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Jacksonville Restaurants on the Water Accessible By Boat

Published on FEBRUARY 3, 2023 by ROB HASTINGS

CATEGORIES: Things to Do in Jacksonville

One of the appeals of living in an area on the ocean and with inland waterways is certainly the experiences.

And one experience like no other is navigating your boat to a waterside restaurant to enjoy a good meal by the water.

With the Intracoastal waterway and the St. John's River in Northeast Florida, there are several options to take your boat to a waterfront restaurant.

Let's take a look at the top four restaurants in Northeast Florida which are accessible by boat.

Dockside Seafood

When Dockside Seafood (formerly Safe Harbor Seafood) opened its location in Jacksonville Beach, it was an instant success.

Known for its fresh seafood that comes in on the docks in Mayport, Dockside Seafood offers a fantastic menu. The fried Mayport Shrimp basket is a must-have.

While the line at the entrance can often be intimidating, Dockside Seafood is truly a "fast-casual" restaurant, and even with a long line, the wait is minimal due to the quick service and fast table turnover.

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Located on the Intracoastal at the base of the Beach Blvd. bridge in Jacksonville Beach, Dockside Seafood is easily accessible by boat.

Dock space is plenty after the recent addition of a long floating dock. Also, there is a public boat ramp adjacent to the restaurant, so it's possible to tie up to the floating dock just after putting your boat or after returning from a long day on the water.

Dockside is a must-visit for waterfront dining in Jacksonville!

Julington Creek Fish Camp

Located near the mouth of Julington Creek on the southside of Mandarin, Julington Creek Fish Camp is the epitome of a boating restaurant destination.

A part of the "fish camp family" that also includes North Beach Fish Camp (in Neptune Beach, not accessible by boat) and Palm Valley Fish Camp (in Ponte Vedra Beach, accessible by boat), Julington Creek Fish Camp offers a Southern fare menu of fresh seafood from North Florida's waters.

For boat access, use Pier 3 at Julington Creek Marina. Signs are posted to direct you to the docks.

The Conch House - St. Augustine

An iconic destination for boaters on the Intracoastal, The Conch House in St. Augustine is a must-stop for boaters, especially in the summertime.

Established in 1946, the Conch House is reknown for its Reggae Sundays, a weekly summertime party that is hosted on the marina's floating docks.

Perfect for appetizers or a full meal, the Conch House Restaurant is full of delicious seafood plates to include local favorites of gator tail, butter rum scallops, and Shrimp Anastasia.

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Rates at the marina are reasonable with pricing by the foot for the day.

Contact the marina at 904-824-4347 for availability.

Intuition Ale Works

Intuition Ale Works is another great restaurant easily accessible by boat. The brewery is known for its flavorful and creative beers along with a food menu to appease everyone's taste buds.

With access available from the Metropolitan Park Marina, which is located near TIAA Bank Field just west of channel markers G'81' and R'82', there are 78 slips that can accommodate vessels up to 80 feet in length. Slips are available to the public, and reservations are not required except during special events.

Intuition is a perfect stop on any boating outing. Drink responsibly!

For more information, visit the City of Jacksonville's website for Metropolitan Park Marina.

The Bottom Line

This list just barely touches the abundance of Jacksonville restaurants on the water that are accessible by boat.

But if you are looking for waterfront dining in Jacksonville to get to by boat, these four restaurants are a good place to get your feet wet (hopefully not literally).

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Rob Hastings is a top-producing real estate agent in Jacksonville, Florida and helps buyers, sellers, and investors of homes and property throughout all of Northeast Florida. He works with his wife Nancy as a husband-and wife-team with Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners. When not helping his clients navigate the real estate process, Rob enjoys working on old Corvettes and playing music (guitar and piano). A U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Naval Officer, he also loves boating and simply spending time on the water.