About Us

Celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert returns home to the Jacksonville area with Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, a neighborhood-driven Deep Southern American restaurant. Located on the North side of the Intercoastal Waterway Bridge, UK offers residents of the Fernandina Beach area the ideal spot to grab a seasonal, comforting and delicious meal.

With over 20 years of professional culinary experience, Kenny rose to fame in 2010 as one of the fan favorites on season seven of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Since then, he has cooked for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Stedman Graham, Samuel L. Jackson and A.J. Calloway, just to name a few.  Kenny began his culinary career in Jacksonville with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and is excited to return - UK is Kenny’s first solo venture with his wife/partner Anna. “I’m excited to be back in the Jacksonville area – besides spending a considerable amount of time working here throughout my career, I am also not far from my family’s roots in St. Augustine which feels good,” said Kenny.
UK features a daily seasonal menu based on the best local produce availability, as well as a monthly special celebrating a particular region or cuisine from around the world, showcasing Kenny’s diverse international cooking style. Upcoming special themes include: Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, India, Caribbean and Latin Cuisines.  In addition to the international specials, UK also serves as a culinary think tank for traveling, young and visiting chefs from around the country to demonstrate their talent. Unique guest chef dinner events will be announced on a monthly basis on Mondays, and will be ticketed for an all-inclusive price. 

The interior of UK evokes old-fashioned meets modern southern. Throughout the space, antique elements and touches are on display, including enameled cooking pots, milk jugs, old railroad signs, reclaimed wood window pains, burlap curtains and more. The restaurant has three main sections: GUK Sangria Bar, Muscadine Hall and Datil Pepper Park. The GUK Sangria Bar offers guests a place to relax over a glass of wine and some small bites in the comfort of a love seat or decorative chairs, while Muscadine Hall offers the more traditional table and chair setup. Datil Pepper Park Patio will be open year-round, with a fire pit and heaters in the winter, and will also house a pepper and herb garden which the restaurant will source from.




510 South 8th Street (at Elm Street), Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

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open mon,
weds - sat

11:00AM - 2:00PM

4:00pM - 9:00PM

SUN + Tues*

*With exceptions to Holidays

We are OPEN on Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day!