Service was very good at this casual surf-and-turf restaurant. The wood paneling on the walls had a sense of driftwood, and other nautical touches gave the restaurant a pleasant atmosphere. Outdoor seating on a porch that wraps the building would have been more appealing on a bit warmer day. We saw a few groups outside with their dogs, so the outdoor seating is definitely pet-friendly. The high ceilings and lively sounds provide a place where kids would feel comfortable, without disturbing others.
The Wharf – Shrimp, Songs, and Sunsets
A new restaurant in an old location. The Club Hotel took over the management of this restaurant, which reopened in the Fall of 2017 after remodeling. It has a new name and a totally revamped menu. The Wharf sits on the pier near the Club, with spectacular views of the intracoastal waterway and the saltwater marshes beyond. Wonderful at sunset. Watch the birds or an occasional boat as it sails down the Jekyll River. You can select window seating inside or sit at an outside table on the pier.
Zachry’s – a Hidden Gem
A relaxed, casual restaurant serving food in the southern Georgia style. Zachry’s is a bit of a hidden gem located next to the marina on the inter-coastal waterway, close to where the causeway brings you onto Jekyll Island. If you don’t know the location of the marina, directions using google maps would be a good option.
A nice addition to the restaurant and bar options on the island, with the lively atmosphere you would expect of a pub. Sporting events up on the TV’s and even at your table. There are a few spots off to the side that may be a bit more quiet. Our server was very friendly, and our food came quickly. Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, and the Reuben are our favorites. And don’t miss the onion rings! The fare here does not feel local, as there is no low country fare and not as seafood focused as many island restaurants. This makes for a nice change of pace. And we’ve really enjoyed everything we’ve tried so far. They have separate vegan and gluten free menus available upon request. We’ve seen live music advertised, but haven’t eaten when they were playing.
Mexican Restaurant with a View
A Baja Mexican restaurant on Beachview Drive, Tortuga Jacks is just north of Great Dunes Pavilion. And what a great location! Head to the bar-height seating in the outdoor Tiki hut for a great view!
Baja is an important word for understanding the style of food offered at Tortuga Jacks. It refers to Baja California and is a milder and healthier style. We actually prefer spicier Mexican! So ask your server for a spicier salsa if you do, too. We enjoy the sweet plantains (maduros) and the tacos, made with a marinated meat. Other meals we’ve eaten seem to have something missing. But we haven’t explored the entire menu. And we know by their crowds that the Baja style is popular.