10 Restaurants with Outdoor Seating on Florida’s Space Coast
Dining with a view
The appeal of traveling to Florida for a getaway is mostly because of the great weather year-round. Who wouldn’t want to be able to wear shorts and sandals and other beach attire pretty much any day you want? One of the other draws, especially to the Space Coast area, is that there are many waterfront views and other outdoor lounging areas perfect for reading a book, meeting up with friends, or viewing a beautiful sunset while dining.
With so many restaurants offering outdoor seating located throughout the Space Coast, sorting through them all can be daunting. To help you decide, here is a sample list of 10 restaurants that provide outdoor seating for you, but feel free to check out our full list of restaurants on the space coast.
Shiloh’s Steak & Seafood | Titusville
3665 S. Washington Avenue
For a view of the Indian River Lagoon and a near-perfect viewing spot for rocket launches, Shiloh’s Steak & Seafood provides that and more. Couple the amazing views with food that will make your taste buds soar like the rockets you may get to see, you’ll be glad you made the drive to the northern part of the Space Coast to dine here.
Orleans Bistro & Bar | Titusville
2204 S. Washington Avenue
To kick your dining experience up a notch, head over to Orleans Bistro & Bar for a Cajun-inspired menu and other favorites where the outdoor patio space allows for some views of the Indian River Lagoon and rocket launches. The French Quarteresque décor will make you feel like you are sitting in a proper New Orleans restaurant. And with live music on the weekends and great weekend brunch, you’ll be happy you chose Orleans Bistro & Bar.
The Cove is a one-stop spot for food and fun. With the Exploration Tower, your choice in restaurants includes a direct view of out-going cruise ships, native wildlife, and fishing boats coming in with the big catch of the day. No matter your dining preference, you’re guaranteed to get fresh seafood, if that’s on the menu for you, or if you prefer steak or something else, there really is something for every palate at The Cove. From Rusty’s Raw Oyster Bar and Rising Tap & Table to Fishlips and Grills, enjoy the views and the food, any time of the day.
Longdoggers | Cocoa Beach
350 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway
When you’ve had a day at the beach and you’re ready to chow down on some local food, consider heading over to Longdoggers Cocoa Beach. With a covered patio, you can take a break from the sun, but the relaxed, come-as-you-are atmosphere makes it the perfect spot for anyone coming off the beach.
Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier | Cocoa Beach
401 Meade Avenue
Another spot that gives you food and fun in one location is the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier. There are multiple restaurants here that provide stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, the surfers that ride the famous waves of Cocoa Beach, and beautiful Space Coast sunsets. For unobstructed views, head to the end of the pier to Rikki Tiki Tavern where the ultimate outdoor seating stretches out 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Sip on your drink of choice and a bite to eat from the menu and relax as you breathe in the ocean breeze.
Coconuts on the Beach | Cocoa Beach
2 Minuteman Causeway
For more “come-as-you-are” spots with a view, Coconuts on the Beach is literally on the beach and offers outdoor seating. Take a break from the sand and sun, grab some grub and a nice cold drink, while listening to live music and take in those beach views. This is one of a few restaurants in Cocoa Beach with oceanfront seating, so you’ll want to add this to your plans if you don’t want to leave the beach.
Pizza Gallery & Grill | Viera
2250 Town Center Avenue
Whether your trip to the Space Coast is for a vacation or maybe you are in town for a USSSA event, Pizza Gallery & Grill offers outdoor seating, live music and a selection of Italian foods to choose from. Stroll leisurely around The Avenues and do some shopping, or pause for a movie before or after your meal. For an outdoor dining area that doesn’t disappoint and gives you a break from the normal beach views, check out this place during your next visit.
Sand on the Beach | Melbourne Beach
1005 Atlantic Street
The Space Coast offers 72-miles of coastline that is mostly accessible anywhere you end up landing. When you want a more serene and peaceful environment, a place where you can have great conversation over good food or a place you can stay awhile with the company of your favorite book (especially if you are an early riser and want to eat and read before the crowds arrive), you’ll want to head south to Melbourne Beach, specifically to Sand on the Beach. You’ll be delighted by this one-of-a-kind experience as you indulge in something off of the menu as the picturesque ocean views soothe you.
Squid Lips | Melbourne
1477 Pineapple Avenue
Overlooking the south side of the Indian River Lagoon, Squid Lips is a hot spot for live music, good food, and good fun. Show up with your crew and experience a laid-back and unique “beachfront” environment along the river that includes, you guessed it, sand and colorful beach chairs and picnic benches. If you’re out on a boat, you can easily motor up and dock at the on-site pier and get your “beach” on without having to drag all the gear with you. Not planning on being near Melbourne? Squid Lips also has a location in Cocoa Beach for a true outdoor beach experience.
Mainstreet Pub | Downtown Melbourne
701 E Haven Avenue
This hot spot in Downtown Melbourne has TONS of outdoor seating. You can choose from the front patio, rooftop or enormous tiki bar in the "backyard." Fresh squeezed juice make for a refreshing cocktail to pair with anything on their casual and delicious menu!
The Mansion | Melbourne
1218 E. New Haven Avenue
When you’ve spent the day walking historic downtown areas like the one in Melbourne, finding a spot that carries a bit of history itself can help round out a beautiful day outside. The Mansion has two locations for outdoor dining. The upstairs is an open-air spot with umbrellas available and downstairs provides a covered area with a very down-to-earth and quaint vibe. Besides the outdoor views, the menu offers Florida-inspired, made-from-scratch food and beverages. From microbrews, wines, and liquors from around the world to the top-rated desserts, this will easily top off your day downtown.
Lazy Turtle Tiki Bar and Grill | Palm Bay
4445 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay FL 32905
The Lazy Turtle Tiki Bar is an incredible restaurant with an incredible view. Their tiki deck overlooks the Indian River Lagoon and is a great place for fresh seafood, prime steaks, and of course tiki drinks!
Yellow Dog Cafe | Palm Bay
905 US-1, Malabar, FL 32950
Located south of Palm Bay, this multilevel restaurant on the shore of the Indian River Lagoon has both indoor and outdoor seating. The covered porch provides an open-air feel, and the menu features a wide selection of exquisite appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts, with a touch of flair you can only get at Yellow Dog.
As you can see, the Space Coast is home to some great spots for outdoor dining, but this list only scratches the surface. For an expanded list of places to eat outside, check out the links below. And if you need ideas on how to finish planning out the rest of your trip here go ahead and peruse the Space Coast Vacation Planner to find places to stay, things to do, and so much more.
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