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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Salt at The Ritz-Carlton restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3200)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Amelia Island
About the restaurant
Salt, a AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurant features simple ingredients from the earth and the sea, properly seasoned and artfully prepared. With more than 400 available wines and an innovative menu showcasing the bounty of the season, Salt offers a dining experience that is a rare combination of the relaxed and refined. As a tribute to the contemporary coastal setting, more than 40 varieties of salt, harvested from every corner of the world, are available to enhance the flavor and appearance of each exquisite dish.

****STRICT DRESS CODE: ALL gentlemen are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes in the dining room. Hats are not permitted.

****Salt requires a credit card to secure all reservations. All credit card information will be processed securely. No-shows or cancellations less than 2 days in advance will be subject to a charge of $75 per person. Changes to the guest count made less than 2 days in advance will be subject to a charge of $25 per person.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Courtney and Kevin were excellent last night. The entire experience was top notch. Thank you!
A photo of Matthew's Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2373)
$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
MartinD
Dined 7 days ago
Matthews is always top tier. The foos, as always, was excellent. Our server, breadperson, water person, wine person were all FANTASTIC. Also its really nice to be able to thank the chefS on the way out.
A photo of Eleven South Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3984)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Jacksonville Beach
About the restaurant
At Eleven South, our food philosophy is simple – a taste for every palate and a palette for every season. Our menu is the centerpiece of the dining experience and features an exclusive variety of seafood, steaks, fresh fish and pasta dishes. Our open flame mesquite wood grill is our distinction and adds delectable flavor to many of our signature dishes from our signature Sea Bass to our steaks and appetizers.
Top review
MariaHvip
Dined 6 days ago
Great place for lunch. Pleasant setting and able to have a good conversation.
A photo of The Cowford Chophouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3121)
$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.
Top review
Davevip
Dined 6 days ago
Seafood tower was excellant Slightly baked oysters, grilled shrimp two lobster tails king crab all was excellent. I had ribeye cap and it was as advertised - very tasty. Wife had the fillet which she said was cooked perfectly to her taste. Nice wine by the glass list, excellent end to evening at the rooftop bar. Don’t go there for The John Wayne. Their specialty cocktail list is at least three years out of date.
A photo of JJ's Liberty Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (468)
$30 and under
French
Ponte Vedra Beach
About the restaurant
Opened in 1994, JJ's has been one of the longest opened restaurants in Ponte Vedra. Enjoy one of the classic French dishes we have to offer or delve into some more modern American flavors. Choose from one of the largest wine selections in Jacksonville, awarded with two glasses from Wine Spectator Magazine. Then finish off dinner with a freshly made dessert from our very own pastry chef. This local restaurant offers a unique dining experience for everyone from the gourmand to the wine enthusiast, and everyone in between. If you would like to make lunch reservations please call at (904) 273-7980.
Top review
Grantvip
Dined 4 days ago
JJ’s is always one of our favorite places in PV. Excellent food wine and service. Wine and pastries shop is awesome too
A photo of David's Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3876)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Fernandina Beach
About the restaurant

David's is a one-of-a-kind culinary establishment , located in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. Private dining by Executive Chef & Owner David is an exciting, upscale, memorable and colorful dining experience. The product-driven menu showcases the ingredients' quality and our team's passion for creating an art-dining experience from our kitchen to your plate.

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Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Good was good. Service was good. Nice quiet place.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Jacksonville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (922)
$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 on Jun 15, 2024
This is my favorite restaurant and it is always good.
A photo of III Forks - Jacksonville restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3197)
$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
ShaneLvip
Dined 4 days ago
Service was superb, Manager Rory is top notch. All employees are friendly. Food was excellent. Just little expensive
A photo of Pesca by Michael's restaurant
4.4
4.4 (197)
$50 and over
Seafood
St. Augustine
About the restaurant
Pesca Dining Room is a sophisticated but vibrant restaurant located on the ground level of the Hyatt place hotel serving dinner service only. Pesca’s dining room menu combines globally-inspired coastal cuisine with bold Latin flavors and fresh ingredients from Florida. The name “Pesca”, derived from the Spanish word for fishing, is a tribute to the owner’s late father’s favorite restaurant in his native Puerto Rico. The dining room features a main indoor dining area, an adjacent bar, a meticulously curated wine library, a private dining room, and a chef’s experience table. The menu predominantly features Latin flavors but with a global twist. Pesca By Michales also serves as the in-house caterer for the Hyatt Place’s banquet room, designed for upscale events.
Top review
KathleenF
Dined 6 days ago
We chose Pesca because it was a very short walk from our hotel. The staff was friendly and attentive and paid attention to our dietary needs. Nice ambiance and very clean. Wished our food was served piping hot but it was tasty anyways. A no-sugar added dessert choice would have been nice, and is not too much to ask for these days. Overall would recommend as a vacation restaurant.
A photo of Terra & Acqua restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1891)
$30 and under
Italian
Saint Augustine Beach
About the restaurant
Bringing modern, northern Italian cuisine to sunny Florida – Terra & Acqua’s chef/owner, Simone Parisi, is creating something to experience. Terra & Acqua is a restaurant inspired by the beautiful Atlantic ocean and the freshest of locally-farmed ingredients.
Top review
Francinevip
Dined 4 days ago
As always, our server Karen is the best. Food is creative and delicious.
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