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Dining out is the best part of a vacation. When you’re in Cocoa Beach, you may just want extend your stay to make sure your taste buds don’t miss out on anything. There’s an eatery for every diet and thoughtfully curated menus for the casual and most discerning palates around. One thing you can be sure of when you’re dining in the Cocoa Beach area, you’ll want to come back for seconds.
On the Lighter Side
The Green Room Café
222 First Street North, Cocoa Beach | (321) 868-0203
This organic eatery in downtown Cocoa Beach is a local favorite that has vegetarian and vegan choices. The Green Room Café has an extensive menu that offers sandwiches, smoothies, salads, soup, and even a kids’ menu. The Ruebio sandwich includes seasoned tofu, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, cucumber, and thousand island dressing on rye bread. Other menu items include salads, wraps with tofu, vegan chili, and Green Room Bowls, which mostly consist of acai and fruit. Leave this café happy and healthy.
8010 N. Atlantic Ave. Suite 5, Cape Canaveral | 321-613-1030
Barkada means “family” in Tagalong and in this family-owned restaurant makes you feel like you’re part of theirs with fresh, nutritious lunches. Made-to-order poke bowls feature tuna, salmon, and shrimp along with a delicious selection of sauces and toppings to satiate your hunger without slowing you down. The restaurant also features Filipino food and scrumptious bao buns for a great grab-and-go option when you’re heading to your cruise terminal.
8 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach | 321-783-6858
Just a block off the beach in a plaza off of Minuteman Causeway you’ll find Fat Kahuna’s Grill and Bar. This small restaurant has a formidable fan base among the locals and even got noticed by Food Network’s Steak Shapiro of Dish Worth the Drive. If you are looking for a fresh dining experience in a casual atmosphere, Fat Kahuna’s Grill is the place for you. Serving a Hawaiian-style menu that includes some of the best seared tuna and fresh-caught seafood on the beach you’re in for a delicious meal that won’t weigh you down. However, the menu is diverse and offers gourmet burgers and steaks for those in your party with a hefty appetite. Everyone will find something that suits their palate when you dine here. Come and ‘taste the Aloha!’
249 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach | (321) 446-7361
For a twist on the typical taco, The Tiny Turtle offers Puerto Rican, Caribbean-infused cuisine. Choose from an Island or Surf Taco Basket and give your taste buds a treat. Enjoy a casual and laid-back environment, inside or out. And for those of you who prefer to find places that are “green,” The Tiny Turtle is an eco-friendly restaurant that focuses on sustainability. Enjoy your food as much as you love the environment.
382 N. Orlando Ave. Cocoa Beach | 321-613-2462
4th Street Fillin Station Gastrobar & Grill is a thoughtfully designed, eclectic local restaurant and bar reimagined from Mobil gas station. You won’t find any typical bar food on this menu, but you will find your fill of inspired, unique tacos that are sure to please every palate. Stop by for a legendary Taco Tuesday for a full menu of specialty tacos, house-made margaritas, and half-priced cerveza from 3 – 10 pm.
For the Family
3850 North A1A, Cocoa Beach | 321-868-7177
Whether it’s a slice of “mackin” pizza, fresh-made Stromboli, mouth-watering subs or homemade desserts, the whole family will enjoy traditional Italian favorites at A N.Y. Pizza House. From seafood, and starters to full dinner and pizza menus, this family-friendly eatery has it all and is perfect for large groups. Food allergies? Not a problem. There are multiple vegetarian options and a gluten-free menu available so everyone leaves full and happy.
505 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral | 321-868-2226
Treat your family to a delicious lunch or dinner complete with breathtaking views of the active port. Watch cruise ships pass, dolphins play, and rockets launch any time of year while you dine at this causal, outdoor seafood haunt. The menu includes an array of dishes from burgers and sandwiches to some of the freshest seafood available including shark kabobs. There’s no shortage of great options for the whole family to choose from here.
Fresh, Fine Dining
2039 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | (321) 613-5649
Enjoy your evening sitting back and enjoying your drink of choice in an upscale, lights-down-low atmosphere. Choose from an assortment of craft beers, wine, and creative cocktails like the Fresh Cucumber Collins or Espresso Martini topped with whipped cream. Fresh, Florida seafood is the name of the game here. So, if you’d like to learn what fresh-caught Atlantic seafood should taste like, this is the spot for you. Couple your meal with one of the house-made desserts and toast to your perfect night out.
2464 S Atlantic Avenue Cocoa Beach |321-784-1190
For an upscale, date night experience enjoy the menu at the Fat Snook. This scratch kitchen pairs a Caribbean, whimsical atmosphere with fresh and delicious food offerings, and ’boutique-style craft beers and wines from around the world. Dedicated to supporting local purveyors, you can taste the freshness of every dish, in every bite.
110 N. Brevard Avenue Cocoa Beach | 321-784-9005
Known for innovative menus, superior service, and being the most recent winner of the James Beard Blended Burger Project Award, it’s time to treat your palate at Pompano Grill. Here, no detail is an afterthought, the pasta is house-made, the fish is never frozen, and the menu is completely chef-inspired. This family owned and operated restaurant offers a varied menu from fresh seafood to expertly prepared steaks. They even provide gluten-free and vegetarian options, so everyone can enjoy a delicious, memorable dining experience.
9 S. Atlantic Avenue Cocoa Beach | 321-613-5796
Enjoy a contemporary fine dining experience complete with creative ethnic dishes, fresh pasta, seafood, and other delights. Top off your meal with an excellent selection of wines and craft beers. This Cocoa Beach establishment is open five nights a week and for Sunday brunch from 11am – 2pm in a casual beach setting perfect for intimate gatherings.
15 N. Orlando Avenue, Cocoa Beach | 321-613-3573
Inspired by the restaurants and bars of New York, Flavour Kitchen and Wine Bar offers creative, world-class, fine-dining menu served with meticulous attention to detail in a casual restaurant environment. Enjoy chef-inspired creations that vary every night of the week, house made sangria, and scratch-made desserts that will keep you coming back every time you’re in Cocoa Beach.
6615 North Atlantic Avenue, Cape Canaveral | 321-783-4548
Sage Bistro is a family-owned restaurant in Cape Canaveral that features made-from-scratch dishes using local and the freshest ingredients available. You will find a casual, fine-dining atmosphere with a chef inspired menu and items such as wild-caught fish, delicious steaks, homemade pasta, chicken, and authentic German dishes. They also feature a full bar, in addition to an intriguing wine list to pair with meal.
Best Late-night Spots and Outdoor Seating
Longboards Tiki Beach Grille – Hilton Cocoa Beach Ocean Front
1550 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | (321) 613-9055
For a great spot that lets you keep the sand between your toes during a nice, relaxing day at the beach is the Longboards Tiki Beach Grille, located at the Hilton Cocoa Beach. This tiki grill offers both visitors and hotel guests the perfect spot to continue soaking up the sun while grabbing a bite to eat and a refreshing drink as you enjoy the beach views. Stay through the evening to dance under the moonlight while listening to the featured live band.
401 Meade Avenue, Cocoa Beach | (321) 783-7549
If you need a spot to cool off, but don’t want to miss the views, Rikki Tiki Tavern, located at the Cocoa Beach Pier, is perfect to enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, people playing in the sand, surfers catching waves in the famous Cocoa Beach waters and watching volleyball players duke it out on the sand courts. Food and drinks are served daily starting at 11 a.m., but for those of you looking for specials, happy hour is where you’ll find the best deals.
523 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral | 321-576-0676
Rising Tide Tap & Table in The Cove at Port Canaveral serves a refreshing culinary experience. Overlooking the seven-story Exploration Tower, you can choose to sit inside or on the deck where you can take in the reflection pond and a famous Florida sunset. The atmosphere is casually elegant and inviting, the menu is uniquely simple yet inspired and the beverage selection is impressive. With more than 60 craft and local beers on tap, a full liquor bar, and an extensive wine selection you’ll have no trouble finding something you’ll love on the indoor/outdoor patio. When it’s time to order food, the menu ranges from gourmet burgers and flatbreads to mouth-watering steaks, chef specials, and salads. It’s the perfect place to stop for a late dinner, impressive views of the Port, and refreshing conversation.
Stay Here, Eat Here: Hotel Restaurants
Mambos Beachside Bar and Grill – International Palms Resort
1300 N. Atlantic Avenue Cocoa Beach | 321-783-2271
Mambo’s Beachside Bar & Grill is every guest’s go-to for authentic Caribbean cuisine and oceanfront views. Our casual dining room and tiki bar serves fresh and delicious seafood options including Firecracker Shrimp, Surf City Chicken Club, Grilled Seasonal Encrusted Tuna, and cool tropical drinks like the Goombay Smash, Mambo Colada, and Lynchburg Lemonade. Save room for homemade Key Lime Pie or pick up a “Make Your Own S’Mores” package and head to a nearby fire pit for family fun. It’s a beachfront dining experience you won’t soon forget.
Salt Restaurant – Hilton Cocoa Beach Ocean Front
1550 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | 321-799-0003
Take in oceanfront views at Salt Restaurant while you dine or unwind at Salt Lounge with a range of cocktail options. Here you’ll always find you’ll find modern American cuisine, friendly and attentive service, and a stunning ocean backdrop. This beachfront restaurant allows you to immerse yourself in a comfortable, tropical atmosphere while enjoying fresh seafood and a variety of other delicious offerings like Salt’s petit filet mignon and award-winning braised pork belly. You don’t have to wait for dinner either, Salt is serves breakfast too! Nothing like a Florida sunrise to go with our scrambled eggs.
3435 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | 321-784-4800
Bistro at the Courtyard is a one-stop-shop for delicious, healthy, and hearty American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. To satiate your hunger at any time of day, the Bistro offers casual dining in an upscale atmosphere with stunning ocean views.
Aloha Tiki Bar & Café – Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort
3550 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | 321-783-2230
Looking for a quick bite poolside at Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort? Choose something fresh from the Aloha Tiki Bar and Café! Light options include fresh salads, burgers, Nathan’s® Famous hot dogs, wraps and flatbreads. This is also a great spot to enjoy your favorite tropical cocktails for a relaxing experience not far from your bed in the heart of Cocoa Beach!
Shark Pit Bar and Grill – Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach
4001 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | 321-783-8717
The Shark Pit Bar & Grill is a unique eatery nestled into one of the coolest shops/hotels around. Surrounded by 1,500 surfboards, a 5,600 gallon shark and exotic fish aquarium, and a 40’ water wall, you’ll be snacking and sipping in style. The Shark Pit serves everything from filling breakfasts and gourmet dinners to simple lunches, and features its famous hand-tossed pizza, cooked before your eyes in the hotel’s brick oven. You won’t want to miss this spot, especially at 11am on Saturdays for shark feeding time!
247 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach | (321) 652-3126
To cool off for the day, head over to The Fat Donkey. It’s the best place on the beach to grab a classic ice cream cone, soft serve, and baked treats! Indulge your sweet tooth with some of the best desserts in the county and you can bet you’ll be back to this joint more than once during your vacation.
Guided Food Tours
Not sure what to eat? Book a Village Food Tour at Port Canaveral and have the experts choose for you! The Port Canaveral Village Food Tour features a fresh, seafood-focused experience through one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. You’ll sample a variety of expertly prepared, fresh, locally-caught seafood from some of Port Canaveral’s best restaurants. Guided small group experiences stop at 4 locations. As you make your way from place to place, you’ll learn a little more about the history and current happenings at the Port!
Don’t let this list limit you. There’s more to see and eat in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral . Book your room in the Cocoa Beach area today. Come for the views, stay for the food!