Celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert returns home to the Jacksonville area with Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, a neighborhood-driven local seafood 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.
Sitting along the shore at Fort Clinch, and sharing the bonds that inevitably come from waiting for a bite on the line, Kenny 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 locally to your table at Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, all with the flare and finesse that only Chef Gilbert can execute.
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 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.
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!