The seaside community of Ponte Vedra Beach in Northeast Florida is a dream place to live. You’re close enough to the city and to the beach, which means you have the best of both worlds only a short drive or walk away. The weather is beautiful, the attractions are endless, and the food is incredible. With so many new restaurants opening up every year, there’s always something innovative to try. These are ten new restaurants to check out in Ponte Vedra.
1. Nona Blue Modern Tavern
Nona Blue Modern Tavern has the cozy and casual atmosphere of a tavern with the quality food of a high-end restaurant. It appeals to all tastes. The American cuisine made in their wood-fire grill includes an award-winning burger, North Atlantic Salmon with a chilled quinoa salad, Pacific tuna with a citrus soy sauce, Polynesian ribeye, and blue cheese kettle chips.
2. Pusser’s Bar and Grille
Tropical Caribbean hotspot Pusser’s Bar and Grille boasts a unique and affordable menu. Dishes include a jerk chicken and pineapple quesadilla, coconut rum shrimp, half-pound sirloin burgers, seafood pasta tossed in a basil and white wine sauce, fried green tomatoes, cilantro and key lime chicken breast, and fish tacos.
3. Table 1
The menu at Table 1 is mouth-watering, with offerings like strip steak with truffle fries, mustard-glazed Atlantic salmon, an artichoke and goat cheese salad, a turkey, pear, and brie flatbread, and a warm bread butting with Nutella, banana, and a caramel drizzle. Be sure not to miss out on the live music that goes down Wednesday through Saturday.
4. Trasca & Co Eatery
Locally owned Trasca & Co Eatery is proud of their neighborhood, and their handcrafted food. Their specialty paninos, made with a secret family dough recipe, comes with your choice of filling. From hot honey BBQ chicken to guacamole, black beans, and roasted corn – there’s a panino for everyone. They also do pizzas, hand-tossed salads, and a famous mud pie made with a homemade Oreo cookie crust.
5. Lulu’s Waterfront Grille
Looking for dinner and a view? Look no further than Lulu’s Waterfront Grille. The locally-owned establishment has some of the highest-quality seafood in the area. Their shrimp scampi is made with a lemon-garlic white wine butter sauce, the linguine features Cedar Key clams and sweet Florida con, and the daily fresh catch can be grilled, blackened, or fried.
6. Caffe Andiamo
Popular Italian joint Caffe Andiamo is a modern place is serving up traditional eats that will quickly become your go-to craving food, and that will have you coming back again and again. The menu features a drool-worthy baked lasagna, fish sautéed in a champagne cream sauce, thick and juicy veal chops, and a wild mushroom risotto.
7. 3 Palms Grille
Located on the golf course, the 3 Palms Grille has brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and live music. There’s also weekly specials and bar bites. Their delicious menu features the likes of diver scallops, Southern fried chicken, a summer vegetable succotash, ahi tuna, and a watermelon salad with fresh mozzarella.
8. Barbara Jean’s Restaurant and Bar
Barbara Jean’s is a family run restaurant boasting made-from-scratch meals. Dishes include crab cakes, pot roast, a chicken salad with pineapple and pecans, coconut shrimp, hand battered and deep fried catfish, pork chops, and key lime tarts that are individually made by hand.
9. Aqua Grill
Aqua Grill is the perfect place for a special occasion or if you’re just in the mood for an elegant dinner in a casual atmosphere. The cuisine is award wining and contemporary, with dishes from all over the world, including eggplant parmesan, shrimp scampi, slow braised boneless beef short ribs, and wasabi pea crusted Hawaiian tuna.
10. Restaurant Medure
The modern cuisine at Restaurant Medure is all made using local produce, and the pasta is made in-house. The menu features kale gnocchi with pickled duck confit, a roasted beet salad with a preserved lemon vinaigrette, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables, beef carpaccio with a honey Dijon aioli, and grilled octopus with stone fruit.