When we head to Jekyll Island, I'm thinking RELAXATION. Lay back. Read a good book. Veg out.
Not my wife, however. Martha hits the ground running. Like she's eager to make up for lost time. By the end of our first day on the island, I'm exhausted - and famished.
It's a good thing there are plenty of Jekyll Island restaurants to choose from. Especially seafood restaurants. Seafood is one of our family's "Official Food Groups".
We've rated the restaurants for ambiance, cleanliness, service, and food quality. We give each of these items a "Wow!" factor on a scale from one to ten, with ten being outstanding.
With that said, a word about ratings - they're just opinions, formulated during particular visits. The perceived quality of anyone's experience with a particular restaurant at a particular point in time can depend on many factors: season, staffing, management, how busy the restaurant is, type of restaurant, human emotions, etc.
So take our ratings with a grain of salt.
Okay! Y'all hungry? Time to stoke the furnace!
The Pantry -
Of all Jekyll Island restaurants, this may be our favorite place for lunch. The Pantry (formerly Club Cafe) is located at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
It's fronted by a wide, shaded covered veranda with ceiling fans and
comfortable chairs that are perfect for snoozing. Usually accompanied by
a soft, cooling breeze. And the food is fantastic.
Breeze On Over to the Pantry
The Wharf Restaurant -
Some Jekyll Island Restaurants can be a little pricey. The Wharf Restaurant is one such, but the food is good, and so is the view. The Wharf is located at the historic Jekyll Wharf. While enjoying your meal, check out the boats plying the Intracoastal Waterway.
The Grand Dining Room -
Located inside the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, this is a dining experience well worth having. Enjoy wonderful chef-prepared cuisine in an elegant setting. Perfect for banquets, also.
Have a Grand Dining Adventure at the Grand Dining Room
Courtyard at Crane -
Inside the shell of the Crane Cottage is a pearl of a restaurant - the Courtyard at Crane. Eat inside, or enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner outdoors in the Courtyard itself. Best to call ahead for reservations at dinner time.
McCormick's Grill -
You'll find McCormick's Grill inside the golf clubhouse (North side of Capt. Wylly Road). Grab a burger, dog or sandwich while losing golf balls on one of four great golf courses (wait, that's what I do!).
Good food, reasonably priced.
It's "Tee" Time at McCormick's Grill
Redbug Motors Pizza & Pub -
Located at the mini-golf course. Serving hot pizza with all the toppings, and all your favorite adult beverages. Play 9 holes at the historic Great Dunes course opposite the restaurant, then drop in to eat. Their pizza is some of the best I've ever tasted!
Fill Up at Redbug's Pizza
The Driftwood Bistro -
The Driftwood Bistro is one of Jekyll Island's newest restaurants. They're located at Villas by the Sea. Eat inside, or enjoy dining on their outdoor seating area, under the shady live oaks.
Southern Comfort is Spelled F-O-O-D at the Driftwood Bistro!
Zachrys Riverhouse -
Whether you're hankering for fine seafood or sandwich fare, you'll find it at Zachrys Riverhouse, Jekyll Island's laid-back "neighborhood bar" type restaurant. Good food and great music in a waterfront setting can't be beat - and kids are welcome, too!
Picnic Areas -
If you like to gather as a family and spread a blanket for
outdoor dining, or pack up an intimate picnic basket for two and find an
out-of-the-way place to snuggle with your sweetheart, you'll find the
perfect spot on Jekyll Island.
Eat Outdoors at Your Choice of Picnic Areas
Off-Island Eateries -
Our picks for the best restaurants in Brunswick, St. Simons and other destinations (about a 30 minute drive from Jekyll Island).
Best Off-Island Family Restaurants Within Easy Driving Distance
One thing's for certain - you won't go hungry on Jekyll Island. There are plenty of fine Jekyll Island restaurants where you can please your palate while building energy for more Jekyll Island Family Adventures.