Melbourne's 10 Best Restaurants: Treat Your Taste Buds on the Space Coast

As one of the largest cities on the Space Coast and Brevard County in Florida, Melbourne is also naturally one of the best places for business. Its up-and-coming downtown is full of shops, nightlife and excellent restaurants. 

Want to celebrate a special occasion? Chart House is one of the most popular special-occasion destinations in Melbourne. Or if you're looking for seafood with a great view, don't miss River Rocks, where you can eat out on the docks with a view of passing dolphins. Squid Lips Overwater Grill is another favorite spot for seafood and a water view. 

Melbourne offers more than local seafood, though. It is also home to a surprising number of worldly dining options, like Continental Flambe (authentic European food) or Alexandria Mediterranean Grill (Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern offerings). Island Pasta Company offers a new spin on your Italian comfort food favorites. And Meg O'Malley's is where to go when you have a hankering for Irish fare – and of course, a Guinness to wash it down. 

If you need something quick and filling (but not draining on the budget), swing by Long Doggers for the biggest hot dog you'll probably ever try.  

Here are our favorite 10 restaurants in Melbourne, from breakfast to dinner, inexpensive to elegant, and everything in between. 

Sun Shoppe and Cafe


Sun Shoppe and Cafe, located in the heart of downtown Melbourne for more than a decade, features good selection of coffee, dessert, muffins and bagels. This popular, quirky coffeehouse serves breakfast all day. Coffee here comes from...  Read More

Chart House Restaurant - Melbourne


The Chart House is considered one of the Space Coast's best seafood restaurants. The location is ideal, right on the banks of the Indian River and close to some of Melbourne's top businesses and, of course, the beach. Brunch at the Chart...  Read More

Meg O'Malley's


Feeling a touch Blarney? This downtown Melbourne pub is as Irish as they come, from the St. Patty's pot pie down to the tall, cold glasses o' stout. The authentic menu boasts Irish classics, including corned beef and cabbage and bangers and...  Read More

Alexandria Mediterranean Grill


Alexandria Mediterranean Grill is a delicious place for some inexpensive and healthy Mediterranean food, but you can also find Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern offerings here. Almost everything on the menu is less than $10 – and it's all made...  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



It wouldn't be right to have a top-10 list in this area without at least one legitimate tribute to surfing. Long Doggers has that covered. Come as you are – yes, even after a morning of surfing. Grab a quick foot-long "Mork Dog" at the window,...  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


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