Palatka Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Palatka

April 15, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Palatka (pronounced puh-lat-kuh) is a city in Putnam County, Florida, United States. The population was 10,558 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Putnam County. Palatka is the principal city of the Palatka Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to 72,893 residents. The city is also home to St. Johns River State College, St. Johns River Water Management District Headquarters, and Ravine Gardens State Park. The area is well known for its local festivals, most notably the Florida Azalea Festival and the Blue Crab Festival.
Things to do in Palatka

1. Musselwhite's Seafood & Grill

125 S US Highway 17, East Palatka, FL 32131-4085 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 386-326-9111
Excellent
40%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 147 reviews

Musselwhite's Seafood & Grill

Reviewed By Kerry L - Interlachen, Florida

We've been dining here for many years. They have excellent food at great prices. One of my favorites is the 12 piece fried shrimp dinner with 2 sides for $7.50 served between 3-6 everyday. They also have a delicious chef salad if you want something...MoreWe are so grateful for our loyal locals! Thank you so much for returning time and time again!

2. Dairy Queen

822 Saint Johns Ave, Palatka, FL 32177-4648 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food +1 386-325-2677
Excellent
48%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Reviewed By Jeff M - Palatka, United States

This is an old style DQ with no inside dining, it's walk up only. Another nice stop for walkers or bicycle riders around town. The service has always been friendly and fast. The north wall of the parking lot is also home one of our murals so you'll have time to view it while enjoying a frosty treat.

3. Corky Bell's Seafood

185 N Highway 17, Gator Landing, Palatka, FL 32177-2873 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 386-325-1094
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 681 reviews

Corky Bell's Seafood

Reviewed By Pitzapie - Milton, FL

Friends on sailboats stopped for lunch, raw oysters were great but the waitress was so busy she forgot the crackers and we had to tackle her just about to get her attention. She mistakenly filled our unsweetened tea with sweetened and it was the same situation, hard to get her attention and then she was in such a hurry it was hard for her to understand what we wanted. We had dinner salads with Mahi that were delicious, the place appears nice and clean and the view is great.

4. The Magnolia Cafe

705 Saint Johns Ave, Palatka, FL 32177-4645 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 5 - SGD 16 +1 386-530-2740
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

The Magnolia Cafe

A little slice of Saint Augustine in Downtown Palatka!

Reviewed By zamguy2013 - Orange Park

We were looking for antiques and sporting goods and found the Magnolia Cafe. What a great find. My wife and I weren't really starved, but we ordered toast, sides of potatoes, one cookie, and one muffin. Everything was VERY good, presented well, and tasted great. I would go back there just to eat some more of those grilled red potatoes! I highly recommend this place to anyone.

5. Antonio's New York Style Pizza

164 S US Highway 17, East Palatka, FL 32131-4024 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
75%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Reviewed By PapaTheGreatest - East Palatka, Florida

My friend introduced us to this Pizza. It is by far his favorite and we recommend that you try it as well. The owner is super nice and you can't get a better quality Pizza in the Palatka area. The seating area is small so we normally do take out and enjoy at home.

6. Hawg Wash BBQ Joint

114 S 3rd St, Palatka, FL 32177-4709 Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 386-524-4036
Excellent
81%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Hawg Wash BBQ Joint

Reviewed By Mooseman_9 - Florahome, FL

All I had was the lunch special, but it was SPECIAL! Hawg Wash is my new favorite barbecue if other dishes are half as good as the pulled pork, slaw and beans. Even the tea was outstanding (not something you can count on in most places). Food was FAR superior to the nearby franchise BBQ restaurants. I will definitely be dropping by here on a regular basis. Service was fast and friendly, prices very reasonable, atmosphere okay, portions large. They have beer, but unfortunately nothing fancy, no locals or real crafts. Maybe when the word gets out about this place, they can add the more expensive brews.

7. Niko's Pizza

Highway 19 S & Highway 20, Palatka, FL 32177 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Greek, Delicatessen Lunch, Dinner +1 386-328-8559
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Niko's Pizza

Reviewed By Emil M - Salt Springs, Florida

Stopped by a second time to see if the food and service was a good as last time. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Place was busy and the staff stayed on top of everything. Will be back again and again.

8. Angel's Diner

209 Reid St, Palatka, FL 32177-3729 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available Grill, American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 386-325-3927
Excellent
49%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
8%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 258 reviews

Angel's Diner

Reviewed By Tommy H - Jacksonville, Florida

Nostalgia abounds! Really cool atmosphere in old dining car. Takes you back to the ‘50’s! BEST HANDMADE ONION RINGS ON THE PLANET! The cheeseburger was incredible. My wife loved it too. Great homemade soup. Great shakes. Our server was adorable, very attentive with a killer smile. I want her to marry one of my sons!!

9. Bradley's Steak & Seafood

909 N State Road 19, Palatka, FL 32177-2458 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 386-326-4334
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 95 reviews

Bradley's Steak & Seafood

Reviewed By Ian T - London, United Kingdom

If you are looking for a fancy restaurant then this isn't the place. Operating out of what looks like a converted trailer with recycled furniture the initial impression is that it isn't going to be good. Well, you'll be surprised... the service was great and the food inexpensive and tasty. Between us we had the NY strip, chicken and scallops with fried okra and fries. Yes, they could have more choices in steak other than NY strip and prime rib but better to have two and get it right then ten and not. For $52 for dinner, beer and one dessert for three, it's hard to beat.

10. Italian Latin Grill

Reid St, Palatka, FL Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +1 386-328-9600
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 48 reviews

Italian Latin Grill

Reviewed By kayakbabe44 - St Augustine FL

The tortilla chips for dipping were being freshly made as we waited. I had the tilapia ranchera with beans and rice--excellent! Unexpectedly tasty food in a small town. Tres leches desert also very good. My fellow diners also loved the food and were raving about it.

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