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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Jacksonville / Northeast Florida? 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!

A photo of JaxSpice StJohns (CR 210) restaurant
4.9
4.9 (48)
$30 and under
Indian
St Johns
About the restaurant
We want to provide dining experience where you can enjoy with your dear ones. Our goal is to serve food that purify one’s existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Food is a gift from God and should be treated with great respect and that is what we strive to do here at JaxSpice. We love and respect our customers, our employees and our community. We specialize in North Indian and Nepali Cuisine. Food ranges from vegetarian to exotic dishes layered with texture and flavor. Our team takes great care in the planning and preparation of meals. Chilies, mustard seeds, gram flour, coconut and yogurt are popular ingredients in all types of Indian and Nepali cuisine. Ghee, a type of clarified butter, is used for cooking, and has a toasty taste. Saffron is used to flavor and color rice dishes. We prepare foods based on your choice - from mild to spicy to hot.
Top review
KaajandVik
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
The new location and food at JaxSpice was really impressive. That have a good size party room for private gatherings and the restaurant was buzzing.
A photo of O-ku Jacksonville Beach restaurant
4.8
4.8 (671)
$30 and under
Japanese
Jacksonville Beach
About the restaurant
O-Ku provides a fresh and innovative take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. O-Ku's menu is comprised of signature starters, contemporary Japanese entrees and seasonal traditional sushi that reflect the uniquely designed space. The beachside location with waterfront and rooftop dining offers traditional sashimi and specialty rolls, sourcing seafood from the finest fish markets in Tokyo and Hawaii alongside local and seasonal ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great Service! Excellent Food!! Amazing Rooftop View/Vibes! {10/10}
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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 5 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.
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4.7
4.7 (159)
$30 and under
Grill
St. Augustine
About the restaurant
"The true essence of an Asado engages family & friends long before the food hits the table."

ASADO LIFE is a full-service, experience-driven waterfront restaurant. Our passion is to create Argentine inspired, live fire Asado dining along St. Augustine's San Sebastián river.
Dining experiences include our: Waterfront Asado; Barcuterie; Gaucho-style Asador's Club; and Chef's Table Experience.
We only offer one seating for our Asado dinners so that our guests may relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Our Asado dinner experiences start at 6:30p, unless otherwise noted. Our bar reopens at 5:30p for our dinner guests that wish to arrive early for a drink.

Our Asados are planned in advance to ensure we create the best experience possible for our guest. We are unable to accept cancellations or changes within 72 hours of the scheduled Asado.

Our Asados are rain or shine occasions. We have covered dining areas in the event of rain. Please dress to your comfort level for outdoor dining.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
I love sitting on the covered patio with views of the Matanzas River. The food and service are excellent. For my lunch, I tried the roast beef sandwich with garlic aoili and carmelized onions on foccacia. I would definitely recommend it.
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4.6
4.6 (327)
$30 and under
Mexican
Jacksonville Beach
About the restaurant
Contemporary Mexican Cuisine in a modern setting. Curated Mezcal and Tequila menus to match authentic Oaxacan and regional Mexican food
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Every dish we ordered in our party of 8 was wonderful. Staff/service was awesome as well. Can’t wait to come back.
A photo of Culhane's Irish Pub & Restaurant- Southside restaurant
4.6
4.6 (127)
$30 and under
Irish
Baymeadows
About the restaurant
The sisters welcome you to their second restaurant which is in the epicenter of Jacksonville's Tinseltown neighborhood next door to Cinemark Movie Theater. Their original flagship beaches restaurant was est. 2005, and featured on Guy Fieri's Triple D Food Network Shows in 2010 and 2023!
Voted Top 50 Restaurant in Jacksonville, Best Fish N' Chips, Sports Pub & Weekend Brunch!
With a bustling, open main dining room featuring a raised stage for entertainment, as well as numerous TVs in the bar and dining areas for sports fans, one might enjoy Irish dancers charming their way into your hearts ~ and occasionally the familiar sounds of bagpiper accompaniment.
Each night there is something fun happening ~ from trivia, karaoke, bingo to fundraising events ~ always enjoyable in the main dining restaurant, whiskey room, bar, patio or in their private party dining room.
Top review
ClaireD
Dined 3 days ago
Our server was very distracted and not very attentive, unfortunately. Other staff members stepped up when we asked for help thankfully.
A photo of CatalunaJax restaurant
4.5
4.5 (121)
$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 2 days ago
From the moment you walked in, you were greeted with warmth and professionalism! Maria, our waitress was outstanding, but we moved to another table, which our server was also superb. Great atmosphere! Felt like a Miami or Dubai vibe. Great food, great service, with great ambiance. There is also a Valet parking. Will not be disappointed!
A photo of Chez L'amour restaurant
4.5
4.5 (202)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
St. Augustine
About the restaurant
Chez L'amour is an elevated uptown adult (21+) Live entertainment and Upscale Dining experience. Social dining and tapas style global cuisine faire. Luxurious desserts and additional plant based dining options. A full bar, curated with signature cocktails and mocktails. Delivering live world class Jazz and piano music every day.
~ Dress Code Required
~ 5% Band gratuity optional.
Top review
kikit
Dined 4 days ago
It was our first time there and it now is on the top of the list for future outings with friends.
A photo of Legacy Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.0
4 (310)
$31 to $50
American
Jacksonville
About the restaurant
Legacy Restaurant & Bar
Come Out And Enjoy The Newest Urban Restaurant In The Jacksonville Area

An Experience Like Non-Other
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
It was a great time. We will definitely be coming back.
A photo of Hurricane Patty's restaurant
3.7
3.7 (537)
$30 and under
Seafood
St Johns
About the restaurant
Waterfront restaurant with freshly prepared cuisine and signature cocktails - welcome to Hurricane Patty"s Bar and Grill, located in St Augustine, FL. Here you’ll find a fresh, colorful and fun restaurant experience inspired by the islands. Whether navigation from the waterways or a local landlubber, with guidance from our warm and welcoming staff our guests discover the bold flavors and vibrant cultures of the tropics. Our approachable menu features fresh seafood and grilled meats, world reknown appetizers and freshly prepared sauces. We feature great daily specials, and live music or daily entertainment. Sit back and enjoy a wide array of signature drinks, including our award winning Datil Smoothie and world infamous Hurricane Category 5 Cocktail!
Top review
CammieH
Dined 2 days ago
Sydney was a Wonderful waitress. She kept up with the table even though they were very busy
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