Come find your personal space in the sand and soak up the sun while experiencing memorable dining throughout Cocoa Beach. Love great food? This authentic beach town takes food seriously, and 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.
Centrally located 45 minutes east of Orlando, Cocoa Beach is a place where sandy beaches meet world-famous surfing and oceanfront happy hours. It’s a place where nature provides a landscape to enjoy idyllic temperatures and it’s where cruise ships, natural wonders and rocket launches delight year-round.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s go!
Dining and Attraction Highlights
Expect a casual, yet romantic atmosphere at the Fat Snook where simple dishes with fresh fish and seafood from local waters are served. Specialty dishes include tuna tartare, Cuba Libre braised pork belly, grilled harissa shrimp and grilled salmon pinwheel.
Many places in Cocoa Beach offer gluten-free dining, but if you’re looking for a place that captures the upscale vibe of Cocoa Beach, look no further. Their menu specializes in fresh seafood, steaks, award winning soups, and much more. What we especially love about their menu is the gluten-free items are clearly marked and the options seem endless.
Thai Thai isn’t located in Cocoa Beach exactly, but it’s one mile north so close enough. The menu boasts an extensive menu of traditional Thai & Japanese dishes, plus sushi and lunch specials.
Sandbar Sports Grill is a surfer-style sports tavern located right on the beach. Popular for its location, this laid back atmosphere has a mouthwatering menu, drink deals, and live music nightly. Make sure you try the fish tacos as visitors and locals alike love them.
One of the many options available at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, this casual Oceanside bar and grill serves up fresh seafood, famous clam chowder and decadent desserts in a setting that overlooks the ocean.
With a visit to Kennedy Space Center, you can strap in and launch as part of one of the most realistic spaceflight simulators in the world or immerse your imagination inside the immense IMAX Theater experience. And that's just the beginning. Get up close to Space Shuttle Atlantis in a remarkable display, have lunch with an astronaut, and if you learn something along the way, well, that's the price you pay.
Literally right on the beach, Coconuts on the Beach is a popular choice for those wanting to watch the waves, sip some drinks and grab a bite to eat.
Florida’s largest craft brewery is located in Port Canaveral, minutes from Cocoa Beach. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy up to 14 different products in its Tap Room including hard cider. The Tap Room also has life-size games ready to be played by guests of all ages.
A local favorite for not only the coffee but also its fantastic menu, which includes all-natural fruit smoothies, bagel sandwiches, breakfast wraps, panini sandwiches, soups and salads. Stop in before you head out to the beach or while you shop in Downtown Cocoa Beach.
Not only is The Surfinista a surf shop and art gallery, but it’s also a café. Specializing in organic acai and pitaya bowls, its menu also includes fresh organic juices and light lunch options.
The Green Room Café offers a varied menu of organic food - vegetarian, vegan, wheat and gluten-free choices. They desire to cover all your family's desires and their specialties include: sandwiches, wraps, salads, tasty vegetarian and vegan choices, wheat and gluten-free alternatives (including desserts), and homemade soups.
Rock the Guac serves traditional fast-casual Mexican. Choose from burritos, tacos, burrito bowls or salads, add your meat and fresh toppings for the most rockin’ meal. Don’t forget to add homemade guacamole to your order.
Yes, you can get traditional Irish food in Cocoa Beach! Pull up a seat to the bar at this traditional, yet non-smoking Irish pub and enjoy imported beers and authentic Irish food.
If you’ve always dreamed about surfing the ocean’s waves but never delved into this popular sport, there’s no better place to get started than Cocoa Beach. And when your surf lessons are over, it's time to treat 'yo self! Stop by the Shark Pit Bar & Grill inside Cocoa Beach Surf Company. The restaurant is surrounded by a 5,600 gallon shark and exotic fish aquarium and its menu includes items like ahi tuna, bang bang shrimp, burgers and so much more.
After a day at the beach, you will love stopping by The Fat Donkey. The menu offers a variety of dairy treats with popular flavors like Butterscotch Bomb, Calypso Crunch, Mai Kai and Coconut Pineapple. Or try a Zonkey – soft serve ice cream layered with sorbet or Italian ice. Vegan options are available as well.
Take in the sights and get an aerial tour of Cocoa Beach and its surrounding areas with Cocoa Beach Helicopters. Enjoy incredible views of Florida's coastlines and classic landmarks from the birds-eye perspective. Up to three passengers can fly in air-conditioned comfort as you smoothly cruise over the beautiful scenery and wildlife below. With large clear windows and a head-to-toe front bubble canopy, this helicopter adventure will create memories to last a lifetime. Located right next to The Cove at Port Canaveral, the dining options are endless and you won't be disappointed.