I wasn’t sure how it would go over when I showed up to the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton’s Café 4750 with my 9-month-old diva in her stroller.
Sometimes upscale restaurants panic at the sight of a — gasp — child, but Café 4750 was more than ready.
The café’s staff was downright excited to have my beaming little girl at one of their tables. She was dressed in a sassy, cheetah-print top, and she pulled out all the stops, drawing a small crowd as she performed tricks like waving and clapping.
As it turns out, Café 4750 has more crayon boxes at the ready than it does seats, and its kids’ menu is extremely reasonable. While mom and dad can dine on genuine, delicious grown-up dishes, the kids can have familiar staples like mac and cheese, hot dogs and PB & J. Most of the kids’ options are $6 or less. There are also larger meal choices for older children.
My daughter was too young to eat anything off the menu just yet, but the restaurant had more than ample space for me to park her stroller at our table. They wisely sat us next to a window, where my daughter was able to watch the excitement on the terrace after she tired of entertaining her admirers.
The café has a very comfortable, Southern atmosphere, and the food is wonderful, inspired by what’s in season at the local farms. They serve locally-caught seafood and locally-raised grass-fed beef and lamb. Other staples, like pastas and breads, are completely made in-house.
On all but the slowest days, they serve a fabulous breakfast buffet, and — on Sundays — their brunch is an event, with seafood and prime rib among other options. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
If you want to go:
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, FL
Parking: Use the valet service at the hotel’s main entrance.
Contact: Call 904-277-1100. Reservations are recommended for large groups.
Just for kids: Has a kids’ menu, crayons, coloring pages and high chairs.