The Wharf

4.4
208 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

Welcome to The Wharf!

We feature open-air dining, live music, and an approachable bar menu focused on Golden Isles seafood and locally-inspired dishes.

The menu is fresh, local, simple fare with a focus on great appetizers, sandwiches and burgers, signature seafood entrees, and great side dishes. The bar features specialty drinks, draft beers, and wine. Witness the legendary riverfront sunset from our unmatched location on the pier.

Disclaimer*- All reservation are made for indoor seating. You may request outdoor seating through Opentable and, if available, we will be happy to acquiesce. The deck is first come, first serve for seating due to unpredictable weather patterns on the island.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Daily:
Lunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(912) 635-3612
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is the perfect place to watch the sunset. We had the steamed shrimp appetizer Caesar salad fish and chips and broiled scallops dinner. Everything was well seasoned and well prepared prices were reasonable and the new renovation is a big improvement over Latitude 31. We miss the seafood crepes and the surf, surf And Mo surf but otherwise really liked the new place.

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BR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful way to celebrate my husband's 57th birthday. He loved the crab cakes!!

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AP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a boat ride from Saint Simon's Island to The Wharf. The experience was excellent. The food was good and the service was great. The only downside was the 15.00 gratuity per ticket that we weren't warned about. That's a huge tip for a party of 7 with 4 tickets. Other than that....no complaints!

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

The Wharf used to be one of the best places to eat on Jekyll Island, but since it has changed ownership, the quality of the food has plummeted. My wife and I went to have a nice dinner with my parents and listen to music on the patio a few days ago and were extremely disappointed with the food. The view of the sunset from the patio was breathtaking, the music was great, and our server was also very good; however, the best meal we had at our table was the fish tacos. My wife ordered the ahi tuna entree medium rare, and the fish was over cooked to the point of being dried out. There was rice on the platter that was crunchy it had been over cooked so badly. The only edible thing on the plate was the veggies. My dad ordered the seafood boil which was so over cooked that the kernels on the small cobs of corn were shriveled and hard. The manager did apologize for the quality of the food and brought out fish tacos in place of the terrible tuna and made it right on the bill, but it’s a big disappointment that the best dish you can get at the Wharf is now fish tacos when it used to be one of the best restaurants on the island. My advice: bring back the raw bar. Until some changes are made, I’d suggest the Beach House, Sunrise Grille, or the Jekyll Island Seafood Company over the Wharf for a quality meal.

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RD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

After an issue with the hostess and our reservation ... the manager fixed our issue

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MT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

The food is okay but heavy on fried. Not particularly inventive considering it's part of the Jeykll Island Club.

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AT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Unfortunately we hadn't had a bad meal back when it was Latitude 21. We visit Jekyll early over Labor day weekend/ week.
This time the food at Wharf was rather awful. The collards didn't have enough flavor/ flair.
The calamari although served in huge portion was terribly salty we couldn't even finish it and we LOVE calamari!
Next was my plate of swordfish. Very dry and overdone!
We usually eat a big breakfast and no lunch at the beach so we can be good n hungry for dinner. I was famished but the meal was so bad l couldn't even finish it.
The potatoes were also under seasoned.

Sorely disappointed.

Our favorite restaurant on the beach is Driftwood Bistro and frankly never a bad experience. Food is consistently delicious and modestly priced and the service friendly and exceptional. The quality & prices of your establishment don't even compare to them.

My husband detests complaining over a meal or l wouldn't have left without asking for a different meal or a voucher for another visit to try again.
AmyT

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DW
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was fabulous and band was awesome. Definitely a great place to watch a sunset. Highly recommend!!

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F
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had a great time! The best review and the one everyone looks for is " We will definitely come back every time we visit! One of the most beautiful sunsets you will find!

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RB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Haven't been there for several years, the remodel makes it much nicer. Good food and great service.

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RF
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the music and outdoor seating on the river. Food was good. The Mahi sandwich and gumbo were excellent. Fried shrimp were not up to par. Drinks were OK. Would go back . Great venue!

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CH
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on a Tuesday night so the place was not very busy. I had the seafood platter blackened. Everything was cooked to perfection. Scallops, shrimp and fish had just the right amount of spice, not too hot or overpowering. Sweet tea was very good. Super view of the marsh and river. Server was excellent.

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LR
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought the food was very good and the service was outstanding. The waite staff was very helpful and friendly. We ate there Sunday and again Tuesday night. The elarged parking lot will be very helpful.

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KM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, the only disappointment was that the seafood gumbo was an extremely small amount , cup was only half full. Very delicious but not enough. Same with shrimp and grits, small amount of food if you are hungry. Salad was great and there was plenty of it.

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S
West Virginia
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed everything about this place except servers had too many tables. The servers were great, they never stopped so they were doing all they could. Sunset was fabulous. Food delicious. A very enjoyable evening

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KN
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This establishment was recommended by the resort we stayed at. The food was less than stellar and the servers seemed to be in a hurry to rush you out. Over half the plate was filled with fries, no one asked about our meal except for a passing worker who noticed my husband hadn’t finished his food. Very disappointing I would not go back.

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KA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. We would go again. Food and service was excellent. The location is fantastic.

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love Jekyll Island and this was my first time back since the renovation of the Wharf. They added indoor seating and most all of the tables had great views. There's a great outdoor seating area, and the live band was great! Food was excellent. I had the Jumbo Friend Shrimp and Jalapeno Hushpuppies. The staff is friendly and accommodating. A simple walk from the Club, or you can get a shuttle over to the Wharf from the Westin. I watched an evening thunderstorm in the distance, and it was so relaxing. A great experience!

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ED
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fast & friendly. The catfish was the best I've ever eaten. The steak, for the price, was subpar. Enjoyed the atmosphere & a great experience.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Nice view but wait staff was rude! We were ignored and then spoke to the manager, which improved things slightly. Food just ok

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SS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! We loved the food and atmosphere!

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Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Joe our waiter was 5 star. enjoyed talking with mgr.

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BH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love sitting on the deck with good friends and listening to the music. The food was good and the service was excellent. Always enjoy coming the The Wharf.

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OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

We wandered to Jekyll Island from Amelia Island, Florida, for an afternoon get away. The Wharf was the perfect spot to enjoy a drink. The staff was attentive and insightful. The crab dip was tasty and my husband especially enjoyed his mules. We shared a crab sandwich which was more than enough for two people. What an incredible view! We will return when we can watch the sunset and listen to the evening music.

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EJ
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Ordered a fried seafood platter but had it broiled. Over-cooked, dry and hard. No lemon, sauce or butter was even on plate. Had to ask for lemon to soften it. Salad was mostly lettuce. Husband had crab cakes that were fair. Very disappointed.

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LS
Wilmington
63 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good meal. Shrimp and grits also grilled shrimp salad. Gabrielle our waitress, first day on job. Did a great job on a very busy Monday night. Will definitely go back when on Jekyll Island.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Just not great. We had high hopes but were disappointed.
Adult meals were fine. Not special.
Too fast of a meal, appetizer was not finished when dinner came out.
Kids Mac and cheese looked like it came out of a grocery store box.

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, with an attentive waiter. Wonderful meal for a special occasion with my wife.

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ST
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

View and atmosphere was outstanding. There was a cool breeze coming off the water, and the sun was setting. The band played 60-70s rock and it was really enjoyable. However, the food was just not great. The salads were soggy, and the kid's meals were mediocre. The scallop dish was very good, and the shrimp was tasty. Service was friendly, but the food was very slow to come out which would have been fine had we not had tired hungry kids with us. It was worth the visit for the atmosphere, but maybe I'd just order apps and drinks and enjoy the view and music, and go elsewhere for dinner.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service and food were very good with large portions. The atmosphere sitting outside at sunset was outstanding and the live music was a nice touch. It was an evening well spent. We will come back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

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CW
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Wharf is a gold mine, excellent restaurant and prime location.

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CW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Staff was full of personality and a lot of fun. Food was great. Beautiful sunset views

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e
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Love the location on the water! We found The Wharf, like every other place we ate on Jekyll, to be ok but not great. Almost everything sounded better on the menu than it turned out to be in reality. The appetizers were great and by far the best part of the meal! I had swordfish, which was fine, but I could’ve easily cooked that same thing in my kitchen at home and it would’ve been better executed, and I’m not a chef. Fish was small but not over cooked, collards were good, but the 3 small unseasoned boiled potatoes seemed like a cheap addition. Service was very good and there was a good variety on the menu. Our party of 10 all had the same impression. I would recommend this over some other places on Jekyll, but we were underwhelmed overall.

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FB
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Believe it or not I choose The Wharf on the recommendation of one of the starts of Southern Charm, Landon, who responded to a tweet .. I know silly but I had to share. So we tried it. We definitely recommend dining outside on the river. We had a reservation but the place is plenty big to be able to walk in. They had a live band and we were seated near them but they weren’t overwhelming and even asked several tables if the volume was ok. They have a creative cocktail menu and a simple yet creative menu.. our waiter seemed a little too spread out with tables inside and out which kind of left us a little out of sight out of mind but we weren’t in a rush and it was really no big deal. We had originally decided on the Shrimp and Grits and the Red Snapper with Collards and red potatoes but the new chef had a special that we couldn’t pass up.. Blackened Grouper over roasted red potatoes baby broccoli with a orange citrus gastrique and candied orange zest.. It was portioned perfectly and so supremely seasoned that I’m still thinking about it. The balance of heat from the perfectly cooked blackened grouper and the sweet sticky sauce was amazing.. I only wish there was a little more broccoli. We also started with the crab dip which for me had an odd flavor but my husband enjoyed it. This is definitely somewhere I would come back to. For all the other reviewers that complained about portion size I just add that we are served overly large portions at most restaurants and that here the portions are actually what they should be and priced are pretty much market standard...

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered the Grouper Special. The Grouper over grits was delicious!......unfortunately the cooked carrots we're raw. Wait staff was friendly and efficient.. We were seated inside on metal "elevated" chairs that we're not comfortable.

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CG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was adequate at best- steamed shrimp wasn't hot and the broth in the broil was basically water with the crab severely overcooked. The steak and fried seafood were significantly better, and the reason for 2 stars instead of one. Waiter was super nice and attentive until the food came, but never checked on us once food came out and forgot napkins twice. The biggest complaint I have is that the credit card machine was down and NO ONE- no sign posted, nothing on website, not the hostess or the waiter- told us this until it was time to pay the bill. We didn't have enough cash for the entire bill and the only other solution proposed was to write our credit card information (security code and everything) down on paper, to sit on the managers desk until the system was fixed. This was unacceptable, and the machine had been down since Thursday apparently and it was Saturday when we went. The shift manager comped us the difference for what we were able to pay, which was kind and accommodating on his part, but this should never have happened in the first place. The restaurant needs to inform customers before they sit down and eat when this kind of problem occurs.

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F
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

First the bad - lightening a struck them and blew out there credit card machine. Instead of calling to alert everyone coming they did nothing (we saw many families walk away embarrassed because they didn’t have enough cash on hand to stay)....bad decision by management not to be proactive!

Food was average, view is terrific....if you want an average meal and a great view this place is s home run. Staff was professional (Joe), he met every need we had and hustled...he was the star of our night.

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BD
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was not as good as it was in the past, was small/small portions with higher prices.

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Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A wonderful experience even for those of us who live in the Golden Isles. We visit often.

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