Fast Food and Ice Cream
Jekyll’s only fast food restaurant is especially popular during lunch hours. Like other Dairy Queens;, you can purchase ice cream treats as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items. The restaurant itself does not have outdoor seating, but the island has a small picnic area within steps of the location.
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.
Pizza Pub and Golf
Behind the miniature golf course, near the intersection of Beachview and Shell Road, stands Red Bug Motor’s Pizza and Pub. Owned by the same person who can rent you the island’s iconic electric golf-cart-like vehicles from the airport’s Red Bug Motors, the island’s only pizza pub serves up tasty handmade pies.
Pizza, wings, and Italian style sandwiches. Oh, and they have a bar! You can have your pizza delivered or dine at the restaurant. Our crowd enjoys their Meatopia, Vegetarian Dream, and Pepperoni pizzas. The thin crust on the vegetarian is particularly nice. We may ask for thin crust on other pizzas on our next visit. Our family has also enjoyed their Salads, subs, and wings.
Where to Eat – Driftwood Bistro
Driftwood Bistro is a casual restaurant in the Villas By the Sea complex on Jekyll’s north end. It is well known by locals because they have good food at reasonable prices. You can even get petite plates that include half-sized entrees and smaller sides. The restaurant specializes in Low Country Cuisine, sort of home cooking for the area. Seafood specialties include Shrimp and Grits and Stuffed Flounder, two of my favorites. But they also have many dishes for the non-seafood eater, such as Meatloaf and Pot Roast. Their side are good, too! Each entree comes with two of them, and we have problems choosing. The Sweet Potato Souffle, Fried Okra, and Squash Casserole are among our usual choices. Oh no! My husband says don’t forget the Fried Green Tomatoes.