Best Outdoor Restaurants on the Water | St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra, FL

Dine right on Florida's Historic Coast! For al fresco dining in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, you’ve got lots of choices.

January 3, 2021
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Mesmerizing sunsets, soul-warming sunshine and locally inspired fare are just a few perks of outdoor dining at St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach restaurants. From breezy beachside restaurants to romantic downtown courtyards, patio seating accentuates the natural beauty of Florida’s Historic Coast. Here, we introduce you to a few local favorites.

Beach Views

Located oceanfront in Vilano Beach – literally steps from the Atlantic Ocean – this fine-dining establishment serves up an ocean view alongside creative cuisine. The menu features innovative chef specials highlighting fresh fish and seafood, balanced with steaks, pasta and more. The Reef Restaurant has an extensive wine list and full bar (with a daily happy hour) and also serves a not-to-be-missed Sunday brunch.

Ocean breezes, live music, an expansive second floor deck with beach views and a first floor open air deck that’s pet friendly all set Salt Life Seafood Shack apart from your typical oceanside eatery. An eclectic menu featuring the freshest sushi, a raw bar and the coolest drinks make Salt Life Seafood Shack the place to take your family and friends for a great, casual dining experience. There are plenty of options to suit every taste and personality. Satisfy your cravings and create good times all with weekly specials and entertainment.

Bayfront Views

Draped with twinkling lights and shaded by leafy trees, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille courtyard in downtown St. Augustine is a charming setting for any occasion. Devotees of Cajun cuisine appreciate the selection of Louisiana classics, including crawfish etouffee, blackened redfish and po’boys, and out in the courtyard you can listen to live music while drinking a Hurricane or Sazerac.

Love traditional Irish fare such as Fish & Chips and Shepherd’s Pie? Crave some fresh local oysters? Or perhaps you’d just like to stop and have a cold brew with friends. You’ve come to the right place at Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House. Locals love the view of the bayfront from the balcony, and all diners enjoy the lively atmosphere in the Backyard, which feels like a tropical paradise (because it is.) Even your furry friend will enjoy the welcoming outdoor ambience.

The decorative iron balcony offers a commanding view of the Bridge of Lions and is simply spellbinding. Whether you stop in for lunch or dinner, you’ll enjoy a bird’s eye view of St. Augustine life at A1A Ale Works Restaurant & Tap Room. Not to mention one of the best assortments of craft beers in town. Be sure to try their burgers or shrimp & grits. You’ll want to leave room for dessert as you enjoy the coastal breeze.

Views on the Intracoastal Waterway

Nestled among the mangroves on the Intracoastal Waterway between Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Cap’s on the Water is known for its breathtaking sunset views and mouthwatering seafood. Choose a seat on the popular deck or cozy up to the Sunset Oyster Bar, which serves up raw, steamed or baked oysters and other fresh-off-the-boat shellfish.

There’s lots to like on the menu at Aunt Kate’s on the River. From classic Menorcan clam chowder to Pilau of the day, you’re just getting started. Enjoy some peel and eat shrimp or baby back ribs as you take in the gorgeous sunset view over the Intracoastal waterway. A local favorite, Kate’s is also popular with boaters and sailors, who often stop by as they meander down the Matanzas toward downtown.

Further up the Intracoastal you’ll find Palm Valley Fish Camp and discover your next favorite hangout. Spend some time outside basking in the fading sunlight as you sip on a craft cocktail. The sunset view from the patio and deck is as magical as the cuisine which includes the freshest seafood delicacies and farm-to-table fare you’ll find anywhere.

Rooftop Views

This establishment’s second-floor deck is a favorite outdoor dining spot. Order the clam chowder to find out why Sunset Grille is a 21-time winner of The Great Chowder Debate, or have the mahi mahi, snapper or grouper cooked your way. And bring your friends – the menu features perfect-for-sharing double orders of its entrees.

The Cellar Upstairs Wine Jazz & Blues Bar always hits the right notes, especially if you’d like some wine and live music to accompany your light appetizers. Located on the rooftop of the San Sebastian Winery, the views from the open-air deck are mesmerizing and romantic. You might even find yourself in the mood to dance with your partner.

Panoramic Fairway Views

Two championship golf courses draw visitors to TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, and NINETEEN coaxes them into staying. Perfect for post-round dining, NINETEEN complements its seasonal menu with outdoor seating offering panoramic views of the greens. Traveling with the family? Head here for Family Day every Sunday, when the restaurant offers a spectacular breakfast buffet as well as a crowd-pleasing supper.

Views on the San Sebastian River

Spectacular views await you at St. Augustine Fish Camp. Watch the boats go by as you indulge in some fresh oysters on a half shell and perfectly cooked seafood. This new addition to the culinary scene in St. Augustine lives up to all the hype, with friendly, knowledgeable staff, refreshing handcrafted cocktails and, yes, the amazing view.

For something completely different, you must experience a meal at Urban Asado. A collaborative of local renowned and up-and-coming chefs come together once a month to create a smorgasbord of delightful dishes, all prepared al fresco on authentic, blazing Asado grills. The menu changes, the chefs rotate, and every meal is a unique experience as you dine outdoors with friends and family at community tables while taking in the fantastic view.

One of the latest additions to the foodie scene is Marina Munch, a waterside food truck park in the English Landing Marina. Here, the area’s best-loved food trucks rotate as they provide a diverse selection of culinary dishes to choose from as you enjoy the river view from the deck.

View of the Salt Run

The Conch House is another local favorite that many visitors call their own. Who wouldn’t want to dine in a grass hut under a thatched canopy overlooking the marsh? You’ll love the laid-back vibe as you feast on Caribbean dishes and listen to some live music from some of the best local talent. It always feels like a party here, because it is.

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