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“Excellent Surprise”

Joe's 2nd Street Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Located in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, Joe's 2nd St. Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood specialties in a 1900's home, or outside in a New Orleans inspired Courtyard.
Reviewed May 10, 2008

Sit outside by the fountain on cooler evenings for a delightful dining experience. I had Grouper with rice and black beans - - - a nice southwest kick, after a caesar salad and key lime pie for desert. My wife had the gazpacho with a caesar topped with shrimp. All food was excellent and a decent value for the area (I repeat, for the area). The wine list is modest but with nice variety. We had a sauvignon blanc for $30.00 that was crisp and dry. I cannot vouch for the interior atmosphere, but I highly recommend the outdoor dining experience.

Thank gwbrown
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Reviewed February 18, 2008

This is a cozy litte restaurant located in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. Decor was upscale, but still casual. The menu had many good choices.

The first sign something is wrong is when the waiter is slow coming over to ask for your drinks. I'm really not sure whether we had a waiter who was filling in as a bartender or a bartender who was filling in as a waiter. Next to the entrance was a very small bar and we could see our waiter spending much time there.

Our bread came after we placed our order. It wasn't really bread, it was probably foccacia cut into little squares resembling homemade salad croutons. It was accompanied by a bowl of melted butter with some parsley in the bottom. Apparantly we were supposed to spoon the butter on top the bread. Very strange.

My wife ordered the grouper which was cooked to perfection and seemed to be covered in fresh picante sauce. It was a good size portion and definitely real grouper, not the Vietnamese catfish found in many restaurants. She really enjoyed it.

My steak was the biggest disappointment. I ordered the New York Strip steak with three sauces. I asked for it medium, but it came almost well done and very dry despite the sauces. Normally I would have sent it back, but the service was so bad I didn't want my wife to be sitting there while we waited another half hour for a second steak to be cooked.

The plates the food arrived on were very hot and I suspect they had sat under the heat lamps in the kitchen while waiting for the waiter to pick them up. I rewarded him accordingly.

Overall, the food wasn't bad, but I've had better food and service at Appleby's for less than half the price. My advice, go somewhere else.

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Reviewed September 8, 2007

We had dinner here in 9/07. The food was good, and the service was excellent.

Thank FrancieNashville
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Reviewed November 2, 2005

We ate at Joe's in the middle of October, 2005. We had Larry as our waiter. He was the best. My father had Jambalaya, my husband had a fish special, and my mother and I shared a plate of pasta. It was all outstanding. I would highly recommend it.

5  Thank tjoli
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Reviewed November 21, 2016
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