Amelia Island serves up 8th annual Restaurant Week

The 10-day event will showcase over 25 restaurants


AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island will host its eighth annual Restaurant Week, Jan. 22-31.

The 10-day event will showcase more than 25 of the island’s top restaurants, bistros and cafes, giving hungry visitors and locals a chance to try new culinary hotspots and enjoy old favorites.

Participating restaurants will offer special fixed menus for both lunch and dinner. The lunch option is $12 per person and includes an entrée and a beverage, while the dinner option (priced at either $19 or $31 per person) includes three courses and a beverage.

During the 2016 Amelia Island Restaurant Week, several special events will celebrate the destination’s dining attributes. On Thursday, Jan. 21, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will kick-off the week with “A Tribute to Amelia Island Cuisine.”

Starting at 6 p.m., the event will feature a Moët Hennessey wine tasting and passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner featuring chefs from several of Amelia Island’s most popular restaurants, including Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Ciao Italian Bistro and several of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island’s chefs. Tickets for the dinner are $72 and available by calling 904-277-1087.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will mark its debut with a full day of culinary and beverage events sponsored by The Local Palate magazine. At 2:30 p.m., Moët Hennessy will present the art of martinis, sidecars and brandy punch with mixologist Ariel Juver, followed by the Coast Fish & Fowl cooking demonstration and tasting led by Top Chef Hugh Acheson.

The event will also include Ritz-Carlton chefs teaching the art of infusing flavored salts and cooking on Himalayan Salt blocks; local honey tastings from the Chef’s Garden on property; and an evening bonfire with Cordials and scrumptious s’mores, while gazing at the night sky with the resort’s astronomer. Tickets are available for $65 per person by calling 904-277-1087.

New this year is the Farmers Market Tour with Amelia Island Culinary Academy at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 30. Guests can join Chef Bill to learn to shop the market’s produce like a chef, and then enjoy a cooking class using the fresh ingredients purchased that morning. Tickets are available for $40 per person and include the walk, cooking class and tasting.

Also new to Restaurant Week is a nightly tour and tasting at Marlin & Barrel Distillery for just $5 per person.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation will close Restaurant Week with an exciting four-course dinner paired with wine and moonshine cocktails during its “Outlaw Dinner,” which will highlight ingredients that had once been outlawed. The event will start at 7 p.m. with cocktails in the Sunrise Café. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased through opentable.com or by calling 904-432-1467. 

Menus, restaurant listings, special event information and discounted hotel packages can be found online at www.ameliaisland.com/yummy.        

Restaurants participating in the 2016 Amelia Island Restaurant Week include:

29 South                                              904-277-7919              Dinner

Alley Cat                                              904-491-1001              Lunch and Dinner

Bar Zin Bistro & Wine Bar               904-310-6620              Dinner

Beech Street Bar & Grill                  904-572-1390              Dinner

Brett’s Waterway Café                     904-261-2660              Dinner

Café Karibo                                          904-277-5269              Dinner

Ciao Italian Bistro                                904-206-4311              Dinner

Coast                                                       904-277-1087              Lunch and Dinner

Crab Trap                                                904-261-4749             Lunch and Dinner

Cucina South                                          904-432-7920             Dinner

España Restaurant & Tapas              904-261-7700             Dinner

Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen           904-310-6374            Lunch and Dinner

Hola! Cuban Café                                   904-321-0163             Lunch

Horizons                                                   904-321-2430             Lunch and Dinner

Jack & Diane’s                                       904-321-1444              Lunch and Dinner

Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro                         904-321-2558              Lunch and Dinner

La Mancha                                               904-261-4646              Dinner

Le Clos                                                      904-261-8100              Dinner

Lu Lu’s at the Thompson House         904-432-8394             Lunch and Dinner

Marina Seafood Restaurant                  904-261-5310            Dinner

Oceanside                                                904-491-4113              Dinner

The Patio Place                                       904-410-3717              Lunch and Dinner

Pi Infinite Combinations                        904-432-8535             Lunch

The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill                904-277-3811            Dinner

Sandy Bottoms                                        904-310-6904             Lunch and Dinner

The Surf Restaurant & Bar                   904-321-6191             Lunch and Dinner

Verandah                                                   904-277-5958             Dinner