About Our Menu
The Palms Fish Camp has been located on the banks of Clapboard creek since 1950. Our philosophy has never changed. We believe Northeast Florida has some of the highest quality and largest variety of seafood in the world. Fresh local seafood has always been the Palm's focus. We believe if you start with quality you end up with quality. Just as growing seasons for fruit and vegetables change during the year so does the availability of seafood and that is why our menu changes. That's why when we run out of a particular fish or shellfish, we are out. There are no frozen foreign boxed fish in the back. We believe most customers understand but for those who don't, we know they have a multitude of other dining options available who serve the foreign stuff, such as "popcorn" shrimp, Sway and Tilapia, their options are almost endless. We don't serve shrimp from a flooded rice paddy and shipped in a plastic bag, or fish that is pond raised and fed antibiotics in order to make the processed fish sellable. If that were the case, we'd have the same items printed on our menu day in and day out. What we do is buy straight from the local boats and we operate our own commercial boats, the "Palms Princess" a 46 ' McCoy and "Money Shot" a 37' Freeman. You may have noticed the shrimp boats docked on Heckscher Dr. near Blount Island. That's our one and only source for fresh local caught "Mayport" shrimp. We appreciate our commercial fishermen who work one of the toughest jobs on the planet. They make our restaurant concept possible and we are proud to support them and their families while serving you the freshest local caught seafood possible.￼ But there's more, we slow smoke all our fish and pork on black jack oak every day.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and we trust that you will taste the difference fresh local caught seafood makes.
That's our passion, that's our mission!
We look forward to welcoming you to our place-
Marc Hardesty and Marshall Adkison, Owners.
The Palms Fish Camp is a City/Private venture that was on the drawing board for a long time. Located on Clapboard Creek along Heckscher Drive, this Old Florida "Cracker" style fish camp is reminiscent of the old fish camps that used to line our creeks and rivers. The restaurant features amazing views of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve from the large rear deck, especially at sunset.
The public boat ramp on the property offers easy access to Clabboard Creek, the St. Johns River, and the Intracoastal Water Way for powerboats as well as canoes and kayaks. Boaters are also welcome to come by water and tie up to the floating dock to visit the restaurant.
We are proud of our local seafood heritage and are working with local fishermen to source local seafood to be featured in our dishes. We also welcome you to share your catch with us. Bring in your filleted fish and we will do the cooking for you and throw in two side dishes of your choice.