Bird watchers, nature lovers, and beach-goers will all fall in love with Vero Beach, Florida. Its white, sandy beaches and endless blue Atlantic horizons offer fun in the sun for any type of beach vacationer.
Sports enthusiasts can spend the day at South Beach Park playing volleyball interspersed with refreshing dips into the ocean.
Nature lovers and bird watchers can marvel at brown pelicans flying overhead as they hike through Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Vero Beach is also home to one of the more spectacular botanical gardens in the state, with lush tropical scenery bisected by lily pad-filled streams.
Vero Beach is a tropical paradise with a wealth of natural beauty to enjoy, and it’s also got a great culinary scene to replenish a long day of sun and sea.
During my last trip to Vero Beach, I went looking for the best restaurants and found a variety of different cuisines and dining experiences.
Best Restaurants in Vero Beach
- Kilted Mermaid
- The Tides Beach Club
- Fire and Wine
- Mrs Mac’s Fillin Station
- Lemon Tree
- Italian Grill
- Bobby’s Restaurant & Lounge
- Taco Dive
- Saigon Sushi
- Ocean Grill
- C.J. Cannon’s
Read on to explore my list of the best restaurants in Vero Beach that are sure to hit the spot, whether you’re craving tacos, sushi, or Italian.
1937 Old Dixie Hwy, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Located across Old Dixie Highway from Pocahontas Park, Kilted Mermaid is a hip, boho-chic beer and wine bar that has locally and globally sourced wines and a massive 80+ craft beer selection.
The bohemian beach décor, relaxing and casual vibe, and live music performances make Kilted Mermaid a wonderful place to enjoy a night out on the town.
In addition to wine and beer, the Kilted Mermaid offers cocktails and a luxurious bar fare menu that includes artisanal cheese plates, cheese, and chocolate fondues, salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads.
Their small plates run the global gamut from duck empanadas to hummus to freshly baked soft pretzels.
3103 Cardinal Dr. Vero Beach, FL 32963
The Tides is a beautiful fine-dining New American bistro in an intimate, refurbished beach cottage surrounded by tropical plants minutes from Humiston Beach Park. Executive Chef Leanne Kelleher creates a spectacular menu using locally sourced seafood, produce, and meat, along with a wine list that wins the Wine Spectator’s Award for Excellence.
The multi-course menu uses global flavors and fresh local ingredients to create small plates, salads, and entrees that fuse cooking traditions and cuisines.
I started with the pan-seared sea scallops with soba noodle, wasabi avocado mousse, spicy mustard, and sriracha aioli. The crispy half duck with whipped potatoes was a delicious main course.
Fire and Wine
2950 9th St SW, Vero Beach, FL 32968
Located in the Winn Dixie Shopping Plaza, a few minutes from South County Regional Park, Fire and Wine is a cozy fine-dining bistro and wine bar that is one of the few establishments to receive five-star reviews across the board from Yelp.
The beautifully colorful plating of creative seafood and meat dishes, along with impeccable service, make Fire and Wine a local treasure.
The menu has a small selection of starters and an incredible main course menu, with each dish more enticing than the next.
I couldn’t decide between the red wine braised beef short ribs and the cornmeal fried white trout with griddled gulf shrimp.
Mrs Mac’s Fillin Station
951 Old Dixie Hwy, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Established in 1992 in an old 50s-style gas station just north of Nevins, Mrs. Mac’s Fillin Station is the sister location of the famed Key Largo haunt, Mrs Mac’s Kitchen, which opened in 1976.
Owned by Loren and Patrick Moran, Mrs. Mac’s is a fun old-school soda fountain, offering all the classic American comfort foods in an old-timey space with countless vintage knickknacks.
They’re open for breakfast and lunch, offering hearty homemade comfort food and fresh baked goods. You must try their homemade sticky buns with a coffee while you wait for your meal.
I recommend the Maserati breakfast sandwich with melted provolone and cheddar, crisp bacon, scrambled eggs, spinach, and sliced tomato on grilled sourdough.
3125 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Located just north of Humiston Beach Park, The Lemon Tree is a bright and airy breakfast and lunch eatery with pale yellow walls, old wood beach signs, and sea green vinyl booths.
The fresh plates are as colorful and sunny as the atmosphere, making it a wonderful way to start your morning before heading to Humiston beach for the afternoon.
Breakfast and lunch are both excellent, with a variety of regional favorites from pancakes to corned beef hash.
I recommend their light and flavorful lemon blueberry pancakes that come with your choice of corned beef has or a side of bacon.
2180 58th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32966
Italian Grill is an upscale yet inviting Italian restaurant and wine bar that has been serving Sabal Terrace for nearly 30 years.
The charming wood interior with dim lighting, a marble bar, and walls lined with eclectic art and photographs is a charming and romantic setting in which to enjoy authentic Italian food.
The menu at Italian Grill has a wealth of small plates, pasta, baked pasta, seafood, veal, and chicken dishes from Northern and Southern Italy.
I loved their Shrimp Basilicatta with shrimp and scallops sauteed in garlic with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and basil, then tossed with penne pasta.
Bobby’s Restaurant & Lounge
3450 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Located in Village Spires, a block from Sexton Plaza Beach, Bobby’s Restaurant and Lounge is a casual American steakhouse, sports bar, and cocktail lounge with a local beach vibe and friendly service.
They’re open late and serve high-quality steaks, seafood, burgers, and sandwiches, not to mention dangerously well-poured cocktails.
Bobby’s makes the best prime rib in town, which you can get as a plate, a wrap, or a sandwich. I had the mouthwatering Bobby’s French Dip with juicy prime rib on French bread, and prime rib jus for dipping served with creamy coleslaw and thick-cut French fries.
1901 14th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Taco Dive’s motto is “Not Your Average Hole in the Wall,” and I argue that it’s no hole-in-the-wall at all but a hip gastropub serving creative Mexican American fusion dishes.
Located between Edgewood and Knights, Taco Dive takes a modern approach to Mexican street food by fusing flavors from around the U.S. into a tasty handheld treat.
For an unconventional taco, try The Under Dog with a grilled all-beef hot dog topped with cabbage tomato, cucumber, jalapeno, onion, queso fresco, spicy mustard, and cheese.
They also make delicious, made-to-order guacamole and salsas with fresh chips to enjoy with a cold pint of draft beer.
1866 14th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960
If you’re wondering whether Siagon Sushi is a Vietnamese or Japanese eatery, it’s both! Located in Knights, Saigon Sushi is a Pan Asian eatery in a humble and quaint eatery. They have authentic dishes from Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and China for affordable prices.
Whether you want pad Thai, nigiri, or shumai, you’ll find all your favorites on this eclectic menu. I started with the Vietnamese Crepe, a pan-fried crepe filled with pork, shrimp, scallions, and bean sprouts, served with Saigon dipping sauce.
My favorite main course was the curry fish, a coconut curry dish with pineapple, snow peas, bell peppers, basil, and bamboo shoots.
1050 Beachland Blvd, Vero Beach, FL 32963
You won’t find a more iconic and picturesque restaurant in Vero Beach than the historic Ocean Grill, opened 70 years ago by Vero Beach pioneer Waldo Sexto on the shores of the Atlantic.
Decades later, the Ocean Grill still stands despite various disastrous hurricanes, and the Replogles family is in its second generation of family ownership.
The seafood-centric menu uses the day’s freshest catches from up and down the Atlantic coast. They also offer dry-aged steaks in classic steakhouse fashion.
I recommend starting with the smoked fish dip followed by their wonderful jumbo lump crab cakes with mango salsa and remoulade sauce.
3414 Cherokee Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32960
C.J. Cannon’s is a family-friendly, fashionable yet old-school American comfort food restaurant overlooking the Vero Beach Airport runways, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and adorned with countless aircraft memorabilia.
The large restaurant has a banquet hall, sports bar lounge, outdoor patio, and main dining room. C.J Cannon’s has been serving Vero Beach and hosting countless weddings and special events for just shy of 40 years.
The massive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus have classic American, Southwestern, Italian, and Southern comfort dishes.
The more informal lunch menu has burgers, sandwiches, salads, and soups, while the dinner menu has steak, seafood, poultry, and barbecue dishes.
Whether you’re looking for a casual taco joint, a bohemian wine and beer bar, or a fine dining New American bistro, the best restaurants in Vero Beach encompass a wide range of dining experiences and cuisines.
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