Space Coast's Best Restaurants: Watch Marine Life and Eat It, Too

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Space Coast dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Space Coast Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

The Space Coast has perfected fresh seafood – in every way possible. Here, you'll enjoy quick to-go crab cakes, flavorful sushi and exquisite pecan-crusted mahi mahi. For the best, freshest seafood, head to Seafood Atlantic.

For a quirky new restaurant, check out Venice at Cocoa Beach, which brings a bit of the West Coast to Florida.

Of course, the best restaurants are not just limited to the menu. Whether you are looking for a romantic night on the port, an energetic evening of live music on the river or an evening stroll down the docks or through town, our favorite restaurants are ideally located to bring you the best of the Space Coast, all under one roof – thatched, as it may very well be.

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

Crackers Island Grille
Photo courtesy of Crackers Island Grill


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

River Rocks Dining & Drinks Dockside


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 steak. The restaurant also boasts a full cheese menu and pasta options....  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

Black Tulip


One of the best-known spots to eat in Cocoa Village, the Black Tulip has been thrilling palates since 1981 with its expertly-prepared fare and charming European ambiance. But don't be intimidated; in true Space Coast style, Black Tulip's...  Read More


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