About 29 South Eats

29 South 3rd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
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29 South is a chic, neighborhood bistro perfect for dates, a quick bite or a casual dinner with old friends and family.
This eclectic bistro has it all; great ambiance, fantastic food, an extensive wine list. The menu can best be described as extraordinary casual farm to table cuisine, where Chef Scott Schwartz paints a playground for the palette using the freshest ingredients sourced from local fisherman, farms and our own onsite garden.
Three time winner of the "Best of Jacksonville" 29 South was recently awarded a "Snail of Approval" and "Spirit of Slow Food" by Slow Food USA.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Ash

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(904) 277-7919

Website:
http://www.29southrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Located in the downtown historic district of Fernandina Beach Florida. Ample street parking available as well as the city hall parking lot available after 6 pm across the street form the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Scotty Schwartz

Additional:
Beer, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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29 South Eats Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Contemporary American
Jacksonville / Northeast Florida
Best Overall
Amelia Island
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great for lunch (20)
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious and special dinner!

Dined 6 days ago

Do not miss any opportunity to dine at 29 South! Every dish our party ordered was fabulous. From the pulled pork spring rolls, to the fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, fried chicken, shrimp & grits -- and then the dessert, Chocolate Souffle' Disaster -- everything was so unbelievably delicious. An excellent meal and dining experience.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

A great experience again.

Dined 6 days ago

The food and service have never disappointed. A better selection of beers would make me even happier.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
food1
ambience2
service3
value1

Great disappointment

Dined on April 25, 2016

According to the reviews and listed awards, this would be a dining venue to look forward to experiencing, with an outstanding chef. Simply put, it was terrible. We ordered the fried chicken as our entrée. It should have been listed as deep fried batter, since the batter was at least 85 percent of what was on the plate. After finally excavating and revealing the actual chicken, it was dry and tasteless. The remainder of the meal, including the salads were equally uninspiring. There is nothing that would urge me to recommend this restaurant.

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Interesting food and reliable delivery

Dined on April 24, 2016

I always bring my out-of-town visitors to 29 South for brunch as I know I can rely on thjis restaurant to do a great job of delivering southern food with a flair.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Great Food

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

The food was superb here, definitely worth the visit to experience the food specials.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service4

Had shrimp n grits and the fried chicken ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

Had shrimp n grits and the fried chicken. Both quite good

food5
ambience5
service5

This was our first time visiting this re ...

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

This was our first time visiting this restaurant. The service and food were both excellent. We will definitely go again.

food5
ambience5
service5

Memorable service

Dined on April 16, 2016

Memorable service

food5
ambience5
service5

Food was to die for!! Pork chop was fant ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

Food was to die for!! Pork chop was fantastic!! The trout was the best I have ate and I am from Colorado and ate lots of trout.

food4
ambience4
service5

Very good. Small portion's though

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

Very good. Small portion's though

food4
ambience3
service3
value4

A nice meal

Dined on April 10, 2016

Very good, creative food; interesting wine list. Service was warm and thoughtful. We did not feel rushed; however, the kitchen needs to slow down the pace of their food prep. Apps arrived almost immediately after ordering - Entrees arrived immediately on the heels of app removal. If we had ordered a bottle of wine vs. by the glass, we would not have had time to finish it. Oddly, the restaurant does not serve tea of any type.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The Bar UnParalleled!

Dined on April 10, 2016

For the past four years, BarZin has been the go-to place for the celebration of my wife's birthday. At first the attraction was Sea Bass, but once that left the menu, she still wanted to return for the ambiance and surprises that replaced it. Our most recent visit consisted of an order of the pesto encrusted flounder and a melt-in-your-mouth pot roast. The wine list is always a treat, and the waitstaff is knowledgeable about making recommendations. We have recommended this spot to all of our friends heading to Amelia Island.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Locallady

Dined on April 9, 2016

Very good as per usual. A favorite of ours. The swordfish special was delicious and my husband loves the fried chicken. Our server was friendly and accommodating. Our guests loved their meals and of course we all shared 3 different desserts. Love the "donuts and coffee".

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service3
value4

great food

Dined on April 8, 2016

We really enjoyed the food, the service didn't seem like a priority although not bad, ambiance nice neighborhood restaurant, very casual both in attitude and dress. Good wine selection and great desserts. We would go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

This restaurant was wonderful in every r ...

Dined on April 7, 2016

This restaurant was wonderful in every respect - food, ambience and service.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

I'd have given it a 5 but I ordered the ...

Dined on April 3, 2016

I'd have given it a 5 but I ordered the biscuits & gravy & the gravy had a shrimp flavor to it...not for me. Everything else was good.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always, Always a hit!

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

29 South is always a great experience for us and our friends. Not only is the food incredible, but the service is top notch as well. The entire staff is very knowledgeable about their menu and about food in general....you almost feel as if you are dining with a bunch of chefs.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service5

It was very good for a buffet on a holid ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

It was very good for a buffet on a holiday Sunday.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

My wife had sowrdfish, for the first tim ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

My wife had sowrdfish, for the first time, and I had the shrimp & grits. She loved the swordfish, and the shrimp & grits were excellent.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

avorite Place

Dined on March 25, 2016

We visit Amelia Island every month from Ohio and always make sure to have a dinner at 29 South. Always great, try the Fried Green Tomatoes

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Better than the Southern food I grew up with!

vip
Dined on March 24, 2016

Four words: Fried green tomato stack. Also, succotash. And the ravioli and brown butter brussels sprouts would get me back here! Very tasty food, and sitting outside on the porch on a late spring evening was delightful.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Sweet Tea Pork Chops

Dined on March 10, 2016

The sweet tea pork chops with mac and cheese are to die for! Any time I am in Fernandina Beach, I will go there for at least one dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Few better

Dined on March 6, 2016

This is one of our all-time top five restaurants, and one of things we most look forward to in visiting the area.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing Brunch!

Dined on March 6, 2016

This is a great stop when visiting Fernandina Beach. We stopped in for Brunch on Sunday afternoon and found that we just loved everything about it. The service, the food, the atmoshpere...everything was most delightful and we can't wait to return. Be sure to try the coffee and donuts for dessert. They are like nothing I've ever had before. We will definately be back!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always excellent!

Dined on March 1, 2016

We have eaten at this restaurant many times when we come to Fernandina Beach for vacation and it is always wonderful. The menu is smallish and hasn't changed much over the years. The veggies are very fresh because many are grown in the garden behind the restaurant. I had the shrimp and grits and it was seasoned perfectly, the shrimp was cooked just right and the grits were creamy but not soggy. My husband had the seafood special which was presented nicely and he enjoyed it. We ordered the coffee and donut dessert which is always tasty. Our only complaint was that the spoons are kind of big making it hard to get every last bite of the dessert!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great place

Dined on February 29, 2016

I took a group of 6 to 29 South. Every person came away with nothing but praises. The food was great, even catering to my special dietary needs . The wine was great. David find a wonderful job of being attentive yet not over bearing. I have already recommended 29 South to several people.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great place - came highly recommended

Dined on February 28, 2016

Can see why it's a popular local and visitor spot, and why it was recommended by multiple people. The food was very good, fresh, and innovative without being "fussy." Our server was helpful and attentive. Definitely plan to go back even though it's about an hour drive for us. Couple of minor opportunities - I made a reservation online. When we arrived, our table was ready with no waiting but we were told we had to sit inside because the reservation was made online. However, there was no option given online as to whether we preferred outside or inside. Also, one person in our party wanted hot tea and that was not available. Seems like a pretty easy menu addition - some tea bags and hot water is all that's needed.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

The Lobster Corn Dog is a Must

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

The most unique Corn Dog ever. Incredibly flavored. The Fried Geen Tomatoes were also excellent. A must visit place if you are in area.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

If Farm to table is what you're looking for....

Dined on February 26, 2016

You've found it. Well prepared food in unpretentious surroundings. Nice spot in what was formerly a home in historic district. Decent wine list and nightly specials.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience2
service2
value3

Good Food But...

Dined on February 26, 2016

The service needs some work. There seems to be a communication problem between the servers and the kitchen. What is ordered and how it is requested to be prepared does not seem to translate to the preparers. Also, one dining companion was hit in the head with some napkin rolled silverware. The food itself is tasty and the presentation is good. Prices are reasonable for the quality.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Worth the wait

Dined on February 25, 2016

A little hard to get into, but the food is WORTH IT. Open table made it possible to make a reservation in advance. Worked out perfect. Low key inside, cozy feel.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience3
service5

Always good food!

Dined on February 24, 2016

Always good food!

food5
ambience3
service2

The best fried chicken on the planet han ...

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

The best fried chicken on the planet hands down!!! Crab cake was fabulous. Short ribs very good.

food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Delicious!!

Dined on February 18, 2016

The food was some of the best I've had in a long time. Would highly recommend.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

If I was on death row, their sweet tea p ...

Dined on February 17, 2016

If I was on death row, their sweet tea pork chop would be my last meal.

food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Less than impressed

Dined on February 17, 2016

I have been to 29 South multiple times in the last few years and have always been very satisfied, until my most recent experience. The food, service, and overall value were just subpar: The fried chicken that I have enjoyed in the past was very dry and the skin was even a little brown, obviously overcooked. We never saw our waitress after she took our order, a couple other parties walked in so the manager refilled our drinks and took our payment. The value was not there because of all of the above and that we paid $10 for a single piece of toast with a couple toppings as a appetizer. This all happened on a Wednesday night when basically no one else was in the restaurant, so there is no excuse. I don't know if I will be back, but I expect a better experience if I do.

food5
ambience5
service5

Very unique food, but delicious!

Dined on February 16, 2016

Very unique food, but delicious!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Always love it here.

Dined on February 15, 2016

It has been a few years since we've been to Fernandina but 29 South is ALWAYS our favorite and we make it a priority to go. The food is always fantastic and we get very excited when we know we can actually get squeezed in if reservations weren't made. This was our 25th wedding anniversary and it was wonderful.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Budbarb

Dined on February 14, 2016

We have been to 29 South many times but it has been almost a year since the last time. Quality of the food and service are always very good. And, in the past, the amount of food was always more than acceptable. However this time we were somewhat disappointed in the portions for the price. Hopefully this won't continue.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service5
value3

We had lunch and was going to order the ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

We had lunch and was going to order the catch of the day sandwich, but they only offered talapia. I was disappointed in the fish that was available. I thought they would've offered a better choice, like Mahi or flounder.

Tags: fit for foodies

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