We’ve rounded up some of the notable restaurants on the Northbank of Downtown Jacksonville, Florida! For a full listing of all of Downtown’s offerings, including Southbank and Brooklyn, please visit the DVI website. Information on meal times can be found on the internet or by telephone, as these are subject to change.
Great food and brew poke bowl
20 West Cafe 20 W. Adams St., 222-0695, fscj.edu/20-west-cafe Farm-to-table counter service restaurant serving breakfast and lunch.
Akels delicacies 21 W. Church St., 315 W. Forsyth St., 50 N. Laura St., 245 Riverside Ave. akelsdeli.com With four locations and New York flair, you might mistake this family-run deli for an out of town franchise.
Azucena Corner Deli 100 E. Forsyth St., 626-7600, facebook.com/azucenacornerdeli/
Both a bar and a deli can find salads, cajun fries, and sandwiches that are just right for you day and night.
Bay Street Bar & Grill 119 E. Bay St., 419-3550, facebook.com/BayStreetBarAndGrill/ A great place on The Elbow Bar Strip for a casual bite. Nothing special, but decent bar food and thick cut fries to finish off an evening with a drink.
Bellwether, photo by Nate Mayo
Bellwether 100 N. Laura St., 802-7745, bellwetherjax.com The hip new meeting place in downtown. Poutine, kimchi and less exotic options such as french fries and a burger. They have local beers and a full bar, perfect for that after work cocktail and a nibble, Tuesday through Friday when they are open for dinner. They stay open until 3 p.m. on Mondays, closed on Sundays and open on Saturdays.
Big Pete’s Pizzeria 118 N. Julia St., 356-2680, bigpetes.net Pizza specialties, hearty subs, salads and other typical pizzeria foods in a casual atmosphere in The Landing. Claim to fame according to their website – they make every topping from scratch. They deliver!
BLK SHP for intuition 929 E. Bay St., 683-7720, intuitionaleworks.com/food/ A bar with a black sheep menu and intuition ale? Yes, please!
Brick coffeehouse 214 N. Hogan St., 354-9945, browncoffeehouse.com/#menu Coffee, breakfast and lunch. Known for great service, breakfast BLTs, and by some reviews the best coffee in downtown.
Burrito gallery 21 E. Adams St., 598-2922, burritogallery.com It’s an art gallery that serves burritos, quesadillas, and tacos, with a bar in the background. Serve food late. Full bar. Closed on Sundays.
Burritos Puebla 440 W. Adams St., 442-3963, facebook.com/burritospuebla/ Mexican cuisine directly opposite the courthouse. The portions are big and tasty, but the kitchen is small so there is sometimes a bit of maintenance. We hear it’s worth it!
Duck Confit from Candy Apple Cafe and Cocktails
Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails 400 N. Hogan St., 376-7161, candyapplecafeandcocktails.com
Chic cocktails, fine dining with a southern flair – it’s a fun place to show off outside of towers, along with Sweet Pete’s in the same building. It’s a great place to be a regular too!
Casa Dora Italian restaurant 108 E. Forsyth St., 356-8282, facebook.com/CasaDoraItalian/ This Italian joint has always been around for a reason! Right near the Florida Theater, it’s affordable and delicious.
Chamblins Uptown Cafe 215 N. Laura St., 674-0868 This small café serves Green Mountain Coffee, a variety of sandwiches, and cold freezer treats. You can find lots of books behind the cafe too!
Cowford Chophouse 101 E. Bay St., 862-6464, cowfordchophouse.com The newest but also upscale spot in the downtown area is in stunning, utterly fabulous surroundings, regardless of which floor you choose to dine on. Roof has a great view!
Cowford Chophouse roof
D&G Deli and Grill 233 E. Bay St., 634-0328, dandgdeliandgrill.com They now serve beer and wine, plus a solid selection of wraps, salads, sandwiches, and breakfast prices. Breakfast and lunch only, Monday to Saturday.
The real Ting Cafe 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738, facebook.com/derealtingcafe/ While De Real Ting is supposedly a club, it’s also a source for some of the best Caribbean food in Jacksonville. Closed on Sunday and Monday
Desert Rider Sandwich Shop 217 N. Hogan St., 353-5654 Loved old school sandwich shop with a fantastic potato salad. Lots of vintage Jax pictures on the walls too!
Element Bistro & Craft Bar 335 E. Bay St., 707-0474, elementjax.com Unlike many downtown restaurants that cater to the working crowd, the Element Bistro serves the parties that open in the afternoon and close at 2am, as befits the Myth Nightclub. A different mood every night, but delicious throughout.
Fionn MacCool’s 2 W. Independent Dr., 374-1547, fionnmacs.com/Pub/ This Irish pub in Jacksonville Landing offers gourmet and casual dining. The menu features traditional Irish dishes such as fish and chips and unique dishes such as boxty. Serve late.
Happy grilled cheese 219 N. Hogan St., 451-0126 facebook.com/thehappygrilledcheese/ If you loved your food truck, good news, you went to the Brick and opened a location downtown. All grilled cheese! Lunch only, closed on weekends.
Hemming Park Cafe 135 W. Monroe St., 515-5098, hemmingpark.org The Hemming Park Cafe in Hemming Park is a great place to get to know downtown Jacksonville. Various food trucks come by every day to offer the Hemming Park Cafe a unique kitchen where visitors can drink coffee from the Vagabond Coffee food truck while enjoying live music from the stage.
Indochine 21 E. Adam St. Suite 200, 598-5303, indochinejax.com Located above the Burrito Gallery, Indochine serves dishes inspired by Thai and Southeast Asian cuisines. These include soups, noodles, rice and curries. They also provide catering, delivery, and accommodation for semi-private parties.
Jacksonville Sports Tavern 234 A Philip Randolph Blvd. 367-3547 This location is next to the Veterans Memorial Arena and across from the baseball area. It’s a spacious, relaxed place for a game day with a pool table for beer, sandwiches, burgers and other canapes. Saturday-Sunday: 3pm to 10pm. Open 3 hours before every major event in the sports center.
Jenkins quality grill
Jenkins quality grill 830 N. Pearl St., 353-6388, jenkinsqualitybarbecue.com Jenkins have a place to sit, but they are best known for their bagged chicken takeaway. They sell half or all of them, put them in the Jenkins mustard sauce, and put them in a bag with several slices of bread. It looks terrible but tastes good. Locals also love their finely chopped coleslaw and buy the Jenkins sauce to take away.
JL Trents Downtown Cafe 200 W. Forsyth St., 353-8155, jltrents.com Local fried seafood dishes. You’ve been near NAS Jacksonville for over 20 years. So if you love them and are closer to the city center, make sure to feel informed! This branch is closed on weekends and only open for lunch on weekdays.
Juliettes 245 Water St., 791-4995 This stylish bistro is located in the Omni Hotel and offers fine American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair.
Kazu Sushi Burrito 117 W. Adams St., 438-5020, kazusushiburrito.com A local chain whose specialty is an uncut, fat sushi roll, also known as a sushi burrito. Their sack shells are pretty fabulous too.
Morton’s Steakhouse 225 E. Coastline Dr., 354-4350, mortons.com Morton’s Steakhouse is located in the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. For over 30 years, the Chicago-based steakhouse has focused on quality, consistency and genuine hospitality. Morton’s serves fresh, succulent seafood and a premium USDA steak. Open for dinner every day at 5 p.m. The bar opens at 4pm.
The Magnificat Cafe 231 N. Laura St., 353-3588, Magnificatcafe.com With a Paris-inspired atmosphere and a French born and trained chef, this cafe is authentically French. The menu features soups, salads and sandwiches inspired by traditional French cuisine. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast and lunch only.
NOLA MOCA 333 N. Laura St., 224-0113, mocajacksonville.unf.edu/eat/ This fine dining restaurant in the Museum of Contemporary Art offers innovative seasonal lunch and dinner from a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef. Try the full bar. Always open during the Art Walks. Check the website for hours.
Oil market 301 E. Bay St., 356-7100, oliomarket.com With soups, salads, sandwiches and a great breakfast, Olio emphasizes organic and locally sustainable products in its menus. They also offer craft beers and wines, as well as catering and accommodation for off-site private parties. Closed on Sunday and Saturday.
Spliff’s Gastropub 15 N. Ocean St., 844-5000, spliffsgastropub.com Spliff’s offers what they call “Gourmet Comfort Food”. There is an entire section of the menu devoted to mac and cheese variations only. The Buval Dirty Bird Chicken Sandwich comes highly recommended. Beer, of course, since it’s gastropub! Late service, closed on Sundays.
The cucumber, carrot and coleslaw sack bowl from Super Food and Brew with seaweed noodles, citrus segments, citrus ponzu, red Thai chillies and togarashi spices
Great food and brew 11 E. Forsyth St., 723-1180 facebook.com/superfoodandbrew/ This health conscious eatery is a standout downtown diner, and their superfood already has its superfans! Lots of salad options and vegetable based bowls where you can add meat, fish or tofu.
Tossgreen 76 S. Laura St., 574-9905 A healthy mix of modern cuisine with traditional elements: the 4-level menu offers a range of stimulating combinations. Salads, wraps, bowls, burritos and fresh juices. Weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The court municipal food park 32 S. Hogan St., facebook.com/TheCourtUrbanFoodPark/ The Court is located next to the Suntrust Tower parking garage along Hogan Street between Forsyth Street and Independent Drive and offers a rotating array of food trucks Monday through Friday. You can find a list of daily trucks on Facebook.
Zodiac Bar and Grill 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283, thezodiacbarandgrill.com The Zodiac Bar and Grill offers a menu of Mediterranean cuisine and American specialties. The restaurant also offers live music, a fully stocked bar and an espresso bar.