The Wharf

4.2
190 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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3.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Perfect! We loved the food and atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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2.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Wonderful food and service

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

This was the perfect place to relax, enjoy the scenery, and est delicious seafood!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Some of the best seafood I've had. Crab cakes were excellent and scallops where fresh and perfectly prepared.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

First time and everything was great. Will be back

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We stopped by for a light meal after the dolphin tour. It was a good meal

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Ayla was a kind and patient server, and she accommodated our every need!

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

You could not find a better location with a magnificent sunset view and outdoor dinin especially if you travel with your dog HOWEVER the food very basic, less than average quality and small servings you are paying for the locatiion ..
My friend had quality crab cakes. I had fish and chips where the portion wiukd be adequate for a childs plate serving.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The service was absolutely amazing! And the view was to die for. There were dolphins swimming by and the sunset was incredible. Best retaurant on the island!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We had a great time dining at the Wharf. My daughter wanted to eat on the water and she got exactly what she wanted. We could see dolphins playing as we ate. Great food. Great attentive service. We went early at 5:00. It seems to get busier and more hectic later. Aim for early and you’ll be pleased.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The ambiance and view were impeccable. The service provided during our dining experience from Ava was outstanding. We shared 3 appetizers, two of which were good/fine/acceptable (nothing to write home about, but the view is so fantastic that it makes up). Unfortunately, one of the three appetizers we ordered was peel and eat shrimp. We were asked if we preferred steamed or chilled- we requested steamed. The shrimp that arrived were neither steamed nor chilled. They were room temperature as if they had been sitting for quite sometime. Also of concern was the portion, less than a half a pound for $14.00. To make matters worse, the shrimp were like chewing on a bike tire. So disappointing for a venue that used to have the best peel and eat shrimp with in a 60 mile radius. We don't mind paying extra for quality, but this is not it.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Those in my party that had the shrimp and grits were pleased with their meal. I had the fried shrimp and aside from their larger than normal size there was nothing particularly special about my meal.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Marquez was our waiter and made the experience excellent. We cant wait to go back

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We enjoyed everything about our time at the Wharf! Would especially commend Marquis (our waiter) who's personality and attentiveness enhanced our dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary. We enjoyed our meal so much we came back for dinner again the next night. Great views and great service. Highly recommend it. I had shrimp and grits the first night and oysters was delicious. The second night I had mahi-mahi grilled sandwich yummy. My husband had Ahi Tuna, seafood gumbo and enjoyed it very much. The next night he had the shrimp and grits.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We had a great time getting our families together here. Beautiful views!!

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The Wharf has been recently renovated and it looks great. The view of the marsh is amazing as always. My husband and I had dinner there during our Jekyll vacation. The service and food were good. They are busy so service was not especially attentive but still okay. We will go back.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

It was an awesome restaurant, great food and service.

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2.0Dined on June 26, 2018

So I’m here on vacation on Jekyll Island. This place is on a dock with nice ocean view to sit outside. The problem is very bad restaurant kitchen hours, the food was cold and service was horrible due to trying to get you out of the place so they can close kitchen. Reservation was at 9:15, which open table allowed to be booked. Kitchen closes at that time. But bar stays open to 11pm. Why you can’t get food later doesn’t make sense.

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