food at the fat snook

Eat your way through Cocoa Beach at the Fat Snook. Image by @floridatravelgirl 

Top Dining Cocoa Beach

Calling All Foodies

Cocoa Beach takes food seriously, from fine dining to tiki shacks and everything in between. You won't be disappointed with your options in Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Space Coast.

Centrally located 45 minutes east of Orlando, Cocoa Beach is a place where sandy beaches meet oceanfront happy hours, carefully crafted nightly specials, and unique dishes you won’t find back home. And the best part is, while you’re enjoying your food, you may look up just in time for a rocket to blast off. Talk about an unforgettable dining experience. Here are some (but certainly not all) of our favorite Cocoa Beach restaurants.

Fresh seafood at the Fat Snook in Cocoa Beach, FL

Expect a casual, yet romantic atmosphere at the Fat Snook where simple dishes with fresh fish and seafood from local waters are served. The dishes at the Fat Snook are proudly prepared with local ingredients to delight your tastebuds. Expert chefs balance delicate flavors to pair with fine wines and cocktails for a dining experience you won’t find anywhere else except Cocoa Beach on the Space Coast.

Flavour Kitchen

Lobster Bisque from Flavour Kitchen Cocoa Beach
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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.  

 

Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster

Enter a new world when you step foot in Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster. The New England-style atmosphere makes you feel like you’re dining off the coast of Maine while the fresh, locally caught seafood keeps you grounded in a Florida-state-of-mind. Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster proudly serves up homemade clam chowder, lobster rolls, onion rings, fried green tomatoes, and many more seafood dishes on an enormous outdoor patio so you can savor the weather and your food!  

 

Q’s Crackin’ Crab

Juicy Bowl from Q's Crackin' Seafood
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When you’re ready for some unique Space Coast seafood, Q’s Crackin’ Crab has you covered and more. Her signature garlic butter sauce saturates her fresh seafood boils and will have you licking your plate clean. From juicy bowls and fried seafood baskets to snow crab and lobster platters, EZ peel shrimp, and an unforgettable seafood boil, you’re in for a real Space Coast treat when you dine at Q’s on Cocoa Beach.

 

Only in Cocoa Beach 

 Tiny Turtle

Tiny Turtle creates a unique Caribbean-infused, Puerto Rican-inspired cuisine that has become all the rage by locals. Choose from their breakfast, main, or kids menu for flavors that are out-of-this-world. Enjoy a casual and laid-back environment, inside or out with their new expanded patio. And to add a bit more amazing to your meal, The Tiny Turtle is proud to do their part to protect the environment with eco-conscious and sustainable practices!

4th Street Fillin’ Station

Tacos from 4th Street Fillin' Station
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4th Street Fillin’ Station serves up a truly Cocoa Beach experience with style! The building itself constructed from an old Mobil gas station, but you’ll notice the décor is anything but drab! Inside their open restaurant and inviting patio area, handcrafted cocktails, over 150 beers on tap, live music, and a thoughtfully created menu awaits! This hot-spot caters to dietary restrictions offers brunch, and a stylish, exciting menu that reflects the tastes and cultures of the Space Coast!

Fresh seafood at the Florida Fresh Grill in Cocoa Beach, FL

Many places in Cocoa Beach offer gluten-free dining, but if you’re looking for a place that captures the upscale vibe of Cocoa Beach, look no further. Their menu specializes in fresh seafood, steaks, award-winning soups, and much more. What we especially love about their menu is the gluten-free items are clearly marked and the options are nearly endless.

Tacos and beer at Sandbar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach, FL

Sandbar Sports Grill is a surfer-style sports tavern located right on the beach at Alan Shepard Park. Popular for its location, this laid-back atmosphere does not disappoint with a mouthwatering menu filled with pub favorites, drink deals, and live music nightly. Make sure you try the fish tacos as visitors and locals alike love them. Oh, and If you love wings, try the Joey Wings - the Sandbar Sports Grill will be your new vacation haunt!

Fresh crab and seafood at Pelican's Bar & Grill at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

One of the many options available at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, this casual Oceanside bar and grill serves up fresh seafood, famous clam chowder, and decadent desserts in a setting that overlooks the ocean. It’s the quintessential Cocoa Beach Dining experience!

Beach entrance in Downtown Cocoa Beach

Coconuts on the Beach is actually on the beach. And one of the few ocean-front restaurants in Cocoa Beach. It’s a great spot for a casual and busy atmosphere with delicious dishes. From traditional burgers to Caribbean-inspired seafood dishes, this is a popular choice for those wanting to watch the waves, sip some tropical drinks and local brews, while they enjoy their meals. Don’t be surprised when you see bikinis and trunks at the Tiki Bar. This is a true beach-side paradise.

The beer selection at the Florida Beer Company in Cape Canaveral, FL

Florida’s largest craft brewery is located in Port Canaveral, minutes from Cocoa Beach. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy up to 14 different beers and ciders in the lively taproom. Stop by for a flight, then enjoy Carib Brewing beers and ciders on tap at almost every establishment on the Space Coast!

Fresh coffee from Juice N' Java Cafe in Downtown Cocoa Beach

A local favorite for not only the coffee but also its fantastic menu, which includes all-natural fruit smoothies, bagel sandwiches, breakfast wraps, panini sandwiches, soups, and salads. Stop in before you head out to the beach or while you shop in Downtown Cocoa Beach.

Acai bowl from The Surfinista in Cocoa Beach, FL

Not only is The Surfinista a surf shop and art gallery, but it’s also a café. Specializing in organic acai and pitaya bowls, its menu also includes fresh organic juices and light lunch options.

A wrap from the Green Room Cafe in Cocoa Beach

The Green Room Café offers a varied menu of organic food - vegetarian, vegan, wheat, and gluten-free choices. They desire to cover all your family's desires and their specialties include sandwiches, wraps, salads, tasty vegetarian and vegan choices, wheat and gluten-free alternatives (including desserts), and homemade soups.

Skinny Mermaid

Whether you’re headed out for a day at the beach, just getting in from surfing, or need a quick bite for lunch, stop at the Skinny Mermaid to renourish your body and soul! Priding themselves on serving organic, fair trade tea, coffee, and other sippables, along with Poke’, Buddha, and Island bowls, a fresh and delicious meal is waiting for you at the Skinny Mermaid in Cocoa Beach.

Delicious authentic mexican food at La Catrina Mexican Restaurant in Cocoa Beach, FL

This family-owned and operated restaurant in Cocoa Beach is an absolute gem where authentic Mexican cuisine and friendly service will have you coming back for more. Make sure you leave room for flan!

Big Island Flavor: Fat Kahunas

Fat Kahuna Seared Tuna

Influenced by the beautiful islands of Hawaii, Fat Kahunas brings you gourmet dishes from the sea to the land, taking surf and turf to a whole new level. For big island flavor in an intimate, casual setting, Fat Kahuna’s is your spot for a little island dining getaway in the heart of Cocoa Beach.

 

The signature ice cream sandwich from The Fat Donkey in Cocoa Beach, FL

After a day at the beach, you will love stopping by The Fat Donkey. The menu offers a variety of dairy and non-dairy treats with popular flavors like Butterscotch Bomb, Calypso Crunch, Mai Kai and Coconut Pineapple. Or try a Zonkey – soft serve ice cream layered with sorbet or Italian ice. Vegan options are available as well. If you really want to experience the Space Coast you’ll order a Jack Smasher with Key Lime Pie. It’s soft-serve layered in a waffle cone with a whole slice of creamy, decadent Key Lime Pie topped with a strawberry compote. Thank us later.

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Vacation Planner for Florida’s Space Coast

The official Space Coast Vacation Planner Guide is now available. There are two ways to get yours: