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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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New favorite place for dinner and drinks downtown. Cocktail selection is great, love the Mexican cookout!

V
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My salad was very salty, but they were quick to fix the issue.

H
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable, with Charlotte as our server. The food was divine, as always. We love Bellwether and we’re excited to take friends for their first visit. They had a wonderful experience, as did we. Will continue to be a patron for a long time.

b
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hot spot downtown. Great food, well prepared. Laid back ambiance but great food and drink menu. EASY to find, valet parking or plenty on street.

FL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was quite good but the service was mediocre at best.

OT
Jacksonville
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent happy hour drinks, good food, the manager made a food issue right with a replacement and comped a drink, staff was friendly and helpful. Quick service as well for shows, etc.

JL
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is in downtown Jacksonville. perfect for pre-theater dinner. We were seated in the bar for a 4:45 because we were told all 5:00 PM reservations were gone. The bar was noisier than I prefer. The dining room never filled up though. We did enjoy a happy Hour cocktail at a good price. We could not order from the dinner menu until 5:00 PM but then we did order and shared two menu items. The salmon was good but the Bulgar grain served with it was just OK. The Gnocchi Carbonara was quite good and definitely needed to be shared. service was just OK as we actually had to walk up to the bar and take our drinks which wee sitting there for 10 minutes or so.

AW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is very good, but portions are rather small. My husband — who is not a large man — had to order a burger afterward because his chicken sandwich was so small. :-(

DP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant is small, but cozy. Service was acceptable, a bit slow with getting our drinks. Portion size was smaller than expected on the special pre-show menu.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice causal place to meet up with friends and family

LB
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlotte was an amazing server!

I
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

FJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went to this restaurant before the Celine Dion concert. It was packed but they had added additional staff. The setting is very very nice. The service was absolutely outstanding and very first rate the food was terrific, innovative, and well prepared. I think it was a little expensive however. I would definitely go back again if I wanted a good meal in downtown Jacksonville. It was a convenient walk to the VyStar auditorium.
My wife was unhappy with one component of her dish, there was a lot of grit in the vegetables. We told our waitress in shortly after the owner came over. He comped us one complimentary dessert but I think he should’ve called her dinner Nevertheless, I would definitely go back. This was a really good place

J
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service; your daily schedules are perfect.

J
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner, great server. Would definitely recommend Bellwether.

R
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and management were very attentive. It was getting to be the end of the night and the chef came out to see the patrons. Great experience and excellent food. The duck was especially good

LP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience in downtown Jax. Really enjoyed the food and the setting.
The valet even saw us coming and got our cars before we even got outside!!

DP
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great downtown restaurant. Great food. Great bartenders and staff. Nice cocktail list.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had NYE dinner here with some friends and it was great!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fab!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Bellwether and we will definitely come back! I got the Sous Vide Chicken and Thigh, while my boyfriend got the Duck... both were delicious! I would also recommend the Korean Fried Broccoli! The staff was super friendly and I loved the ambiance of the place. I can’t wait to go back!

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the door to the bar and then onto dinner. Everyone was in step the food was fantastic I recommend the short ribs

A
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server.

KB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best restaurants anywhere. Great and simple decor, tremendous service and absolutely delicious cuisine. Vegetarian friend who was with me felt the same. Can't wait to be back in Jax for another wonderful dining experience!

OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our first time, it was wonderful. We enjoyed the wonderful food and great service. Will recommended to family and friends!!

JB
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent!

R
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of four and ate there before our show at the Moran theatre. It was an easy walk from the theatre. The food was outstanding and service great. We would definitely recommend Bellwether to our friends.

EB
Jacksonville
609 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us had a light dinner at Bellwether before the theater. All ordered happy hour wine at $5 per glass. Two had double cheeseburgers with fries while the other two chose the brisket sandwich, one with carrot soup and the other with potato salad. The portions are not large but that allowed us to enjoy dessert -- cocoa tacos and green tea soft serve. All the food was delicious. The only glitches were the less than hot (temperature) cappuccinos that two of us ordered and the up charge of $1 for spice added to the fries which we were not told about. Other than that, David provided outstanding service throughout.

B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed everything! Our server, Collin, was awesome, insuring we made it to our performance on time and suggesting great food and drink options. Only disappointment was that they ran out of the gnocchi carbonara at 6:30pm so had to order alternative entrees.

DK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a wonderful evening. Charlotte, our server, was fabulous. She was attentive & extremely knowledgeable. The food was delish with a bit of a twist on the normal traditional fare. Will definitely be back!!

LJ
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I found Bellwether online when searching for a restaurant near the times Union center. I am so glad I found it! My friend and I had a wonderful lunch. We shared a strawberry feta arugula salad which was fresh and lovely. Then we had the shrimp and grits which was very flavorful and perfectly seasoned. The honey jalapeno topping which was both spicy and sweet added extra pizzazz to an already delightful entree. Even our service was well above average. Our waiter was the perfect combination of prompt, efficient and friendly. All in all a delightful experience!

VP
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Charlotte was a great server - amiable and knowledgeable. The food was amazing. We will definitely be back. Each one of us had unique and delicious flavors in our dishes.
Our only unfavorable comment is that the chairs are not comfortable!!

B
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The ambiance was cold and sterile, walls were too bare for the height of the ceilings.
The back room looked better but we were not seated there.
The noise level sounded like people in a large warehouse, a lot of echos.
Not relaxing or inviting at all.
My husbands Salmon was very good; my fish of the day, flounder, was good just too much going on with the accoutrements. Way too much going on in that dish.
The server was very attentive but almost to the point of trying too hard, at times it felt uncomfortable.

LJ
Jacksonville
30 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch experience. Efficient and courteous staff. Delicious lunch options.

JT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a pre-theater dinner at Bellwether. The chef has some creative combinations of flavors, the chicken burger being the one I tried with pleasing Mediterranean flavors that were not overwhelming. Salads were fresh and tasty, again with a variety of ingredients that tasted delicious together. We arrived early and were seated immediately. The entire staff was friendly, welcoming and helpful with menu items. Although wine and spirits are featured, my husband had a local beer that he enjoyed trying. The modern setting is very sleek but the chairs were a bit uncomfortable and low for me. It became more noisy as the restaurant filled with guests causing the music to be overpowered by conversations but everyone seemed to be having a good time. Wait time for dessert was long and coffee was not piping hot. Overall we were pleased we found Bellwether and will visit there for a meal again.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was phenomenal!!

J
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We enjoyed our selection from decadent burger menu & very good drinks from the bar.

BS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great location. Service was ok. Food was excellent. Price in line with expectations.

JF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for 7:30 but were able to get seated much sooner. Most reviews mention that David is a great server, and I could not agree more. He picked up on the fact that we were going to a show and worked to get us taken care of promptly. The food was delicious; my entree did not allow me room for dessert, so I'll definitely have to go back again to try the hummingbird cake! Thank you for a delightful pre-show experience.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent!
The food was delicious!
The experience was just great!