10 Best Restaurants in Malabar Range from Ethnic to Seafood

Malabar, Fla., is a small city nestled between Palm Bay and Melbourne on the Space Coast. Although it can be easy to overlook, especially not far from tourist hot spots like Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral, don't pass over Malabar as a fantastic dining destination. 

Malabar is home to one of the Space Coast's most notable restaurants, the Yellow Dog Cafe, which has been known to attract celebrities for dinner. Grab a spot on the airy patio and enjoy the view of the Indian River, while you enjoy first-class service with a menu to match. 

If a river view is on your agenda, you can also try a plate at Ozzie's Crabhouse, famous for its all-you-can-eat blue crabs, caught right on site in the Indian River. The Shack Seafood Restaurant also serves fresh seafood with a river view. The Shack has been a Space Coast icon for nearly 40 years. 

Malabar is home to other longstanding, reputable restaurants, including Twisty Cone Ice Cream and Cakes (affectionately called Tcone), which has a near cult following of beloved fans eager to cool off with the dozens of flavors of soft serve, pies and cakes. 

Latin food also has a stronghold here, with La Estancia de Luisa's Colombian fare, complete with sangria, and Mister Lechon's authentic Puerto Rican plates.

Here are our favorite 10 places to eat in and near Malabar. 

La Estancia de Luisa
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La Estancia de Luisa claims to have the best Latin food in the area, and that's hard to dispute. Try the bandeja paisa or churrasco (skirt steak), with a side of moro rice, parsley potatoes or green plantains. For something a little more low...  Read More

Pepper Tree Sandwich Shop
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If the crowd is any indication, Pepper Tree Sandwich Shop is one of the best places for a quick and fresh lunch in the Malabar region. Pepper Tree opened in 1972, and is stationed in a cozy house-turned-restaurant. Although outdoor seating is...  Read More

Twisty Cone Ice Cream & Cakes
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Twisty Cone and Cakes may sound just like a regular ice cream parlor, but it's more than that. To locals, Tcone is a Palm Bay icon, with a solid crew of fans. This family-owned sweet shop serves more than 40 different flavors of soft-serve ice...  Read More

Mister Lechon
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Mister Lechon is where to go for a unique meal. Beyond authentic and delicious Puerto Rican food, this Malabar restaurant is known for its full-blown pig roast on Saturdays. Enjoy Latin food (with Puerto Rican beer), sometimes with a side...  Read More

Malabar Mo's Bar & Grill
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Malabar Mo's Bar & Grill is one of the best places to relax under in the shade of trees or on the deck, tip back a cold one, listen to live music and fill up on good food. The cheerful atmosphere here is what makes Malabar Mo's really...  Read More

Ozzie's Crabhouse
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Ozzie's Crabhouse is known for its all-you-can-eat blue crab legs – but we're talking some of the freshest, most delicious crab you can find. Ozzie's blue crabs from from the Space Coast's Indian River and boast their own unique flavor. That's...  Read More

The Shack Seafood Restaurant
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The Shack is a family-owned seafood restaurant with a longstanding reputation. It's been a Space Coast staple for almost 40 years. Here, you can find fresh seafood and steaks, served up on the riverfront. Although The Shack's menu is exquisite...  Read More

The Original Bizzarro Famous NY Pizza
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There's something about pizza and the boardwalk that's a perfect match. That's why we love The Original Bizzarro Famous NY Pizza (Bizzarro's for short), located right on the Indialantic boardwalk. Order your pie to go and eat it on the beach or...  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


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