Feast Before the Festivities

  • St. Augustine boasts dozens of delicious and delectable restaurants that are cranking out fresh, local, and tasty food every day! Before you hit Francis Field for the Gentlemen of the Road weekend-long bonanza, make sure to fill up at some of St. Augustine's local restaurants.
    In case you're at a loss about where to go, here are a few places to eat that many locals frequent.

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     Salmon Dinner from The Reef Restaurant.

    The Reef

    For an ocean-side restaurant with beautiful views of the water and an exquisite menu, stop in at The Reef at Vilano Beach. They are located a bit outside of historic downtown St. Augustine; just a short five mile drive from Francis Field. The quick trip to The Reef is well worth it! Visitors are instantly greeted by the sound of crashing waves and the smell of delicious seafood as they pull up to the restaurant. You can sit anywhere at The Reef and still enjoy tranquil views of the ocean and shoreline. The Reef prepares a delectable menu with fresh entrees like grilled scallop tostadas and citrus salmon. For any visitor looking for some traditional Florida seafood, The Reef is the place to go. 

    Cap's on the Water

    If you love waterfront dining, there is another excellent restaurant with scenic views called Cap's on the Water. About six miles from the concert, this restaurant is creating a coastal menu with Southern and Mediterranean flairs. Cap's outdoor seating is on their open deck, right next to the water, affording spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Their bar is well-stocked and their bartenders are knowledgeable about what drink to pair with each meal. Cap's is a favorite for locals due to their spectacular location, waterfront views, and delicious, fresh-made plates!




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    Lobster Mac N Cheese from Sunset Grille. 


    Sunset Grille

    Also located oceanside, over at St. Augustine Beach and about six and a half miles from Francis Field, is Sunset Grille. Sunset Grille is a popular spot for locals due to the wide variety on their menu and exotic location. On a cool evening, Sunset's large outdoor top deck offers a welcome breeze while enjoying your dinner. Their menu is full of variety and each entree is prepared fresh and served quickly. Order their lobster macaroni and cheese, macadamia crusted mahi mahi, or their ahi tuna tacos. Visitors will find all sorts of unique seafood dishes, and enjoy a spectacular view as they dine.

    The Raintree Restaurant

    Located not even a mile away from Francis Field is the Raintree Restaurant. This Victorian-era mansion was refurbished in the 1980s by the same English family that still owns and operates it today. Their menu is impeccable, combining local foods with classic cuisine recipes, and the decor of the restaurant reminds patrons of a bygone era. The Victorian style of the Raintree is welcoming and charming, with a wide courtyard patio complete with gazebo seating and multiple indoor dining rooms adorned in Victorian-themed art.

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     Healthy lunch at Present Moment Cafe.


    Present Moment Cafe

    For a more vegetarian-friendly menu, Gentlemen of the Road Tour concert-goers can venture over to Present Moment Cafe. The food is as fresh as it can get! The Present Moment is an organic, vegetarian cafe which specializes in the preparation of unprocessed gourmet foods. Their menu combines local, organic foods high in live enzymes and rich in flavor to create a "Kind Cuisine"; one that is good for your health and the health of the environment. Come by for some familiar vegan meals or try something new! Present Moment Cafe is on King Street west of US 1.

    Florida Cracker Cafe

    Just down the bayfront from Harry's and off St. George Street sits the Florida Cracker Cafe. This is an ideal spot for any visitor looking for an authentic southern meal and a charming atmosphere. Florida Cracker Cafe's casual atmosphere and great outdoor space with picnic table seating creates a relaxed dining mood. Dive into their delicious coconut shrimp or one of their huge, fresh-made burgers for lunch or dinner. The Florida Cracker Cafe's proximity to Francis Field makes it a great place to stop before or after GOTR!



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    Shrimp and scallop entree from Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille.

    Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille

    Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille is a charming restaurant on the bayfront in St. Augustine unlike any other restaurant in town. Their mouth-watering entrees are prepared fresh daily with local seafood, vegetables and more. All recipes at Harry's are prepared with a Cajun, Creole and Southern flavor. This New Orleans taste is exemplified in their most popular dishes like Harry's Bourbon Street Salmon and French Quarter Beef Tenderloin. Visitors can enjoy these tasty recipes and many more inside their dining room or on Harry's outdoor courtyard adorned with twinkling lights and blossoming plants.

    For more dining options visit our Restaurants tab...

    Manatee Cafe is another organic, vegetarian restaurant serving up health-conscious entrees.
    A1A Ale Works is a restaurant and brewery in one!
    La Pentola is fine-dining restaurant offering creative continental cuisine.
    O.C. Whites Seafood has amazing bayfront views as well as fresh foods.

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Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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