Bellwether

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$30 and under
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Follow the pioneers behind Orsay, Black Sheep and BLK SHP at Intuition back Downtown as we open our latest restaurant, Bellwether. This fast-casual yet sophisticated restaurant will offer an eclectic mix of regional fare, with a focus on thoughtfully crafted, locally sourced ingredients served along side gracious, southern hospitality. Featuring outdoor dining, a full bar and private dining options, Bellwether aims to lead the way in Downtown dining.
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SA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service is great. Food cooked perfectly and very delicious.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food

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AD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious, but portions were small and I was still a little hungry when we left. Service left much to be desired.

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Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a nice atmosphere and the waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu and able to describe very well the items on the menu. I would go back but it is a little pricey so only for special occasions. The food was good and we were full.

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LL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for preconcert dinner. They have a preset menu of apps and entrees for $29 guaranteed to be quick for those on tight schedule. Food was delish. Definitely consider the gnocchi carbonara as an app!!

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ST
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bellwether is my go to place for lunch. I like to bring friends that work downtown that have never been there before. Always good food and service.

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Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bellwether is the best - great food and service!

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T
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and our server (Blair) was fantastic! He made us special drinks which were great! Definitely will be back!

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KI
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The utilitarian style decor--hard chairs, hard tables and walls with virtually no sound absorption made this place seem more like a cafeteria. The sound level was not so much energetic but more just annoying. The food was great but I think I will be sitting outside next time and it will be for lunch.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charlotte was our waitress and she was phenomenal and attentive. The food was also delicious and ideally priced.

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SG
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Important things first: The food was great -- interesting and well prepared. The ambiance is not so great. The chairs are not very comfortable and the ultra modern look with all hard surfaces makes it very noisy. That being said, we will definitely eat here again.

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EB
Jacksonville
577 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I had dinner at Bellwether before a symphony performance. We ordered off the pre-concert $29 price fixe menu. Both of us started with the mushroom bisque which was delicious. My husband ordered the short ribs for his entree and was pleased with his selection. I ordered the veggie green curry entree but it arrived missing the tempeh. Our server rectified the situation within 10 minutes. The curry was very good but not as flavorful as what I have had at our favorite Thai restaurant. We ordered the white of the day and red of the day happy hour wines to complement the food. At $5 per glass, both wines were perfectly acceptable. Bellwether offers very good food st reasonable prices in a central downtown location. We will be back!

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M
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner and drinks! Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious and Colin, our server, was friendly and professional. Great addition for Jacksonville!

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JG
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always found Bellwether is a great place to eat, relax and enjoy. We have never been rushed to hurry and order, and the food is always fresh and innovative.

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was a little noisy and once busy, service a little slow. Maybe more help needed at this time of the day.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing. Obviously the ice cream was off the charts. I will definitely be back many times over again.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Have eaten here twice, both times the food is excellent. Also both times, after order is taken and several minutes later, we are told they are out of certain entrees we just ordered. A little odd before 6pm but the second choices were excellent. Love the Flounder of the day and the Salmon dishes especially. Service is spotty and somewhat slow. Drinks given to wrong people, items asked to be left off of plate served on the plate, etc. Convenient walking distance to Times Union Center.

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CG
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

Great food
Great service
Great decor

Did I say great ??

GREAT

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London
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. Delicious food and great cocktails

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

Great food! Broccoli appetizer was a little cold which is rare from our past experience.

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Jacksonville
37 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 1st visit here. Our server, David, was excellent. He provided specific descriptions about each dish that helped us decide what to order. Service was attentive, but not smothering. Food and drinks were delicious.

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CG
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I eat there every week. Eventually one will assume one day, the hostess will actually have my table ready, and the waiter will remember what I am going to order for the 36th visit
I bring a new guest to eat there with me every time , ( maybe that’s why they don’t recognize me lol )

Other than that , one of my favorite places to eat

🤠👍🏽

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W
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked reservation like I always do and they did not have me in the system. But here I am, leaving feedback for a meal I was supposed to be there for. While I am not mad, it was frustrating given the meal was supposed to be a treat for staff who are hourly employees and the time spent waiting to be told we were not on the list was ultimately wasted.

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ME
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crazy good food. Amazing service by Tailyn and we rarely get that well acquainted with our server but she was charming and lent a special air to our experience. We’ve told countless friends since that it’s worth the trip JUST to eat at Bellwether. It’s a Do Not Miss!

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ST
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bellwether is one of my favorite lunchtime places to go downtown during the week. I was meeting a friend that had never been before. I was glad that he enjoyed it as much as I did.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

they have a great 'pre-theater' fixed price meal that is very affordable and has some great items on it. Their happy hour goes until 7:00 pm every day, which is nice.

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Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband had short ribs, my daughter had salmon, and I had shrimp and grits, they were all excellent! We were seated immediately, and our waitress was delightful! The wine choices are good as well and we had a wonderful Cabernet. I love the sheep pictures scattered throughout!

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a sister sister date of dinner and a concert at Daily’s Place. Everything at Bellwether was impeccable! Thanks, Dennis for such great service, and thanks to your chefstaff and bartenders for fabulous food and delicious drinks.

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J
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is easy to miss; the location is not well advertised. However, the food was fantastic and our server was outstanding. We will definitely be returning.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time in two weeks. Had the same waiter who is amazing! Food is great! Waiter is super helpful picking wine as well as craft cocktails. Highly recommend!

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Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose to dine @ Bellweather since we were going to the symphony after. They offered a pre-show menu, which was a great idea. The food and service were excellent. Bellweather is a great asset to downtown JAX dining.

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AN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was delicious and the service matched it. When my wine refill took longer than necessary, Jake, the mgr, offered us a free glass and complimentary dessert. (delicious carrot cake). the evening was perfect!

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LJ
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went to Bellwether's before a night at the Times Union Center and were very impressed. Our server was wonderful in terms of recommendations and attentiveness. The food was excellent and the value on a bottle of their "featured" wine was really good. The only thing we might recommend are some cushions on the chairs :) - they are a little hard. Everything else was top notch and we're looking forward to coming back soon.

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j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Creative takes on some classic dishes. They were all good. It is nice to have a new restaurant in downtown

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PH
Orlando
29 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Jacksonville for a conference and had dinner with a group of five. This is a very relaxed and friendly restaurant with excellent cocktails and a menu that is interesting and elevated without being fussy or pretentious. If I lived in the area, I would be a regular. Highly recommend.

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, friend atmosphere, server awesome, food very tasty, value outstanding!

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MP
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I gave the Bellwether a second try after a disastrous first visit in which we didn’t stay to eat. The smoked brisket and chicken & dumplings were excellent. I’m glad we tried it again and that the restaurant was staffed appropriately.

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B
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On the way to the Elton John Show, we had dinner here. Our first time, we had a great meal. The bar had righteous Sazeracs during happy hour! Thoroughly enjoyed our experience and the food was great! We’ll be back!

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T
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Chicken thigh sandwich, which I’ve ordered several times before, was barely warm and extremely dry. We go here for convenience when going to shows at Times Union Center, but may be looking for a new go to restaurant.

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D
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone was Welcoming. The server made some great food suggestions. Service was great. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will look for an excuse to go again.

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