Port Canaveral's Best Restaurants: Fuel Up before Cruising Out

Port Canaveral is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, so this region of the Space Coast has plenty of bellies to fill. Before you head out on your cruise, or after you spend the day watching ships in the port, check out one of our favorite 10 restaurants in Port Canaveral. 

Not surprisingly, the port is full of top-notch seafood restaurants, such as Seafood Atlantic Inc. (where the menu is crafted entirely by the fishermen's daily catch), Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill (also a hoppin' place to grab a drink at night), Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar and Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar (quintessential Space Coast, with its quirky waterside shack appearance). 

International travelers may also be pleasantly surprised by the diversity of ethnic food in this area. Izzy's Bistro and Euro Kafe Etcetera specialize in authentic European favorites. For comfort food that is a local favorite, head to Papa Vito's. It also serves some of the best pizza in the area. Another pizza hot spot is Kelsey's Pizza, ideal if you're looking for a simple bite to eat.

A fun quick bite that attracts travelers is Ron Jon's Surf Grill. Grab a sandwich to go and take it to the beach.

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

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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

Kelsey's Restaurant and Pizzaria
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Ernesto Andrade


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

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Sage Bistro
Photo courtesy of Izzy's Facebook page


Sage Bistro is like multiple restaurants in one, due to its exciting and varying theme nights throughout the week. Throughout the week, you can enjoy fine dining, with your surf-and-turf favorites: fresh seafood, pasta, steaks. And on Fridays...  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

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Papa Vito's
Photo courtesy of Papa Vito's


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

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. Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night....  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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