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, try local favorites like Harry's, The Reef, and Sunset Grille.

April 30, 2020
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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.

The Reef for Beachfront Dining

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 has an extensive wine list and full bar (with a daily happy hour) and also serves a not-to-be-missed Sunday brunch.

The Courtyard at Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

Draped with twinkling lights and shaded by leafy trees, Harry’s 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.

View from Cap’s on the Water

Nestled among the mangroves on the Intracoastal Waterway between Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Cap’s 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.

Rooftop Views from Sunset Grille

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.

Panoramic Fairway Views from NINETEEN at TPC Sawgrass

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.

Beach Views from Salt Life Seafood Shack

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.

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