Some sources say there are more than 41,000 restaurants in Florida.  

Most of these restaurants have reviews on TripAdvisor, Urban Spoon, Yelp, Google and other websites.

When I am going into a town that is new to me, I usually look at TripAdvisor and find a place with a lot of positive reviews.

I have done hundreds of reviews myself on TripAdvisor over the years.

I like TripAdvisor but keep this in mind:  restaurants with only a few TripAdvisor reviews can be biased too far on the positive or negative side, so I am cautious about putting much stock in those reviews (other than my own, of course).

Red Bar in Grayton Beach

The reviews on Florida Backroads Travel are places that I have actually tried and liked.  Many of them have been published before in our free monthly ezine, Florida Heritage Travel.  I don't publish bad reviews on this website or in the ezine.

If I don't like a place, I don't write about it.

I hope you will enjoy these Florida restaurants.  Some are down home simple, some upscale fancy, and all good in my opinion.

Florida Restaurants Recommended by


Bristol - Apalachee Restaurant
DeFuniak Springs - Bogey's
Grayton Beach - Red Bar
Panama City - Uncle Ernie's
Pensacola - McGuire's Irish Pub


Fernandina Beach - The Crab Trap
Flagler Beach - Snack Jack
Green Cove Sprngs - Sweet Sensations
Jacksonville - Clark's Fish Camp
Mayport - Singleton's Seafood Shack
Palatka - Corky Bell's
St Augustine - Athena Restaurant
St Augustine - Cellar 6
St Augustine - Gypsy Cab Company


Cocoa - Cafe Margaux
DeLand - Shady Oak
Fort Pierce - Original Tiki Bar

Melbourne - Pineda Crossing
Oak Hill - Goodrich Seafood

Ponce Inlet - Hidden Treasure
Sebastian - Captain Hiram's


Astor - Blackwater Inn
Belleview - Pasta Faire
Dr Phillips - Flame Kabob
Dr Phillips - Saffron Indian
Eustis - Night Owl
Eustis - Nalan Sultan
Eustis - The Great Pizza Company
Mount Dora - Magical Meat
Mount Dora - One Flight Up
Mount Dora - Pisces Rising
Mount Dora - Whale's Tale
Mount Dora - Others
Ocklawaha - Gator Joe's
Sanford - The Corner Cafe
St Cloud - The Catfish Place
Wildwood - Cotillion Southern Cafe
Windermere - Yellow Dog Eats
Winter Haven - Harry's Old Place
Winter Park - Bosphorous


Brooksville - Main Street Eatery
Cortez - Starfish Company
Dade City - Steph's Southern Soul
Crystal River - Vintage on 5th
Homosassa - Museum Cafe
Inverness - McLeod House Bistro
Madeira Beach - Bubba Gump's
Lake Panasoffkee - Catfish Johnny's
Pass-a-Grille Beach - Sea Critters
Plant City - Krazy Kup
St Leo - Abbey Tavern
St Petersburg - Chattaway
Venice - Cafe Venice


Bonita Springs - Taco Mix
Cabbage Key - Inn & Restaurant
Fort Myers - Thai Star
Marco Island - Snook Inn
Naples - Whole Foods Market


Coral Gables - Maroosh
Ft Lauderdale - Giorgios Brick Oven
Fort Lauderdale - Mai Kai
Key Largo - Alabama Jack's
Lighthouse Point - Cap's Place


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