With recent development and new projects underway, activity in the “Marina District” along the San Sebastian River has spawned a new entertainment scene in Saint Augustine.
One of the highlights of the renaissance is the St. Augustine Fish Camp, a waterfront restaurant that opened with dinner service in August 2020, then expanded to lunch hours in December. .
The building’s physical space – airy, bright and clean – reflects its menu specializing in southern coastal cuisine with a modern twist. The decor is nautical, with an industrial warehouse vibe, and the walls feature artwork from local artists.
The 5,400-square-foot restaurant seats nearly 200 people (while complying with social distancing protocols), including a large patio area with picnic tables, and almost all seating has views of the boats commercial fishing in and out of the adjoining wharf (boaters can also drop anchor and arrive by water for dinner).
The restaurant has the capacity to host meetings, banquets and even small weddings. It also has a seafood cold box for those who wish to prepare their fish at home.
The hospitality of the southern table
The St. Augustine Fish Camp is the seventh venture in the Southern Table Hospitality restaurant group created by chef-owner Ben Groshell and his wife, Liza, with Marker 32 in Jacksonville Beach.
There, the Groshells refined their vision for their fishing camp concept: fresh seafood in an upscale but not stuffy atmosphere with stunning views of the water. The Palm Valley Fish Camp was launched in 2009 and has since added two more locations – one in North Beach and one in Julington Creek (Southern Table Hospitality’s portfolio also includes Valley Smoke BBQ and Safe Harbor Seafood Jacksonville).
Eric Williams, director of operations for Southern Table Hospitality, said the fishing lodges have stood out as a brand in Northeast Florida.
“I think all the fishing lodges are designed to be consistent in the market; you really know what you’re getting,” Williams said.
Coastal cuisine and seasonal cocktails
Under the direction of Executive Chef Sean Crowell, St. Augustine Restaurant has distinguished itself with several dishes that have become menu favorites, including their Fish Camp Shrimp & Grits, served in a white wine butter sauce; a spicy seafood linguine with garlic, tomato and parsley; and blackened mahi with a tasso ham sauce.
Williams said the bar gets creative with some of the cocktails it offers, including a “drink of the day” and mixes inspired by the season.
The St. Augustine Fish Camp is just south of the St. Augustine Ice Factory and Distillery on Riberia Street and the San Sebastian Winery on the corner of King Street, which have a proven track record of offering ice cream. food, drink and nightlife in the Region.
Culinary Outfitters, across the water near the St. Augustine shipyards, added to the scene when it opened last year, and another concept could be on the horizon with plans. for the inner port of San Sebastian, a mixed-use development, being developed the city review process.
Saint-Augustin fishing camp
Hours: 11 am to 10 pm Tuesday to Sunday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Monday
142 rue Riberia, Saint-Augustin