Fill Your Belly at Cocoa Beach's Top 10 Restaurants

Cocoa Beach has long been one of the most popular and bustling beaches on the Space Coast. But after a day working up an appetite on the perfect waves rolling alongside the long pier, Cocoa Beach is also a great place to grab a meal. 

In fact, Cocoa Beach has so many top-notch restaurants that we could barely narrow down our favorite 10. Here, you can find a wide variety of food types (from seafood to juice to BBQ) and atmospheres (from upscale to totally casual). 

One of our favorite restaurants, not just in Cocoa Beach but on the entire Space Coast, is The Fat Snook. From the outside, the building looks unassuming, but prepare to be awed when you walk in the door by the contemporary, clean decor. The food will blow you away. 

As might be expected in Florida, seafood takes a front seat at other top Cocoa Beach restaurants. Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty and Florida's Seafood Bar and Grill are just two places to delight your taste buds with fresh fish and sea critters. 

The diversity in Cocoa Beach is also impressive. Elegant Black Tulip has European influences and Cafe Margaux, the romantic French-inspired restaurant, are both authentic – and great date destinations.   

Cafe Margaux
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This upscale French and European-influenced restaurant is considered one of the Space Coast's best dining establishments and hands down one of the most romantic outings in Cocoa. Enjoy the beautiful weather on the patio, while you sip wine –...  Read More



Juice N Java is a great place to get fresh-roasted coffee wine, craft beers and healthy, fresh, farm-to-table menu options inspired from around the world. This shop is a local fave and has been voted the No. 1 coffee house in Central Florida....  Read More

Crush Eleven
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If you're looking for comfort food with a modern spin, check out Crush Eleven in Cocoa Village. This restaurant offers unique spins on some of the all-time favorites, like mac and cheese and French fries. Except here, they're "one-year...  Read More

Florida's Seafood Bar and Grll
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Florida's Seafood Bar and Grill claims to be the Space Coast's biggest seafood hotspot – but then it also claims that the owner "discovered" shrimp several hundred years ago. Although the whale tale is part of the silly charm of this Cocoa...  Read More

Simply Delicious Cafe and Bakery
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Simply Delicious is an early riser, and only open until mid-afternoon. It's well known for its stunning cakes and cupcakes, but its breakfast always draws out crowds, too. As you might expect as a bakery, Simply Delicious's specialties are...  Read More

Murdock's Bistro
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Southern hospitality shines at Murdock's, a relaxed bistro that serves lunch, dinner and often live entertainment, too. Eat your meal inside the cozy interior or outside on the large back porch or front deck. Chow down on some Southern-style...  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

The Fat Snook
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The Fat Snook, on the Space Coast, is haven for foodies. This small dining room located on the beach is cozy, intimate and the food is some of the best you will find in this stretch of Florida. The Fat Snook is great for a romantic or fancy...  Read More


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