Waterfront Restaurants

St. Johns River, Florida

20 Day Trip Ideas - Maps and Photos

Food, Views, Old Florida



20 Waterfront Restaurants

Along the historic St. Johns River (and tributaries)

Looking for something different, maybe off the beaten path? Here are some great day-trip ideas, with Google maps and photos. Enjoy eateries and entertainment along Florida's historic. St. Johns River.

Many venues retain an Old Florida feel, with interesting views, fresh air, and wildlife. Here we report on 20 restaurants along the St. Johns, grouped geographically into 4 River Regions. Each region has its own characteristics and flavor. Numerous State and National Parks, Forests, and Preserves are found along the way, offering outdoor and active options to "make a day of it." Going with the flow (from south to north), we start near the headwaters outside Melbourne, FL and follow the current north to the Atlantic Ocean at Mayport.

Restaurants - South Region

The South Region is dominated by flood plain and open vistas. Old fish camps are now food and fun venues. Airboat eco-tours are popular. Plenty of alligators here. In hunting season, some may wind up on the menu.

Lone Cabbage, Cocoa FL

Camp Holly
 Melbourne, FL

Lone Cabbage
Cocoa, FL (Shown in photo)

Loughman Lake Lodge
Mims, FL

Jolly Gator
Geneva, FL

Black Hammock
Oviedo, FL

South River Map

Restaurants - South Central

This region offers food and festivities along the shores of Lake Monroe in Sanford, north of Orlando FL. Folks stay up late at Wolfy's. St. Johns Rivership Barbara Lee is a unique feature, with lunch and dinner cruises.

St. Johns Rivership Sanford FL

Gators Riverside Grill
 Sanford/Osteen, FL

St. Johns Rivership
Sanford, FL (Shown in photo)

St. Johns Steak & Seafood
Sanford, FL

Wolfy's Lakefront Bar & Grill
Sanford, FL

Sanford, FL

South-Central River Map

Restaurants - North Central

Much of this region forms the eastern boundary of the Seminole State Forest and Ocala National Forest. Nearby springs and ecotourism are draws. Tall oaks, Spanish moss, pleasure boats, bass fishing.

Blackwater-inn, Astor FL

Swamphouse Grill
Debary/Sanford, FL

St. Johns River Grill
Deland, FL

Blackwater Inn
Astor, FL (Shown in photo)

Renegade's on the River
Crescent City, FL

Corky Bell's Seafood
Palatka, FL

North-Central River Map

Restaurants - North Region

The river in this region becomes wider and deeper, flowing through Jacksonville and eventually into the Atlantic at Mayport. Some big boats up this way. A last taste of Old Florida to fresh caught by the sea.

Sandollar Restuarant deck, Jacksonville, FL

Whitey's Fish Camp
Fleming Island, FL

Clark's Fish Camp
Jacksonville, FL

Safe Harbor Seafood
Atlantic Beach, FL

Singletons Seafood Shack
Atlantic Beach, FL

Sandollar Restaurant
Jacksonville, FL (Shown in photo)

North River Map

River Restaurants Map... All 19 Locations Shown

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