Though known as this coast's most upscale beach, Ponte Vedra has some great family options – even at TPC Sawgrass. By the end of your first day, you'll have a new favorite. However, if picky eaters in your group prefer to eat what they know – all the trusted chains can be found as well. So, are you celebrating or just plain hungry?
PALM VALLEY FISH CAMP
Fish is the order of the day, with take-out options available if you'd rather take a picnic (advised if you don't make advanced reservations). A popular spot in a tight space - plan to enjoy a busy and bustling environment. Valet parking and a nice Intracoastal location to wait outside for your table. Save room for: sweet and salty chocolate torte.
A personal favorite of Vacation Rental Pros! An upscale room for a special occasion – anniversaries, birthdays and any romantic occasion. However, if you want a taste of something special on any old Tuesday, try a lounge seat or a bar stool, ordering a selection of appetizers. Expect service in keeping with a refined menu, you'll want to iron to your beach clothes before dining here. Save room for: vanilla bean crème brûlée.
An institution, with a menu for every taste, and daily specials to keep you coming back. Aqua Grill has frequently made Jacksonville Magazine's list of "Top 25 Restaurants" – an accolade shared by the voting public on sites such as TripAdvisor and UrbanSpoon. Best of all? Every dish promises to be free of artificial ingredients! Why not try: Parmesan Truffle Fries.
Sneak fresh and healthy into your vacation, with some sake on the side. Presentation will stop you mid-sentence - try the lava roll or crazy dynamite roll and you'll see (bring a camera). Save room for: mango sticky rice.
Arrive early and feel mighty smug in the knowledge that dozens wish they had your table. An Intracoastal location perfect for outdoor feasting on home-style southern cooking. Work up an appetite on the beach, then try Barbara Jeans's chicken-fried steak. Bread is baked fresh daily, and the sand parking lot lets you know that a casual brunch, lunch or dinner awaits. Save room for: Chocolate "Stuff".
Ruth Chris's Steakhouse
A quality experience with a formula you know and trust. Readers of Florida Monthly voted this location their Best Steakhouse. Happy hour menu also available. Save room for: Caramelized Banana Cream Pie.
Fresh, seasonal pizza toppings baked in the stone-hearth oven. Enjoy wine specials on Wednesdays. Don't miss: live music most nights.
DINING AT TPC SAWGRASS
Two restaurants at TPC Sawgrass welcome members of the public. Nineteen offers a daily happy hour, as well as Sunday brunches and suppers, plus casual breakfast, lunch and dinner. A large verandah overlooks both the 9th and 18th holes. For a fancy lunch, try Traditions. What to try while you wait: sawgrass splash cocktail.
CABANA CLUB AT SAWGRASS MARRIOTT ('619 OCEAN VIEW')
Hard to go wrong with an ocean-front burger and beer – and the Cabana Club gets it right every time. Easy parking makes this a great stop any afternoon. Why not try: the daily kettle creation.
While the food won't change your life, Pusser's offers $5 lunches on weekdays in a lively, Caribbean environment. Very near the Marriott at Sawgrass, it's a great meet-up spot for cocktails after a day of golf or spa treatments. Ideal with a group for happy hour outside. Why not try: Pusser's Painkiller rum cocktail.