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Perfect Patios

March 26th, 2024

Village Area


it seems to reason that if the name itself is Porch then it must be perfect to relax and unwind. And we agree. This family friendly in and out restaurant located steps from the Pier Village has both indoor and outdoor seating and serves some of the best fried chicken on the island. With a family friendly environment fit with activities for kids and cocktails for adults this is a quick stop for a tasty lunch.

Staff Favorite: Frosé

Three Little Birds & The Nest

Three Little Birds is the perfect spot to dine in for breakfast or fly out with grab and go! For Night Owls, The Nest is a cozy neighborhood hangout with small plates and a nice wine selection. Their menu features a variety of tapas as well as a build your own grazing platter. Looking for non-alcoholic options? They offer spirit-free versions of their cocktails as well as non-alcoholic wine and beer!

Staff Favorite: Patatas Bravas

The Half Shell

If you’re looking for a crazy good seafood joint with a laid back island vibe, look no further. Located in the heart of the village they offer healthy, fresh food made from local ingredients. They are a family friendly restaurant with contemporary coastal American cuisine. With locally made live edge dining tables and charming coastal décor, the patio is the perfect place to unwind after a day on the beach!

Staff Favorite: Blue Crab Cakes

Mullet Bay

Looking to enjoy some live music? Come sit and stay awhile under the string lights on the spacious deck at Mullet Bay! Located on the Ocean Blvd right by the village they serve casual seafood dishes & drinks in a low-key setting.

Staff Favorite: Fried Green Tomatoes

South End

Barrier Island Brewing

Barrier Island Brewing on St. Simons Island offers a unique experience that celebrates craftsmanship and promotes local food, beverages, and artisans. They brew all their beer on site and their large outdoor patio is covered and open year round! They also offer island themed craft cocktails!

Staff Favorite: Bacon Wrapped Dates


Fiddlers offers fresh, local seafood, delicious cocktails, and a great time! With a large outdoor patio overlooking the marsh and garage style doors to the main dining area that they open during good weather, you’ll have a great view no matter where you sit!

Staff Favorite: Key Lime Pie

Beachcomber BBQ

Beachcomber BBQ is the great beach BBQ and Bar hangout you have been looking for. Located a block from beautiful St Simon’s East Beach, Beachcomber is cooking up slow smoked BBQ served with a relaxed beach vibe!

Staff Favorite: Sliced Brisket Plate


Southern Soul BBQ

You may have seen it on Guy Fieri’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives or read about it in Southern Living, but no Saint Simons Island vacation is complete without stopping by Southern Soul for some world famous BBQ! Each rib gets coated in brown sugar and tupelo honey. The result is super tender ribs and pulled pork with a unique woody smokiness.

Staff Favorite: Southern Soul Sampler

Golden Isles Olive Oil

Golden Isles Olive Oil at the Market Place is a favorite bistro style restaurant and full bar offering indoor and patio dining. They offer the largest selection of wines by the glass unmatched anywhere in the Golden Isles. They take pet friendly a step further with a special dog menu!

Staff Favorite: Create your Own Board

Wolf Island Oyster Co.

Wolf Island Oyster Co. is a one-of-a-kind culinary establishment with a menu inspired by the idea of simple and honest cooking. They have a cozy patio overlooking the marsh with large garage style doors that open between the patio and main dining area/bar to let in the coastal breezes! Like You’ll see strong Southern Coastal and Low Country flavors mixed with a few South of the Border influences too!

Staff Favorite: Southern Crab Dip 

Dorothy’s Cocktail & Oyster Bar

Dorothy’s Cocktail & Oyster Bar, named for chef and owner Daniel Auffenberg’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Crane, is an upscale restaurant on St. Simon’s Island. Dorothy’s serves raw fresh seafood and another coastal cuisine alongside many dishes inspired by Daniel and his wife, Claire’s, travels to Southeast Asia. Dorothy’s has a large focus on craft cocktails, both original and classics. They’ll make custom mocktails based on your taste preferences!

Staff Favorite: Kushiyaki (skewered and grilled meats) + Oyster Bar


located off Sea Island Road these two restaurants are a favorite of locals and visitors because of the fine dining atmosphere, palette pleasing options and friendly faces. Tramici is known for authentic italian flavors, while Halyards is know for seafood and steak; but no matter which you choose you will sure to leave satisfied. And in between the two restaurants is a beautiful outdoor oasis perfect for outdoor cocktails or al fresco dining.

Staff Favorite: Antipasto platter

La Plancha 

If you ask a local where to find the best margarita on Saint Simons Island, chances are they’ll say La Plancha. This serves homemade Mexican dishes, specialty margaritas, and other Latin American favorites! Looking for vegetarian options? Their agave glazed sweet potato tacos are a local favorite!

Staff Favorite: Elotes

Coastal Kitchen

Coastal Kitchen is Saint Simons only “dock to table” seafood restaurant providing the freshest seafood around. Great atmosphere and waterfront dining. With an extensive wine list, wonderful seafood options, and marina views, it’s the perfect way to end a perfect day.

Staff Favorite: Scallops

Jekyll Island

The Warf

For a meal with a beautiful waterside view, head over to the Wharf! This restaurant offers Southern favorites with a charming coastal atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to relax and listen to live music as you watch the sunset over the river!

Staff Favorite: Low Country Boil

Zachry’s Riverhouse

Zachry’s has a great laid-back atmosphere. They serve seafood, American fare, and handcrafted cocktails that pair nicely with the scenic views of the Marina. Their patio is pet friendly, and they also have additional outdoor seating under the trees!

Staff Favorite: Fried Shrimp

Tortuga Jacks

They serve fresh Mexican dishes with a Baja Mexican dining experience. This restaurant is one of the only restaurants in Jekyll Island that offers oceanfront, tiki dining! Plus, they serve margaritas and bottomless mimosas. When on Jekyll Island, you are on Island time, so make use of their full Tiki bar service!

Staff Favorite: Sweet Plantains

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