Waterfront Restaurants in Vero Beach

Updated: Feb 12

Where can I find waterfront restaurants near me in Vero Beach, FLl? There are plenty of places for you to check out, and they include some great live music, happy hour specials and delicious seafood.

We will dive into all your waterfront destinations around Vero Beach, but we want you to know there are so many awesome restaurants on the water in this area that we created a family of posts broken up by location. Check them out:

Melbourne, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Merritt Island or Titusville

Melbourne Beach to Satellite Beach

Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach


Now that that's out of the way...

Some of the best restaurants on the water in Vero Beach include Cobalt Restaurant, Ocean Grill Vero Beach, Riverside Cafe and Waldos Restaurant and Bar.

Waterfront Restaurants near me in Vero Beach, Florida

Cobalt Restaurant

3500 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, FL 32963

(772) 469-1060 Facebook Description: "Oceanside American grill, focusing on fresh steaks, seafood and local farm raised ingredients."

The gorgeous waterfront setting at Cobalt Restaurant & Heaton's Reef
The gorgeous waterfront setting at Cobalt Restaurant & Heaton's Reef

Heaton's Vero Beach 3500 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, FL 32963 (772) 231-5666 Facebook Description: "Heaton's Vero Beach is an American Seafood Grill offering the finest in al fresco oceanfront dining with the best views in Vero Beach."

Mr. Manatee's Casual Grille 30 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach, FL 32960 (772) 569-9151 Facebook Description: "Stop by for a tropical concoction and a great meal with a relaxing island atmosphere! Make sure to say “hi” to Woodrow, the resident manatee!"

Mulligan's Beach House - Vero Beach

1025 Beachland Blvd. Vero Beach, FL 32963

(772) 492-6744

Ocean Grill Vero Beach, FL

1050 Beachland Blvd Vero Beach, FL 32963

(772) 231-5409 Facebook Description: "Reservations by phone only. Vero's oldest restaurant with award-winning wine list, consistent delectable food and an incredible view."

Seafood Restaurant · American Restaurant · Gift Shop

Riverside Cafe 3341 Bridge Plaza Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963 (772) 234-5550 Facebook Description: "Awesome food, happy hour daily, beautiful sunsets on the river." Bar & Grill

When we take the boat out in Vero Beach, we always stop at Riverside Cafe, where you can watch the water on the outside patio and throughout the restaurant.

The Crab Stop Seafood Bar & Grill II 89 Royal Palm Pt Vero Beach, FL 32960 (772) 257-5221 Facebook Description: "Get your taste buds ready for the Best Garlic Crabs in Town!" Seafood Restaurant · Cocktail Bar

Waldo's Restaurant & Bar

3150 Ocean Dr Vero Beach, FL 32963

(772) 231-7091

Facebook Description: "Waldo's has been called "the last great American hangout." Built in 1937, Waldo's offers diners seating both inside or outside with a view of the ocean. Entertainment is offered. Bar hours extended to 11:30 p.m. nightly, 12:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

What began in 1937 as a kitchen in the Sexton family’s beach house evolved by 1947 into the beachfront restaurant named after Waldo Sexton.

Like other Sexton-built properties, the airy and open Waldo’s restaurant is paneled in wormwood and decorated with objects d’ architecture – wrought-iron grates and gates, hundreds of sometimes quirky, hand-painted tiles, found objects, collections and bells from ships and other modes of transportation.

“Everything is like his wife told him to clean out the garage and it ended up here, but it’s not messy; it’s quaint and welcoming. Waldo used to take off with his pickup truck and come back a few days later with it full of architectural pieces he would find all over,” says Jean Radlet, manager of The Driftwood Resort, where Waldo’s is located.

When the family began renting guest rooms as The Breezeway, the area lacked restaurants. Waldo’s wife, Elsebeth, cooked for guests from her family kitchen. When the existing restaurant was built in 1947, guests dined together at 25-foot-long tables, reminiscent of roadside inns from the time when the United States was being settled.

If you asked where he got them, even he might not remember, Radlet says. In an old Waldo’s menu, the author hinted that you might see the ghosts of Amazon tribesmen or Sir Henry Morgan. But you might certainly see a few celebrities from the era. Pilot Eddie Rickenbacher, conductor Leopold Stokowski, author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt were among the more famous guests."