The perks of coastal living and vacationing go beyond the luxuries of powdery sand and endless ocean activities. In fact, St. Augustine seafood restaurants are one of the greatest reasons to visit. Spanish architecture, centuries of history, and attractions aside, the city boasts dozens of places to eat seafood.
Wake up to a plate of shrimp hushpuppies and lox on a bagel; fuel up during lunch with lobster rolls and Menorcan clam chowder; end your day with a tossed crab salad topped with scallions, avocado, and seared catfish. One thing is for sure, you can eat seafood for each meal for an entire week and never have the same thing twice.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the following restaurants will have you claiming it’s also the tastiest! Nothing says good morning like shrimp and grits topped with bacon or Hemingway Benedict featuring cold smoked salmon and capers.
To be fair, the Reef serves brunch, not breakfast. But nevertheless, they deserve to be mentioned because every Sunday from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm they serve a buffet brunch, and of course seafood is involved. Who cares about the meat carving station when you have an unlimited supply of peel and eat shrimp, crab legs in drawn butter, and smoked salmon? Yum.
The Conch House Restaurant
You may have already guessed that the Conch House Restaurant has a plethora of breakfast seafood plates by its name. But don’t worry, conch isn’t the only thing on the menu! One this is for sure, you’ll thoroughly enjoy your shrimp and eggs at this waterfront location as you overlook Salt Run River.
Seafood Lunch and Dinner
Where do we begin? Around every corner, at the end of every street, every which way you go you’re bound to find a seafood restaurant in St. Augustine. The list below is just a few of our favorite hotspot destinations for delicious seafood in the Old City.
Black Molly Grill
A filet of grouper pan-seared in a coconut rum cream sauce with pineapple, basil, and roasted red peppers was enough to get us in the door of this seafood restaurant. But don’t worry if not everyone at the table is a white fish fan. They’ll find solace in the goat cheese grit cakes with lightly blackened shrimp; and there’s always pasta and chicken dishes for children or anyone who doesn’t like seafood.
“The Blackfly is as varied as shells on a beach in the Bahamas.” – Blackfly
We couldn’t agree more with how this seafood restaurant describes themselves. From seven types of sushi rolls to diver-caught sea scallop skewers to salmon mignon topped with spicy crab aioli, the Blackfly specializes in seafood and variety! Let minnow if you can’t find something you like on their menu.
Schooner’s Seafood House
Schooner’s is a great choice if you’re seeking the best of locally caught fried and broiled seafood. They have a sea to table mindset and the ingredients they use that weren’t caught in the sea are simple and fresh too. They’ll plate up any of the essentials for you including shrimp, oysters, clams, crabs, scallops, and the fresh catch of the day. They also serve creek-food; get the Swamp Platter and enjoy gator tail, frog legs, and catfish.
A quick glance at the Seafood Company’s menu might mislead you into thinking that their menu is purely the basics. But you’ll find that while they do offer more traditional plates, they have a zesty St. Augustine twist to them. From the Menorcan conch chowder to the datil-buffalo shrimp, they truly serve St. Augustine-style seafood.
More Places to Eat Seafood in St. Augustine
The list of locally-owned restaurants that specialize in seafood in St. Augustine is long and lovely. Check out where else you can find seafood in St. Augustine.
Creekside Dinery, Hurricane Patty’s, A1A Crab House, O C White’s Seafood & Spirits, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, Catch 27, The Florida Cracker Cafe, Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House, O’Steen’s Restaurant, Sunset Grille, Barnacle Bills, Beachcomber Restaurant, Salt Water Cowboys, Seafood Kitchen, Kingfish Grill On the Water, Beaches at Vilano, Cap’s On the Water, South Beach Grill, Aunt Kates, The Original Likit Fish & Chips
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