7 Restaurants Near the River City Marketplace You Need to Try Out

The River City Marketplace features an abundance of restaurants and shops. After a busy day of shopping, you will want to take a rest and get something to eat. Whether you are in the mood for Tex-Mex cuisine or a classic Italian pizza joint, you are sure to find a restaurant that satisfies your cravings. The next time you’re at the River City Marketplace, don’t forget to try out these 7 nearby restaurants.

7 Restaurants Near the River City Marketplace

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1. Tijuana Flats

Vibrant and upbeat Tex-Mex restaurant in Jacksonville

Treat yourself to a burrito bowl for your first meal. Image courtesy of Yelp


13820 Old St., Southside

Since 1995, Tijuana Flats has served delicious Tex-Mex cuisine to the Southside area of Jacksonville. The second you step inside, you are greeted with an upbeat and energetic team ready to help you find the perfect meal to satisfy your cravings. 

Not sure where to start? The Loaded Guacamole and Chips are always a great appetizer to share with friends. For your entree, you have a wide selection of enticing meals to choose from. Everything from the Bangin Chicken® Burrito to the Tijuana Chicken Tinga Tacos is made to order using only the freshest ingredients. Still hungry? Share a plate of Churros and Cookie Dough Flautas to finish off your meal. 

“Delicious takeout today for taco Tuesday! We got the two taco special with chips and Sprite plus blackened chicken flautas. Lots of chips. Side of guacamole and sour cream and cheese sauce. The cheese sauce was delicious.” - Yelp Review

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2. Pollo Tropical

Popular Caribbean fast food restaurant serving a variety of savory dishes

Fresh chicken breasts perfect for a casual lunch. Image courtesy of Yelp.


4863 Gate Pkwy, Southside

Pollo Tropical has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1988. What was once just a recipe for citrus-marinated grilled chicken has turned into a popular destination for fresh and savory cuisine. 

At Pollo Tropical, you will find a number of fun, customizable platters and savory sandwiches. People who come with an empty stomach will enjoy the ½ Fire Grilled Chicken dish, which features ½ of a grilled chicken along with a side of rice. The Boneless Chicken Breasts are great for people looking for a filling, low-fat meal. 

Want to bring Pollo Tropical back to your kitchen? Under the Pollo Pantry you will find fresh, ready-to-cook chicken to enjoy at home. Cooked sides and signature sauces like the Pineapple Rum Sauce and Curry Mustard Sauce are also offered.

“My husband and I had a busy day of shopping and we decided to stop in for an afternoon lunch. I am so happy we did well because this place is amazing. The chicken is amazing. I was so surprised with how tender it was on the inside and the skin was nice and crispy.” - Yelp Review 

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3. Wasabi Sushi

Popular sushi restaurant known for its delicious and inventive dishes

Photo of Wasabi - Jacksonville, FL, United States. The Love Boat!!!!
Coming with a group? Order the Love Boat! Image courtesy of Yelp.


1650 San Pablo Rd., Greater Arlington

Looking for some fresh, authentic sushi and Japanese cuisine? Stop by Wasabi Sushi for your next meal out. Located in the Greater Arlington area, Wasabi Sushi serves delicious meals at affordable prices. 

Savory appetizers like the Yakitori and Gyoza are perfect for starting your meal off on the right foot. In terms of their sushi options, you can find appetizers such as Salmon Salad and Baby Octopus. Sushi nigiri and rolls are also served at this popular restaurant. 

“Their lunch specials are such a great deal. I always get 3 rolls and it comes with a side salad and soup. Very clean and quiet inside. Great place for a date. I personally love their volcano roll or midnight fantasy roll if I'm not getting the lunch special. Their hibachi is quite tasty as well! Been going here since I was a kid.” - Yelp Review 

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4. Newk’s Eatery

Casual eatery offering filling and savory plates

Share a pie of the Spicy Shrimp Pizza with a group. Image courtesy of Yelp


9047-1 Southside Blvd, Southside

There is no shortage of delicious meals at Newk’s Eatery. Sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, and more are served at this popular Southside restaurant. Want a filling and nutritious lunch? Try the Turkey and Avocado sub. For something more hearty and warm, we recommend the Five Cheese Mac & Cheese dish. Guests can also pair a sandwich and a cup of soup or a salad and soup using the Choose Two special. For dessert, you have enticing choices like the Strawberry Cake and Peanut Butter Crispy for finishing off your meal. 

“I love the presentation of the food. My pizza was hot and delicious and the ingredients were fresh. I made my order online and walked in. Checked out the cooler and jetted.

Easy, stress free...my kinda dining.” - Yelp Review

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5. Mellow Mushroom

Casual joint known for its innovative pizzas and artistic atmosphere

Photo of Mellow Mushroom - Jacksonville, FL, United States. Kosmic Karma
The Kosmic Karma is sure to delight your taste buds. Image courtesy of Yelp


9734 Deer Lake, Southside

Mellow Mushroom is the ultimate pizza destination for both seasoned connoisseurs and casual fans. But before you dig into the pizza, you need to sample some appetizers. Their Oven Roasted Wings can be served hot, mild, BBQ, or mild alongside a hearty portion of ranch or blue cheese dressing. The Chef Salad also makes a great warm-up for your pizza.

Speaking of pizza, you can either build your own custom slice or order a specialty pie. Meat lovers will enjoy the Mighty Meaty, which is topped with sausage, ground beef, ham, and applewood smoked bacon. The House Special, which is sprinkled with ham, applewood smoke bacon, and extra mozzarella, is also a solid choice. 

“I'm a big fan of Mellow Mushroom and all their locations are very consistent in quality and service. I love the Holy Shiitake Pizza. The crust is the right amount of chewy and a little sweet. It tastes like molasses is one of the ingredients, hence the sweetness.” - Yelp Review

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6. Fujiyama Japanese Hibachi & Sushi

Japanese sushi and hibachi grill that offers great daily specials 

Meet your new go-to sushi spot! Image courtesy of Yelp


8011 Merrill Rd., Greater Arlington

Fujiyama Japanese Hibachi & Sushi is another top destination near the River City Marketplace. Sizzling appetizers like the Chicken & Vegetable Tempura and the Gyoza are great for sharing. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, you will love the sushi and sashimi appetizers. Chicken, shrimp, steak, and chicken are also served alongside a bowl of soup or salad, fried rice, and mixed vegetables. Some of its most popular specialty rolls include the Spicy Girl with smoked salmon and avocado and the Special Volcano Roll that features krab and mushroom. 

“The hibachi lunch plate held a very generous proportion of vegetables, rice, and chicken, for around $6-7. Very tender vegetables and chicken. It also came with yum yum sauce. I would say that the food could use a tad bit more flavor, but that's nothing a little soy sauce can't fix!” - Yelp Review

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7. New Berlin Fish House and Oyster Bar

Popular seafood restaurant serving fresh seafood in an upbeat atmosphere

Treat yourself to a plate full of fried shrimp. Image courtesy of Yelp


604 New Berlin Rd., Northside

Fresh shrimp, gulf oysters, soft shell crabs, salmon, and more await you at the New Berlin Fish and Oyster Bar. For dinner, you can start your meal off with hearty dishes like the Shrimp & Grits and Whole Fried Local Snapper. A raw bar featuring Oysters Rockefeller Southern Style, Jalapeno Oysters, and Charbroiled “Fish House” Oysters. Brunch is also offered every Saturday and Sunday, and includes classics like Mimosas and Chicken Biscuits & Gravy. 

“We were so excited when we saw that Nathan Stewart was opening a new restaurant in our neck of the woods. We have been eagerly awaiting the opening and we were able to check it out tonight. I am happy to say it was worth the wait!!! My son had fried grouper and shrimp and they were cooked perfectly. I had the grouper and grits and it was amazing and my husband had the blackened trigger with grits and greens and he was very happy with his meal. We will definitely be back.” - Yelp Review

The River City Marketplace features a wide selection of restaurants suitable for any taste bud. Which ones are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


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