Feed the Troops: The Space Coast's Best Restaurants for Groups

The Space Coast offers a great selection of restaurants to refuel your body after a long day on the waves, and its options for group dining are just as plentiful.

Here, you will find many restaurants that make special accommodations for groups. Call ahead for large-group-only reservations or book private rooms at other restaurants, like River Rocks and the ever-popular Island Pasta Company. The private banquet rooms are ideal for business meetings, birthday parties, baby showers or wedding festivities, like a rehearsal dinner or bachelorette dinner. 

Planning a group gathering with a lively atmosphere? Request the party desk at Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar, the Sunset Patio Bar at Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty, or outdoor seating at Squid Lips, which is known for its great view. 

Family-run establishments, like Seafood Atlantic, can make your crew feel right at home for a family reunion. Feeling hungry? Other Space Coast restaurants, like Papa Vito's, sell large food trays that can feel big groups and save you money. Others will seat you on site or are happy to cater your event. Entertain your group with live music at other group-friendly establishments. 

Here are the Space Coast's 10 best restaurants for groups. 


Sun on the Beach Restaurant


Sun on the Beach Restaurant is a family business that backs right up to the beach. In fact, it's one of the few places to eat with an ocean view between Cocoa and Vero beaches. Sun on the Beach is surprisingly inexpensive, for the unique,...  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

Loyd Have Mercy
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Loyd Have Mercy's Southern-style menu has been named the best soul food in Brevard County. We're talking juicy garlic shrimp, collards and grids, chicken and rice – all of the most delicious homestyle goodies, seafood and barbecue faves....  Read More

Matt's Casbah
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Rarely can a restaurant offer such a wide selection and not feel diluted, but Matt's Casbah in Melbourne, Florida, manages to expertly juggle fine dining with the hip after-hours crowd, as well as global food with a homey, Florida feel. The...  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

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



Grills Seafood, located on the beautiful Sunrise Marina, is a great place for dinner with a group. It's relaxed, casual and unassuming, so you won't feel out of place with lively discussions, but the food is delicious enough to taste like a...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
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



Squid Lips is a casual, local favorite that serves fresh, expertly prepared seafood. It's also a fun destination to take a group, with live music and outdoor seating. Call ahead for groups of eight or more and you can get "preferred seating,"...  Read More


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