As a resident of Atlantic Beach who prefers to avoid the kitchen, I’ve had lots of opportunities to explore numerous restaurants in both Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. It’s safe to say that when it comes to finding a good place to eat, these two beach areas offer an abundance of options that cater to all preferences, budgets, and cravings. Today I’ll be sharing five of my personal favorite go-to restaurants (in no particular order) that have saved me from the dread of cooking on numerous occasions.
Sliders Oyster Bar
If you find yourself in Beaches Town Center, make sure to add Sliders Oyster Bar to your list of must-visit places! This is a true paradise for seafood enthusiasts, offering a variety of dishes that showcase incredible flavors. Their commitment to using super fresh seafood sourced directly from Safe Harbor Seafood in Mayport is evident in every bite. Whether you have a hankering for oysters, shrimp, crab cakes, or fish tacos, their menu is brimming with options that are sure to satisfy.
Now, let’s talk about their oyster selection, which is nothing short of impressive. You have the freedom to enjoy them shucked, grilled, fried, or baked, and they offer an array of amazing sauces and toppings to take it up a notch. The restaurant itself offers a fun and inviting coastal vibe, creating an atmosphere that instantly makes you feel relaxed and welcomed. It’s the perfect place to grab a quick and satisfying lunch or to gather with friends for a fun-filled dinner. Here’s an extra touch of excitement – Sliders Oyster Bar features live music and entertainment to elevate the already incredible beach vibe.
Sliders Oyster Bar is located in the Beaches Town Center at: 218 First St, Neptune Beach, FL 32266
If you’re yearning for some California rolls or the most extraordinary chicken fried rice you’ve ever encountered, make your way to Fancy Sushi located at 251 3rd St., Neptune Beach, FL! This hidden gem offers an extensive selection of authentic Japanese cuisine. From Hibachi Vegetable and Shrimp Tempura to Chicken Katsu, California Roll, Jaguar Roll, and a plethora of other options, they have it all. Trust me when I say that each dish is amazing and the service is top-notch. Whether you’re looking for a delightful Japanese lunch special or an epic Japanese-style dinner, Fancy Sushi has you covered. And if time is of the essence, they have that covered too! Fancy Sushi provides convenient online ordering for takeout, ensuring that you can still get your favorite meal on the go. When dining in, be sure not to leave without trying the fried Oreo dessert. I’m not saying it’s the best part of the experience, but it definitely comes close!
Fancy Sushi is located in Neptune Beach at: 251 3rd St, Neptune Beach, FL 32266
Seafood Kitchen is another of my favorite seafood restaurants! This local gem not only boasts incredible seafood dishes but also offers a laid-back and family-friendly atmosphere. The menu is a treasure trove of fresh and flavorful dishes that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Personally, I can’t get enough of their oysters, peel and eat shrimp, and delightful fish bites. And let’s not forget about their catch of the day, which is expertly prepared to elevate its natural flavors to new heights. With a commitment to using only the finest ingredients sourced from trusted suppliers, every single bite is a burst of the ocean’s sweet and fresh essence. Whether you’re a die-hard seafood aficionado or an adventurous eater craving new flavors, Seafood Kitchen has exactly what you are looking for. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the Key Lime Pie. It’s nothing short of amazing!
Seafood Kitchen is located in Atlantic Beach at: 31 Royal Palms Dr, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Simply Tasty Thai
Without a doubt, Simply Tasty Thai is my absolute favorite Thai restaurant among all the beachside options. Tucked away on Mayport Road, it exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere, complemented by the perfect level of spiciness found in authentic Thai cuisine. Personally, I tend to stick to a spice level of 2, as it suits my taste buds perfectly. When it comes to their many food options on the menu, a few dishes have won my heart. I can never resist their Spring Rolls and Egg Drop Soup, and the Pineapple Fried Rice served in a half pineapple is a true delight. Moreover, the Kai Pad Med Ma Muang Hinma Pan and the Spicy Eggplant are absolutely worth stepping outside of comfort zones to try something different. Chef Nancy’s culinary skills are truly unmatched, consistently delivering dishes bursting with flavors. Not to mention, the staff at Simply Tasty Thai always goes above and beyond, providing exceptional service that completes the dining experience.
Simply Tasty Thai is located in Atlantic Beach at: 2292 Mayport Rd #8, Jacksonville, FL 32233
Sierra Grille is a tex-mex restaurant that I absolutely adore. It checks all the boxes for me: healthy, fast, fresh, and affordable. The newest location in Atlantic Beach makes a welcomed addition to the community. What sets Sierra Grille apart is their dedication to creativity and uniqueness in their dishes. They go the extra mile by incorporating locally sourced ingredients and crafting bold flavor combinations that truly make each bite a delight. The salsa bar, with so many choices from mild to fire, is one of my favorites. One of my favorite dishes is the loaded nachos, which can be customized with your choice of protein. Trust me, it’s a snack you won’t want to miss. Sierra Grille has earned a well-deserved reputation for their commitment to providing healthy, fast, and affordable tex-mex cuisine and is a go to for me at least 2 times a week.
Sierra Grille is located in Atlantic Beach at: 1021 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
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About the Author
Jenn Heller is the Operations Manager for The Volen Group, Keller Williams Luxury International, a top real estate team in Ponte Vedra Beach. Jenn has over 18 years experience in Real Estate all in Ponte Vedra Beach, she is an Atlantic Beach resident via Long Island, NY since 1991, a book worm, and loves sports, dogs and the beach.