The BEST Jekyll Island Restaurants (Where to Eat in Jekyll Island)

LAST UPDATED: Jun 26, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Aug 30, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

The best Jekyll Island Restaurants for every occasion! Get ideas for ocean views, interior charm, and the best ice cream stops, too!

The best restaurants on Jekyll Island

*Originally published June 2016, updated May 2020

One of my favorite things about visiting other areas is getting a taste of the local fare and the great ambience that comes with it. I’ve found that navigating that can sometimes be cumbersome, especially when you’d rather spend your time enjoying the beach or exploring an area rather than planning your meals.

We spent the week on Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia. It’s such a quaint community, you’d think that finding where to eat would be easy, but I could find very little information in our search and thought I’d share in case someone vacationing in Jekyll stumbles across this little blog ‘o mine.

Jekyll Island offers an array of charming restaurants.

Where to eat on Jekyll Island with kids

The Best Restaurants on Jekyll Island for an Ocean View or On the Water

Tortuga Jacks

It’s no secret that we love Mexican, but when paired with an ocean view, well, that was a combo that led us to eat there three times during our stay. They had a fantastic guacamole and salad, the girls loved the kiddie cocktails and there were plenty of great views indoors and out.

If sitting outdoors, the best views are under the tiki hut and indoors to the right. You can find live music there on evenings and weekend.

The Reserve at The Westin 

Website photos fail to show that you can dine outdoors not only at their upper level bar {which is uncovered}, but on a beautiful patio sitting just below the dunes.

You can catch a cool breeze while enjoying their extensive menu. The food is nothing to write home about, but the ambiance more than compensated for it. The girls played just below the patio and made several friends during our visit.

Little girls in dresses holding hands in a circle

The Anchor at Holiday Inn 

This outdoor beach eatery is much more charming than you’d imagine. It boasts just a few tables, but plenty of ocean views and a beautiful breeze. The cheeseburger and mahi mahi were both great.

An outdoor dining table at a beach restaurant in Jekyll Island, georgia

Eighty Ocean Kitchen and Bar

Wicker chairs and a glass railing at an oceanfront restaurant in Jekyll Island florida

The Wharf

Beautiful views and great music. We biked through the Historic District until we came across this fun little stop, which also happens to be where the Dolphin Cruises depart from.

Jekyll Island restaurant on a wharf, water and docks surrounding
A dock surrounding an ocean front restaurant on Jekyll Island

Zachry’s River House

Seafood, burgers, sandwiches, waterfront.

Beach House Restaurant + Tap Room

Bar and grill with a few outdoor tables and views of the ocean.

Picnic by or On the Water in Jekyll Island

Of course the best way to take in ocean views are on the beach. Grab sandwiches at the Jekyll Island Market and dine al fresco.

What is surprising, yet charming to find are that some of the best Jekyll Island Restaurants aren’t on the water!

Where to Eat in Jekyll Island on Land

Courtyard at Crane (now closed)

This restaurant was by far the best we encountered on Jekyll. We watched a summer storm blow in from the beautiful brick patio while enjoying an incredible wine list. Photos do not do this venue justice. We started with the chorizo and caramelized onion dip {recipe coming soon}. I loved the artichoke pasta and Chris loved the Fried Oyster Salad. The service was equally impressive. This restaurant captured so much of the island charm we hoped for when we planned our vacation.

Jekyll Island restaurant with southern balconies and shutters.
A Spanish inspired southern building with arched doorways and shutters.
Black iron tables and chairs on a brick patio at a restaurant in Jekyll Island Georgia
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Grand Dining Room 

Also at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

Driftwood Bistro

We knew that Driftwood Bistro would be good when we arrived and saw an abundance of guests waiting to be seated. It was worth the wait. I recommend trying a few of their sides and taking advantage of their $17 bottles of wine! After dinner, venture onto the beach for spectacular views of Driftwood Beach.

Love Shack Bbq Shrimp & Yard Bird

A quick bite near the convention center.

The Pantry

Inside the Club Resort.

Wee Pub Beach

Red Bug Motors Pizza

Sunrise Grill

Bar, breakfast, brunch.

Eighty Ocean Kitchen and Bar

The Reserve Steakhouse

Located at the Westin.

The Pool House

Jekyll Island Club Resort

Boardwalk Deli

Perfect to grab sandwiches for a picnic.

The Anchor

Poolside and Ocean front at the Holiday Inn.

Jekyll Island Seafood Company

Waterside, southern and seafood.

Where to Get Ice Cream on Jekyll Island

Island Sweets Shoppe in Historic Jekyll

A little girl eating an ice cream cone and smiling.
Where to eat on Jekyll Island with kids

Jekyll Market at Beachtown

They also offer great ice cream (try salted caramel or cotton candy complete with pop rocks).

Fuse Frozen Yogurt

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Jekyll Island has a site for dining, but we found that some of those restaurants have closed, never opened, or have yet to open.

In addition, it lists out many of the same restaurants in a different format, which is confusing. I hope this makes your dining adventure as enjoyable as ours was!

There are a limited number of places to eat on Jekyll Island, so you just may be able to enjoy them all during a week long vacation!

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