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Sunday Brunch at The District
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13 Lovely Outdoor Dining Options in Jacksonville

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One of the best parts about living or traveling to Florida is the ample amount of restaurants that have outdoor dining. In Jacksonville most restaurants have at least a few tables to accommodate guests who want to enjoy a meal in the warm sunshine — and some even have entire spaces dedicated to dining al fresco. But the 13 restaurants below all boast enviable patio dining along with top-notch eats, making them a go-to destination for the next outdoor dining adventure.

Editor’s Note: Most Florida restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Florida Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Congaree and Penn

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One of the most unique dining spots in Jacksonville is Congaree and Penn where guests can eat just steps away from where their food was grown. The “field to fork” dining experience features seasonal dishes based on what the farm is growing. For smaller groups, opt for dining on the patio, and for groups over 13 people can dine in a field of grapevines. Do not miss its stellar shrimp and grits, which is made with Florida shrimp, Jupiter rice grits, tasso ham, tomato gravy and topped off with pepper jelly.

The District

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The Springfield neighborhood in Jacksonville has quickly become the go-to destination for food lovers. One place that has been drawing in guests in The District. The restaurant is known for its outdoor dining space that features lounge tables and plush outdoor sofas. Diners can also rent a private boho yurt complete with a personalized welcome sign, an AC unit, and a bluetooth speaker. Indulge in dishes like beef Wellington and braised short ribs for dinner, or get a brunch charcuterie board for a decadent weekend brunch.

Culhane's Irish Pub

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Irish pubs are plentiful in Jacksonville, but one with ample outdoor seating is Culhane’s Irish Pub. Both locations of the restaurant have a spacious deck where guests can enjoy pub classics like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and corned beef and cabbage.

Burrito Gallery Brooklyn

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Burrito Gallery has been a staple in Jacksonville for years due to its cheap eats, strong drinks, and enviable views of Downtown Jacksonville. The burritos here are hearty — filled with everything from ground beef to ginger teriyaki tofu — and can come topped with queso or ranchero sauce for an extra flavor punch. And while snagging an outdoors spot upstairs is easy, there’s typically a wait for a seat outdoors downstairs, so be prepared to wait.

German Schnitzel Haus

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For those looking for authentic German food in Jacksonville look no further than German Schnitzel Haus. Dine in its covered outdoor biergarten for a taste of Oktoberfest right in the heart of Jacksonville, while dining on old country favorites like jäger schnitzel, sauerbraten, and spätzle.

Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House (Multiple locations)

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Hoptinger Bier Garden and Sausage House has two locations in town and both have ample outdoor seating. The location on Park Street has a rooftop bar that serves craft beer and sharable plates, and the Jacksonville Beach spot serves its entire menu inside and outside. No matter which location, be sure to try out a few beers by making your own flight and pick a few snacks to share with friends and family.

The Bread & Board (Multiple locations)

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The Bread and Board has quickly become a Jacksonville favorite with two locations on different sides of town and one more in the works. The Riverside neighborhood location offers outdoor picnic table seating with string lights for a casual nighttime hangout. And while there, don’t miss the buttermilk chicken board, which is its take on a fried chicken sandwich that is deconstructed and served on a charcuterie board. 

The Bearded Pig (Multiple locations)

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The Bearded Pig consistently ranks at the top of every barbecue lovers list, with locations in the San Marco neighborhood and in Jacksonville Beach. Both have a spacious outdoor beer gardens serving barbecue right out of the smoker, or order one of the more unique offerings like the Bearded Poutine, which piles burnt ends, cheese curds, and pimento cheese on top of fries for a barbecue feast. 

European Street Cafe

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European Street Cafe has been a Jacksonville classic since the 90’s, offering up towering sandwiches, sharable salads, and ample outdoor dining options. Pro tip: order an “off menu” picklewich, that uses giant pickles in lieu of bread, filled with choice of two meats, cheese, and condiments.

Taverna

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Taverna is best known for its homemade pastas, pizzas, and large assortment of small plates. Scoring a table on the always in demand patio can be hard at times, so make sure to book ahead with the restaurant. And do not leave Taverna without trying their burrata and prosciutto pizza, which is topped with fig, arugula, and truffle. 

Midtown Table

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Midtown Table has a large outdoor covered patio and a green lawn space where families can enjoy dinner together, and it’s not unusual to see kids playing mini-golf on the lawn space while they wait for their food to arrive. If there’s one must-try on the menu it’s the sweet potato miso ravioli that comes with a brown butter and sage sauce.

Wicked Barley Brewing Company

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Wicked Barley features one of the largest outdoor dining spaces in Jacksonville with a covered back patio, covered beer garden, and boat dock. Be sure to get an order of fried cheese curds for the table, and pair it with one of the beers on tap that rotate weekly. And, yes, guests can take their boat out and dock right at the restaurant to grab a bite to eat, because, Florida.

Cap's On the Water

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One of the most popular outdoor dining locations is Cap’s on the Water in St. Augustine. Diners who choose to sit outside on its wooden deck are treated to views of animals exploring the waterway and colorful Florida sunsets, while dining on fish brought in fresh from local sources each morning.

Congaree and Penn

One of the most unique dining spots in Jacksonville is Congaree and Penn where guests can eat just steps away from where their food was grown. The “field to fork” dining experience features seasonal dishes based on what the farm is growing. For smaller groups, opt for dining on the patio, and for groups over 13 people can dine in a field of grapevines. Do not miss its stellar shrimp and grits, which is made with Florida shrimp, Jupiter rice grits, tasso ham, tomato gravy and topped off with pepper jelly.

The District

The Springfield neighborhood in Jacksonville has quickly become the go-to destination for food lovers. One place that has been drawing in guests in The District. The restaurant is known for its outdoor dining space that features lounge tables and plush outdoor sofas. Diners can also rent a private boho yurt complete with a personalized welcome sign, an AC unit, and a bluetooth speaker. Indulge in dishes like beef Wellington and braised short ribs for dinner, or get a brunch charcuterie board for a decadent weekend brunch.

Culhane's Irish Pub

Irish pubs are plentiful in Jacksonville, but one with ample outdoor seating is Culhane’s Irish Pub. Both locations of the restaurant have a spacious deck where guests can enjoy pub classics like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and corned beef and cabbage.

Burrito Gallery Brooklyn

Burrito Gallery has been a staple in Jacksonville for years due to its cheap eats, strong drinks, and enviable views of Downtown Jacksonville. The burritos here are hearty — filled with everything from ground beef to ginger teriyaki tofu — and can come topped with queso or ranchero sauce for an extra flavor punch. And while snagging an outdoors spot upstairs is easy, there’s typically a wait for a seat outdoors downstairs, so be prepared to wait.

German Schnitzel Haus

For those looking for authentic German food in Jacksonville look no further than German Schnitzel Haus. Dine in its covered outdoor biergarten for a taste of Oktoberfest right in the heart of Jacksonville, while dining on old country favorites like jäger schnitzel, sauerbraten, and spätzle.

Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House (Multiple locations)

Hoptinger Bier Garden and Sausage House has two locations in town and both have ample outdoor seating. The location on Park Street has a rooftop bar that serves craft beer and sharable plates, and the Jacksonville Beach spot serves its entire menu inside and outside. No matter which location, be sure to try out a few beers by making your own flight and pick a few snacks to share with friends and family.

The Bread & Board (Multiple locations)

The Bread and Board has quickly become a Jacksonville favorite with two locations on different sides of town and one more in the works. The Riverside neighborhood location offers outdoor picnic table seating with string lights for a casual nighttime hangout. And while there, don’t miss the buttermilk chicken board, which is its take on a fried chicken sandwich that is deconstructed and served on a charcuterie board. 

The Bearded Pig (Multiple locations)

The Bearded Pig consistently ranks at the top of every barbecue lovers list, with locations in the San Marco neighborhood and in Jacksonville Beach. Both have a spacious outdoor beer gardens serving barbecue right out of the smoker, or order one of the more unique offerings like the Bearded Poutine, which piles burnt ends, cheese curds, and pimento cheese on top of fries for a barbecue feast. 

European Street Cafe

European Street Cafe has been a Jacksonville classic since the 90’s, offering up towering sandwiches, sharable salads, and ample outdoor dining options. Pro tip: order an “off menu” picklewich, that uses giant pickles in lieu of bread, filled with choice of two meats, cheese, and condiments.

Taverna

Taverna is best known for its homemade pastas, pizzas, and large assortment of small plates. Scoring a table on the always in demand patio can be hard at times, so make sure to book ahead with the restaurant. And do not leave Taverna without trying their burrata and prosciutto pizza, which is topped with fig, arugula, and truffle. 

Midtown Table

Midtown Table has a large outdoor covered patio and a green lawn space where families can enjoy dinner together, and it’s not unusual to see kids playing mini-golf on the lawn space while they wait for their food to arrive. If there’s one must-try on the menu it’s the sweet potato miso ravioli that comes with a brown butter and sage sauce.

Wicked Barley Brewing Company

Wicked Barley features one of the largest outdoor dining spaces in Jacksonville with a covered back patio, covered beer garden, and boat dock. Be sure to get an order of fried cheese curds for the table, and pair it with one of the beers on tap that rotate weekly. And, yes, guests can take their boat out and dock right at the restaurant to grab a bite to eat, because, Florida.

Cap's On the Water

One of the most popular outdoor dining locations is Cap’s on the Water in St. Augustine. Diners who choose to sit outside on its wooden deck are treated to views of animals exploring the waterway and colorful Florida sunsets, while dining on fish brought in fresh from local sources each morning.

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