10 Best Restaurants in Cape Canaveral Range from Seafood to Worldly

You should never go hungry in Cape Canaveral. 

This city, on the Space Coast in Florida, is a mere five minutes from Port Canaveral and some of the state's best fishing. It's no surprise that Cape Canaveral is home to a great selection of seafood restaurants, as well as tables with a water view. 

In fact, four of the region's best seafood destinations are located within a short drive of each other: Seafood Atlantic, Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar, Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill and Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar.

If crab legs and oysters don't hit the spot, hungry visitors can also enjoy authentic food from around the world, at Euro Kafe Etcetera (German, Polish, Croatian and more) and Vargas Cafe (Cuban and Mexican food).

Popular surf shop Ron Jon also has its flagship restaurant in Cape Canaveral, with an inexpensive restaurant that boasts a diverse menu. And if affordable is important, Crackers Island Grill is growing on us. This newer, casual restaurant is a favorite among surfers and beach-goers. Find Coney dogs, hamburgers, fish tacos and towering platers of fresh-cut fries and nachos here. Oh, and beer to wash it down.

Here are our favorite 10 restaurants in Cape Canaveral and the surrounding Port Canaveral area.   

Kelsey's Restaurant and Pizzaria
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If you're looking for pizza near the port, there are a handful of good options, but Kelsey's Restaurant is our favorite. This family-owned restaurant has been open for more than 30 years, so its reputation is solid. The pizza is delicious, made...  Read More

Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar


A great place to cool your heels at the close of the day, Rusty's is a fun, laid-back kind of place that features a great deck, live entertainment and great views. And this dock-side joint serves up far more than cold brews and stout cocktails...  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

Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill
Photo courtesy of Fishlips Facebook page


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

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Euro Kafe Etcetera


The Euro Kafe Etcetera is beloved for its authentic European fare, created by Chef Mark Pecko, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Get breakfast, lunch or dinner in this charming and quaint little gem (that may be a little tricky to...  Read More

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Vargas Cafe
Photo courtesy of Vargas Cafe Facebook page


In this little, family-owned cafe, you will be awed by the authentic Cuban and Mexican cuisine for reasonable prices – under $10 a meal. Vargas Cafe (named after the husband-wife owner duo) claims to make the best Cuban subs in Cape Capaveral,...  Read More

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Papa Vito's
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Papa Vito's Italian Restaurant in Cape Canaveral is not the cheapest Italian restaurant on the Space Coast, but it does have the best specials. Which means if you time it right, you can have high-quality food for cheap prices. Papa Vito's...  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

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Seafood Atlantic Inc
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Rusty Clark


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


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