Our 5 Favorite Restaurants in St. Simons Island

Our 5 Favorite Restaurants in St. Simons Island

Are you traveling to St. Simons Island this year? Here are our favorite spots to eat, a day trip from the island, and some spots we are excited to try next time we go back!

Also on your trip to SSI, be sure to check out the St. Simons Island Lighthouse. I’ve heard its haunted.

The Half Shell SSI

Looking for the best place to hang out, eat some oysters, and then head to The Village? The Half Shell is going to be your new fave spot! Start out with a half dozen of the raw and a half dozen of the broiled for a fun day. We also love to get the Blue Crab Cake BLT.


Breakfast is always a must when you are on vacation! Sandcastle features a classic diner style menu with some truly delicious staples like french toast and eggs benedict. Be sure to get there early so you don’t have to wait in crazy long lines. Pre-Covid they had the best all-you-can-eat breakfast we’ve ever had.

The Crab Trap

When you visit St. Simons Island, good seafood is an absolute MUST. The Crab Trap is that down home style seafood restaurant that makes you feel like family. Shrimp the the staple of St. Simons Island so we always get the Shrimp Plate with half blackened shrimp and half fried shrimp. Another SSI hot spot so be sure you go early or be willing to wait.

Georgia Sea Grill

Georgia Sea Grill is a high end, fine dining seafood restaurant perfect for a date night out or a birthday celebration. We celebrated our 5th anniversary with Georgia Sea Grill and they did not disappoint. From the catch of the day to the everyday features, everything on the menu sounds delicious. Featured in the photo is the Cajun Spiced Salmon. Don’t forget to make a reservation to make sure you get a great seat.

Palm Coast

Brunch, brunch, brunch please! Palm Coast is located in The Village and is a brunch hot spot and coffee shop. From mimosas to almond milk lattes, their drinks came to satisfy! We make a point to come here every time we visit because of the vibes and delicious food. The outdoor seating serves a garden like vibe with trees and twinkle lights perfect for starting out your day.

If you’re looking to venture out from the island…

Head to Brunswick for Silver Bluff Brewing and Reid’s Apothecary

Want to check out the mainland form SSI and don’t know where to go? Check out Historic Downtown Brunswick! Reid’s Apothecary features classic southern fare combined with the theming of an old school apothecary during Prohibition-era. Just a short walk away is Silver Bluff Brewing which is the most fun spot to sit, grab a drink, and play games with friends.

Head to Jekyll Island for tacos by the water at Tortuga Jacks walking around the iconic Driftwood Beach

Want to check out a different island while you’re in the area? Take the causeway over to Jekyll Island. We love to go to the Jekyll Village for some shopping, ice cream and hanging out. Almost every time we visit, we make a point to head over to Tortuga Jack’s for some great Mexican food and beach side views. After you eat, you can drive the island to Driftwood Beach, which has been seen in “The Walking Dead”, “The In-Between” and “X-Men: First Class”.

Spots we haven’t tried yet but hope to next time we visit

Barrier Island Brewing

Halyard’s Restaurant

Dorothy’s Cocktail & Oyster Bar

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