Updated: Dec 15, 2020
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is always, "Where are waterfront restaurants near me?"
There are so many options in this area that we are breaking this answer up into 5 blog posts sectioned by area. If you are looking to eat or drink on the water in Melbourne, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Merritt Island or Titusville, this blog is for you - keep reading!
Some of the best restaurants on the water near Melbourne, FL include Frigates on Harbor City Blvd, Chart House, near downtown Melbourne, The Shack Riverfront in Palm Bay, River Rocks in Rockledge and Shiloh's Steak and Seafood in Titusville.
Read on for all the details about these waterfront restaurants and many more!
Waterfront Restaurants near me in Melbourne, Florida
Ichabod's Dockside Bar & Grille
2210 Front St Melbourne, FL 32901
Facebook description: "HAPPY HOUR: 11am-7pm Daily Amazing lunch and dinner specials"
Ichabods Dockside is an American restaurant located close to downtown Melbourne. It is located right on a marina; so you can walk around the edge of the restaurant to check out the boats. There are a few tables located on a small outdoor patio. The rest are inside, but there is a wall of windows that overlook the marina; so you should have a view of the water inside as well. They also have a daily happy hour to enjoy! (We highly recommend their grouper bites!!)
2250 Front St Melbourne, FL 32901
Chart House is one of the few chains that we frequently cover on Vibe and Dine because it really offers it all in our opinion! With plenty of tables on their outdoor patio and a wall of windows inside, it's hard to get a bad view of the water. Their food is consistently great, and their happy hour menu is really large!
Bonefish Willy's Riverfront Grille
2459 Pineapple Ave # B Melbourne, FL 32935
Facebook description: "Join us at Historic Bonefish Willy’s Riverfront Grille with the best view of the river from our outdoor deck, with sun shades,cooling fans and heaters when needed. Enjoy a walk on our 132’ DOCK on the Indian river"
Bonefish Willy's is a popular American seafood restaurant on the water in Melbourne. It has a large outdoor patio with a full bar and a happy hour that includes a bunch of appetizer specials.
Frigates Video Tour
Frigate's Waterfront Bar & Grill
1120 N Harbor City Blvd Melbourne, FL 32935
Facebook description: "Frigate's Waterfront Bar & Grill in Melbourne Florida is a new waterfront restaurant that features a fresh menu with an Island Caribbean vibe. Our Chef Keith Vaughn uses only the finest and freshest ingredients when creating our dishes."
Frigates is one of Melbourne's most popular restaurants on the water. They have a large food seafood menu which includes sushi, happy hour specials and frequent live music. There is a large bar located on the water with numerous tv's, and their sunsets are frequently EPIC!! It is boat accessible, and a popular brunch destination as well.
The gorgeous waterfront view at Frigates in Melbourne, FL
1477 Pineapple Ave Melbourne, FL 32935
Facebook description: "A unique, award winning intracoastal view Since 2004, Squid Lips has three locations(Melbourne, Sebastian & Cocoa Beach) and served up quality food with friendly and attentive service, all offered in our unique and casual environment"
Squid Lips may be the most qualified "waterfront" restaurant in Melbourne because there are dining tables located in the sand where water washes up. They have a large patio, lots of food specials including happy hour ,and are a popular venue for live music.
Honorable Mention: The Mansion
1218 E New Haven Ave Melbourne, FL 32901
Facebook description: "360 Seat restaurant with multiple venues including our rooftop terrace, garden and tavern. Scratch made food, fresh bakery and 69 Beers on Tap!"
The Mansion is not waterfront but it has a really cool rooftop area with water views. We think its menu, service and cool vibe make The Mansion worth a visit, even if it's not right on the water.
Waterfront Restaurants near me in Palm Bay, FLorida
Honorable Mention: Ozzie's Crabhouse
4391 Dixie Hwy NE Palm Bay, FL 32905
Facebook Description: Home of the world famous All You Can Eat Blue Crabs!!!!
Ozzie's is another honorable restaurant worth mentioning because it is so close to the water and offers such a huge fresh seafood offering, it feels like it's on the water. If you're looking for lots of crab, this is your spot!
The Shack Riverfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar
4845 Dixie Hwy NE Palm Bay, FL 32905
Facebook Description: "Under new ownership, an all-new staff, and boasting a diverse, revamped menu! Nestled along the shoreline of the Indian River lagoon, we have outside dining and Tiki bar, one of the marquee locations in the area."
The Shack is one of our TOP 10 restaurant picks near Melbourne. It is located right over the water with lots of outdoor seating including under a large tiki bar area. They have frequent live music, lots of food specials and a large menu of delicious food. They just started a breakfast offering as well!
Waterfront Restaurants near me in Rockledge, FL
Pineda Inn Bar & Grill
6533 US Highway 1 Rockledge, FL 32955
Facebook Description: "River Front Sports Bar & Grill"
Pineda Inn Bar & Grill in Rockledge is a great spot for live music and a friendly atmosphere. It was also recently remodeled.
6485 US Highway 1 Rockledge, FL 32955
Facebook Description: "Brevard's premier waterfront venue. Featuring a 5000 sq ft deck over looking the river and a newly renovated dining room with expansive views of the Indian River Lagoon from every table!"
Whether your looking for fine dining or a casual outdoor bar area on the water, River Rocks is a really great choice. It has a large seafood menu, lots of food specials including a happy hour, live entertainment, great service and is boat accessible.
The view from River Rocks, a waterfront restaurants in Rockledge, FL
Waterfront Restaurants near me in Merritt Island, FL
The Island Waterfront Bar & Grill
1891 E Merritt Island Cswy Merritt Island, FL 32952
Facebook Description: "Our Food, Our People, Our Location, Our Guest's...All as good as it get's! The coolest place on Merritt Island. Featuring great views of the Banana River and Cocoa Beach area. The deck area is covered and inviting. The food here is beyond question, wonderful!!!"
Like Squid Lips in Melbourne, this waterfront restaurant in Merritt Island has tables in the sand where water washes up - IT IS DEFINITELY ON THE WATER. They have specials, some really great live music and a fun, laid-back atmosphere.
Hawksbill Bar and Grill
2700 harbortown drive Merritt Island, FL 32952
Facebook Description: "Waterfront bar and grill."
Waterfront Restaurants near me in Titusville, FL
Honorable Mention: El Leoncito
4280 S Washington Ave Titusville, FL 32780
Facebook Description: "El Leoncito serves the best Mexican and Cuban food in Titusville. Join us for the best margarita as voted by Florida Today."
It is difficult to find a Mexican restaurant this close to the water, that's why we felt like we had to Mention El Leoncito. If you're looking for Mexican or Cuban food and an almost-waterfront venue, this is it.
Shilohs Steak & Seafood
3665 S Washington Ave Titusville, FL 32780
Shiloh's is a really popular seafood restaurant in the area and can fall in the fine dining category. It has a beautiful menu and a beautiful view.
Shiloh's seafood restaurant is known for its delicious food with a view!
2 A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway Titusville, FL 32796
Facebook Description: "Seafood and Grill Cuisine. Casual-Takes Reservations- Walk-Ins Welcome- Good For Groups- Good For Kids- Pet Friendly- Take Out Service- Outdoor Seating. Serves Lunch, Dinner, and Drinks."
Pier 220 is a waterfront restaurant with a killer view, live entertainment including music and trivia, and lots of specials. It is also dog-friendly for the pet lovers!