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As you begin planning your Cocoa Beach vacation, you may find yourself wondering about the foods that you may be enjoying during your stay. Every traveler loves a taste of the town they are visiting, sampling new flavors that may not exist in their own home towns while appreciating the different views seen out the windows and in Cocoa Beach, of course you will want to dine at restaurants that offer water views. And so you aren’t left to your own device, struggling to find the best spots where the food is fantastic and the views are magical, we at Stay In Cocoa Beach have created this ultimate water view dining guide to the Cocoa Beach restaurants with a view in the area that serves the meals that we crave.

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Breakfast of Champions

Starting the day off on the right foot is always important and although you may not be used to enjoying breakfasts with a view, Cocoa Beach is filled with dining options that allow guests to blend water views with waffles and egg dishes that will give them the perfect start to another perfect day in paradise. Please note that some of these restaurants may be in our sister towns, not in Cocoa Beach proper.

Breakfast plates on a table

Discovery Beach Café, 300 Barlow Avenue in Cocoa Beach

Although they have discontinued their weekend breakfast hours for the moment, Discovery Beach Café offers beach views and a Sunday Bottomless Bubbles Brunch that will truly make Sunday a fun day. Best of all, reasonable prices will ensure that your vacation budget doesn’t take a huge hit. 

Grills Riverside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar, 6075 N US Highway 1 in Melbourne

Serving breakfast every day from 7 AM until 11 AM, Grills Riverside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar is destined to become your favorite place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Breakfast is what we want to talk about today and if you happen to wake up feeling especially hungry, Grills will provide. Their Shotgun Start is for the hungriest eaters, featuring a plate filled with eggs, pancakes, your favorite breakfast meats, choice of hash browns, home fries, or grits, AND a choice of toast. The views of the water will serve as a reminder of why you chose Florida as your vacation destination.

When Breakfast Ended Hours Ago

Not a lot of thought is put into our lunch hours. At work, we toss a frozen meal into a lunch bag and nuke it until it is tolerable in the middle of the day, and on weekends, we may grab a drive-thru burger in the midst of doing our errands. But on vacation? No one ever talks about how hungry we were after spending the morning at the beach, swimming, surfing, or fishing. We don’t really know where to go when our hike finishes at noon, but we know that if we don’t eat soon no one will be safe from our moods. Stay In Cocoa Beach, however, understands the conundrum, and these lunch spots offer water views that will help you relax while the food works its magic on your energy levels.

Shrimp platter

Coconuts on the Beach, 2 Minutemen Causeway in Cocoa Beach 

Open every day of the week from 11 AM until 10 PM, visitors might want to head back to Coconuts for dinner, but for the moment, we want to discuss lunch. Offering a great place for people watching, the menu is filled with beach foods and southern favorites, including shrimp and grits and island conch fritters, your lunch on the beach will be the site of some of your favorite memories.

Squid Lips, 2200 S Orlando Avenue in Cocoa Beach 

Open from 11 AM until 8 PM, Squid Lips isn’t fancy, but its menu is filled with more beach favorites that somehow taste better when enjoyed with water views. Their menu is large, featuring everything from appetizers to desserts, and whether you are simply sipping and savoring their conch fritters, or are down for a full lunch of Oak Grilled Grouper Sandwiches, or are just enjoying a coffee and a piece of key lime pie, your lunch at Squid Lips will satisfy.

Family Friendly Dinners

Restaurants and young kids don’t always mix so well, but these family friendly restaurants will ensure that every member of your traveling party will feel comfortable and at home as they enjoy water views and an excellent meal.

sandwich on a plate

Captain J’s, 211 E Cocoa Beach Causeway in Cocoa Beach

Open from 11 AM until 10 PM every day of the week, Captain J’s combines sunset views of the water with sandwiches and handhelds that aren’t fancy but are certainly delicious. Their cocktail menu is expansive, and their signature Rum Runner is destined to be your new favorite drink.

Boardwalk Bar at Cocoa Beach Pier, 401 Meade Avenue in Cocoa Beach 

Although this cool spot on Cocoa Beach Pier is a bar primarily, they do offer a menu of beach eats and appetizers that are delicious and filling. Crab Cake Sandwiches are always popular, and their tacos come with a variety of fillings including shrimp, grouper, chicken, and beef.

The Special Occasion You Are Celebrating

Vacations can also be celebrations of something momentous. A milestone birthday, a destination wedding, even a new job or promotion at work is worthy of celebrating, and when you want to celebrate in style, a fine dinner at a fancy restaurant brings joy and happiness. These restaurants will be an integral part of whatever you are celebrating, offering fantastic food, great service, and of course, those water views you will never tire of seeing.

seafood boil dinner

Chart House, 2250 Front Street in Melbourne

White tablecloths, sea views, and the best seafood in town are just a few reasons you will want to visit Chart House during your Florida getaway celebration. Sunset views over the water will strike a chord deep in your heart, rising to the service even years later when you think back to this special time and their seafood-centric menu will tickle your taste buds.

Marker 99 Restaurant & Lounge, 4263 US-1 in Melbourne

This chef-driven restaurant never fails to impress, offering an elegant ambience, flavorful meals, and views that will calm the most frazzled of souls. Sitting on the banks of the Indian River, the vibe is casual, but the service and décor is absolutely top notch, working together to create a dining experience that will never be forgotten.

Beach Bars

The quintessential Florida experience involves sand, sea, and sipping your favorite cocktails and these beach bars are known for providing all three, as well as offering quick bites and pub grub on occasion.

a rum drink

Longboards Tiki Beach Grille, 1550 N Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach 

While the rest of the world requires shirts and shoes, Longboards Tiki Beach Grille has long appreciated diners and sippers dressed in their beachiest best. Offering an oceanfront deck on which rum runners and crab cake sandwiches will turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary and delicious adventure worth repeating as often as possible.

Riki Tiki Tavern, 401 Meade Avenue on Cocoa Beach Pier

Cocoa Beach Pier is a prime destination for dining and shopping and Riki Tiki Tavern is one of our favorite examples. Sitting directly on the ocean, the drinks are frothy and tropical, the thatched roof brings up thoughts of the tropics, and because they do offer a limited food menu, visitors can sip and savor some of Florida’s best beachy eats.

Off the Water

Although this guide is about water view restaurants, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention some of the other restaurants that make the Cocoa Beach area shine. We are surrounded by the sea and we promise, after eating your meal you can go back to the beach and revel in the sand and surf, feeling full, satisfied, and eager to experience more adventures. Let’s start with breakfast first.

Croissants in a bakery

Simply Delicious Café & Bakery, 125 N Orlando Avenue in Cocoa Beach

Closed on Tuesdays and open at 8 AM on the remaining days, Simply Delicious Café & Bakery does not offer false advertising; everything on its menu IS simply delicious. Featuring baked goods, classic egg dishes, and a variety of sandwiches, you really can’t go wrong with a stop here.

Whisk & Grind, 410 N Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach

Some mornings we wake up hungrier than on others and when that happens during your Cocoa Beach adventures, Whisk & Grind, one of our newer restaurants, is where you should be. Their expansive menu covers almost every breakfast dish you can think of, and their mimosas make it impossible to be in a bad mood.

More Lunch Spots That Shouldn’t Be Missed

We won’t lecture anyone on the importance of not skipping lunch, we just encourage you to visit the following restaurants when hunger pangs strike midday.

Long Doggers, 350 W Cocoa Beach Causeway in Cocoa Beach

Long Doggers has long been a Cocoa Beach favorite, providing a laidback vibe and casual foods that include burgers, seafood, and as you might expect, a wonderful selection of foot-long hot dogs! The High Life Dog, topped with bacon, chili, cheddar cheese, onions, and a side of jalapeños is highly recommended.

Nachos on a plate

Rock the Guac, 4265 N Atlantic Avenue

The guacamole here is fantastic, and so is every other item on the menu at Rock the Guac. Providing counter service and a casual vibe, guests can choose between six different types of meals, including bowls, tacos, burritos, and nachos, and then will continue their order by choosing their favorite toppings.

International Delights

Food is an international language and the international delights you can consume while on a vacation in Cocoa Beach never ceases to amaze. Here’s a list of some must try international restaurants that will expand your horizons.

Flavors of India Cocoa Beach, 5675 N Atlantic Avenue #117 in Cocoa Beach

Indian food is a spicy treat with flavors that will open your mind to all the possibilities, but if you are worried that it will be too hot, you can crank the heat down as low as you need. 

The Pig & Whistle Pub, 240 N Orlando Avenue in Cocoa Beach

The Pig & Whistle Pub provides the meals you will love and have no problem pronouncing their names. Shepherd’s pie, bangers & mash, even sausage rolls will fill your stomach and feed your soul.

La Catrina Mexican Restaurant, 315 W Cocoa Beach Causeway in Cocoa Beach

Most people have sampled the wonders of Mexican food, and although we tend to believe that there are no bad Mexican meals, La Catrina does offer proof that there can be some tacos that shine brighter than others.

Something Special

This next restaurant deserves its own category, providing an elegant dining experience, followed by a comedy show. Gregory’s Steak & Seafood Grille & Upstairs Comedy Club, located at 900 N Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach, is a treat for all the senses and will add sparkle to your Florida vacation. Offering a menu of haute cuisine favorites and winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2023, the only thing better than the meal you will enjoy is the show that will make you laugh harder than you have in years. Gregory’s offers the only professional comedy club in Cocoa Beach and some of the nation’s best comedians have performed on its stage.

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Come Home to Comfort

Whether you visit just one of the restaurants listed here or decide that all of them are worthy of trying, coming home to the comforts found in our Stay In Cocoa Beach sanctuaries promises to be the highlight of your Florida getaway. Sit on balconies overlooking the sea, sipping chardonnay and snacking on treats you concocted in our fully equipped kitchens, play board games at dining room tables, relax in a hot tub, and sleep deeply in beds where the only acceptable dreams are happy ones. Reserve your favorite Cocoa Beach vacation home or Cocoa Beach condo for rent today!

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.

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