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 four favorites.

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.

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 at Weber's Growler Factory. 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!

Published: July 2019