Restaurant Review: River & Post

// Photos by Agnes Lopez

Though it only recently debuted on the Jacksonville dining scene, having opened in November 2017, Riverside eatery River & Post is already a popular dining option in the Urban Core. Weekend dinner reservations can be hard to come by but the restaurant is also open for lunch, serving a selection of seafoodheavy salads, entrées and hand-helds.

Despite a recent transition in the kitchen (the restaurant is currently revamping its menu and kitchen staff), selections remain focused on standard surf and turf fare. The Florida lobster Louie salad—a go-to lunch option—features egg, asparagus, smoked paprika dressing and large chunks of lobster meat. Most of the other appetizer dishes lean to the surf side—think raw shellfish platters, blue crab beignets and St. Germain-steamed mussels— though there are cola-braised pork belly sliders for those not in the mood for seafood.

The entrées are similarly divided into selections from the “Field” (hanger steak au poivre, double-cut pork chop, fried chicken) or the “Sea” (seared scallops, cast-iron salmon, linguine and clams). And though the dim lighting and swanky space are a far cry from a fish camp, your best bet just might be the fried seafood platter, which comes with a choice of oysters, shrimp, scallops, fresh catch or clams—all of which are served with fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies.

The rooftop lounge—from which patrons have a stellar view of the river—offers plenty of seating and a cocktail list, as well as a full bar. Arguably the biggest criticism of River & Post has been that, while the restaurant’s lounge occupies a river-facing space on the ninth floor, diners couldn’t always enjoy the view while they ate. Due to the lack of a dumbwaiter, the challenge has been getting food from the kitchen (on the first floor) to the rooftop. Fortunately, staff aims to change that. Currently, those on the ninth floor nosh on roasted nuts and olives as bar bites, but the kitchen is working to expand those options. There is al fresco dining available on the first floor, but for those craving water views, the best bet is to eat downstairs before enjoying a nightcap on the rooftop.

Park It Parking is no easy feat in Five Points, particularly on the weekends, so opt for valet.

Privacy Please In addition to 233 seats in the downstairs dining room, the restaurant includes private dining and event space.

Turning Tables River & Post accepts reservations on the OpenTable app.

River & Post • 1000 Riverside Ave., Five Points • • 904.575.2366