Refuel Your Space Coast Adventure at These Top Lunch Destinations

It might be hard to drag yourself away from the Space Coast’s breathtaking beaches, but, well, you’re going to have to eat some time. Take a break from the sunshine and waves and refuel your belly at our favorite 10 lunch destinations.

If you can’t bear to venture too far from the beach, head over to Squid Lips Overwater Grill, where your view comes complete with fresh, grilled food and often live music. If you’re in a hurry to get back to the surf, grab a quick bite to eat at Long Doggers, known for its hot dogs and fish tacos. The waves got your belly grumbling? Try the footlong dog.

For a relaxing, sit-down lunch, the Haru Sushi Bar and Grill offers sushi made with the freshest ingredients. Try the Bento Lunch Box for a quick, delicious and healthy lunch. The Bento box comes with salad, soup, sushi and a special that changes every day. Haru offers the region’s biggest selection of saki, too.

Looking for something different than the typical beach lunch fare? The Sweet and Salt traditional Polish restaurant is a local favorite and authentically European. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled overseas as soon as you step through the doors.

Venice at Cocoa Beach
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Venice at Cocoa Beach opened on the Space Coast in 2014, inspired by Venice Beach in California. The restaurant brings a mini Venice to Florida, complete with the colorful urban-style art on the walls, a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere and a...  Read More

Salt and Sweet Restaurant Traditional Polish Cusine
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For a unique lunch in an authentic European atmosphere, check out Salt and Sweet Restaurant, which serves up traditional Polish food. Here, you can indulge in pierogis (stuffed with potatoes, cheese, onions – you name it) or the broiled fish...  Read More

Meg O'Malley's

Feeling a touch Blarney? This downtown Melbourne pub is as Irish as they come, from the St. Patty's pot pie down to the tall, cold glasses o' stout. The authentic menu boasts Irish classics, including corned beef and cabbage and bangers and...  Read More


It wouldn't be right to have a top-10 list in this area without at least one legitimate tribute to surfing. Long Doggers has that covered. Come as you are – yes, even after a morning of surfing. Grab a quick foot-long "Mork Dog" at the window,...  Read More

Crackers Island Grille
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Crackers Island Grill is a local surfers' favorite. This relaxed restaurant in Cape Canaveral is close to the waves and next door to Core Surf, so it draws in the hungry wave-hunters. But it's also popular among hungry travelers seeking a...  Read More

A local, casual favorite, Squid Lips is all about freshness. But it's more than the typical beachfront grill. Food here is grilled over an open oak-wood fire, and nothing is pre-breaded or pre-made. Start with the Cajun bacon-wrapped scallops,...  Read More

Yellow Dog Café

From the talented Stuart Borton (owner of Stuart's Bistro in Indialantic) comes this exciting cafe, which put the community of Malabar on the culinary map. Sound like an exaggeration? Get this: Among Stuart's more noteworthy customers are Jeb...  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


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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