GIlbert’s Southern + Bar

GIlbert’s Southern + Bar

GIlbert’s Southern + Bar locationFernandina Beach, Florida

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GIlbert’s Southern + Bar Reviews


Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Dan Frissora
5 10/07/2018 Dan Frissora

Had a great lunch on a Saturday afternoon with a beautiful view of the beach and ocean. Food was very very good. The surf and turf was nothing like any other (you'll see) and the shrimp and grits were outstanding.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Monica Davis
5 02/07/2018 Monica Davis

Rustic southern country elegant atmosphere. Servers where denim aprons with plaid shirts. Spin on southern food with a gourmet flair. Food is delicious. Take 3 days & visit the hot wing & chicken next door & the lounge downstairs.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Terrence Tolliver
3 23/06/2018 Terrence Tolliver

Was invited by some friends to the Southern Kitchen and was told about the fried chicken and was disappointed that it wasn't available in that particular restaurant. I would think that having 3 restaurants in one building, would enable the menu to be cross utilized.

The experience was unique, as the wait staff was dressed as farmers or hillbillies, to tie the southern theme together. The wait staff was very professional and pleasant, and spoke highly about the chef.

Gourmet soul food theme is different, the oysters with greens and kale was a little overpowering for me, the grouper was a little under seasoned ,but it was good. Others in my party seemed to have the same feelings about their own food and experience. Might try the other restaurants and see if it will give me that must return feeling

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Rachel Stancil
4 10/06/2018 Rachel Stancil

Great flavor for the fried chicken (served spicy) and the blue crab. Not a huge fan of the greens, prefer mine more southern traditional like they have in Fernandina at Gilbert's Underground. Staff was five star!

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Dawn Desser
5 07/06/2018 Dawn Desser

Beautiful space on the ocean, there aren't many restaurants like this one!
Good drink specials during happy hour, food and service impeccable. I had the shrimp and grits, which was creamy and delicious! Please give this place a try
Chef Gilbert is a superstar!

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Patti Jo Stevens Crooks
4 20/05/2018 Patti Jo Stevens Crooks

Ribs are amazing. Cole slaw gas a nice twist. A bit over priced for casual dining but service was great and patio seating perfect. Hope they open that up for more than weekends

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Jim McCarthy
5 12/05/2018 Jim McCarthy

Been here a few times after I met Kenny at Furyk’s deal. Awesome!!!!!

Food is insane!
Staff is straight cash money!

Ambience ????????????

You better check it out!

I’ve been sending peeps in for a while!

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Seandré Spears
4 18/04/2018 Seandré Spears

I enjoyed everything except the dessert and the hostess. I ordered the kale salad topped with grilled shrimp and the biscuits and cornbread appetizer. Both were absolutely delicious. I ordered the apple tart and chocolate pecan pie to-go, and I wasn't a fan of either. My husband tried both desserts, too, and he agreed that they weren't delicious like we'd hoped they'd be. As for the hostess.. This was my first visit, and I entered the restaurant at the South entrance. There was a gentleman there who was awesome and directed me toward the area where my friend was waiting for me. As I climbed the stairs, the hostess (who was on the phone when the gentleman first dropped me off at the bottom of the stairs) located at that entrance was quite rude asking where I was going. I told her I was meeting a friend and continued climbing the stairs. She stepped from behind the counter and asked how I knew my friend was even there. I told her (as I continued to climb) that my friend texted me giving me her location. I'm not sure what the problem was, but it definitely left a bad taste in my mouth.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Malorie Polk- Miller
3 23/03/2018 Malorie Polk- Miller

Pros: The view is BEAUTIFUL as it overlooks the ocean. The plating is clean and professional. The wait staff are warm, welcoming and helpful. The appetizer (Conch dip) was DELICIOUS!!! The moonshine drinks are yummy as well.

Cons: The sangria isn't that great at this location, we sent it back and ordered the moonshine. We ordered the shrimp and grits, and had enough to eat the next day. After refrigerating overnight, both my friend and I (mind you we live in two separate households) experienced a strong fishy smell coming from the shrimp. That shouldn't be the case after being refrigerated over night. I'd say for the $50-$60 spent on appetizer, drink, entree, and dessert..... I want to be able to enjoy my meal the next day. Slightly disappointed. Overall, the food was good and worth returning, but I don't know if 'd order as big a portion if I can't eat it the next day. We plan on trying the Southside location to see if it's any better.

I also want to note that immediately after leaving this review on Yelp, a staff member reached out to me. They truly do have lovely customer service and it's worth going back!!

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by David Horton
4 18/03/2018 David Horton

Pros: food is very good, staff is friendly, great location and view of the ocean, drinks are tasty, FB hot sauce I need to bring home with me!

Cons: bartender very slow, service was kind of slow considering there aren't that many tables, food concepts are great (as expected from Chef Kenny) but some dishes need some tweaks (chicken pork belly BLT appetizer had good flavors, but pork belly was so hard on the edges almost chipped a tooth, yet was somehow still delicious).

#Support local! Love everything Chef Kenny makes, so I can't wait to come back and also try the hot chicken place in front.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by John Buckwalter
5 16/03/2018 John Buckwalter

I don’t give a lot a 5 stars to restaurants but this one easily hit the mark. Every dish was delicious and flavorful without over-spicing. The local fish special was done to perfection, the best kale salad I have ever had and the banana fosters dessert was exceptional. Well done! Highly recommended.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Gwen Rhett
5 14/03/2018 Gwen Rhett

The food was delicious. If you are looking for that good ole southern comfort food in JAX! This is the place to be. Oh...and did I say they have healthy choices too! Staff was wonderful to talk to...award winning Chef! Really enjoyed the dining experience. Oh..and did I say the restaurant location is awesome. Overlooking the ocean.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Karen Feagins
5 10/03/2018 Karen Feagins

I am so happy to have a quality waterfront restaurant in Jax Beach. This is one of my new favorite places. We had a large party and tried a little bit of everything . From the drinks to the starters to the meals and dessert— It was all prepared perfectly. Dishes are unique twists on Southern favorites. Friendly and knowledgeable servers. Try the pimento cheese cannelloni!

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Christian Popoli
5 10/03/2018 Christian Popoli

This is, hands down, one of Jacksonville’s best restaurants. The cocktails are interesting but very drinkable, the food is completely southern but innovative, and the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and quick with a heartfelt opinion on food and drinks. The portions a bit ridiculously huge, and the flavors are honest and delicious. Plus, one of the few places in Jax Beach with an ocean view!

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Max Bennett
5 09/03/2018 Max Bennett

Great views, excellent food and the service was outstanding. I will be going back. Plus the price was very reasonable. I've been to 2 of Gilbert's restaurant's and both are excellent. Highly recommended.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Rich Roos
1 22/02/2018 Rich Roos

Overpriced with very small portions. Bread had little taste. Disappointing.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Charles McGuire
4 19/02/2018 Charles McGuire

Went here a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday night with another couple and though the food was good, I thought it was a bit over priced for what you got. $22 for fried chicken. I had the stroganoff special which was good but too watery for my taste. Will probably try again but stick to the sandwich menu.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Bright Star
1 18/02/2018 Bright Star

Gilbert's has a very ethnic menu. Eating healthy isn't very easy if even possible service is good. Seachasers had a much better menu. We list our favorite restaurant.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Erika Spencer
5 05/02/2018 Erika Spencer

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Erin Boyle
5 04/02/2018 Erin Boyle

Amazing southen food. Pork Belly appitizer is a must have. Catfish with melt in your mouth. Waygu beef and plantains have layers of flavor. The staff go beyond to make you feel at home.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Joshua Bradley Gonzalez
5 18/01/2018 Joshua Bradley Gonzalez

KG has done it again. So happy to have his cooking closer to where we live.. we ate at the front kitchen which is the Hot Chicken restaurant but then lounged at the bar upstairs which is the Southern Kitchen part of the building. The Oceanview is amazing and we cant wait to try the options on the Southern Kitchen menu when we come back. The Cocktails are awesome and Kenny's food is always amazing.

Review of GIlbert’s Southern + Bar by Nanette Edmonds
5 11/01/2018 Nanette Edmonds

Fantastic and refreshing dining experience. Started off with the Ultimate Beast cocktail of Habanero infused whisky...wowza! Delicious-just the right amount of heat and sweet. Appetizer of the year is the broiled gulf oysters with cornbread and kale crumble. Watch out! These could become addictive. The tuna poke with quinoa and heirloom tomatoes was prepared exquisitely and seasoned perfectly. For entrees we had the amazing Shrimp and Grits and the flavors abound with sun dried tomatoes and delicately roasted sweet whole garlic cloves and some kind of delicious cream sauce: Definitely not yo mama’s shrimp and grits! The fresh catch of Atlantic Salmon was obviously prepared with passion; flavor and temperature was perfect, nesting on a bed of creamy potatoes. Unfortunately we didn’t save room for dessert, but there is always next time. Portions were plentiful, service top notch, and we’re coming back tomorrow. Jacksonville, you are lucky this restaurant picked you. Do not hesitate!

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