Horizons Restaurant, located at 5472 First Coast Highway on Amelia’s south end, has become an Amelia Island icon to locals and visitors alike. Nestled behind Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in a quiet, rustic setting, the restaurant has been serving tasty, American dishes with a continental flair for 24 years.
Chef and owner Courtney Thompson prides herself on serving food using only the finest, freshest ingredients available and treating her guests as if they were part of the family. “When we host a wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or any gathering at Horizons, we take care of all the details,” says Thompson. “Our dishes satisfy everyone in your group, no matter what your food preferences are. We’ve become one of the area’s top choices for parties and gatherings.”
Horizons features an upscale, yet quaint and elegant setting, including a private dining room and party area, alfresco dining, an elite wine list, craft beer choices, and a customized food and drink menu. Clients may choose from a large variety of entrees, including beef, lamb, seafood, chicken, and even gourmet vegetarian choices.
“We also provide custom menus and dishes, really anything you like, from appetizers to salads to desserts,” says Courtney. “And speaking of desserts, you’ll definitely want to include our famous dessert soufflés! We’re the only restaurant that serves soufflés piping hot from the oven, complete with Crème Anglais.”
Horizons offers complete buyouts in their restaurant for clients with a large group who also want plenty of space for themselves and their guests. Thompson offers lunch and dinner menus, brunches, and even off-site catering for any event.
“Here at the restaurant we can seat 140 diners,” says Thompson. “Guests may choose to eat inside or out. We also have space for a band or DJ, dancing, and comfortable powder rooms. We provide beautiful linens along with decorations, flowers, and even cakes.”
Some of Thompson’s appetizers include Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus, Blue Cheese Risotto, Lobster Bisque, and Smoked Salmon Timbale. Salads include Mixed Greens with Dried Cranberries, Bacon, Pear Tomatoes with Crumbled Goat Cheese, and Baby Arugula Salad with Granny Smith Apples, Candied Pecans, and Aged Cheddar.
Among the most popular entrees at Horizons are Roast Rack of Lamb with Mint, Dijon Crust, and Rosemary au Jus, Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Artichokes and Tomato Salad, and Potato Crusted Grouper with Citrus Beurre Blanc. “We are experts at pairing wine and beer with each of our courses,” says Thompson. “It’s a really nice way to treat your guests. But we also have a full bar, so guests are welcome to order mixed drinks, and we can even prepare special cocktails just for your group.”
Thompson will host a tasting menu for brides and grooms by special appointment, and she recommends that couples arrange a sit-down meeting with her personally to discuss their preferences. “You and all of your guests will have a great time at your party when you let us host your entire event,” she says. “Just leave everything to us and our professional staff!”
For more information, call Horizons at (904) 321-2430 or visit their website at www.horizonsameliaisland.com.