A group of friends has dinner in Melbourne, FL

World class dining in Melbourne, FL

The Melbourne Foodie Tour

Calling all foodies! Come find your own personal space in the sand and soak up the sun while experiencing memorable dining throughout Melbourne & the Beaches. Love great food? This beach town takes food seriously, and encourages all to join in on the fun. There’s something for everyone here. Whether you prefer seafood, southern cooking or small local favorites, you’ll love dining on Florida’s Space Coast.

Enjoy Melbourne’s Foodie Community

Dine on the beach at places like Sand on the Beach and appreciate the ocean views as you eat. A small place like Dakine Diego’s is a local favorite and great to visit after a day at the beach. Try out something new at Chez Quan’s. This five star earned restaurant has a menu composed of an interesting mix of American, Thai and Spanish food that’ll make anyone’s mouth water. Melbourne also has many options for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-intolerant foodies. The Bald Strawberry is a perfect option for a gluten-free lunch. Even though this restaurant specializes in a gluten-free menu, everyone is sure to find something they will love. Step out of a comfort zone at one of the innovative places in town, or get your fix for comfort foods like biscuits and gravy and enjoy one of the many home-styled food spots around. Either way, it’s pretty hard not to love your meals around here.


Open for breakfast and lunch, Backwater specializes in southern inspired food that everyone can eat, including those with vegan and vegetarian diets. Griddle tables are available where guests can make their own pancakes and is a fun way for families to enjoy the dining experience together.

A girl makes her own pancakes on a griddle-top table at Backwater in Downtown Melbourne
Chez Quan's

Fusing together flavors of Thailand, Spain and American food, this unlikely little spot offers a flavorful menu of authentic and cooked fresh to order food.

Eclectic fusion dishes from Chez Quan's in Melbourne, FL
El Ambia Cubano

Enjoy fresh, homemade Cuban food and drinks in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner, you can’t go wrong with The Cuban sandwich and a café con leche to drink. 

A Cuban sandwich from El Ambia Cubano in Melbourne, FL
Yellow Dog Café

The Yellow Dog Café is an award-winning restaurant nestled on the banks of the Indian River Lagoon that boasts a fine dining experience that very few on the Space Coast can rival. Their menu offers a wide selection of exquisite appetizers, entrees and desserts to satisfy any appetite.

A dessert from the Yellow Dog Café in Palm Bay, FL
Sunnyside Café

This quaint breakfast spot serves up classic breakfast items in an atmosphere that treats you like family. Offering large portion sizes, Sunnyside Café sits across from the beach and is a favorite among the locals.

Fresh fruit and granola for breakfast at the Sunnyside Cafe in Melbourne, FL
Ocean 302 Bar & Grill

With a menu that includes everything from burgers and brick oven pizza to seafood favorites like Atlantic Whitefish and Ahi Tuna, Ocean 302 is a delightful experience. Experience the Chef's Table or "The Ultimate Experience" by making a 24-hour advance reservation. 

Delicious hand-crafted dish from Ocean 302 Bar & Grill in Melbourne Beach, FL
Open Mike's Coffee

As one of the best venues for live music on Florida's Space Coast, Open Mike's is a top-notch coffee bar in Melbourne, Florida. Hear some Jazz, sing the blues and listen to original tunes by talented artists while sipping on a cup of Joe or two.

Coffee and live music at Open Mike's Coffee in Melbourne, FL
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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: