The site that Down Under now occupies used to be part of a 200 acre chunk of land that included Piney Island. In the early 20's this land was used for harvesting tree sap to be used to make Turpentine. In the late 30's oyster houses on the land started opening up serving a variety of Floridans and vacationers alike. In the late 1950's on the very site that Down Under sits now a fish camp was built. It sold bait to local fishermen as well as serving them fresh seafood. In the 1980's the small eatery and shop, now very worn down, were bought by the McCarthy family. They decided that the historic fish camp was worth saving and rebuilt it to be the lively restaurant and bar it is today.
The Restaurant sits right on the water where guests can see a variety of wildlife including Alligators, Manatees, Sea Otters, Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Tarpon, and much more of the diverse species that call Florida home. Their menu includes choices of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, oysters, sandwiches, and sides that are sure to please everyone. The menu even has a kids menu of simplified dishes sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Some of their most popular dishes include their Crab Dip, Oyster Rockefeller, Tuna Sandwich, Spicy Fried Shrimp, Orange Blossom Honey Glazed Salmon, Fish/Shrimp Taco, 12 oz Ribeye, and Fresh Catch sandwich. Their most famous dish is their Signature Grouper Monterey with Monterey Jack Cheese, Bermuda Onions, and vine ripened tomatoes.
Whether you are visiting Florida for the first time or are annual vacationers this is a must-visit for its lively atmosphere, beautiful views, and fresh seafood dishes. They serve the classical fish favorites, but with innovative interpretations and unique mouth watering flavors. Down Under is just the place to experience Florida and Fernandiana Beach.