For tourists and residents alike, Saint Simons Island offers ample dining opportunities. The island has nearly every cuisine type imaginable. Even if you’re not staying right on St. Simons, it’s a short drive from its neighboring island called Jekyll and Brunswick. St. Simons Island restaurants are scattered throughout, but some areas have an abundance to stroll along and examine the menus. What are the best Saint Simons restaurants?

An area that you must see is the village of Saint Simons. Mallery Street is front and center to some of the best dining and entertainment. Venture down to the pier to spot dolphin or climb the lighthouse for spectacular coastal views. 

What are the best restaurants around Mallery Street?

Mullet Bay

Located just off of Mallery Street at 512 Ocean Boulevard, Mullet Bay was constructed to the style of the south. Its large wrap-around porch is like that of the historic homes on the island. The open-air deck is perfect for dining even in the hot summer months as it provides excellent shade. 

The interior has ample natural lighting because of the glass ceiling central to the building. The bar has plenty of seating to enjoy a meal and your favorite cocktail. They open daily at 11 in the morning. 

Stop in for lunch, happy hour, or dinner. For the seafood lover Mullet Bay has you covered.

Barbara Jeans

Smack dab in the center of Mallery Street is Barbara Jeans. To truly experience the taste of the south, Barbara Jeans is the place to be. 

This joint is highly rated and has a long reputation since it was opened all the way back in 1988.  They offer both local fresh catch and home-style cooking. Barbara Jeans opens every day at eleven in the morning. 

Because of the wide variety of food, you’ll likely find yourself back in the restaurant to sample more of its offerings. While you’re here, try out the crab cakes they are famous for. 

The Crab Trap

Located just outside of the village is a historic dining establishment that is a favorite of both visitors and residents. The restaurant is owned by the original family, who opened it back in 1975. 

The Crab Trap is considered one of the most fun dining experiences on the island. Open daily at 5 PM come in for some of the freshest shrimp and oysters around. It’s fun because after you indulge in those shrimp and oysters, simply drop the shells in the bucket built right into the center of the table.

Stop in at 1209 Ocean Boulevard for a fun-filled night socializing with family and friends. 

Gnats Landing

Just a short drive away from Mallery Street in Redfern Village is Gnats Landing. This restaurant has an appearance of being an old rustic shack. Don’t let it fool you; the food and drinks are phenomenal.  

Gnats Landing has called Redfern Village home for over 15 years. Come enjoy live music in the covered open-air patio. For the beer connoisseur, the restaurant has 11 rotating taps to enjoy some local favorites. 

Open every day at 11:30; come in for lunch or dinner. For the late nighter, most nights, you can hang around until well after midnight. It’s located at 310 Redfern Village. 

We feel that one restaurant tops them all. Mullet Bay serves up delicious food in an unmatched setting. The prices are fair, and portions are generous. On top of it all, the atmosphere is a perfect blend of the southern charm and the tropics. You’ll likely find yourself ordering up a fruity drink to pair with the local catch.

No matter what Saint Simons Island restaurant you decide on, they all take pride in the meals they serve. St. Simons Island is a community that supports all of the businesses, and because of this, restaurant owners strive to offer up delicious meals at affordable prices. Enjoy dining on Saint Simons Island.