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One of the best parts of going on any vacation is checking out the local restaurants in the area. Traveling to new places can help expand your culinary experiences, and the same can be said whenever you visit Cocoa Beach. Our area features many different local restaurants that are not featured anywhere else. Make sure to stop by one of these incredible local restaurants when you come to visit Cocoa Beach:

Fat Kahunas

Whenever you do visit Cocoa Beach, you will notice that many of the local restaurants in the area focus on fresh seafood. It should come as no surprise, as Cocoa Beach is right on the water, making it easier than ever to obtain freshly caught seafood. One local restaurant that offers a delicious array of seafood and so much more is Fat Kahunas. This local restaurant is a tiny yet cozy restaurant right on the water. They feature a variety of seafood dishes including fresh scallops, tuna, halibut, and much more. The secret children’s menu makes sure even the little ones will find something they like even if they haven’t gotten a taste for seafood yet. Fat Kahunas is open Thursday through Monday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM for dinner; since the restaurant is so small reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 321-783-6858.

The Tiny Turtle

This Caribbean fusion restaurant is a great spot for a healthy meal that won’t break the bank. You’ll find a variety of delicious options, including a vegetarian and gluten free Quinoa Bowl with quinoa, kale mix, green peppers, onion, guacamole, black beans, salsa, tomatillo sauce, mango caribe, and crème caribe. Meat lovers can dig into the Tripleta Sandwich, featuring roasted island pork, braised island chicken, savory sweet ham, pepper jack cheese, romaine, tomato, potato sticks and crème caribe on Puerto Rican sobao bread. You can find The Tiny Turtle at 249 Minutemen Causeway, open from 8:00 AM to 9:00PM Tuesday – Thursday, until 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and closing early at 3:00 PM on Sunday.

The Green Room Café

Just because you are on vacation does not mean you have to give up your healthy diet. You can enjoy health-conscious meals when you make a stop in The Green Room Café. This local restaurant features everything you could want for a healthy meal such as sandwiches, salads, soups, and smoothies. They use organic ingredients whenever possible and there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan entrees on the menu too. While most sandwich and salad shops often have customers grabbing their items to go you will notice most stick around to enjoy their meal at the restaurant. This means you know it will be good when the busy locals of Cocoa Beach want to take in the friendly service of The Green Room Café. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday and Monday from 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM.

Mangia & Bevi Pizzeria Napoletana

Not all meals during your vacation need to be healthy. One of the best meals to have whenever you are on a vacation getaway is pizza. It is also so easy to eat and typically delicious; the kids will also never fight with you over choosing pizza. Mangia & Bevi Pizzeria Napoletana is a local pizzeria that serves up tasty wood fire pizzas. Each pie uses only fresh ingredients and has the perfect ratio of chewy and crunchy crust. Their genuine Neapolitan pizza will win anyone over the second they take a bite. Don’t forget to try out their authentic mineral water or grab a glass of wine with your pizza. Don’t miss out on Mangia & Bevi Pizzeria Napoletana open Monday through Saturday from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Rock the Guac

You may not expect Cocoa Beach to offer incredible Mexican food, but you will find exactly that when you dine in at Rock the Guac. This counter service restaurant offers all of the Mexican food staples such as burritos, tacos, nachos, and so much more. There are plenty of sauces to add to your entrée such as the hot sauce or the quesoguac. Rock the Guac is the perfect spot for a quick meal or to pick up something on the go. However, we recommend dining at the restaurant so you can take in the charming interior as you eat. Rock the Guac is open daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Get Ready for More Food at Cocoa Beach

As you can see, the local restaurant community in Cocoa Beach is everything you could want. Make sure to stop by one (or all) of these incredible restaurants, and don’t forget to book one of our vacation rentals to stay close to!

The year-round sun and warmth of Florida make it an ideal destination any time of year. Pack your bags and set your sights on the crashing waves of Cocoa Beach. It’s the perfect mix of sun, sand, water, and fun for a vacation that everyone will love. There are plenty of fun and exciting indoor and outdoor activities to fit everyone’s agenda, so everyone stays happy and busy. During all the adventures, you’re bound to work up an appetite. There are plenty of spots for dining in Cocoa Beach to fill your stomach that offers a quick and easy snack on the go, all the way up to an upscale and romantic atmosphere for a special date. When you’re out and about you’ll be looking for the mid-range casual atmosphere with a menu that will satisfy the pickiest of eaters.

Ellie Mae’s Tiki Bar

The restaurant’s motto of “cruise by for a cold one” showcases the casual atmosphere you’ll find. The bar is found in the Cape Canaveral area, not far from Cocoa Beach. Choose from a variety of dips like Pimento cheese with smoked onion jam, smoked fish dip, our southern style bean dip to start. There is a variety of salads to choose from, including chef salad or Florida Fresh Spinach Salad with blue cheese and a variety of fruits. Enjoy hot or cold peel-and-eat shrimp, pot roast, a BLT, and more. Try Ellie Mae’s Pups slider hot dogs, and wrap up the meal with chocolate lava cake, or Key lime crème pie. Enjoy drink specials each night like Rum Punch, a Tropical Russian – Siesta Key toasted coconut rum, Miami Club Cuban coffee, and cream – and others. Drop by for a special event like karaoke night, trivia night, or live music.

The Tiny Turtle

Located right in Cocoa Beach, breakfast is served daily along with delicious wraps, sandwiches, tacos, and more, with many gluten-free dishes. Start the day with their build your own omelet – three eggs served with potato hash or sliced tomatoes and Cuban toast or biscuit and pile on a variety of toppings, traditional biscuits n’ gravy, stuffed French toast, or “tropical cakes” – banana pancakes topped with whipped cream, 100% maple syrup and mango, pineapple, guava, and passion fruit coulis for the tropical twist. Come back later in the day for a variety of wraps and sandwiches like the grilled mahi BLT, four-cheese bacon melt, or opt for a quinoa bowl. Gluten-free tacos are available, along with delicious smaller bites like tomato bisque caribe, four-cheese quesadilla, and others. There’s something for everyone.

Papa Vito’s

Delicious Italian food and a casual atmosphere is what you’ll find. A wide variety of Italian favorites can be found, from Italian chicken or steak salad to tiramisu and freshly prepared cannoli to finish things off. Enjoy appetizers like Papa’s zesty cheese bread, homemade meatballs & sauce, and Italian wedding soup. There are daily lunch and “early bird” happy hour specials, as well as “late-night” specials for when hunger strikes late. Try an award-winning pizza. Start with tomato sauce and cheese and create your own with an array of gourmet toppings or choose a spicy buffalo chicken or margherita style. Choose a cold or hot grinder like ham and cheese or meatball parmigiana. Delight in favorites like beef or cheese ravioli, baked ziti, manicotti, and fettuccine alfredo. Treat the kids to beef or cheese ravioli, penne with alfredo, spaghetti & meatballs, and other selections from the kids’ menu. There’s something delicious for everyone.

Crackers Island Grille

Find your way to Cape Canaveral and satisfy your hunger for island flare in your meal. Start with “shareables” like shrimp cocktail, Apalachee Bay oysters, and Cedar Key breaded clams, just to name a few. Soups and salads like Crackers Signature Salad – fresh spring mix, grilled shrimp, mahi, tomato, cucumber, onion, fresh mushroom, and more. Try the Bahamian chowder – a tomato & cream-based chowder with fresh mahi, conch, clams, and diced potatoes with a “cayenne kick.” Choose a “basket” of Cedar Key clam or chicken strips, Key Largo Bay fried shrimp, and more, each with Crackers’ old school hand-cut fries. Choose from an array of burgers and sandwiches from the mushroom & Swiss burger or Po’ Boy to the Philly Steak or Shrimp BLT. There’s a kids’ menu with chicken tenders, fish fillet, and other kid-friendly choices, as well as a menu to satisfy your sweet tooth. Pina colada cheesecake – pineapple, cream of coconut, and rum in a New York cheesecake filling or the buttermilk pie. Delight in the southern delicacy spilling over with the creamy taste of butter and hint of sweetness. There’s something delicious for every appetite.

Great Spots for Dining in Cocoa Beach

From a cozy two-bedroom for a smaller family or lovers’ getaway to a spacious three-bedroom for a larger family or group looking for plenty of Florida flavor, Stay in Cocoa Beach has a vacation rental that’s perfect for you. Step in and feel your stresses and worries melt away, knowing all your needs will be met. Our kitchens come fully equipped with everything you’ll need to make a home-cooked version of the ones you’ve tasted at local restaurants. Stretch out with some popcorn and your favorite show or movie, and retreat to a private bedroom for some rest and relaxation at the end of the day. Choose a premium unit for upgrades like flat-screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.

Call us today to start planning your delicious Cocoa Beach adventure!

5 of the Best Seafood Restaurants in Cocoa Beach with Patio Seating & Live Music

 

In the mood for fresh seafood, live music, outdoor seating with a view, and great drinks to top it all off? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading for the “locals’ scoop” on some the best seafood restaurants in Cocoa Beach that’ll give you that true feeling of vacationing in paradise!

 

1) Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar

 

 

Located in Port Canaveral, Grills is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in the area and offers both indoor and outdoor dining options with waterfront views of the incredibly massive yet beautiful cruise ships heading out to sea. This spot is perfect for relaxing along the water with a beer or cocktail while listening to live music.

 

Known for their: Grilled mahi sandwiches and shark kabobs
Local Tip: Try out their “Grills Margarita” for a strong, local favorite!

 

Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar
500 Glen Cheek Dr,
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
(321) 868-2226
https://www.grillsseafood.com

 

2) Fish Lips

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Also located in the Port, Fish Lips offers 2 levels of dining experiences. The first floor is a more intimate setting that is great for a quiet date night or special occasion. The second floor offers 2 bars with high top seating as well as a generous outdoor (covered and uncovered) seating area. Live music brings the upstairs area to life and makes for a laid back get together with friends or family. Enjoy a bucket of beer and fresh air while taking in the best views of the cruise ships leaving the Port!

 

Known for their: Drink specials and award-winning clam chowder
Local Tip: Check out their delicious Brunch on Sundays!

 

Fish Lips Waterfront Bar & Grill
610 Glen Cheek Dr
Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920
(321) 784-4533
https://www.fishlipswaterfront.com

3) Coconuts

 

 

Enjoy great food and drinks only steps away from the beach! Coconuts has a beach view you can’t beat. They also boast one of the best happy hours in town along with ongoing special events and live music entertainment. Coconuts is a great place to get some fish tacos and a cocktail before walking to the beach.

 

Known for their: Casual atmosphere and drink specials
Local Tip: If you’re coming with a group of people, make sure you call ahead to see if they can reserve special seating on their deck!

 

Coconuts On The Beach
2 Minutemen Cswy,
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
(321) 784-1422
https://coconutsonthebeach.com

4) Rikki Tiki Tavern

 

 

If you’re looking to get as close to the ocean that waterfront dining will offer you, then look no further. Rikki Tiki Tavern is located at the end of the 800-foot long Westgate Pier, directly over the ocean. Cool off in the shade while enjoying a refreshing tropical drink and spectacular ocean views in this open-aired seating. And yes, they do have live music at designated times! What more could you want?

 

Known for their: Having the most incredible ocean views
Local Tip: Expect a limited food menu, but delicious drinks!

 

Rikki Tiki Tavern
401 Meade Ave
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
(321) 783-7549
https://www.cocoabeachpier.com/dining/rikki-tiki-tavern/

5) Florida Seafood

 

 

Experience quality seafood, service, and drinks at this waterfront paradise. Sit inside and immerse yourself in a tropical paradise or relax out on the deck while listening to the lively band play and take in the beautiful views. This spot is perfect for getting that waterfront dining experience but away from the busy beaches.

 

Known for their: Oysters and pineapple bowls
Local Tip: Try their “Honey Siracha Shrimp” entrée served in a freshly grilled pineapple!

 

Florida Seafood
480 W Cocoa Beach Causeway
Cocoa Beach, FL 32921
(321) 784-0892
https://www.floridas-seafood.com

Of course, there are plenty of great restaurants in Cocoa Beach for you to explore, but we enjoyed sharing some of our local faves. We hope you found this helpful during your stay in Cocoa Beach and be sure to let us know what you think if you try any of these places out!

Enjoy!