Safe Harbor Seafood Market and Restaurant
4378 Ocean St, Ste 3,
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Near the intersection of Ocean St and Minorcan Way
This spot in Mayport Village has without a doubt the best offering of seafood in the surrounding area. Sure there are very good seafood restaurants in Jacksonville, fancy, sit-down full service and a beautiful menu to pursue. Not here, when you enter you find yourself in a fish market surrounded by the most amazing assortment of fish, and shell-fish available in the city. Chalk Board specials, ink board menu, oh and did I forget to say, you stand in line to order. Don’t let this keep you away, it’s well worth giving up some of the perks for the food. Now open on Sunday it fills up early we arrived around 12:30 and the line was manageable, about a half hour later I went to get a refill on a drink and the lie was about 30 deep. People who know this place stand happily in line chatting with the other fish lovers and all is good.
Fish of the day
Wonderful fresh Squid
All the little fishes
Beautiful fresh fishes, calling your name
Once you choose what you want either from the board or the offerings in the case you place the order get your drink and take a seat out on the covered patio, the food will be brought your way. I have to add here if you do not see what you want on the posted menu pick your fish, give it to the cook, tell them how you would like it prepared and it’s done! I don’t know of any other restaurant that offers this feature in town. While you are waiting take advantage of the view, shrimp boats line the docks, birds, circle around looking for the treats thrown from the boats, pelicans bounce on the waves, it’s just idyllic made more so but the fact it was a sunny day.
Our food started arriving shortly after ordering and it was spectacular, Oysters, Shrimp and Grits, Scallops and Shrimp baskets, Bisque, Oyster baskets. We ate and ate till we could eat no more. I am not going to try to describe each dish, but have posted some pics to share the visual pleasure of the food. Servings are large and priced right. Service was efficient and friendly. The restaurant itself is dog friendly so if your pooch is well-behaved bring it along. There are a few steps to navigate so be aware of that as well. Don’t miss the opportunity to try this restaurant.
Fresh shucked Oysters
Shrimp and Grits
Bang Bang Shrimp
Broiled Shrimp and Diver Scallops
Blackened Scallops, Shrimp with Fried Oysters