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“Amazing Riverfront Deck” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandollar Restaurant & Marina

Sandollar Restaurant & Marina
9716 Heckscher Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32226
+1 904-251-2449
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Ranked #239 of 1,775 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Sandollar was originally built in 1954 by a gentleman who lived in Fort George Island. This small but capable restaurant was able to capitalize on the booming American shrimp market from Mayport across the river. The business thrived and created the tradition of serving fresh and local seafood at low costs. This was when Heckscher Drive still had bridges that were made of wood and moved with the tide. After a while, the area demanded a larger facility and in 1988, a new building was constructed by Dwayne Williams, who owned La Cruise Casino and Restaurant in Mayport. He kept the tradition of providing customers with fresh, quality seafood at a low price. Today, under that same direction from the original owner, we look forward to bringing back the same great seafood that The Sandollar brought in when it opened. We are proud to be serving our local community for over 15 years now and will continue to give back and assure our locals that the next decade will provide the same great service, incredible food, and innovation that we are known for.
Jacksonville, FL
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Amazing Riverfront Deck”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

I hadn't been here in over ten years, but on one gorgeous Saturday afternoon I suggested it to some friends and family. It was much too gorgeous outside to be sitting inside and the riverfront deck was the perfect solution (see photo!). We had a very friendly server and the food was good as well. Everything came out timely and hot. We waited for a century for drink refills, but the server was very apologetic and didn't charge us for the drinks.

It's a very casual place. The deck and views are what made it for us and we will be back, weather permitting (the inside was nothing special at all). I'd suggest it again for sure. I wasn't with a drinking crowd at the time, but I picture it a perfect place for riverside drinks on a gorgeous sunny afternoon.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Harleyville, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Delicious food! Great View!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Loved the Sand Dollar. Was with a group of 4 and we all had something different - everything was delicious and we all cleaned our plates. Waiter was attentive and friendly. Fun atmosphere!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Enjoyed the food and the service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We had lunch here. We sat near the window and watched all the river activity go by. Our waiter, Chase, was friendly, efficient and made the meal quite enjoyable. We both had seafood pasta dishes that were tasty and a good value. I would return if we visit here again.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fleming Island, Florida
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90 restaurant reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Yummy Yummy Onion Rings!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We visited Sandollar with a group of 20 people. We had called ahead for seating for a Saturday afternoon. We were seated outside on the deck at four tables which was really nice. We were lucky it was a beautiful day, however it was very warm and sunny and there were no umbrellas on the tables. I came home with a nice sunburn as I was not prepared with sunscreen. As we sat there, we were treated to views of dolphins passing through as well as many ships and boats.

Lucky thing we had an awesome waiter. He had to handle 20 people by himself, besides other tables. He did a really nice job, however, it would have been nice to have another server as well to speed things along. Food was good, but the Onion Rings were sooooo incredibly good. The onions were nice and soft and the coating on them was absolutely delicious. Very good menu choices!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Big disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This restaurant was highly recommended and we were terribly disappointed. I have had better food at Red Lobster.

Visited March 2013
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