Zachrys Riverhouse Serves Up Tasty Coastal Seafood on the Waterfront.

Zachrys Riverhouse - Casual Southern Hospitality on the Water

I now know that what I was told about Zachrys, located at the  Jekyll Harbor Marina, is true - it's one heck of a restaurant. This is one eatery showcasing great food served in a fantastic setting.

Zachrys Riverhouse on the WaterwayZachrys Riverhouse on the Intra-coastal Waterway

Renowned for Coastal Seafood -

Zachrys Riverhouse opened in 2017, on the site and in the building where SeaJay's Waterfront Cafe and Pub used to be. Zachrys, like SeaJays, is now officially one of our favorite restaurants on Jekyll Island.

What makes Zachrys special for us? -

Well, their food, for one. Open from 11:00 a.m. to whenever, they serve lunch and dinner, featuring fresh local coastal seafood, salads, and chowders, along with a host of appetizers.

And boy do they put on a spread - a selection of fine sandwiches (their Mahi sandwich is to die for) during lunch, plus dinner dishes including crab cakes, coastal shrimp and BBQ.

Fresh coastal seafood isn't the only attraction. Another reason Zachrys Riverhouse is usually our first stop for eats on Jekyll Island is what we landscape architects like to call "ambiance of place". The restaurant is tucked into a corner of the Jekyll Harbor Marina, surrounded and shaded by live oaks. You can eat in their indoors dining room or, outside, on their covered deck. The deck used to have an awning over it, but it's since been replaced by a permanent cover.

We like to grab a table and just veg out, relax on the deck, and watch the boats glide by on the Intra-coastal Waterway, which is only a few steps away.

Once you finish your meal, linger on the deck for awhile, nurse a sweet tea refill, and nibble on one of Zachrys scrumptious desserts - key lime pie for me, or peanut butter pie for Martha.

Come back for supper on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays - they have live music those nights. A tip - try to visit when Ed Pickett and the Wharf Ratz are playing.

We've known Ed for years, and he's a fantastic singer/songwriter and puts on quite a performance. (Martha asks him to play "Rocky Top" every time we go and Ed, gracious as ever, always complies).

After enjoying your savory meal, saunter down to the Jekyll Harbor Marina pier. Walk it's length, and check out the boats docked there (which are way above our budget).

Boats at Jekyll Harbor MarinaBoats at Jekyll Harbor Marina

We recommend Zachrys Riverhouse for delicious coastal seafood. For the laid back ambiance. For the beautiful views. And for foot-stomping music.

You can find Zachry's at 1 Harbor Road. Or, if coming by one of those expensive boats (yachts?), at Intra-coastal Waterway Mile Marker 685. Call them at (912) 635-3200.

Zachry's - make it your first stop for fresh seafood on Jekyll Island.

Jekyll Island Family Adventures "Wow!" Rating:

  • Ambiance: 9.0
  • Service: 8.5
  • Cleanliness: 9.0
  • Food Quality: 9.0

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