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Southern Charm

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3566 Saint Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-5571 (Formerly Checker Bar-b-que)
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Sat 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place looks like a hole in the wall. The food is out of this world and chef Art is a hoot. You do need reservations for friday and saturday nights otherwise walk in. He will make you feel welcome and part of the family. The blacked shrimp are to die for along with most everything else. fried chicken like... More 

Thank michaelhV2081MB
Scarsdale, New York
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in today for a lunch, and Art & his staff of two were just the nicest, most welcoming people I could have imagined. Grab a Styrofoam plate, a plastic fork & a real knife, and let Art just make you a plate of unbelievably good BBQ ribs, turkey breast, smoked ham and port shoulder. It was just a mountain... More 

Thank Mark S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Really really good food and plenty of it! Fresh fried shrimp, flavorful blackened shrimp and the most awesome cheesy potato casserole loaded with scallops. They treated us and everyone like family. Jacksonvilles hidden gem!

Thank Tennrealtor
Jacksonville, Florida
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117 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Art's Southern Charm has no fanciness or ambiance going for it. Just well cooked food and a very reasonable price. We were there on a Friday so the menu was fried shrimp and whiting. All you can eat buffet. The whiting and shrimp were fresh and well fried, the sides were good, and Art was a pleasure to talk to.

Thank Fred M
Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

I was invited here for the first time by a friend who spoke highly of the place...and I was not disappointed at all! The food was good, just like home, and the service from Chef Art and his staff was just as good! The outside appearance will make you question the food, however, once you start eating you will forget... More 

Thank vicm313
Jacksonville, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Yes, the place looks like a dive from the outside. And on the inside, well, it still looks like a dive. But the food is delicious and it's served in huge portions. If you love fresh fried shrimp and fish, along with comfort food sides, this is definitely the place for you. Try finding 15 fresh Florida fried shrimp, lightly... More 

1 Thank WilliamGS12
Jacksonville, Florida
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

I love to support chef owned restaurants... But I am amazed that this place gets great reviews. Yes, you do get volumes of food although a lot of it was not given out until we were ready to leave. I am surprised that this place passes health dept. inspections, the Chef's apron has nasty food particles hanging off it. When... More 

3 Thank Debbie C
Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

This was my hubby and I secret place but we could no longer hide our secret place. Chef Art and his staff are amazing, they treated us like we were home having good conversation and plenty of laughs. We do our best to eat here at least twice a month. You must have the fried green tomatoes and the price... More 

1 Thank frb0807
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Loved the food and the people! Never been to a restaurant like this before but we'll definitely be back!

1 Thank Mirandars
Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

The hospitality of Chef Art/servers was unreal. We felt like we were in his private home. He always made sure that we were pleased and and had plenty of food including food to take home. My husband and I ate another meal the next night. Everything was so delicious and fresh...This was not our first visit here and certainly not... More 

1 Thank flores3505

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $23
Barbecue, American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Reservations, Buffet, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3566 Saint Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-5571 (Formerly Checker Bar-b-que)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Jacksonville
  • Phone Number: 904-517-3637
Cash only. Its worth every penny. Friday and Saturday Evening, Reservations are required for the Dinner Extravaganza....its an experience you won't want to miss!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?