You could say he had it in his blood. After working and managing seafood restaurants, including his fathers, Seafood Kitchen, a now well known staple in Atlantic Beach, Florida, Nathan found his own. Nathan Stuart, and his wife, Margo, opened OP Fish House and Oyster Bar in 2018, and it has been a hit since day 1.
This success was not an overnight wonder by any means. Much experience was gained, going back to 1985 with his father's restaurant in Atlantic Beach, FL., the Seafood Kitchen. A very popular restaurant now in the beaches area of Jacksonville, FL, the OP Fish House & Oyster Bar should make the same splash in Orange Park. It has already greatly transformed an area that I can say from my high school years growing up, did not have much promise.
The outside deck is a great place to dine in the shade of the Oaks when you can. Be sure to try the local Red Snapper or the Mayport Flounder, both popular dishes, and both part of what has helped the restaurant fill seats quickly with happy customers. You can chose an incredible variety of sea caught fish such as Mahi-Mahi, Swordfish, Grouper, Trigger Fish and a wide variety of seafood favorites. Margo's famous Ceviche stands out on the menu as a must try, but I cannot say I have tried it yet. A recipe borrowed from a trip to Nicaragua it states in the menu.
If you really want it all, you can try the Colossal version of their Low Country Boil that includes Lobster, Shrimp, and Snow Crabs in the mix. It is very apparent the history and love of seafood they bring to this restaurant. You will be hard pressed not to find Nathan moving quickly, as more restaurants are coming soon. For those of you in, or traveling through Orange Park, you have a great place to eat some great local seafood for sure.
Great Atmosphere for Family and Friend's
This former house from 1905 on Kingsley Avenue is now the new OP Fish House & Oyster Bar.