Jekyll Island Georgia
Anyone have any recommendations of places to eat on Jekyll Island or nearby? We are going for a week in June. We were there before on Jekyll and didn't get a chance to eat out at all because it was a quick getaway weekend for a wedding, but are really excited to try some of the local cuisine this time!
Driftwood Bistro has excellent food/menu------you have to get the fried okra, shrimp & grits and squash casserole------Latitudes is good too. Forget about Fins, Sand Bar&Grill. Sea Jays is ok--didn't try Rah Bar-----too many flies ;( The Redbug Pizza is like frozen pizza----didn't make it to Cafe Soltice and the hotel restaurant---maybe next time. Heard Indigo Shanty in Brunswick is a go to place..........
I visit Jekyll at least 3 or 4 times a year. I eat at the Rah Bar every other day when I'm there (I'm the one who loves the peel and eat shrimp). Sit outside with oysters, a pound or two of shrimp and some new potatoes. It's great.
Latitudes is pretty good also. I had the shrimp and grits there 2 weeks ago and liked it. Usually I stick with fried stuff- you can't go wrong.
I had heard Blackbeards was under new management which is good news. It's a nice location, but the food has been hit or miss and the decor is worn. But maybe give it a try since someone else has been there recently.
Driftwood Bistro is owned by the same people who own the Rah Bar and Latitudes. I went over Christmas when they had just opened. It was good but a little uneven. They do, however, have a more ambitious menu than most other places on the island so it's worth a visit.
Zachary's is in the shopping center and I've always had good fried seafood po-boys. It closes at 8 or 8:30 which can be somewhat inconvenient.
I've never been to the Club Dining room for dinner BUT one of my absolute favorite things to do is get a cocktail in the lobby bar and sit on the porch in the rocking chairs looking out on the river as the sun sets. Kenny is the main bartender and everyone loves him.
If you're there on a Sunday, brunch at the club is terrific. Seriously seriously good. I look forward to it every visit.
There are good places to go in Brunswick and St. Simons (plus Skippers in Darrien) but you have to drive on and off the island. I'm always in too much of an island mood to do that more than once a trip.
Have a great time!
Thanks for all of the feedback. We did eat at the Rah Bar last time we were at Jekyll and while the food was great, the service was pretty bad. We'll try it again though and stick to the peel and eat shrimp. Willie's Wee-Nee Wagon sure looks interesting. I saw some pictures of the web and we might need to check that out!
We ended up eating at the Rah Bar again which was super. We had steamed oysters and shrimp and they were both fantastic. The hot butter sauce was so divine. We also ended up at Gnat's Landing in Redfern Village. I was not impressed at all with the food there. We received a recommendation from a local shop keeper to go to Gnat's. We were supposed to go to Crabdaddies and I wish we would have stuck with our original plans!
310 Redfern Vlg, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Gnat's is ok and a fun place to sit outside and listen to a band but you're right it's not great. Blackened grouper sandwich last Saturday was just blah.
Not Jekyll, but I really like Catch 228 also in Redfern. The oysters are all apalachicola which are fine raw but their baked options are numerous and delicious. Plus I like the hot sauce selection. Caveat: I know Eddie but would go there regardless.
Crab Daddy's was just ok this trip. My blackened mahi was drowned in sauce albeit a delicious bleu sauce. Crap soup excellent as usual. Crazy packed.
228 Redfern Vlg Ste 100, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Recently ate at Blackbeard's on Jekyll Island. After several years of up and down quality this place seem to really have it together. Had the Fish and Chips Special at lunch - excellent - and returned several nights later for dinner. At dinner had the best Shrimp and Grits I have ever eaten. Saw several seafood platters that looked wonderful too. I understand the place is under new management and they are really doing a great job of making sure the food and service matches the views. Did I mention the great views directly on the ocean.
Grand Dining Room at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is great but a little formal for my taste. You may want to check out the Crane Cottage for lunch, also in the historic area.
Went by Latitude 31 for dinner one evening but they were closed on Mondays.
1 Pier Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Jekyll Island Club Hotel
371 Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
The Rah Bar is located on the Pier in front of The Jekyll Island Club. I vote for The Rah Bar and Latitude 31 as both are located at the end of the pier there.
Also The Jekyll Island Club has several nice dining options that are interesting.
The Grand Dining Room @ The Jekyll Island Club @ 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 912 - 635 - 2600. * FD/BLD.
Courtyard @ Crane @ Jekyll Island Club @ 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 800 - 535 - 9547. *
Cafe Solterra @ Jekyll Island Club @ 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 912 - 635 - 2600. *
In addition you wil find a couple of other nice spots that are interesting.
Sea Jay's Waterfront Cafe and Pub @ 1 Harbor Rd., Jekyll Island, GA 912 - 635 - 3200. *
Driftwood Bistro @ 1175 N. Beachview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 912 - 635 - 3588.
Morgan's Grill @ 322 Captain Wylly Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 912 - 635 - 4103.
Blackbeard's Restaurant @ 200 N. Beachview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 912 635 - 3522. *
Bon Appetit. Have a nice trip.
1 Pier Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Bon Appetit Restaurant
621 Highway 441 S, Clayton, GA 30525
I am from this area and a huge road-foodie.
With one exception, Jekyll food is mediocre, at best. The Rah bar, however, has good oysters and shrimp.
Other good eats in Brunswick / St. Simons Island / Jekyll Island:
In Brunswick, the pork chop sandwich at Willie's Wee-Nee Wagon is a must. Understand, however, that this place is a total dove. Research this place before making the drive. Not for the faint of heart but def. an experience.
On St. Simons, try Crabdaddies; really fresh seafood and the bread pudding is out of this world.
Cargo is Brunswick is really good. Halyards on St Simons Island is good, too.
People love the crab cakes and she crab soup at Barbra Jean's. I love the pumpkin bread.
Tuptime Thai in Brunswick is phenomenal. http://www.tuptim.net/ Try the drunken noodle.
Willie's Wee-Nee Wagon
3599 Altama Ave, Brunswick, GA 31520
Hi, Danielle. I can't speak from personal experience, but a user posted the following in response to my recent question about seafood on St. Simons Island: "The Rah Bar at the Jekyll Wharf has amazing peel and eat shrimp fresh off the boat- if you have the chance to get over there, try it!"