They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I think you can judge a city by the quality of its restaurants. I can always tell whether or not I’ll like living somewhere after I look up all of the best restaurants near me. Thankfully, Melbourne, Florida is one of those cities that’s just chock-full of incredible places to eat, so don’t hesitate to take a visit.
Just 72 miles southeast of Orlando, Melbourne is a small, but gorgeous city on Florida’s Atlantic coastline. This city is best known for its pristine beaches, art galleries, museums, and historic period buildings. However, Melbourne is also home to some of the best restaurants you’ll ever try, if you know where to go. If you don’t, then you may want to keep on reading.
In order to help out all of my fellow foodies, I went ahead and compiled this list of all the best places to eat in Melbourne, Fl. This guide has everything from Brazilian steakhouses to Japanese bistros and high-end Italian restaurants. No matter what you’re hungry for, this guide has something for you when you’re dining in Melbourne.
Best Restaurants in Melbourne
- Crush XI
- Chart House Restaurant
- El Ambia Cubano
- Matt’s Casbah
- Estampa Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
- Hemingway’s Tavern
- Meg O’Malley’s Restaurant & Irish Pub
- Squid Lips Overwater Grill
- The Dove III Restaurant
- The Mansion
- Umami Restaurant & Sushi Bar
- Burger Inn
- Cafe Coconut Cove
- Coasters Pub & Biergarten
- CuiZine Restaurant & Lounge
- Djon’s Steak & Lobster House
- Melbourne Seafood Station
- Ichabod’s Dockside Bar & Grill
923 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 312-6067
First up is a place called Crush XL. This place is an American restaurant serving cuisines within a vast sphere of worldly influences. Crush is a hip urban restaurant that’s perfect for hanging out and grabbing a craft beer or cocktail.
Some of my favorite dishes that I recommend from Crush XL include their Nashville duck tenders as an appetizer and the “Peanut Bomb” which consists of grilled chicken with a delicious spicy peanut sauce alongside veggies and rice.
Check out Crush XL off of East New Haven Avenue near Downtown Melbourne, just a few minutes walk from Holmes Park and Crane Creek Promenade where you can watch for manatees.
2250 Front St, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 729-6558
Chart House is a waterfront restaurant in Melbourne, Fl that everyone needs to visit while they’re here. This is one of my all-time favorite places to eat by the water in Melbourne because they have such fresh seafood and delicious steak.
Of course, dinner is the primary meal to visit Chart House for, but they also have an amazing brunch menu as well that’s served on Sundays. I really love their brunch menu thanks to their unbelievable fried chicken and waffles, but if you’re coming for dinner then I recommend the lobster and shrimp carbonara.
You can find Chart House off of Front Street, right on the tip of its own little peninsula, looking out onto the Indian River with a beautiful view of the Melbourne Causeway bridge.
El Ambia Cubano Cuban Restaurant
950 E Melbourne Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 327-8389
This next place is called El Ambia Cubano Cuban Restaurant and they’re located off of East Melbourne Avenue next to Manatee Park and Rigg’s Outpost bait shop. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite to, buy some bait next door, and walk down to the bank of Crane Creek and drop a fishing line in the water.
El Ambia Cubano is vibrant and colorful, reflective of their rich Cuban heritage, and the food is simply divine. Whenever I have the pleasure of dining at El Ambia Cubano, I usually try to come for dinner when everything is lit up and they have live music playing.
My absolute favorite dish is one that’s also marked on the menu as “Owner’s favorite dish”, so you know it has to be good. It’s the whole snapper, lightly deep fried and served with yellow rice, black beans, tostones, and a salad. It really never disappoints!
801 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 574-1099
Matt’s Casbah is another one of my favorite Downtown Melbourne restaurants that I think everyone needs to eat at. Matt’s Casbah is huge, so it’s perfect for private dining and special events, and the menu contains a wide array of cuisines from all over the world.
Chef Matt Nugnes is a highly-skilled culinary master and his skills are clearly evident after even a cursory glance at the menu. The warm nutted goat cheese salad is the signature dish here at Matt’s Casbah and it’s the ideal way to start off your dining experience and whet your appetite.
Afterwards, I recommend indulging in an order of either the creamy baked scallops or, if you’re craving sushi, a volcano roll and a rainbow roll.
1904 Municipal Ln, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 837-3925
Next up, check out Backwater on Municipal Lane off of East Strawbridge Avenue, right next to Island Root Kava Bar and just east of the Hotel Melby Downtown Melbourne, Tapestry Collection.
Breakfast and lunch are the specialties here at Backwater, and boy do they know what they’re doing. My favorite park about Backwater are their DIY pancake tables with a built-in griddle and tons of toppings for you to make your very own pancakes the way you like them.
If you’re looking for lunch, then you absolutely have to try Backwater’s shaved ribeye sandwich. It comes on their toasted Cuban garlic bread topped with caramelized balsamic onions, a demi glace, and bleu cheese crumbles. It’s unbeatable!
Estampa Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
1700 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32904
Phone: (321) 586-4002
This next place is called Estampa Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse and it’s one of the best restaurants near Melbourne, in my opinion. This rodízio-style steakhouse is an absolute haven for anyone with a big appetite, craving steak.
For a flat fee, you can eat as much steak, pork, lamb, and chicken as you can fit. All the meats are brought right to your table on massive skewers and sliced for you right there. They also have an enormous salad bar, as well. Just make sure to come on an empty stomach so you can get your money’s worth!
Come find Estampa Gaucha on the first floor inside the Melbourne Square shopping mall off of West New Haven Avenue alongside shops like JCPenney and Dillard’s. It’s perfect for a steak dinner or lunch after a huge shopping spree!
1800 W Hibiscus Blvd Suite 115, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 802-9648
Up next, head towards The Oaks business center off of West Hibiscus Boulevard where you’ll find another one of Melbourne’s best restaurants, Hemingway’s Tavern. They’re known for having great happy hour deals as well as indoor and outdoor seating.
You can find them right next to the Premiere Theaters Oaks 10 movie theater, making it perfect for dinner and a movie if you’ve got a date coming up!
They have amazing all-day drink specials and happy hour every weekday here at Hemingway’s Tavern because that’s probably what Ernest Hemingway would want. Monday’s deal consists of BOGO margaritas, Tuesday they offer $5 martinis, and Wednesday is 50% off bottles of wine!
812 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 952-5510
Meg O’Malleys is one of the most popular places to eat in Melbourne, FL and it’s no surprise why. This classic pub-style restaurant with its exposed brick walls makes you feel as though you’ve just stepped off the streets of Dublin for a pint.
If you love Guinness beer, then this is the place you need to visit. You can order various mixtures of Guinness and other beers in the same glass to create new, unique flavor profiles that I had never experienced before coming here. They also have a mind-blowing 96-ounce mug for anyone who wants to order a gargantuan mule drink.
Look for Meg O’Malley’s in Downtown Melbourne off of East New Haven Avenue, right across the street from other amazing establishments like Sue Ann’s Bakery and The Burger Place.
1477 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935
Phone: (321) 259-3101
For this next restaurant, we’re going to head over towards the Eau Gallie Historic District, right next to the Eau Gallie Pier and the Eau Gallie Public Library. That’s where you’ll find Squid Lips, home to some of the freshest seafood in the city.
This beachfront restaurant is possibly one of the most relaxing places to eat and have a drink. You can sit at a table directly next to the water where you can actually kick your shoes off and put your feet right in the sand.
Seafood is the name of the game here at Squid Lips. Pretty much the only thing I order from here is their oak-grilled fresh fish filet. You get the choice of grouper, mahi-mahi, redfish, or tuna right off the fishing boat, cooked and seasoned to perfection with a variety of flavors to choose from.
The Dove III Restaurant
836 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 725-3683
The Dove III Restaurant is located on the corner of East New Haven Avenue and Municipal Lane in Downtown Melbourne. What I love about this place is that you won’t find a more authentic Family-owned Italian restaurant in the city that puts as much care and attention into every detail.
They serve both dinner and lunch here at The Dove III, but I much prefer the dinner menu. It’s imperative to start with the carpaccio, in my opinion, and then I always order their veal marsala or the shrimp fra diavolo.
It gets even better, though. Executive Chef John Mattielo has personally selected various premium bottles of wine to pair perfectly with whichever meal you choose. You’ll also find a full liquor bar here as well as plenty of digestifs for after dinner.
1218 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 345-5800
This next place is called The Mansion and they are located off of East New Haven Avenue, just east of the landmark 1900 Building and right before the Melbourne Causeway Bridge.
When you get to The Mansion, you’ll notice that it’s a massive Victorian-style house converted into a phenomenal American restaurant complete with a rooftop bar and outdoor patio.
Delicious food is only the beginning when you come to The Mansion. They offer an enormous selection of fine wines, spirits, and craft beers to enjoy with your dinner. If you’re just in it for the alcohol, you can even attend their tasting events that take place regularly here at The Mansion.
Umami Restaurant and Sushi Bar
3042 W New Haven Ave, West Melbourne, FL 32904
Phone: (321) 676-5159
You’re going to want to head to the Metro West Shopping Center for this next place and look for Umami Restaurant and Sushi Bar. You will be pleasantly rewarded with one of the best restaurants in Melbourne for sushi.
I really think the most fun thing to do when you visit Umami is to order one of the moriawase options. You’ll be surprised with an assortment of sushi that is selected by the chef, so you never know what you’re going to get!
They also offer small and larger plates if you’re feeling something a little more substantial than sushi. I prefer their bulgogi dinner, but if I am eating lunch here, then I order the Japanese curry.
1819 N Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935
Phone: (321) 254-2211
Burger Inn is, hands down, one of my favorite places to grab a juicy, delicious burger when I’m in Melbourne, Florida. It’s especially convenient if you’re doing some traveling since it’s just a quick stop off of Northeast Dixie Highway/US Highway 1.
This place gives off the retro vibe of an old burger joint where you get your food in a plastic basket on checkered paper. Obviously, with a name like Burger Inn, they have delicious burgers and fries, but they also serve hot dogs as well. If you’re looking for a little extra treat, I highly recommend a classic root beer float to beat that infamous Florida heat.
Cafe Coconut Cove
4210 S Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Phone: (321) 727-3133
Up next is Cafe Coconut Cove, a German restaurant with beautiful waterfront dining options as well as a long pier stretching out into the Indian River that’s great for a stroll on the water after your meal.
Some of my favorite dishes here at Cafe Coconut Cove include their béarnaise schnitzel, the herb-crusted venison chops, and their Hungarian goulash.
Look for Cafe Coconut Cove off of South Highway A1A on Melbourne Beach, south of Coconut Point Park and Juan Ponce de Leon Landing, right across the street from the Sea View Inn beachfront hotel.
Coasters Pub and Biergarten
971 E Eau Gallie Blvd A, Melbourne, FL 32937
Phone: (321) 779-2739
Beer-lovers unite! Coasters Pub and Biergarten has everything we could ever want, and more! With over 100 beers and tons of tasty food on their menu, Coasters Biergarten is a must-visit restaurant for anyone near Melbourne.
The most amazing thing on the menu here at Coasters is their exotic burger, if you ask me. They have a rotating selection of premium exotic meats that vary based on the season which they make into succulent ½-pound burgers with your choice of toppings and sides.
Between their 100+ beers, various tap wines, and specialty cocktails, there is way too much to list here in the way of drinks. All I can say is that you really have to go check it out for yourself. Just make sure you get one of their beer growlers to take home with you!
CuiZine Restaurant & Lounge
1790 Florida A1A, Satellite Beach, FL 32937
Phone: (321) 779-3605
Up next is an intimate steakhouse just outside the city limits off of Highway A1A of Melbourne on Satellite Beach called CuiZine Restaurant & Lounge. It is 100% worth going out of your way for.
Steak is their specialty and it’s really the only thing I ever order when I have the pleasure of dining here. You’re given the choice of a 16-ounce boneless ribeye, a 14-ounce New York strip, an 8-ounce filet mignon, or an extravagant 12-ounce prime, bone in filet mignon.
CuiZine also has an enormous dessert menu for anyone like me who has a bit of a sweet tooth. My favorite desserts to order from here are their key lime-mango pie and the tiramisu.
Djon’s Steak and Lobster House
522 Ocean Ave, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Phone: (321) 722-2737
Djon’s Steak and Lobster House has got to be one of the best places to eat in Melbourne when you want some good, old-fashioned surf n’ turf.
You can find this Melbourn Beach favorite off of Ocean Avenue, right before the Melbourne Beach Pier and directly across from Ryckman Park. It’s an ideal restaurant for a romantic night out ending with a walk on the pier.
I always recommend the USDA Prime New York strip steak, but if you’re feeling extra-hungry, they serve a 22-ounce Delmonico rib chop that will blow your mind and leave you in a food-coma.
Melbourne Seafood Station
2001 S Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 327-3393
This next place is called Melbourne Seafood Station and I cannot think of a better place to go for a low-country seafood boil. If you’re not interested in a seafood boil, then I recommend one of their build-your-own bowls that you can fill with things like grits, linguine, and whatever protein you prefer.
Melbourne Seafood Station also has amazing daily deals on drinks and food from Monday to Wednesday, all day long. Monday is 10% off for military and first responders, Tuesday is double points for their reward members, Wednesday is a BOGO deal that changes monthly, and Thursday is $2 sangria and domestic beers as well as $3 house wines.
Ichabod’s Dockside Bar & Grill
2210 Front St, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 952-9532
Wrapping things up is Ichabod’s Dockside Bar & Grill over off of Front Street, right across from Claude Edge Front Street Park. You can simply walk right across the road from the park once you’ve worked up an appetite fishing and lounging on the beach.
Ichabod’s has a beautiful view of the marina where you can watch the boats come and go through Crane Creek out into the Indian River.
When you get here, I strongly recommend starting off with some New England clam chowder because it’s one of my favorite dishes. After that, you’ll be ready for something like their grilled tuna steak or some sauteed sea scallops. No matter what you order, though, it’s all fresh and delicious.
As you can see, Melbourne is like a little slice of restaurant heaven right on the water. This little coastal city is big on flavor, that’s for sure. So, when you really want to have an unforgettable meal, just check out some of the restaurants I’ve listed above and you’ll be sure to find something you love.
See any restaurants missing that you think deserve a spot? Drop me a comment below and I’d be happy to check it out!
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