Azurea–located inside the the beautiful One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach–is our favorite fine dining restaurant in Jacksonville. So, we are happy to announce that Azurea will be hosting an Easter Brunch this year that should top your list of options if you plan to visit a restaurant on Easter morning. The brunch will take place on Easter Sunday, April 5th, with breakfast served until 11am and the brunch menu served from 11am-2pm. Call 904-249-7402 for reservations or go to Azurea’s website to book through Open Table. The menu is served a la carte and prices for “Beginnings” range from $8-16 and entrees range from $24-$36 with a kids menu available upon request. Here are some highlights from Azurea’s breakfast menu:
One Ocean Favorites:
- Grilled All Natural Raised Beef Tenderloin with Farm Fresh Poached Eggs (served with buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, and onion straws)
- Mayport Sunrise (shrimp, fried egg, chorizo, grilled tortilla, guacamole and tomato salsa)
- The Atlantic (two farm fresh eggs, cast iron seared home fries and choice of hame, apple smoked bacon, sausage, chicken sausage, white, whole wheat, or multigrain toast with butter, preserves, and honey)
- Benedict Bar (gently poached eggs, riddled English Muffin, cast iron seared home fries, and Hollandaise Sauce)
Of course, Azurea also shines for lunch and dinner. In our view, Azurea holds its own and often surpasses the top restaurants in Florida. For instance, we believe Azurea is on-par with the two AAA Five Diamond restaurants in Florida, which we have tried: Victoria and Alberts at Disney’s Grand Floridian and Salt at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island (Salt recently earned back Five Diamond status). We haven’t visited Palme d’Or at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, which recently achieved AAA Five Diamond status in 2014, but we are confident Azurea can hang.
In other words, it’s no wonder that Azurea achieved the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2010 and has maintained it through 2015. Other AAA Four Diamond restaurants in Florida include the following (our goal is to visit all of them and, as you can see, we have been to several):
- J&G Grill (Bal Harbour): This restaurant has room for improvement and we would not recommend it based on our first experience. Read more about our meal at J&G Grill at this link.
- Arturo’s Ristorante (Boca Raton)
- Kathy’s Gazebo Cafe (Boca Raton)
- Caretta on the Gulf (Clearwater Beach)
- Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood (Destin)
- Rainbow Palace (Fort Lauderdale)
- Via Luna (Fort Lauderdale)
- Diplomat Prime (Hollywood)
- Atlantic’s Edge (Islamorada)
- Matthew’s Restaurant (Jacksonville): One of Jacksonville’s classic fine dining restaurants!
- Cioppino (Key Biscayne)
- Latitudes (Key West)
- Bull & Bear Restaurant (Lake Buena Vista): Here’s our review of this fantastic steakhouse.
- Capa (Lake Buena Vista): Highly recommended, full-length review publishing soon!
- The Venetian Room (Lake Buena Vista): Venetian Room has appeared in our article highlighting the best restaurants in Orlando and the best restaurants we’ve ever visited!
- Todd English’s bluezoo (Lake Buena Vista): Go here for a Culinary Competition article between Bistro Aix and Todd English’s bluezoo.
For full-length lists of AAA rated restaurants, follow this link.
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