Food with a View: 10 Best Waterfront Restaurants on the Space Coast

When traveling to the Space Coast in Florida, you will probably want to spend as much time as possible near the water.

After all, this unique stretch of Florida not only offers a long stretch of Atlantic Ocean, but also the nearly parallel, large Indian River Lagoon, plus the Banana River and Port Canaveral. In fact, with more than double the shoreline within a short drive, it seems all of the best restaurants on the Space Coast offer water views. 

Some, like Da Kine Diego's in Satellite Beach, and Seafood Atlantic a bit north, revolve around the beach. In fact, both offer limited seating – and only outdoors – because most patrons take their meals to the water. 

Other restaurants, like River Rocks, offer the water view (and maybe even dolphin entertainment) in a more sophisticated environment, sans the sand. 

Our favorite beachside restaurant is Fat Kahunas, a Hawaiian-inspired joint serving up delicious coconut shrimp right on the beach. Or for a truly unique experience, arrive by boat to Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty on the lagoon. The seafood here is fresh and tasty, but don't forget to save a few crumbs to toss to the fish when you head back out to your boat to leave. 

Here are our favorite 10 waterside restaurants on the Space Coast. 

The Original Bizzarro Famous NY Pizza
Photo courtesy of Original Bizzarro Famous NY Pizza

There's something about pizza and the boardwalk that's a perfect match. That's why we love The Original Bizzarro Famous NY Pizza (Bizzarro's for short), located right on the Indialantic boardwalk. Order your pie to go and eat it on the beach or...  Read More

Barrier Jack's in Cocoa Beach is a local fave that blends Tex-Mex with seafood, smoking and barbecue. Get breakfast, lunch or dinner here. But we're especially partial to the breakfast menu. Just like the curb appeal of the restaurant...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
Seafood Atlantic Inc
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The motto here is "the freshest seafood in the world," and it's true. There's no way to surpass this caught-fresh-daily freshness. Seafood Atlantic is where you go when you want the real deal, and for reasonable prices, too. Here, you'll find...  Read More

Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill
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This enormous waterside bar features a great, covered party deck, tiki bar upstairs, sports bar, sun deck, an array of terrific martinis and an ever-popular seafood omelet brunch on Sundays. The special "Chef Creations" offer everything from...  Read More

Satellite Beach
Da Kine Diego's
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Da Kine Diego's is the best food-bang for your buck on the Space Coast, period. This beachy shack is beloved for its Insane Burritos – the biggest burritos you've ever seen. Huger than huge. One Insane Burrito can provide an average person at...  Read More

Pick your favorite location: Melbourne riverside or on the port. But whatever you do, don't judge this restaurant by its curb appeal. Grills looks like a standard waterside shack (complete with its own party deck and tiki bar, of course!), but...  Read More

Cuban Island Restaurant
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Cuban Island Restaurant is located ideally on Highway A1A, right on the beach. This authentic Cuban restaurant will fill your belly with a variety of entrees, salads, seafood, soups, salads and even wine and beer. It's family-friendly, with a...  Read More

River Rocks Dining & Drinks Dockside

River Rocks is a popular restaurant with stunning lagoon views. River Rocks specializes in seafood (say hello to a fried whole snapper with butternut squash mash), but its entrees from the land won't leave you wanting – especially the...  Read More

Fat Kahunas Oceanview Grill
Photo courtesy of Fat Kahuna's

Fat Kahunas Beachside Grille is best known for its coconut shrimp – so legendary, in fact, that it has earned the restaurant top dining rankings on the Space Coast. The trick to this jumbo shrimp: agave-soaked coconut and a "secret" tempura...  Read More


Meet Aimee Heckel

Aimee Heckel’s passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the...  More About Aimee

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