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Places to Eat – Hidden Gems in St. Simons, Jekyll, and Brunswick

March 26th, 2024

With so many great food choices available, these culinary hideaways carry a certain charm that captures the essence of an unspoiled secret. From savoring the catch of the day to indulging in comfort classics, these eateries invite you to experience the true essence of the Golden Isles.

Have you had the pleasure of exploring these hidden treasures yet?

Saint Simons Island

Palmer’s Village Café

Peek behind that weathered door just a couple of blocks from the Village shoreline, and you’ll stumble upon your new favorite brunch spot. They serve homestyle breakfast and lunch with a unique southern coastal flare. Five-star/five-diamond chef John Belechak and his team prepare everything fresh, in-house daily from ingredients sourced locally, regionally, and in-season whenever possible.

Sea Salt Healthy Kitchen

Don’t be fooled by its unassuming storefront, once you step inside, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this charming lunch spot. This place is all about promoting a healthy lifestyle, serving up dishes like protein bowls, salads, wraps, and oh-so-delicious smoothie bowls. What makes them extra special is their commitment to using top-notch ingredients, sourcing locally whenever possible to ensure sustainability and organic goodness. Vegans and vegetarians will be over the moon with their extensive selection. It’s the kind of spot that combines wholesome dining with a welcoming atmosphere, proving that healthy can also be downright scrumptious.


This mid-island hidden gem is perfect for food lovers. Their menu changes daily but always features exquisite flavors and warm hospitality! Led by talented Chefs David & Ryanne Carrier, this cozy dining spot invites you to experience an authentic culinary journey inspired by the timeless tastes of classic French and Italian cuisines.

*Reservations Required due to limited seating

Beachcomber BBQ

Step right into Beachcomber BBQ, a laid-back beach BBQ and Bar hangout just a short walk from St. Simon’s East Beach, Beachcomber is the perfect spot to savor mouthwatering slow-smoked BBQ with a relaxed coastal vibe. From pulled pork to brisket, ribs, turkey, and burgers, their menu has got you covered, Very family friendly and pet friendly!

Jekyll Island

Driftwood Bistro

Looking for an authentic and relaxed dining experience that perfectly captures the essence of the low country? Look no further than Driftwood Bistro. This hidden gem is nestled in The Villas by the Sea Resort and Conference Center, just minutes from the stunning Driftwood Beach.

Zachry’s Riverhouse

Located by the Jekyll Marina, Zachry’s offers a relaxed laid-back atmosphere to go along with their tasty seafood, American classics, and handcrafted cocktails. Plus, you can take in the view of the marina while you eat. It’s the perfect place to kick back and savor a delicious meal after a day on the water! Zachry’s has a pet-friendly patio, so feel free to bring your four-legged pals along!


Reid’s Apothecary & The Study

Reid’s Apothecary & The Study

Reid’s Apothecary is a fine casual dining establishment, located in downtown Brunswick. Serving thoughtful plates, and handcrafted cocktails. They’re all about giving you a daily dose of fresh, local remedies to nourish your mind, body and soul.

Hidden within the walls of Reid’s Apothecary is The Study, a speakeasy. Call 912-289-2659 between 1pm and 4pm for the daily password!

Indigo Coastal Shanty

Indigo Coastal Shanty is all about good vibes, friendly faces, and fantastic flavors. Tucked away behind the main roads of downtown Brunswick, this hidden gem is worth discovering. Enjoy a diverse menu featuring comforting comfort food and creative coastal fusion dishes. The outdoor patio is under a large live oak tree and provides a fun atmosphere with its colorful and eccentric charm.

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