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“Excellent Chef Special”

Benny's Steak & Seafood
Ranked #204 of 2,001 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Price range: $0 - $50
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Laura
Transit: The City of Jacksonville offers a bus stop in front of The Landing. You may also choose to arrive here by monorail, water taxi or trolley.
Description: Benny’s Steak and Seafood is located on the waterfront of the St. Johns river. Benny's is known for it's delicious seafood and steaks. Come try our Filet Christian Steak or our Chef Seabass. We also appeal to our pasta lovers as well with our pasta selections. Come in for a couples romantic dinner or bring the whole family and let the children select from our kid friendly children’s menu. Benny’s also offers two full service bars, one located inside and the other located outside on our beautiful waterfront patio. Come join us for happy hour right off your boat or join us for a drink before your nightly event. Benny’s Steak and Seafood has a great lunch menu to please you. We offer $8.95 lunches, including your soft beverage. If you are looking to book a large party, look no more. Benny's specializes in wedding rehearsal dinners, graduation and birthday parties. Whatever your reason for dining, Benny’s steak and seafood is your right choice.
Florida City, Florida
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent Chef Special”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had the chef's special which gave you a salad, entree & dessert. My husband had shrimp & chicken with pasta in Alfredo sauce. I had the fried shrimp & scallops with fries and veggies. They were both excellent the cheese cake and the chocolate mousse were scrumptious excellent place to eat and the staff were very nice & friendly. The view of the river was excellent Would come again

Visited August 2014
Thank Diana C
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Shelbyville, Kentucky
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great food, nice atmosphere”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

We visited Benny's Steak and Seafood while on a business trip to Jacksonville. Local folk told us we should go to The Landing because it is right on the water and offers lots of dining and shopping opportunities as well as live music - it does. Anyway, my husband "googled" The Landing on his phone and looked for dining suggestions and Benny's was rated highly - justifiably so.
It was a bit of a walk from the parking area but the terrain is flat and neither walkers or wheelchairs should have much difficulty. The area was well-lit and felt very safe and uniformed security were present. The docks run parallel to the shore and provide a lovely view of both the city skyline and the water. There are numerous boats anchored in the river and tied up to the docks and a water taxi will take you from one side of the river to the other.
As it was a pleasant evening, we decided to sit in the outdoor dining area and enjoy the view. Unfortunately, there was a nearby concert that was loud enough to interrupt dinner conversation. The outdoor dining area is quite large and offers seating in the open or under a covered area. The tables and chairs are wire metal patio furniture and get a little uncomfortable after awhile but the food was delicious!
In keeping with it's waterfront location, Benny's has a menu with a focus on seafood but, as the name implies, offers steak as well. Chicken and pasta are also available. My husband got French Onion Soup as an appetizer and said it was quite good. The standard beef broth base was filled with small pieces of tender onions, topped with croutons and absolutely loaded with melted Mozzarella cheese. He ordered the Rib-eye which was a perfectly cooked medium-rare, nicely seasoned and with a beautiful sear. He added the Crab Imperial and it too was perfectly seasoned with generous amounts of crab mixed with just enough butter, Worcestershire Sauce, and a touch of lemon, sprinkled with paprika and then baked. For dessert, he finished off with New York Style Cheesecake topped with real blueberries, not just a purple glaze. He pronounced all of this to be delicious. My Greek Salad was very fresh and large enough to serve as an entre.
There were almost twenty of us eating together (three teams: ours from Kentucky, one from Ennis, Texas, and one from Smyrna, Georgia) and considering the size of the group, service was alright. They only assigned one waiter to our group and I felt rather sorry for the kid as he struggled to take orders, run food, get refills and sort out tickets. While busy, the restaurant was not swamped and it was a poor management decision not to add some support staff to our struggling guy. Another gripe is that we were charged for every single 8oz. glass of soft drink. I think $2.75 per 8oz. glass that is over half filled with ice is ridiculous! We also were charged a 20% gratuity due to the size of our group. My husband's final comment is that while the view was great, the $24.95 for his Rib-eye is a bit high as he could get one of equal quality for $17.00 at Outback.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Elizabeth G
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Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great meal”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

The food was excellent, the pigeons - not and the querky/funny waiter an acquired taste. The waiter was not bad, just had a different sense of humor ...:-) The pigeons were a bit annoying - flying over the food and/or tables. The furniture could do with some updating but the food was excellent - very flavorful and perfect proportions of food.

Visited July 2014
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Jacksonville, Florida
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88 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Wonderful Lunch!”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our birthday group was looking for a meal with a view, at reasonable price, and Benny's hit the mark.

As Benny's is downtown, there is a bit of a walk. But the lunch prices were quite reasonable, and the portions were satisfying. Not one of our group had a single complaint about the food. The only negative was the service was on the slow side, despite the sparse lunch crowd.

We'd all recommend Benny's. Just make sure to put enough change in the parking meter.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank HomeGoneHome
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Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

First of all we were the only people in the restaurant. It took 45 mins to get our food. The server wouldn't even reach to hand anyone drinks, she made us pass them around. We ordered drinks other than water and never received them. She spilled water on my father's bread plate and said oops and left it. The food was horrible and cold. The steak was over cooked TWICE. Horrible experience. I'd hate to see them on a busy night. Nothing spectacular here. Save your money and eat across the way at hooters. At least their food is good.

Thank mrsvito
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