Happy Tomato Cafe

Located in Fernandina’s downtown, historic district, The Happy Tomato features mouthwatering barbeque, fresh salads, and deli sandwiches all in a relaxing outdoor atmosphere. Chef/Owner, Richard Bolton, offers creative menu items, developed from many years at top resorts and restaurants. Beer and wine available.



  • Key Details
  • Price Range: $
  • Meals: Lunch
  • Hours of Operation:
  • MON: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • TUE: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • WED: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • THU: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • FRI: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • SAT: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • SUN: Closed



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November 11, 2023

Had a great lunch at the Happy Tomato Cafe

This was a great place for a casual but great lunch in Fernandina Beach. I had a salad plate of mixed greens, tomatoes, cumber and hard boiled egg., with their homemade chicken salad, that was very good. My husband had a roast beef sandwich that had a generous portion of beef. You can customize what you want kn the sandwich. Lots of choices on menu. The pulled pork and ribs that the was served family style to the family next to us look yummy too!

June 07, 2023

Great BBQ

The BBQ sandwiches were excellent with very generous portions. We sat in the enclosed patio area which was lush with vegetation offering a cool respite from the hot sun. A very pleasant lunch spot.

June 01, 2023

Don’t go after 3 or you’ll regret it

Normally I don’t post bad reviews bc everyone has their days but well sometimes I think I just need to say it.
Well we got here at 3:42 & the lady says….”U just caught us”. Sign says they close at 4:30ish She rushed us through the ordering becoming increasingly annoyed at my mom who is elderly and doesn’t understand the menu. She brings the food out & says MA’AM to me bc I was standing not sitting yet (there was a cat & Faith wanted a picture🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️). She told us just to leave everything when we r done & then grabbed the signs sitting around (sitting is outside. She then watched us eat rushing out to grab everything as we finished with it. I didn’t even want to ask for a to go container but mom had only eaten like a quarter of her meal so I asked the lady and she says “oh of course” & rolls her eye. My teen daughter says “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable mom.” We were there a total of about 20 min, Horrible service

March 10, 2023


Smoked pork sandwich did not taste smoked. The smoked turkey was fine. Cute place but you do sit outside. People were friendly

February 22, 2023

Charming place, delicious BBQ

Love this little garden bistro. Order inside -BBQ sauce is the best I’ve had in a long time. Had the pork BBQ sandwich. The pork was very tasty. Loved the little garden tables.