Launched as a small wine-focused bistro 35 years ago, the Wine Cellar has evolved into a charming independent restaurant. The brick-fronted building is cheek-by-jowl with a commercial strip, but inside, it’s intimate and cozy. If the weather is cooperative, ask for a table in the garden; you’ll be eating surrounded by stone, plants and wood. There are few surprises on the menu—salmon, grouper, tuna and steaks—but we’d never had lobster that had been breaded and fried before. There’s a nice range of French reds available by the bottle, unusual for Jacksonville, and this attracts a sophisticated crowd. Save room for dessert and order the Key Lime Pie; every restaurant in the state serves it but few do it as well as The Wine Cellar.
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