According to Trip Advisor, there’s a place where you can enjoy mouth-watering dishes at some great fine dining restaurants.

It’s a place with a lot of rich diversity when it comes to the meals being served. Even better, you can find restaurants offering spectacular views of the ocean and have the ability to enjoy everything from seafood to barbecue to pizza and vegetarian or vegan options.

There are at least 17 seafood restaurants available there. That includes seven Italian and seven Mexican restaurants, and eight pizza parlors.

If you’re assuming that Trip Advisor is directing you to the West Coast cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, or Seattle, you’re wrong. Here’s another hint: some of the most popular meals here reflect recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next, offering the absolute best in good ‘ol Southern cooking. And did you know one meal that tops the locals’ lists of true delicacies is the Wild Georgia Shrimp?

Discovering the many pleasures of St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island, a favorite vacationing spot in South Georgia for decades, has a lot to brag about. Vacationers have long been drawn to strolling along the pier and absorbing breathtaking views of the ocean. They also love to enjoy nature walks and bicycling on the island’s lushly preserved nature trails.

St. Simons Island is also a paradise for people who enjoy other kinds of outdoor activities, from golfing on the courses here to deep sea diving and fishing. And there are all those shops to check out in the Pier Village area …. and all the great dining.

Because St. Simons Island truly is a place where southern cooking restaurants are guaranteed to exceed your expectations.

Why is St. Simons Island a great place for fine dining?

As Trip Advisor notes, St. Simons Island isn’t a place where there’s only a couple of restaurants open for business – there’s plenty to pick from. Considering how many visitors flock there year-round, thanks to the mild temperatures that make it appealing in both summer and winter – those who arrive with healthy appetites are certain to find what they’re looking for when it comes to fine dining restaurants.

And while you’re there, how can you not enjoy the southern restaurants near you, or the many gourmet seafood restaurants near you?

There are 45 restaurants on St. Simons Island that offer American meals, and the selections are deliciously diverse, from sushi and soups to cafes and lunch spots. There are some truly unique selections among the ethnic cuisine options that include American, Italian, and Mexican, with Southern cooking and seafood high on the list of treats.

There are bakeries, barbecue and pizza joints, bistros and plenty of just plain old delectable Southern cuisine.
Consider, for example, Brogen’s, which is located in the Pier Village and offers beautiful views of the ocean. It’s also a friendly and fun place to get seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and more.

What are some favorite dining choices on St. Simons?

Then there’s Blackwater, a restaurant known for freshly prepared dishes featuring the catch of the day, with island seafood specialties, gumbo and Cajun Rubbed Ribs prominently on the menu.

J. Mac’s Island restaurant also serves plenty of fresh seafood – including the seasonal treat of soft shell crab – and lobster, steaks and pasta dishes. While you’re waiting for your table to be ready, you can relax with a drink in the piano and martini bar.

Echo Oceanfront Restaurant is another popular option. Located at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, this is an oceanfront restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, and specialties that include fresh seafood, shrimp and grits, breakfast po’boys, flat bread pizzas, and more. This is a great place to enjoy a great gourmet seafood restaurant.

And one of the most popular places to dine on the island is Southern Soul Barbeque, which has a menu that features the Southern Soul Sandwich, Pig Sandwich, Beef Brisket, Knuckle Sammich, and Pulled Pork, among many others. If you’re making your first trip to St. Simons Island, you’re likely to find locals who rave about this restaurant. As far as southern cooking restaurants go, this one is among the best.

And those are just a few of the many great options for fine dining.

Where great selection is complemented by amazing locations

The restaurants on St. Simons Island are popular for another key reason: the location. This coastal barrier island just an hour south of Savannah is one of Georgia’s Golden Isles, and it’s a place where seabirds are constantly swooping down to grab their dinner among the waves, where the Atlantic Ocean provides a particularly spectacular backdrop, and where the contemporary meets the historic.

And the seagulls are not the only ones enjoying the local seafood. You may find yourself drawn to the opportunity to enjoy a classic meal of shrimp and grits, with the shrimp coming straight off a shrimping boat. Shrimp is king in this part of Georgia, along with the finest in southern hospitality, which has helped to make St. Simons Island a favorite vacation spot with visitors.

St. Simons Island also has people who live there year-round, and they too cherish the mix of history and nature, and the delicious diversity of those South Georgia restaurants. St. Simons Island deep sea fishing charters draw people all year long.

The permanent residents never cease to enjoy the pleasure of walking along the beach, or watching the ships sail by from the Pier Village dock. They’re drawn here by the opportunities to go biking, boating, fishing, and exploring the beauty of those nature walks. The visitors and locals alike also find the island rich history to be endlessly fascinating. That history can be seen firsthand, and relived, since so much of it has been richly preserved.

And it only makes their experience of living on the island that much more enjoyable to have that many excellent restaurants so delightfully close to home.

If you decide to move to St. Simons Island as well, which one will become your family’s favorite restaurant over time?


There are a lot of great reasons to visit and discover St. Simons Island, whether it’s the views of the ocean, beautifully preserved natural beauty and historic landmarks, and the opportunities for shopping, golfing, and boating.

This is also a place that a growing number of people want to call home, and they’re drawn by the relaxed lifestyle, free of the crowded hustle and bustle of big cities. They also love knowing that they’re on an island with some truly first-rate restaurants to enjoy.

If you’re interested in becoming a permanent resident of St. Simons Island, Palmetto Building Group has new, move-in ready single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and townhouses available, often with fabulous views of the marshes close by. We also have homes close to the Pier Village, or right near the beach.

Whatever it is that draws you to life on St. Simons Island, we have a home to match your concept of the ideal setting.

Contact us today at 912-266-8401 or email us at to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you. Most of all, we’re thrilled you’re looking for a new home on one of the most spectacularly beautiful and historic parts of South Georgia.