From Fancy to Tropical: The Space Coast's Most Romantic Restaurants

With its warm weather, great beaches and stunning ocean views, the Space Coast, Florida, is an excellent location for a romantic vacation. After watching the ships slice through the port, dolphin-spotting, browsing downtown galleries and burying your tootsies in the sand, head to one of the Space Coast's romantic restaurants for a great ending to your date.

For a classic fancy date, visit Black Tulip, with its white tablecloths and charming European atmosphere. Feeling French? Cafe Margeaux is a long-standing local fave, with more than 400 different variations of wine. Another European-inspired restaurant that will win your date's heart is Continental Flambe, which boasts a shocking 800-variety wine list. For lunch, pick an umbrella table out front. At dinner, enjoy the sophisticated dining room inside. 

Sushi and seafood is another sexy and scrumptious dinner option, and for that, you'll be satisfied with the selection at Thai Thai. Don't forget the sake. 

Share escargot at Gregory's, which won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2014. Or enjoy your dinner with Mother Nature and a great view at River Rocks Dining; request a table on the dock and you may very well be joined by dolphins. 

Here are the top 10 romantic restaurants on the Space Coast. 

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

Scotts on Fifth
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This "five-palm" fine-dining establishment boasts a wine bar, fresh seafood, cocktails and top-notch desserts. The dining room is intimate and relaxed, as you would expect on the Space Coast, Fla. But the food is expertly prepared and fit for...  Read More

Thai Thai Restaurant and Sushi
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Thai Thai III is a bit of a hidden gem, a local favorite and reliably delicious. Fresh seafood on the Space Coast means some of the best sushi you can imagine, so your visit to the port wouldn't be complete without a sushi stop. The menu here is...  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

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

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

Gregory's Steak & Seafood Grill
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Gregory's brings a bit of the Big Easy to the Space Coast, thrilling palates with scintillating cuts of certified Angus beef and fresh seafood. Inside, the restaurant sports a classy look. Its bookshelves, crisp linens, Tiffany lamps and cozy...  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

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


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