back

                  9. RG

                    RosemarieG

                    1 review

                    3.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 15, 2019

                    overall3food3service5ambience5

                    I would normally have given 5 stars but my brisket was very tough. When I mentioned this to the server he took my meal off the bill and gave me a take home packet of brisket and it was awesome.......could cut it with a fork so tender.

                  10. SR

                    ShelleyR

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 13, 2019

                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                    Excellent authentic food. The brisket was delicious and so was the mac and cheese.

                  11. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Tampa

                    13 reviews

                    5.0

                    13 reviews

                    Dined on July 13, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Outstanding bbq! I had the sliced brisket... melted in my mouth. There was plenty to take home. I had the collard greens and they were tender and delicious. The wedge salad with avocado was cool, crisp and the dressing was light, but very tasty. Our waitress was helpful with menu questions and everyone was friendly and welcoming. Would go often if we lived there.

                  12. SG

                    SusanG

                    1 review

                    1.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 13, 2019

                    overall1food1service3ambience1

                    Brisket disappointing very tough and very fatty Good brisket should be tender and not have fat running throughout The prices were rather high for the quality received Many flies swarming aroundl in all a big disappointment

                  13. E

                    Eweeser

                    Jacksonville

                    19 reviews

                    4.0

                    19 reviews

                    Dined on July 12, 2019

                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                    This was our first visit to Gilbert’s. The food was good but a little pricey. I ordered the trio of meat which was 1 rib, pork and 2 pieces of sausage. The price was $20 which is well above most bbq spots. In addition the sides were extra and. The side of watermelon salad was maybe 4 bites. The Brussel sprouts were good a decent portion. It is also fairly noisy in the back room, especially with larger groups in the room.

                  14. B

                    Begolfer

                    Jacksonville

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on July 12, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience1

                    Very good in all aspects. We had ribs and pulled pork. Great flavor and lots of sauce choices. Sides were great. Love the Mac& cheese!

                  15. C

                    Charlotte

                    1 review

                    3.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 10, 2019

                    overall3food3service4ambience3

                    The server was very nice and the food was good. The "southern" decor doesn't seem to match the cosmopolitan menu, though. I was a little put off that the menu did not give descriptions of the dishes. I had the potato pie for dessert. It was not so good because there were a few too many flavors for my simple taste. The field peas were absolutely delicious!

                  16. DG

                    DavidG

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 6, 2019

                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                    Gilbert’s has some really good BBQ and sides. The brisket was moist had a nice bark and you could really get a sense of the smoke. Same goes for the smoked turkey although being turkey breast it was in the drier side. The remedy was a nicely balanced assortment of home made sauces that run from Carolina vinegar based all the way to the mayo based Alabama White. The collard greens are some of the best I have ever had. Again a really well balanced dish with the smoke, tang and touch of sweetness.

                  17. PV

                    PVFam

                    Jacksonville

                    20 reviews

                    2.0

                    20 reviews

                    Dined on July 5, 2019

                    overall2food3service3ambience2

                    I thought it was very expensive for the food.

                  18. GL

                    GregLovesIt

                    St. Louis

                    16 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    16 reviews

                    Dined on July 4, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    I thought the food was outstanding. The barbecue was great. The sides were outstanding. It is a small place. Limited seating. Well worth it though.

                  19. JB

                    JessicaB

                    Charlotte

                    1 review

                    3.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 3, 2019

                    overall3food5service2ambience3

                    Food was very good and the service was inconsistent. They kept forgetting about me and apologized too much trying to recover. Don’t have that little bar area if you aren’t going to pay attention to the people sitting there. I was dining alone so the service made me feel invisible. I was disappointed.

                  20. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    New York Area

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 3, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great food. Great people.

                  21. MB

                    MelodyB

                    Orlando

                    6 reviews

                    3.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on July 1, 2019

                    overall3food3service5ambience3

                    After reading all the reviews and looking at the menu, we thought we would be in for an amazing dining experience with outstanding food. We both had the brisket, which is one of the main things they're known for. I had grits and collards as my sides while my husband had the baked beans and mac & cheese. The brisket was more like pot roast. Neither of us detected any smokiness to the meat. The baked beans were delicious, as were the collards. The grits was tasteless. I make better at home. The mac & cheese was good but nothing special. While our waiter was very nice, he had very little knowledge of the beer selections. Overall, it was a very disappointing experience and when we are back in Fernandina we won't return to GUK.

                  22. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Minneapolis

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on June 28, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    Great food

                  23. r

                    ronh

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on June 28, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Sam , Elijah and the rest I’ve the crew were every bit as good as the food was delicious... shout out to the tomato jam... who knew of such a thing

                  24. RF

                    ReneeF

                    Philadelphia

                    1 review

                    vip
                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on June 27, 2019

                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                    We really enjoyed ourselves! The server was attentive and knowledgeable. We are from the North so wanted to experience some Southern favorites so tried the sampler and the boiled peanuts. The sangria were so good also!! We would recommend and come back next time we are in the area.

                  25. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on June 22, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    The food was delicious, best burnt ends we've ever had. Coming from South Carolina, we are particular about our barbeque, yet we always enjoy eating here. The bowls are our go to and we love them with burnt ends. Kudos to the staff and kitchen.

                  26. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Chicago

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on June 22, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                    I normally do not write a review, but Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen deserves the very best review. The service was exceptional with our server and staff always attentive to our group of 10. The drinks were creatively made and served in mason jars which was a great idea. Best of all was the food. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausage, turkey - all delicious meats. Plus Anna’s Mac n Cheese is the best I’ve had - a must order! Overall, this restaurant is top in the area and has a great value too!!

                  27. C

                    Clarkbar

                    Washington DC

                    11 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    11 reviews

                    Dined on June 17, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The biscuits, catfish, sangria and loaded mac and cheese with burnt ends was great.

                  28. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Jacksonville

                    4 reviews

                    vip
                    3.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on June 16, 2019

                    overall3food3service4ambience4

                    Food was only ok. They were out of brisket, so got the turkey. Wouldnt order it again.

                  29. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on June 14, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Auriya was our server . She made wonderful suggestions starting with the smoked wings and June special sangria. Everything was delicious!!

                  30. AW

                    AdrianneW

                    Jacksonville

                    9 reviews

                    3.0

                    9 reviews

                    Dined on June 13, 2019

                    overall3food3service3ambience2

                    For 2 adults and 3 kids we spent 92 dollars (before tip). A little pricey for just a week day meal for just average barbecue. I enjoyed my brisket & Mac & cheese. Sauces were great, however husband didn’t love most of his. Kids just picked at theirs. Wasn’t their favorite on the island.

                  31. T

                    Thomas1

                    Portland

                    5 reviews

                    1.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on June 10, 2019

                    overall1food1service3ambience2

                    We had really enjoyed Gilbert’s last September while visiting Amelia Island and looked forward to another fabulous meal while revisiting the island. The meal this time lacked both the great service and the food was not good. My wife’s fish was “ok” but her broccoli was so over cooked it was not edible. My sister had the shrimp and grits and the sample I tried wasn’t pleasant (shrimp tasted fishy to me...little past prime). I ordered burnt ends, chicken thighs, Mac and cheese and baked beans (sides to share with our group)...burnt ends were good but not great, chicken was very dry and not good, mac and cheese dry with little flavor and the baked beans were good. Service: last time the server was very engaging and made dining fun (talked about the various sauces to choose from , etc) ...this time just the normal taking of the order...nothing selling us on the great meal we were looking forward to. While checking out the server asked how we liked the meal so I passed along my thoughts and there was some effort by the manager to seem interested but no real closure to our thoughts...kind of felt like ...well they are tourists and we won’t see them again anyway.

                  32. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Jacksonville

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on June 8, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    So amazing I’ve reviewed them on yelp and open table!

                  33. LT

                    LauraT

                    Jacksonville

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on June 8, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The food is phenomenal! The burnt ends are my favorite and I wish they would serve the potato salad in all of their locations bc it’s fantastic! We wanted to buy a rub and they were out of stock. It was a very rainy evening and one of the employees offered to go to the storage unit and bring some back for us, 15 minutes later! It’s hands-down the best BBQ my family and I have ever had and the service is excellent!

                  34. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Miami

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on June 6, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Excellent southern barbecue with friendly service. We had the burnt ends, some hot fried chicken, Mac-n-cheese, collards which were all delicious. Cool, casual ambience.

                  35. KS

                    KellyS

                    San Francisco

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on June 6, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Don’t just drive by Gilbert’s! There are so many awesome restaurant options in Fernandina that you may keep going to the downtown area but do yourself a favor and stop a little short of downtown at Gilbert’s! They have the best shrimp & grits in town (really!) and their southern fried smoked chicken is out of this world! Also, don’t skip the burnt end brisket! My mouth is watering just writing this!!

                  36. B

                    Brian

                    New York Area

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on June 6, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    Fantastic Southern cuisine; second time here. We love the salads, the sweet potato soup, brisket, sides and desserts.

                  37. I

                    Isabel

                    Jacksonville

                    27 reviews

                    5.0

                    27 reviews

                    Dined on June 5, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Amazing food and service...every time! Love this place.

                  38. FB

                    FredB

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on June 1, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                    Gilbert's is a very special treat. Unique flavors and reasonable prices.

                  39. K

                    Kent

                    Nashville

                    9 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    9 reviews

                    Dined on May 29, 2019

                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                    The food was amazing.

                  40. BR

                    BrianR

                    Miami

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on May 28, 2019

                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                    We went for the alligator ribs. They are usually a Saturday night special but they made them when we mentioned them. They had a Dijon mustard on them which my husband doesn't prefer so we switched entrees. He had the loaded Mac with pull pork. My 11 yr old devoured the catfish. My 13 yr old had the shrimp which he mentioned were a little spicy for him but he ate them all. We also ordered the bread service which I enjoyed and the boiled peanuts. Very large portions. Neat little place.

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                  Gilbert's Underground Kitchen - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 612 OpenTable diners

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