Culinary Surprises on the Space Coast

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Eating is more fun on vacation

Florida’s Space Coast is 72 miles of sun-soaked shoreline, America’s launch pad, and a foodie’s dream come true. Tucked in strip malls, unassuming avenues and local markets are some of the most extraordinary dishes that will ever pass your lips. Believe us when we say the innovative chefs that have set up shop here on the Space Coast aren’t messing around when it comes to your taste buds. Take a step off the beaten path and step into a culinary surprise here on the Space Coast.

Craft Menus in Titusville

Third Culture Kitchen

1000 Cheney Highway, Titusville | (321) 225-4103

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If you’re looking for a multicultural experience where freshly-prepared, world-inspired dishes are at your fingertips, then Third Culture Kitchen is the place to go. With a mission that combines curiosity and authenticity, their options will have you trying something new and going back for seconds. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a fun-filled day at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore.

Playalinda Brewing Company Brix Project 

5220 S. Washington Avenue Titusville | 321-567-5974

ramen at brix

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The craft kitchen at Playalinda Brewing Company’s Brix Project will take you on a delicious journey. The menu is full of reimagined classics and seasonally-inspired specialties, paired with craft beers and cocktails for a culinary experience you will write home about! No matter if you’re heading over after a trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Ramen Tuesdays or enjoying the out-of-this-world Sunday brunch. Their carefully crafted menu has something for everyone.

Incredible Eats in Port Canaveral

Rising Tide Tap & Table

523 Glen Creek Drive, Cape Canaveral | (321) 576-0676

Rising Tide

Looking for an upscale yet casual spot with an extensive craft beer list and an incredible view? Rising Tide Tap & Table is perfect for a culinary treat in Port Canaveral. With crave-able, shareable, scratch-made comfort foods like tacos, burgers, pizzas, and more, this Port Canaveral favorite always delivers an extraordinary culinary experience. With locally sourced ingredients and artfully crafted recipes, you won’t have trouble choosing an app, entree, or dessert, but you will have a hard time choosing to sit inside for the ambiance or out on the deck for the stunning views of the Exploration Tower and Port Canaveral.

Fine Dining and Fresh Eats in Cocoa Beach

Florida’s Fresh Grill

2039 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | (321) 613-5649


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Fresh always comes first at Florida’s Fresh Grill. Here you’ll find an upscale, casual atmosphere, with only the freshest, finest local-caught seafood and certified Angus beef you can find on the Space Coast. Pair that with scratch-made soups, sauces, and desserts and you’ve got an experience that’s sure to be one of the best memories from your vacation.

The Fat Snook

2464 South Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | (321) 784-1190

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For a gourmet dining experience on the Space Coast, you can’t go wrong with the Fat Snook. This seafood-centric, scratch kitchen dances to a Caribbean vibe. Filled with fresh catches and prime cuts, you will be delighted in the upscale atmosphere and enjoy every bite of the locally sourced, unforgettable meal. Choose from an extensive and thoughtful wine list created to pair perfectly with the exceptional service and impeccable food!

Pompano Grill 

110 N Brevard Ave,  Cocoa Beach | 321-784-9005

For fresh, locally-caught seafood, premier steaks chicken, and house-made pasta, seek out Pompano Grill. Serving upscale food made with love this cozy Cocoa Beach hot spot is perfect for intimate evenings on the Space Coast. Daily specials tease the menu with simple but spectacular recipes, so you never know what delights will entertain your tastebuds during an unforgettable night out.

Flavour Kitchen

15 N. Orlando Ave.Cocoa Beach | (321) 613-3573

lobster bisque

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Flavour Kitchen brings a fine dining experience to Cocoa Beach with an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. Chef Jason is always coming up with something new. You’ll see him preparing your perfectly cooked steaks and expertly blended bisques through the kitchen window. Pair your meal with a rare wine or house-mixed sangria, and let your meal take you on a journey. Not only does Flavour Kitchen provide an amazing evening experience they do brunch too! Flavor Kitchen offers a full, fresh and fabulous way to start your day on Cocoa Beach.

Exquisite Dining, Endless Options in Melbourne and the Beaches

Crush XI

923 East New Haven Avenue, Melbourne | (321) 312-6067

pork chop at crush ix

When you want to enjoy rustic-urban cuisines, specialty wine, craft beers, and quality hand-crafted cocktails, Crush XI in Downtown Melbourne is where you want to go! This craft kitchen specializes in artful, sharable plates that inspire the senses and bring people together!

Ember & Oak 

steak board at Ember & Oak

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For an out-of-this-world date night on the Space Coast, head to Downtown Melbourne. Ember & Oak is a steak house like you’ve never experienced before. Scratch-crafted shared plates paired with fine wines, craft brews, and curated cocktails are served up by creative chefs and make for the perfect dining experience. This chef-owned and operated restaurant prepares everything on a unique oak-fired grill with all house-made ingredients. Their patio, lounge, and wine room – featuring 64 wines on tap, set the backdrop for the perfect evening on the Space Coast.

The Landing Rooftop 

801 E Strawbridge Ave 11th Floor, Melbourne | (321) 327-6007

For most travelers the restaurant in the hotel is just a convenience. At The Landing Rooftop at Hotel Melby, it’s a culinary experience open to everyone!  The atmosphere is cosmopolitan casual 11 stories above Downtown Melbourne. But, the views are only second to the artfully crafted comfort food coming out of the kitchen. From brunch to lunch and late night bites, the locally-sourced menu can be paired with craft cocktails you’ll only find here!

Ocean 302

302 Ocean Ave, Melbourne Beach | (321) 802-5728

Popular, easygoing haunt with many craft beers, burgers, seafood & an open kitchen. Ocean 302 is an upscale farm-to-table restaurant specializing in the finest food and craft beverages sourced whenever possible. Locally farmed coast to coast. Ocean 302 provides an innovative culinary adventure, a shell’s throw from beautiful Melbourne Beach!

Djon’s Steak and Lobster House

522 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach | (321) 722-2737

Dinner is better at the Piano Bar, especially if you’re dining at Djon’s Steak and Lobster House. An exquisite menu filled with delectable steaks, lamb chops, veal chops, and fresh seafood are accompanied by an unforgettable wine and cocktail list that is sure to send your dining experience over the edge. This upscale steakhouse is perfect for anniversaries and special occasions with special people in your life!

Scott’s On Fifth 

141 5th Ave, Indialantic | 321-729-9779

What do you get when you pair celebrity chef Scott Earick with a gorgeous property in  Indialantic? Scott’s on Fifth. This unique dining experience combines food from around the world prepared with care and attention with the freshest ingredients to create a modern, innovative dining experience. The award-winning restaurant is where Miami meets Manhattan, right here on the Space Coast.

Waterfront Sophistication in Palm Bay

Yellow Dog Café

905 U.S. Highway, Malabar | (321) 956-3334

salmon at Yellow Dog Cafe

For an elegant river-front dining experience, Yellow Dog cafe in Palm Bay is one of the Space Coast’s top-rated restaurants you won’t want to miss out on. Each meal is prepared by their chefs in an open kitchen, everything from roasted duck, lamb, fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks adorn your plate and are second only to the stunning view you’ll take in while you dine. If you’re looking to be impressed, Yellow Dog Cafe is the perfect Space Coast restaurant for you!

The Landing at Hotel Melby

Gastro-delightful Dining in Viera

28 North Gastro Pub

2250 Town Center Ave #101, Melbourne |(321) 241-1159

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For a fine-dining experience in Viera, look no further than 28 North Gastropub. This unique eatery focuses on local, responsibly sourced, made-from-scratch, chef-curated menu elevates pub-style food and backs up their innovation with an artfully crafted cocktail and rotating tap collection. You can’t go wrong with the small and inspired menu here on your next Space Coast getaway.

Ambiance and Elegance in Cocoa Village

Cafe Margaux 

220 Brevard Ave, Cocoa |(321) 639-8343

Cafe Margaux in Cocoa Village is the perfect place for a romantic dining experience with a menu full of delicious European cuisine and fine steaks to choose from. Enjoy a thoughtfully curated wine and cocktail list to accompany your meal in a beautiful and historic Cocoa Village plaza.

Looking for something specific? Search our Restaurant Listings, there are so many culinary surprises here on the Space Coast just waiting to be discovered. Looking for more inspiration, head to Instagram and follow a few of our favorite accounts. @SpaceCoastFoodies, @DestinationBrevard, @321drinklocal @Space_Coast_Eats are incredible resources for the foodie in you!

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