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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Jacksonville

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Jacksonville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (2369)
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
Jacksonville
About the restaurant
Matthew's is one of Jacksonville's most distinctive gourmet restaurants. The refined atmosphere and innovative cuisine have made Matthew's one of North Florida's most awarded restaurants for over two decades. For the enjoyment of all our guests, appropriate dress for the dining room is Business Casual (no sneakers, shorts, t-shirts or tattered clothing). Last seating is at 9PM.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing experience from start to finish! By far the classiest yet down to earth restaurant in J’ville!
A photo of The Capital Grille - Jacksonville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3409)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Baymeadows
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
LindaGvip
Dined 4 days ago
We have been coming for our anniversary lunch for years. The food as well as staff attention and professionalism will keep us returning for years to come.
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4.8
4.8 (2035)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Jacksonville
About the restaurant
ChopHouse Thirteen is the premier independently owned chophouse in North Florida.

We pride ourselves on serving the best steaks and seafood along with the best service to keep our position as an award winning Jacksonville favorite.

ChopHouse Thirteen serves 100% certified angus beef and fresh seafood along with scratch made sides and sauces. Watch your steak and seafood cook through our window on an open pit mesquite charcoal grill. In addition to our great seasonal menu we have featured seafood, appetizer, beef, and desert specials every week. In addition to great food, we have a conditioned wine room with a large selection of wine.

Our large and cozy oak bar serves classic and specialty cocktails with a full menu for diners. Come check out our happy hour for drink and food specials daily.

We look forward to seeing and serving all of you soon!
Top review
RobertAvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great meal and service. Steaks and sides were all perfect. Excellent wine list as well. Can’t wait to return.
A photo of The Cowford Chophouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3111)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Jacksonville
About the restaurant
Cowford Chophouse embodies the Best of the American Chophouse. The finest USDA Prime steak, mouthwatering, buttery lobster and ocean-fresh seafood are prepared to perfection, exact to order. Our selection offers abundant marbling, juiciness, tenderness, and superior flavor. Our hand–crafted cocktails and extensive wine list make decisions just a little harder, but satisfaction guaranteed. Experience the warm and intimate surroundings of a preferred fine dining restaurant.
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ddonohue2
Dined 4 days ago
Had a wonderful experience for my Mom’s birthday. My only complaint was that the second floor dining area was extremely warm
A photo of City Grille & Raw Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (410)
$50 and over
Seafood
Jacksonville
About the restaurant
Our mission is simple. Offer Great Food in a Great Atmosphere.
Top review
Miquelvip
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding food and extraordinarily attentive service. The price point is not necessarily low, but when you consider the quality of the food and the wonderful service it is an outstanding value.
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4.7
4.7 (158)
$50 and over
Japanese
Jacksonville
About the restaurant
Norikase is Jacksonville’s NEWEST modern Japanese restaurant, conveniently located next to Tinseltown movie theater off Southside. Whether you are looking for a place to unwind, a business gathering, or planning a date night, it offers an upscale dining room with an ambiance of sleek sophistication and contemporary decor. Our ingredients are sourced from Japan, ensuring the freshest and highest quality fish. It is also a great place to grab a craft cocktail at the newly renovated bar! Since we are in the soft opening phase, reservations are recommended to provide the best hospitality.

Norikase is also the FIRST IN JAX restaurant to offer an omakase experience, where skilled chefs curate a 15-17 course menu directly in front of you. A chef-to-guest intimate experience in a speakeasy setting. The concept of omakase, meaning "I leave it up to you," promises a one-of-a-kind dining adventure. Please make your omakase experience through Tock.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Norikase was an amazing experience. The drinks were great and the food was excellent. Our server Mike was the icing on the cake. He was well educated on the menu, gave superb recommendations and went above and beyond to satisfy our table. If I could give him 100 stars I would.
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - DoubleTree Jacksonville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3661)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Jacksonville
About the restaurant
Now Open: We look forward to serving you soon.

Ruth's Chris Steak House in Jacksonville, FL serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested for Main Dining Room. All Lounge dining and Happy Hour please call the restaurant to reserve your table. Private dining and offsite catering may be arranged.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great food!! And great customer service!! Love this place!
A photo of The Melting Pot - Jacksonville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (921)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Baymeadows
About the restaurant
Enjoy an unforgettable interactive dining experience with friends and family with fondue at The Melting Pot in Jacksonville, FL. We believe in celebrating the everyday, so you don’t need a special reason to come out for our delicious menu offerings. Whether you’re here for drinks, cheese, and chocolate, or you want to dig into our four-course fondue experience, we know you’ll love every bite! From artisan cheeses to our decadent chocolate fondue desserts, there is something to tickle your taste buds in each pot. Let our friendly staff help you choose the right fondue experience for your table tonight.
Top review
Pickyeater610
Dined 2 days ago
This is my favorite restaurant and it is always good.
A photo of III Forks - Jacksonville restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3194)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Baymeadows
About the restaurant
III Forks offers USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, and world-class wines in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Choose from our elegant dining room, private Wine Room Table, lively bar, or soothing patio. III Forks offers the perfect place for your next night out. From a special anniversary to an important business dinner, night out with friends or date night, the staff at III Forks will make sure your evening is perfect.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
this was our third visit, all for special occasions, and we were glad to be able to come back and enjoy ourselves again. the food has been great every time, so for us the service makes the difference. the staff is attentive without being intrusive. they meet all you needs, while allowing us to enjoy ourselves and our food without unnecessary interruption. we are looking forward to our next special trip.
A photo of CatalunaJax restaurant
4.5
4.5 (117)
$31 to $50
European
Baymeadows
About the restaurant
Discover a culinary voyage like never before at Jacksonville's latest sensation! This groundbreaking restaurant and bar seamlessly blend the rich flavors of Italian, Spanish, and Mediterranean cuisine within the opulent confines of one of the city's most breathtaking dining spaces. Boasting over 6,000 square feet of luxurious ambiance, the venue underwent a multi-million-dollar transformation, culminating in the creation of two exquisite bars, an enchanting 250-seat dining room, and captivating lighting and decor. The carefully curated menu promises a gastronomic symphony featuring succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and artisanal pasta, complemented by an international selection of wines and cocktails that span the spectrum from classic to cutting-edge, including both clarified and craft concoctions. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey that transcends boundaries and sets a new standard for dining excellence in Jacksonville.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Food was amazing!! Service was excellent!! They even had a fire dance. We will be going back!
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