21 Waterfront Restaurants

St. Johns River, Florida

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21 Waterfront Restaurants

Along the Historic St. Johns River (and Tributaries)

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

Many venues retain an "Old Florida" feel, with river views, fresh air, and wildlife. Here we report on 21 restaurants along the St. Johns (and tributaries), grouped geographically into 4 River regions, each with its own unique characteristics and flavor. Several State and National Parks, Forests and Preserves are located along the way, offering options for outdoor recreation to make a day of it. Going with the River's flow (from south to north), we start near the headwaters outside Melbourne, FL and follow the current north to the Atlantic Ocean at Mayport.

5 Restaurants - South Region

The South Region is dominated by flood plain & open vistas. 5 former fish camps are now food & fun venues. Airboat 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  (Closed)

Jolly Gator
Geneva, FL

Black Hammock
Oviedo, FL

Map of Restaurants
South River Region

5 Restaurants - South Central

This region offers 5 venues for food, drink & festivities along the south shore of Lake Monroe, Sanford, FL, just north of Orlando. The St. Johns Rivership Barbara Lee is a unique feature, with lunch and dinner cruises.

St. Johns Rivership Sanford FL

Chases on the River
Sanford, FL

Gators Riverside Grill
 Sanford/Osteen, FL

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

St. Johns Steak & Seafood
Sanford, FL

520 on the Water
Sanford, FL

Map of Restaurants
South-Central Region

6 Restaurants - North Central

Here the river 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

The Old Spanish Sugar Mill
DeLeon Springs, FL

Blackwater Inn
Astor, FL (Shown in photo)

Renegade's on the River
Crescent City, FL

Corky Bell's Seafood
Palatka, FL

Map of Restaurants
North-Central Region

5 Restaurants - North Region

The river in this region becomes wider and deeper, flowing through Jacksonville and eventually into the Atlantic. Options include reinvented old fish camps to fresh caught from docks near 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)

Map of Restaurants
North River Region

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