Waterfront Restaurants in St. Augustine

I wrote recently, in my Cap’s on the Water post, “for all the water we have in St. Augustine (Matanzas River, many creeks, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean), we have very few waterfront restaurants!”

But then I started a mental list… alphabetically, of course, because I’m organized like that:

Then there’s the beachside one on St. Augustine Beach that supposedly serves a great breakfast (Beachcomber? Can’t remember the name.)

St. Augustine Restaurants with water views, as in they’re not on the water but you can see the water:

And, finally, waterfront restaurants that are in St. Johns County but a bit of a drive from historic St. Augustine:

So it appears I was wrong.  St. Augustine does have waterfront restaurants!  You have to know where to find them (several on the waterfront restaurants list are tucked away) but they do indeed exist!  And it also appears I need to get crackin’…  I’m behind on waterfront restaurant reviews!!  Where do you go for waterfront relaxation?

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    • says

      Hmm… you’re the second person to mention places a little drive away. I think I’ll add a section for those! Thanks!!

      • Bonnie Rademaxcher says

        Looking for a restaurant called three 3 mile on the intercostal. it came recommended for it’s seafood boil. I can not fine it.

        • says

          Hmm… I don’t remember a place called Three Mile. There is a place in Jacksonville called Marker 31 but it’s upscale. I’m sorry I can’t help! ~Allie O.

    • Lana Galbraith says

      There are a few on the water, but in St. Augustine – they are on the inter coastal water – nice, but what about the Atlantic Ocean?? I can’t believe there are NO restaurants – except for the dated “The Reef” restaurant and that’s north of St. Augustine. The beachcomber mentioned above – can’t see the water – the sand dunes have built up so high. So the bottom line is there are no restaurants on the ocean.

      • says

        I just had an amazing dish prepared by The Reef’s chef at an event… I may give them another try! ~Allie O

      • June says

        Just the Reef south of St Augustine on the ocean. We’ve had very good lunches overlooking the ocean.

    • charles russell says

      Looking for a restaurant that a friend of mine bought along time ago. he was from new jersey his name is kevin don’t know last name I’ve been there once about 10 years ago can anyone help me

      • charles russell says

        He also owned a biker bar on same road

        • says

          Hmm… Charles, do you have any more info? Type of food served? Part of town? Were both of the places waterfront? I’d love to help you track your friend down! 🙂 ~Allie O {SimplyStAugustine at gmail dot com}

      • D says

        Dunes Cracker House and the Sand Bar

  1. Teresa says

    Cool. Nice list for me to use in a couple of months. I follow several of these on FB and have been to several also.

  2. Adria says

    Any stellar recommendations for a st Aug restaurant for a wedding anniversary? Nothing too froo-froo.


    • says

      Adria- I’m honored you asked for such a special occasion. 🙂 Since nothing too froo-froo, I suggest Cap’s – they offer a great waterfront view and laid-back atmosphere with delish dishes! Search “Cap’s” on my website & read my review.

      If waterfront isn’t important to you, I adore Black Fly for it’s amazing flavor combinations. Jeans or shorts are ok there! Happy Anniversary!

  3. says

    Beachcomber Restaurant, 2 A St., is a little hole in the wall spot on St. Augustine Beach with good sandwiches. You can eat outside and see the ocean! … It is on the same road at Stir It Up, just closer to the ocean.

  4. Kelly D. says

    Matanzas Inlet(it’s misspelled on purpose)

  5. Reilly says

    Conch House is a must visit, if just for the view, atmosphere, and drinks! The food isn’t too bad either.

    It’s always fun to walk out on the pier by the lounge and look at the boats. Sometimes there are people washing and cutting up huge fish down on the docks, which is pretty cool to watch.

  6. anjanette says

    I am a huge fan of The Kingfish Grill. It’s got a very nice outdoor area on the Marina. Music on the weekends, and Chef Austin makes the best Sushi I have tasted outside of Japan. Their Naked Sushi events are a blast!

  7. mermaid says

    hands down – the South Beach Grill in Crescent Beach. Clean, casual, ocean front, and great food!

  8. Sarah says

    Beachcomber on A St is waterfront and under new ownership. The food there is a 100% improvement than in the past!!

  9. Steve Slayton says

    I love Aunt Kate”s at night as the sun is setting. It’s A little distance off Beach Blvd. But has very nice Food and views. The Conch House is always great. I take my Camera and always get some good photos while I’m there. Speaking of which, I’ll be there next week. If you like Rookeries or Photography, you have to give the Alligator Farm Rookery a Try.

  10. Anonymous says

    What about a good restaurant for a small wedding reception on the bayfront? Not too casual…

    • says

      That sounds like a sweet memory in the making! You can call any of the restaurants listed here- most will accommodate a small group. 🙂 Congrats! ~Allie O

  11. Tami mcgraw says

    Now that they’ve added an upstairs deck, you can see the ocean from Sunset Grill on A1A and food is terrific!

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