Celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert returns home to the Jacksonville area with Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. GUK is a neighborhood-driven local seafood restaurant with BBQ favorites that are both as craveable as they are delicious. Located on the North side of the Intercoastal Waterway Bridge, GUK 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, Chef Kenny Gilbert 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, Ava Duverney and Jeff Bezos, just to name a few. Chef Kenny Gilbert began his culinary career in Jacksonville with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and is excited to return - GUK is Chef Kenny Gilbert’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 Chef Kenny Gilbert.
Sitting along the shore at Fort Clinch, and sharing the bonds that inevitably come from waiting for a bite on the line, Chef Kenny Gilbert was reminded of catching and cleaning Whiting, Sea Bass, Amber Jack, Red’s and other bounties from the sea. As he sat and cleaned fish with his son and his Uncle, it dawned on him that the area was in need of bringing these fresh catches and memories to the table. These bounties of the sea are brought to your table alongside exceptionally smoked meats and Southern sides, all with the flare and finesse that only Chef Kenny Gilbert can execute. Coupled with the smoked BBQ favorites that gave GUK its popularity, Chef Kenny Gilbert delights the masses with his creations and appeals to every palate.
The interior of GUK 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 panes 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.
EFFECTIVE FALL 2019
Express to go Bbq:
11:00AM - 3:00PM
11:00AM - 9:00PM
*With exceptions to Holidays
We are OPEN on Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day!