Though we love spending time enjoyable on our famous Florida beaches, we’re even greater followers of beachfront dining within the Sunshine State. There’s nothing higher than pairing that toes-in-the-sand expertise with meal and some boat drinks.
For Floridians, the beachfront restaurant choices are mainly innumerable. We determined to share our listing of the most effective, starting from wonderful dining to flip-flops informal.
These are locations with wonderful waterfront views the place you can find Florida meals comparable to grouper, Key lime pie and oysters from the Gulf – or maybe only a nice cheeseburger or a plate of superior rooster wings.
Presented in alphabetical order, the listing is culled from USA TODAY Network contributors in coastal communities throughout Florida, the place eating places hug the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
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6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; 941-778-6444; beachbistro.com
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island’s Beach Bistro is one of probably the most celebrated eating places within the state. Offering wonderful dining centered round Floridian delicacies that you could get pleasure from whereas wearing your favorite sensible informal apparel, the bistro locations company proper on the sands of Holmes Beach or indoors the place it has an impressive new air filtration system.
Must-try gadgets embody the Bistro Bouillabaisse, full of lobster tails, jumbo shrimp, shellfish, octopus and extra in a broth so good it might be consumed as a standalone beverage. We additionally extremely suggest the Lobstercargots, that are chunks of native spiny lobster slow-cooked in a crock with herbed spinach and garlic butter. You’ll see comparable gadgets on different menus, however this one’s the unique!
Other common entrees are the coconut and cashew-crusted grouper, the meat tenderloin ready in a traditional Charlemagne type and the home lamb completed with a port and rosemary demi-glace – served with a complementary sip of Warre’s Reserve Port.
Husband and spouse workforce Sean Murphy and Susan Timmins opened Beach Bistro in 1985.
Despite many different endeavors, the couple keep the excessive requirements that landed Beach Bistro glowing evaluations in The New York Times in 2009, the Los Angeles Times in 2019 and quite a few events in Florida Trend, which inducted Beach Bistro into its Golden Spoon Hall of Fame.
Beach Bistro is open for dinner day by day from 5 to 10 p.m. Make your reservations far upfront. – Wade Tatangelo, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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Benny’s on the Beach
10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth Beach, 561-582-9001, bennysonthebeach.com
Benny’s on the Beach in central Palm Beach County takes beachfront dining excessive, actually. The spot is perched on the Lake Worth Beach pier, so it seems to soar over the waves. It’s a setting made for sipping jalapeño-mango margaritas between conch fritter bites whereas gazing on the ocean.
The informal seaside cafe has been a favorite because it opened in 1986. When new homeowners took over in 2013, they employed fine-dining chef Jeremy Hanlon, who rewrote the menu whereas retaining the beachy really feel of all of it. Featuring dishes to match the wonderful views, Benny’s turned a dining vacation spot.
In addition to the menu’s seaside bar classics, Benny’s gives recent fish ready in 4 yummy methods: a la plancha, fritto misto type with crispy veggies, stir-fried with pineapple and veggies and “straight up” with lemon and further butter.
Benny’s is open day by day at 7 a.m. Breakfast and lunch are first-come, first-served. Reservations are urged at dinner. – Liz Balmaseda, The Palm Beach Post
Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant
691 First St. N., Jacksonville Beach, 904-270-0025, casamarinahotel.com
For almost a century, the Casa Marina Hotel has provided gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean to resort company, condo dwellers and diners. (It opened June 6, 1925, the identical day Pablo Beach was renamed Jacksonville Beach.)
Named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the Historic Hotels of America, the Mediterranean Revival oceanfront resort and restaurant is a well-liked spot for weddings, Sunday brunch and drinks from the Penthouse Lounge, which gives a view of the Jacksonville Beach Pier lower than two blocks away.
Don’t come for the view alone. The Penthouse Lounge gives small-plate choices, together with seared ahi tuna, Kobe sliders and shrimp tacos. Brunch staples embody a range of Benedicts, shrimp and grits, rooster and waffles, steak and eggs, the Grand French Toast – and, of course, mimosas and bloody marys.
The Penthouse Lounge is open 3 p.m. to midnight Monday by Thursday; 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The Casa Marina Restaurant serves Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are accepted. – Gary T. Mills, The Florida Times-Union
Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill
7 Rockaway St., Clearwater; 727-446-4844; frenchysonline.com/frenchys-rockaway
Placing company on the sugary white sands of Clearwater Beach, Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill excels at many seafood choices however stays most well-known for its recent grouper sandwiches.
In 1981, Michael “Frenchy” Preston opened his namesake cafe. He specialised in recent fish, largely grouper sandwiches, and inside a pair of years of opening the restaurant, he purchased his first boat and began Frenchy’s Seafood. The firm has grown right into a fleet of business fishing boats, supplying Preston’s spectacular empire of Frenchy’s eating places with recent grouper, snapper and different fish.
An open-air vacation spot with two massive bars overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Rockaway Grill opened in 1991 and ranks as the most important of the Frenchy’s eating places. It’s a high spot for having fun with seafood with, say, a rum runner, in a positively informal setting sometimes full of dwell music.
Though it appears virtually sacrilegious to benefit from the grouper sandwich any approach apart from grilled, there are heaps of choices comparable to Buffalo, Cajun and the Original “Grouper” Reuben, which covers the fish in sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese. Other common menu gadgets embody the she-crab soup and Frenchy’s Garlic Crab Fries (beer-battered fries tossed in garlic butter and parsley, topped with garlic aioli, Old Bay and snow crab).
Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill serves lunch and dinner day by day, beginning at 11 a.m. – Wade Tatangelo, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Lou’s Blues Bar & Grill
3191 N. State Road A1A, Indialantic, 321-779-2299, lousbluesbarandgrill.com
By day, Lou’s Blues is a relaxed seaside cafe. Amble up the again stairs to the second-floor veranda and, for those who’re fortunate, snag a desk alongside the railing overlooking the Atlantic. Diners arrive with sandy ft and furry pals, recent off the close by canine seaside.
By evening, it’s dinner and a present. Enjoy some of the world’s favorite blues and rock bands, acting on a stage that floats someplace between the primary flooring and the second-story gallery.
The menu options hand-breaded calamari, oysters on the half shell and steamed clams. Some dishes pay homage to musical royalty, such because the Steve Thorpedo, a meatball sub named after the late blues guitarist Steve Thorpe; and the Johnny Winter Funky Chicken sandwich.
Lou’s opened in 2002 in a 1955 constructing with a storied previous because the Dragon Lady Lounge. Though tales of her bordello historical past are little greater than gossip, a chandelier hangs heavy with brassieres left by company who enthusiastically loved the drinks and music.
– Suzy Fleming Leonard, FLORIDA TODAY
The Ocean Deck
127 S. Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach, 386-253-5224, oceandeck.com
The Ocean Deck has been a well-liked place for the reason that Fifties. It’s had the identical reggae home band for the reason that Nineties. It’s proper on the seaside, so you possibly can stroll out the again door and step onto the sand. This makes it Daytona Beach’s most timeless beachfront dining and ingesting vacation spot. A hangout for each vacationers and locals.
The enterprise modified palms from its longtime proprietor in 2012, however the brand new companions stored their pledge to stay with the identical island, beachy vibe. The backside flooring is a bar with a deck out on the seaside; the higher flooring is a quieter restaurant. It serves seafood, burgers and sandwiches, however no matter you order, have it with their celebrated Rasta sauce.
Open 11 to 2 a.m. Parking is tight, so it’s finest to go together with the valet parking in entrance. – Mark Lane, The Daytona Beach News-Journal
Peg Leg Pete’s
1010 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, 850-932-4139; peglegpetes.com
Peg Leg Pete’s simply celebrated its thirtieth birthday on Pensacola Beach. The restaurant and bar has turn into an establishment on the subject of go-to, informal seafood spots that amplify the seaside’s stunning surroundings and encapsulate its tradition.
Nestled comfortably between Fort Pickens and the central-most stretch of Pensacola Beach, Pete’s is yearly within the working for finest oysters and finest rooster wings on the town. That crown goes for all of Pensacola, not simply the seaside.
The pirate theme is sufficiently subtle that it’s not too gimmicky however serves its function of projecting a enjoyable really feel for vacationers and locals. Speaking of which, one mantra of Peg Leg’s is “tourists are treated as if they lived here.” The restaurant’s homeowners run Sidelines, Pensacola Beach’s oldest sports activities bar, and Maria’s Seafood downtown, arguably the second-most-trusted seafood market within the 850 behind the historic Joe Patty’s Seafood.
There are extra upscale choices on the seaside, positive, however for those who’d quite not throw on that gown or button-up, the meals high quality, trusted model identify and breathtaking views at Peg Leg Pete’s have made it a perfect-medium dining expertise on the seaside for 3 a long time. – Jake Newby, Pensacola News Journal
Redfish by Chef Adrianne
9610 Old Cutler Road, Miami, 305-668-8788, redfishmiami.com
Forget South Beach. For a singular beachfront expertise, drive on. Ride south on Old Cutler Road, the place a cover of banyan bushes leads you to Miami-Dade County’s lush Matheson Hammock. This 91-year-old public park is dwelling to Redfish by Chef Adrianne, a seafood-centric restaurant that sits on the park’s seaside. It’s not the sort of ocean-edge seaside one would possibly anticipate, however a man-made saltwater lagoon that’s refreshed by Biscayne Bay. Still, the view is pure seaside, glowing waters and sky.
There’s good meals to match that view. Adrianne Calvo is a celebrated Miami chef who constructed a strong foodie following within the suburbs at her California-style Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Bar. At Redfish, her appetizer menu gives such delights as Bahamian conch fritters, ceviche and littleneck clams in fried garlic and sofrito broth. Main dishes embody entire crispy snapper, cioppino with grilled bread and steaks, plus uncooked bar bites and sandwiches. And, sure, there’s Key lime pie for dessert.
Last summer time, Redfish revived the park’s historic coral rock constructing, which took a severe beating throughout Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The injury was so unhealthy that the earlier tenant (the unrelated Red Fish Grill) needed to shut for good, leaving the construction uninhabited for 3 years. It’s again in an enormous, Miami-splashy sort of approach. (Think waterfront cabanas and a rooftop commentary deck with sweeping water views.)
The constructing is a personality of its personal. You could have seen it within the 1998 Farrelly brothers film “There’s Something About Mary,” when Matt Dillon’s character eavesdrops on Mary (Cameron Diaz) as she lunches with pals on the then-Red Fish Grill. The present restaurant is the setting for the most recent Pitbull music video. That’s Chef Adrianne bringing Mr. 305 a waterfront seafood feast as he sips on chilled tequila blanco. How Miami is that? – Liz Balmaseda, The Palm Beach Post
Shucker’s on the Gulfshore & The Cottage Bar
1250 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, 239-765-5440, shuckersfmb.com
This charming clapboard cottage has served up meals and Gulf of Mexico views for greater than a century. Owned by the identical households since 1972, the multilevel, multifunctional area by no means appears to cease.
Known to locals merely as The Cottage, that is one of the uncommon spots on Fort Myers Beach the place you can begin your day with mimosas and eggs Benedict within the sand, lunch on tacos and burgers on an umbrella-shaded patio, head inside for steaks, oysters and native seafood for dinner, catch a spectacular Gulf sundown from the deck, then dance the evening away with dwell music and rum-fueled cocktails.
The something-for-everyone menus vary from vegan smoothies to Gulf shrimp po’ boys and New Zealand rack of lamb. But it’s the views – lapping waves, sugar-white sand, diving pelicans – that persistently take your breath away. Just as they’ve for 100 years.
The Cottage is open from 8 a.m. to midnight day by day. – Annabelle Tometich, The (Fort Myers) News-Press
Waldo’s Restaurant & Bar
3150 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, 772-231-7091, historicwaldos.com
The historic Waldo’s Restaurant and Bar, billed as “the Last of the Great American Hangouts,” is an element of the Driftwood Inn, now known as the Driftwood Resort on Florida’s Treasure Coast. It was inbuilt 1935 out of driftwood by Waldo Sexton, a Vero Beach pioneering settler. There’s a delightfully rustic indoor dining room and ample outside seating overlooking the seaside, in addition to the stylish pool scene.
Waldo’s presents a menu jam-packed with appetizers, salads, sandwiches, baskets and entrees for lunch and dinner. Popular gadgets embody the rooster wings, smoked mahi fish dip, shrimp and scallop scampi, the cheeseburger topped with french fries and coleslaw, and the captain’s platter (shrimp, oysters and mahi-mahi beer-battered and deep-fried to a golden brown).
In addition to the actually distinctive setting with a bar that does double obligation serving company indoors and outdoors, Waldo’s gives an attention-grabbing lineup of libations and options dwell music by top-shelf native musicians almost daily.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The bar is open till midnight Monday-Saturday and till 11 p.m. Sunday. – Laurie Ok. Blandford, TCPalm/Treasure Coast Newspapers