Sunburnt, sandy, and starving? A great beach day can only be finished with an even greater meal! Check out this list of the best restaurants in Cocoa Beach with dishes you’ll be thinking about your whole drive back to Orlando.
From classic American food to the freshest sushi you could find to a quick trip across the pond for some Irish nachos, there’s a meal in Cocoa Beach for everyone! Keep scrolling for ten of our favorite places to eat after a satisfying day in the sun.
1. 4th Street Fillin Station
This first restaurant on our list is a great place for classic American food that will satisfy anyone! A few classics appear on the menu, like a burger topped with a fried egg, pulled pork, and bratwursts served in many different ways. They also have a vegan menu that is packed full of delicious options so that everyone will be able to find something they love.
Breakfast is served daily from 7:30 AM-11 AM, and brunch is on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 AM-1 PM. View their website down below for their full menu or to order a meal online!
2. Cafe Surfinsta
If you’re looking for something on the healthier side, check out Cafe Surfinsta! They specialize in açaí bowls but offer a variety of wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, and avocado toast (of course). Pair your breakfast with a matcha tea latte or a raw cacao mocha from their beverage menu to finish off your meal, and you’ll be set for the afternoon.
They also offer some great breakfast options, poke bowls, salads, and many gluten-free and vegan dishes! Their website below lists the full menu, so be sure to browse for a bit to narrow down your choices.
3. Long Doggers
Located a few minutes away from the ocean, Long Doggers makes our list of the best restaurants in Cocoa Beach for sure. Another great place for some classic American food, Long Doggers offers a little bit of everything. Try their Hawaiian burger: a great combination of bacon, pineapple, swiss cheese, and Teryaki sauce. Or, there’s always the Florida Reuben—a great twist on a classic with fried grouper, coleslaw, and pineapple.
Visit between 2 PM-6 PM to participate in their Happy Hour! Check out their website below for more information on their specials, their menu, and their other locations.
Monday | 10:30AM-9PM
Tuesday | 10:30AM-9PM
Wednesday | 10:30AM-9PM
Thursday | 10:30AM-9PM
Friday | 10:30AM-10PM
Saturday | 10:30AM-10PM
Sunday | 10:30AM-9PM
📍 350 W Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931
4. Squid Lips
If you’re looking for a great place for seafood, Squid Lips is the restaurant for you (if you couldn’t guess that by the name). With food that will keep the beach day vibes going strong all night, this place is high on our list of best restaurants in Orlando.
Their Crunchy Fish Sandwich is a favorite to try, as well as the Lobster-N-Crab cake! They also offer a modified menu for curbside pick-up if you want to take some plates to go. Check out the website below for more information on all the restaurant’s offerings!
5. Pacific Rim
No, no, this isn’t about the food in the 2013 sci-fi movie. This restaurant is located over in the Merritt Island area and will hit the spot if you’re craving fresh sushi. Their menu offers many fun combinations of both traditional Thai food and Japanese food, with modern elements incorporated into each dish!
Pacific Rim has been voted the best sushi in Merritt Island for three years in a row, so we’re sure that whatever you order, you’ll end up loving it. Obviously, the Orlando Roll is our pick, but check out their menu on the website linked below to find your favorite!
6. The Island Waterfront Bar & Grill
This bar and grill is located right on the water, so you’ll have great views of Cocoa Beach to go along with your even greater post-beach meal. If you’re a picky eater, this is the place for you because their menu has something for literally anyone. Craving seafood? Mexican? Mac n’ cheese? It’s on The Island’s menu. Pictured above are the Irish Nachos made with short ribs and smothered in toppings—definitely our pick!
They also serve as a venue for local bands, so if you come on a weekend, you’ll be serenaded as you eat! Check out their Facebook page below for more details on the performance schedules, their full menu, and information about private events.
Monday | 11AM-2AM
Tuesday | 11AM-2AM
Wednesday | 11AM-2AM
Thursday | 11AM-2AM
Friday | 11AM-2AM
Saturday | 11AM-2AM
Sunday | 11AM-2AM
📍 1891 E Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, FL, 32952
Breakfast all day! Backwater is the cutest mom & pop restaurant in Downtown Melbourne that will make you feel right at home, especially with their pancake griddle tables! Buy batter by the bottle and make your breakfast just the way you like it. Toppings like chocolate chips, sprinkles, cookie dough, and even cotton candy pieces can be added, and you have the option to purchase colored batter if you want to try your hand at pancake art.
If you’re not a big pancake person, don’t worry. Backwater’s menu has a great selection of breakfast foods of all kinds. Not even a breakfast person? Their lunch and dinner menu has dishes like Gator Gumbo, Grilled Mac N Cheese, and Deep South Cordon Bleu. Food for the stomach and the soul! Check out their website below for their full menu.
8. Crydermans Barbecue
Now that we’re on the subject of soul food check out this next restaurant. Crydermans Barbecue has some great plates that will hit the spot after a long day in the sun! Split a platter of brisket or St. Louis spare ribs with friends, or try a pulled pork sandwich for just yourself. Don’t forget a side of mac n’ cheese or parmesan-dill potato salad for a side!
If you’re really hungry or just want to meal prep for the rest of the week, Crydermans offers the option to buy meats by the pound! Take a look at their website for more details or to look at their full menu.
9. Crush XI
This next place on our list of best restaurants in Cocoa Beach sits right in the middle of Melbourne. Describing themselves as “casually hip,” they specialize in rustic-urban food, craft beers, and fun cocktails! Salads and sandwiches are big on their menu, but they have a few larger chicken, steak, and seafood dishes. The Smoked Duck Fettuccini caught our eye right away!
The restaurant has the cutest atmosphere and definitely makes for an aesthetic place for a few Instagram pics with your cocktail! Brunch is on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM-4 PM, so plan your beach trip accordingly. Check out their website for more information or to view their menu.
10. Pub Americana
Last on the list is another great place for modern American beach food to close out your day in Cocoa Beach. Their menu is full of so many delicious options that it’s no question everyone will be able to find something they like. From pasta to pulled pork to classic loaded burgers, your meal will hit the spot and keep you full on your drive back to Orlando. Pair your meal with a drink from their full bar, or grab a slice of peanut butter pie for dessert!
Pub Americana also offers take-out and to-go orders if you need to hurry home. View their website below to look at their huge menu and scope out special events coming up.
Best Restaurants in Cocoa Beach
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