Shrimp on Little St. Simons Island

Where to Eat in the Golden Isles

Part of the 100-mile-long Georgia Coast on the Atlantic Ocean are four barrier islands and a port city known as the Golden Isles. Historic Brunswick, St. Simons IslandSea IslandJekyll Island and Little St. Simons Island are home to some of the most delicious and scenic places to eat on the Georgia coast. Enjoy fresh seafood, Southern hospitality and locally sourced ingredients at these six favorites.

The Farmer & The Larder, Brunswick

The Farmer & The Larder in Brunswick, Georgia

Voted one of the Top 10 Restaurants in Brunswick, The Farmer & The Larder is known for using seasonal local ingredients. A menu inspired by both coastal and global influences results in a fresh dining experience at every meal.

Cooking class at The Famer & The Larder in Brunswick, Georgia

You can dine in or take part in their culinary learning experiences to expand your food knowledge. A selection of fine cookware and tasty "grab and go" foods for sale allow guests to recreate meals at home. All class reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis, so book early. CheFarmer Matthew Raiford has also opened up a new restaurant, Strong Roots Provisions, across the street.

Food Tours Golden Isles, St. Simons Island

Shrimp & Pimento Cheese Grits at Palmer's Village Cafe, St. Simons Island

Eat St. Simons Island like a local with Food Tours Golden Isles. Enjoy fresh local seafood while exploring the history and natural beauty of the island during this easy 1.5-mile walking food tour. During this leisurely walk (with plenty of time to stop and sit), there are 11 food tastings at five locally owned restaurants, including one cocktail tasting along the route! 

Webers Growler Factory, St. Simons Island

Webers Growler Factory on St. Simons Island, Georgia

With many of their 40 beer taps devoted to breweries in Savannah, Atlanta, Athens and other Georgia brew houses, it's easy to find a new favorite. You can also quench your thirst with one of the other 37 bottled craft beers or hard cider. And, they do carry sodas for underage guests. Sample one or two selections with a four-ounce pour, a pint, or go BIG with a 32-ounce or 64-ounce growler of craft beer! Closed on Sundays.

The Cloister, Sea Island

Dining at The Cloister on Sea Island, Georgia

The Cloister island resort offers dining options to fit every taste and budget. Spend the day (or the week) enjoying the sandy beaches and cool surf, and choose from authentic Italian fare at Tavola Rustic Italian Eatery or the unique Low Country cuisine at the Oak Room for lunch or dinner. For those interested in an elegant dining experience, make reservations at the Forbes Five Star-rated Georgian Room, where elegance and culinary expertise go hand in hand.

Tortuga Jack's, Jekyll Island

Burrito at Tortuga Jack's on Jekyll Island, Georgia

This Caribbean-inspired restaurant and bar is adjacent to Great Dunes Park on Jekyll Island and is with walking distance of the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Tortuga Jack's, Jekyll Island’s only oceanfront restaurant, cooks with local ingredients and uses fresh fruit and fruit dishes in its Baja Bar cocktails. A 3,000-square-foot deck overlooks the natural beauty of the dunes and the Atlantic Ocean, allowing diners to enjoy their meals with a view.

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Photo by Lesli Peterson

This rustic private island is just a boat ride away. Little St. Simons Island boasts regional cuisine prepared by an on-site chef. Their seed-to-table program is dedicated to the research and demonstration of organic crop methods for coastal Southeast soils. The fresh produce is used in the guest meals. Chef-inspired meals are served family-style in the Hunting Lodge dining room, with Saturday lunch served seaside. Dinner starts with pre-dinner drinks and hors d'oeuvres, including seasonal Friday night oyster roasts on the grounds.

Published: July 2017