The warm waters along Florida’s Space Coast are teeming with diverse species of fish and shellfish – and Port Canaveral is one of the absolute best places to enjoy seafood cooked up fresh. Whether you’re visiting the port before or after a cruise, or you’re a native to Florida’s Space Coast, you can dine on delicious catch-of-the-days while enjoying beautiful views of the port.

Here are five of Port Canaveral’s best seafood restaurants:

Seafood Atlantic  

Dine on mouthwatering shrimp, crab, lobster and oysters freshly caught right from the fishing charters who dock at Port Canaveral. Or, if you’d rather take charge of the cooking, you can even purchase seafood at their Seafood Market to take back to your vacation rental or home. This laidback restaurant and market serves up fresh fish daily right off the boat and is located adjacent to waterfront views of the Port.

Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar

Grills’ menu is bursting with flavorful seafood options for you to try. Choose from fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, crab, shark and more and grab a cold beer or cocktail to go along with it. The restaurant has a unique island atmosphere with live entertainment and plenty of outdoor seating with views of passing cruise ships. The lion fish, shark kabobs and ahi tuna are top picks on the menu.

Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill

Not only does Fishlips have great happy hours, but they have amazing seafood! Come for Sunday brunch, a casual family dinner on the waterfront patio, or watch a game at the indoor sports bar. Is everyone in your family not a seafood lover? Not to worry, the Fishlips menu also has great pastas, steaks and chicken, burgers, and salads. And their cocktail menu? Out of this world and bursting with original recipes.

Milliken’s Reef

Whether you’re looking for casual waterfront dining or an upscale seafood dinner, Milliken’s Reef is the perfect place for both. Their menu offers an array of fresh, high-quality seafood including conch fritters, mahi mahi, grouper, salmon, clams, shrimp and oysters. You can eat outdoors with your toes in the sand, sit at one of the three fully stocked bars or in the spacious dining area. For a moment, you’ll forget you’re at dinner and feel like you’re at a resort.

Rusty’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

Rusty’s fun and friendly atmosphere allows you to dive into raw or steamed oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, seared ahi tuna, buffalo wings, snow crab legs and more before washing it down with an ice-cold beer or your favorite cocktail. You can watch a show on their flat screens or watch the waves brim the shore on their outside patio and tiki bar. 

Hungry for more? Click here to discover all the other places to eat tasty seafood throughout Florida’s Space Coast and in Port Canaveral.