Jacksonville is located where the St. Johns River meets the Atlantic Ocean in northeast Florida. Whether it’s a delightful breakfast sandwich from the Beach Diner or the savory fried chicken and waffles from Metro Diner, these 25 Jacksonville breakfast spots get your day started right.
© Angie’s Grom
This charming and popular breakfast café is located in Jacksonville Beach. It is situated just a few blocks from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and Oceanfront Park. The interior of this café is made up of unique and eclectic décor like surf boards, deer antlers, Christmas lights, and various beachy signs as well as pictures and artwork featuring ocean settings. Guests will love favorites like The Volcano, made with scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese, beans, rice, and salsa wrapped in a tortilla then baked in a pizza oven and topped with a mild hot sauce, enchilada sauce, chives, and sour cream. Next read: weekend getaways for couples
204 3rd Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, Phone: 904-241-3663
2.The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails
© The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails
This whimsical and sophisticated eatery is nestled in the heart of downtown Jacksonville just minutes from the St. Johns River. After opening its doors in 2014, it was named Best New Restaurant by Jacksonville Magazine. The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails’ executive chef has worked under world-renowned chefs like Louis Chatham and has been the executive chef of award-winning four-diamond and four-star restaurants like Manuel’s on the 28th. Patrons will enjoy delicious brunch eats like their Southwest crepe made with smoked sausage, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, spinach, avocado, salsa fresca, and house potatoes.
400 North Hogan Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Phone: 904-353-9717
© Beach Diner
This mom and pop style diner is located in a strip mall in Ponte Vedra Beach and is a short drive to the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. The unassuming diner has a strong nautical tone with its white and navy blue colors and features small wooden café tables, padded booths, and a breakfast bar that wraps around their service prep area. Patrons visiting here will enjoy favorites like their traditional eggs Benedict made with perfectly poached eggs on top of a toasted English muffin with Canadian bacon covered in hollandaise sauce and served with fruit, grits, or hash browns.
880 A1A North #2, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082, Phone: 904-273-6545
4.Beach Hut Cafe
© Beach Hut Cafe
Just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, patrons looking to satisfy their breakfast cravings will want to check out the Beach Hut Café located in Jacksonville Beach. The café keeps it simple with one wall painted with an aquatic tropical reef motif, a hanging surfboard, a few pictures, and some picnic bench style tables. The comfortably unassuming décor provides a relaxing place to enjoy their homestyle breakfasts. Guests can enjoy the savory corn beef hash served with two eggs, home fries or grits, toast, an English muffin, bagel, or biscuit or the French toast with Texas-sized bread, grilled and topped with powdered sugar.
1281 3rd Street South, Jacksonville Beach, FL 322250, Phone: 904-249-3516
What was once a cozy coffeehouse seating only 37, Biscottis has grown to a full-size café accommodating up to 100 guests. Located just minutes from downtown Jacksonville and not far from the St. Johns River, this café has become a popular breakfast destination. The interior has an elegant turn-of-the-century style with exposed wood and brick and beautiful patterned clay tile flooring. It also features a large display case filled with decadent treats. Patrons will love mouthwatering dishes like their steak medallion Benedict made with beef medallions on mini croissants, topped with Gruyere, poached eggs, and a citrus hollandaise sauce.
3556 St Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205, Phone: 904-387-2060
6.Black Sheep Restaurant
© Black Sheep Restaurant
Black Sheep Restaurant is nestled in the charming and historic Five Points district located just minutes from downtown Jacksonville, Memorial Park, and the St. Johns River. This modern American-style restaurant is one of Jacksonville’s more popular breakfast destinations. It features light wood floors, dark wood tables and wall paneling, and modern light fixtures throughout. Guests can enjoy breakfast eats like the cardamom pancakes with seasonal fruit, apple butter, and maple syrup, or the grilled country ham and cheese made with thick-cut Berkshire ham, Swiss cheese, and Mornay sauce on country white bread with a sunny side up egg.
1534 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204, Phone: 904-380-3091
7.Cool Moose Cafe
© Cool Moose Cafe
This adorable café first opened its doors in 1998 and has been serving up mouthwatering breakfasts ever since. The Cool Moose Café is located in the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville, just minutes from the St. Johns River and downtown. The café provides a warm and cozy ambiance with exposed wood beams, wooden tables, soft lighting, and a hand-written menu on a chalkboard hanging above the counter. Guests will enjoy favorites like their Meat Lover’s Breakfast Quesadilla with scrambled eggs, spicy ghost jack cheese, onion, green pepper, tomato, sausage, ham, and bacon grilled in a flour tortilla and served with salsa picada, sour cream, and guacamole.
2708 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205, Phone: 904-381-4242
8.Copeland’s of New Orleans
© Copeland’s of New Orleans
This delightful brunch spot is located about 10 minutes from downtown Jacksonville. Copeland’s of New Orleans has been serving up savory dishes with a touch of Southern Louisiana soul since 1983. The interior decor has a classic and elegant design with rich mahogany wood accents throughout, mood lighting chandeliers, classic landscape paintings, white linens, and candle centerpieces for the tables. Patrons dining here will enjoy delicious brunch items like the eggs Sardou made with poached eggs on top of sautéed spinach, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and spicy tasso ham served over a buttered croissant and topped with hollandaise sauce.
4310 Southside Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32246, Phone: 904-998-4414
9.Country Cabin Restaurant
© Country Cabin Restaurant
Country Cabin Restaurant has three locations in Florida, one in Orange Park and the other two in Jacksonville. Patrons dining at these restaurants will feel a mom and pop type of ambiance with wooden park benches out front, warm wood floors and exposed brick inside as well as red leather booths and flower-printed table linens. Guests will feel right at home while they enjoy delightful breakfast cravings like the house omelet made with onions, bell peppers, ham, cheese, and tomato or the Country Cabin Breakfast Special with chicken-fried chicken and two eggs with hash browns or home fries, toast or biscuit, and coffee or tea.
3646 Blanding Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 322210, Phone: 904-317-9887
© Deerwood Bistro
Deerwood Bistro is a light and bright contemporary breakfast spot serving up tasty breakfast cuisine. This family-owned and operated bistro is located about 15 minutes south of downtown Jacksonville between the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. Their passion for food coupled with their 20 years of experience makes them a must-visit restaurant when in town. Patrons will enjoy mouthwatering dishes like their Great American Skillets made with grilled tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms with hash browns covered in melted cheese, and three eggs cooked to order. Guests can make it a meat lover’s scramble by adding bacon, ham, and sausage.
8221 Southside Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32256, Phone: 904-527-3451
© Deerwood Diner
For 40 years this charming diner has been a neighborhood favorite. Patrons can find Deerwood Diner located about 15 minutes south of downtown Jacksonville. The restaurant is a nod to the 1950s era with tables, booths, artwork, and a jukebox all styled from that time period, not to mention the pink ceiling. Diners can start their day off with a heavenly Belgian waffle topped with blueberries, strawberries, or bananas or try the famous corned beef hash. It’s made with finely sliced house-cooked corned beef and shredded potatoes grilled to perfection, served with two eggs any style and your choice of bread.
9934 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-641-4877
12.Derby on Park
© Derby on Park
Derby on Park is a delightful restaurant located in the historic Five Points district of Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood, mere blocks from the St. Johns River and a couple miles from downtown Jacksonville. Guests will appreciate their eclectic decor with a 1950s style breakfast bar and stools and an iconic pass-through food window. These contrast with more modern touches like the dark café tables, contemporary accents, and a fabulous outdoor patio and bar. A must-try entree from their breakfast menu is the Cristo Crab Benedict made with crab-stuffed ciabatta battered and fried. It’s topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce and served with grits or café potatoes.
1068 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204, Phone: 904-379-3343
© Famous Amos
Visitors can find seven of these eight old country-style diners in Jacksonville. The other is located in Orange Park. Famous Amos has been serving up scrumptious dishes to folks for over 40 years. Inside, guests will be immersed in a rustic country feel with exposed wood beams, old wooden booths, brick flooring, red painted walls, and farmhouse-style chandeliers. Early risers can start their day with the Country Morning, made with an 8-ounce ground beef steak, two eggs any style, grits, and a biscuit or toast. Another great choice is a hot cup of coffee and their delightful pecan waffle.
8265 Normandy Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32221, Phone: 904-786-2244
© Fox Restaurant
This American-style diner has been a favorite among locals for many years. The Fox Restaurant is located about 10 minutes away from downtown Jacksonville and a couple blocks from the winding St. Johns River. The restaurant is decorated with an eclectic pop culture theme and features painted white shiplap walls, a breakfast bar, small diner booths, and farmhouse chandeliers. Diners will fall in love with delectable dishes like the Ortega Omelet made with chorizo, cheddar cheese, black beans, tomato peppers, onions, and fresh salsa, or the Pizza Omelet made with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, peppers, provolone cheese, and marinara sauce.
3580 St Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 322205, Phone: 904-387-2669
15.Grinder’s American Diner
© Grinder’s American Diner
Grinder’s American Diner is serving up just that – classic American-style diner food. Why mess with something that’s not broken? Located in a quiet strip mall, Grinder’s is situated between downtown Jacksonville and the Atlantic Ocean. Locals and visitors alike have enjoyed dining on their savory eats since 1986. Guests can start their day right with a great American classic like the Country Breakfast served with two eggs any style, bacon or sausage, home fries or grits, a biscuit, and sausage gravy, or something a little sweeter like the Belgium waffle with hot apples, blueberries, or sliced strawberries.
10230 Atlantic Boulevard #8-9, Jacksonville, FL 32225, Phone: 904-725-2712
16.Jax Beach Brunch Haus
© Jax Beach Brunch Haus
This premier brunch eatery is located blocks from the beautiful shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville Beach and has been serving up sensational breakfast and brunch eats since June of last year. The contemporary rustic-chic dining room features concrete polished floors, exposed brick, wood ceiling fixtures with Edison lights, and colorful wall art. Diners can enjoy a Vietnamese iced coffee while they dig into the divine Haus Benni made with an English muffin, spinach, corned beef, bacon, poached eggs, and Haus-made hollandaise. Another favorite is the Let Your Light Shine, which is mouthwatering crepes with sweet ricotta and berry compote. Yum!
610 3rd Street South, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, Phone: 904-945-4287
17.Maple Street Biscuit Company
© Maple Street Biscuit Company
Maple Street Biscuit Company first opened their doors in November of 2012 right here in Jacksonville, Florida. Since then, their popularity has grown rapidly, and they now have several community stores around the country. This restaurant prides itself on being community leaders, providing mouthwatering comfort food to its patrons and engaging in sustainable business practices. Guests can enjoy one of their signature biscuits like the Farmer, made with a flaky biscuit, all-natural fried chicken, pecan wood smoked bacon, and cheddar cheese, topped with fresh house-made apple butter. Another winner is the Bam! It’s a house-made vanilla bean waffle with Asiago and pecan wood smoked bacon baked in.
2004 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207, Phone: 904-398-1004
© Metro Diner
One of Jacksonville’s staples for breakfast, Metro Diner has been serving satisfied patrons for over 25 years. Known for welcoming service and award-winning food, it’s been the go-to diner for locals and visitors alike. Metro Diner prides themselves on their ability to deliver unique recipes and creative twists on popular classics and they cook from the heart, which their guests certainly appreciate. Patrons will enjoy sensational breakfast eats like their huevos rancheros made with two eggs any style served over fried tortilla shells, chorizo sausage, black beans, onions, and peppers and topped with melted cheese, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, and green onions.
3302 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207, Phone: 904-398-3701
© Oceana Diner
Located between San Pablo Road and Hodges Boulevard, Oceana Diner is nestled in a strip mall on Beach Boulevard and is a Jacksonville neighborhood favorite. The design focal point is an impressive European-style brass and copper cappuccino maker, situated on the counter opposite the entrance. The diner has exposed brick from the floor halfway up the wall with soothing yellow paint the rest of the way as well as tan-colored herringbone-patterned tile. Guests can enjoy straightforward breakfast classics like the Two Eggs Meal served with home fries or grits and toast, or the Country Omelet with bacon, ham, sausage, green pepper, onions, and American cheese.
13799 Beach Boulevard Suite 3, Jacksonville, FL 32224, Phone: 904-374-1915
© Olio Restaurant
Olio Restaurant is located in Jacksonville’s entertainment district known as “The Elbow.” The restaurant has an urban-chic vibe and has been featured on Travel Channel’s Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America. It has an open exhibition-style kitchen and provides a polished contemporary look with reclaimed wood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, gleaming lacquered tabletops, and stylish decor. Using locally sustainable and organic ingredients whenever possible, Olio Restaurant is serving up mouthwatering dishes like their pork belly and grits with coarse ground cheddar grits, fried eggs, bourbon onions, and red pepper coulis, or sourdough pancakes with powdered sugar, maple butter, house berry syrup, and bacon.
301 East Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Phone: 904-356-7100
21.Secret Garden Cafe
© Secret Garden Cafe
This adorable café is located 10 minutes from downtown Jacksonville. From here, the sparkling Atlantic Ocean is a straight shot down Ocean Beach Boulevard. Secret Garden Café was featured on Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible with Robert Irvine and HGTV’s Vanessa Deleon, where it underwent a complete redesign and menu overhaul. The makeover was well-received by patrons, and they’ve been serving up divine menu options ever since. Guests will enjoy savory eats like their Hot Mess breakfast bowl made with three scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, and sausage piled high on a bed of café potatoes with shredded cheese and served with toast or a biscuit.
10095 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32246, Phone: 904-645-0859
22.Southern Roots Filling Station
© Southern Roots Filling Station
This charming vegan café is located minutes from downtown in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood, just blocks from the winding St. Johns River. Believing everyone should have access to healthy food, Southern Roots Filling Station provides a sliding scale on some items, where patrons can get food for as little as $2. What a great way to give back to the community! Inside is an industrial atmosphere with exposed brick and wood beams, HVAC ducting, red tile, and metal chandeliers. Diners will fall in love with menu items like the Roots Biscuit, made with a sweet potato quinoa patty and house-made pickles, a smoky seed spread, and sprouts.
1275 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204, Phone: 904-513-4726
This trendy and polished restaurant is located in Jacksonville’s San Marco neighborhood just minutes from the St. Johns River and downtown. The award-winning restaurant has racked up accolades since opening its doors in 2009, and patrons are sure to have a one-of-a-kind dining experience at Taverna. The contemporary design features reclaimed wood, painted exposed brick, pendant lighting, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an expansive patio. Guests will love dishes like their poached eggs made with fingerlings, jamon serrano, hollandaise, truffles, and onions. Another good bet is their Taverna Hash, with house-made breakfast sausage, fried fingerling potatoes, peppers, onions, and two eggs sunny side up.
1986 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207, Phone: 904-398-3005
24.The Southern Grill
© The Southern Grill
The Southern Grill is a cozy diner-style café located close to the Main Street South Bridge just over the St. Johns River near Treaty Oak Park. Inside, diners will find exposed HVAC ducting for an industrial feel as well as café tables with black linens, a breakfast bar with black leather back-supported stools, a pass-through window to the kitchen, and a few flat-screen TVs. Breakfast favorites include their country fried steak & eggs, biscuits & gravy, and spicy Mexican omelet with spicy taco meat, sour cream, salsa, bell peppers, and onions, topped with chili and shredded cheddar.
800 Flagler Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207, Phone: 904-858-9800
25.Uptown Kitchen and Bar
© Uptown Kitchen and Bar
Uptown Kitchen and Bar is unique in that it’s a marriage between a classic diner and a modern gastropub. The urban-chic restaurant has medium toned wood tables, metal chairs and stools, exposed industrial-style ceilings, and a full-service bar. This stylish restaurant is located in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood and is just minutes from downtown. Guests can enjoy fan favorites like their breakfast burrito made with eggs, chorizo, home fries, cheddar cheese, and fresh tomatillo salsa wrapped in a flour tortilla, or their French toast made with thick slices of their artisan brioche bread dipped in vanilla batter and served with maple syrup.
1303 Main Street North, Jacksonville, FL 32206, Phone: 904-355-0734
25 Best Jacksonville Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Spots
- Angie’s Grom, Photo: Angie’s Grom
- The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails, Photo: The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails
- Beach Diner, Photo: Beach Diner
- Beach Hut Cafe, Photo: Beach Hut Cafe
- Biscottis, Photo: Biscottis
- Black Sheep Restaurant, Photo: Black Sheep Restaurant
- Cool Moose Cafe, Photo: Cool Moose Cafe
- Copeland’s of New Orleans, Photo: Copeland’s of New Orleans
- Country Cabin Restaurant, Photo: Country Cabin Restaurant
- Deerwood Bistro, Photo: Deerwood Bistro
- Deerwood Diner, Photo: Deerwood Diner
- Derby on Park, Photo: Derby on Park
- Famous Amos, Photo: Famous Amos
- Fox Restaurant, Photo: Fox Restaurant
- Grinder’s American Diner, Photo: Grinder’s American Diner
- Jax Beach Brunch Haus, Photo: Jax Beach Brunch Haus
- Maple Street Biscuit Company, Photo: Maple Street Biscuit Company
- Metro Diner, Photo: Metro Diner
- Oceana Diner, Photo: Oceana Diner
- Olio Restaurant, Photo: Olio Restaurant
- Secret Garden Cafe, Photo: Secret Garden Cafe
- Southern Roots Filling Station, Photo: Southern Roots Filling Station
- Taverna, Photo: Taverna
- The Southern Grill, Photo: The Southern Grill
- Uptown Kitchen and Bar, Photo: Uptown Kitchen and Bar
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