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Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

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I will be traveling to Amelia Island for a girls' weekend in November. It really looks like there are not any foodie-approved places to eat! I have two simple requirements: good food and good atmoshere. Can anyone help me out??

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  1. You must try Merge. The chef used to be at the Ritz, but the prices at Merge are reasonable

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    1. re: Medallion

      is Merge still there--website is gone

        1. re: Roswellgirl

          Merge was there in May/June. Very popular

    2. There are great gems on Amelia Island! The Verandah Restaurant at Omni Amelia Island Plantation is great for seafood. Downtown in the historic district of Fernandina Beach there are plenty of great places. My favorite is Cafe Karibo, known for eclectic cuisine, great courtyard and brew pup next door. 29 South is also great along with Espana for tapas and spanish food. Bright Mornings on 3rd for breakfast/brunch of TRays, located in an old gas station on 8th Street, for a great, cheap breakfast or awesome hamburgers. Amelia is a great place for small, mom-and-pop restaurants.

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      Bright Mornings Cafe
      105 S 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

      Espana Restaurant
      22 S 4th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

      Cafe Karibo
      27 N 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

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      1. re: alacroix

        Ate in the garden for lunch. Dog friendly. Food just OK. Nice atmosphere. Known as a microbrewery with eclectic food. My son who is a beer expert and makes his own beer tasted all their beers and said they tasted funny and seemed watered down.

        1. re: alacroix

          The Verandah? I've never had a good meal there. Agree about Karibo.

          1. re: gfweb1

            Some have reported exceptional seafood at the Verandah. Those of us living downtown prefer Lulu's, Le Clos and Arte to anything on the south end.

        2. Espana, Merge Restaurant, Le Clos, LuLus at the Thompson House, 29 South and Kelley's Courtyard are very good. Lunch at the Ritz Carlton is nice. Arte Pizza is casual and excellent.

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          Arte Pizza
          109 N 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

          Le Clos
          20 S 2nd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

          Espana Restaurant
          22 S 4th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

          1. Beech St. is one of my favorites. Espana is outstanding. Joe's is nice fine dining for dinner.

            Beech St. Grill @ 801 Beech St., Fernandina Beach, FL 904 - 277 - 3662.
            http://www.beechstreetgrill.com/
            Espana Restaurant @ 22 South 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 904 - 261 - 7700.
            http://www.espanadowntown.com/
            Joe's 2nd St. Bistro @ 14 South 2nd St., Fernandina Beach, FL 904 - 321 - 2558.
            http://www.joesbistro.com/

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            Espana Restaurant
            22 S 4th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

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            1. re: Littleman

              To all Amelia Island visitors...the Island Barbecue reopened over the summer and the pulled pork is very good. This is the place behind the Hammerhead just south of Sadler. Enjoy!

              1. re: marelyisdead

                Hey marelyisdead, I'm headed to Amelia again over Thanksgiving for our annual family reunion -- do you know if any of these recommended places are open on Thanksgiving day or are we headed back to Barbara Jeans?

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                Barbara Jeans Restaurant
                101 Palm Harbor Pkwy Ste 123, Palm Coast, FL 32137

                1. re: bcodom

                  I'll have to get back to you on Turkey Day opennings. I have not heard as of yet.

            2. I'd pass on Beech Street Grill. I don't think it has the same snap in the kitchen as in year's past. I will absolutely second those who recommend Merge, Espana, Le Clos and Joe's. That's for a higher end experience. Cafe Karibo is also very good on the alt side. Matt

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              Beech Street Grill
              801 Beech St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

              Le Clos
              20 S 2nd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

              Espana Restaurant
              22 S 4th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

              Cafe Karibo
              27 N 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034