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Which Cocoa Beach restaurant should I choose?

There are plenty of Cocoa Beach Restaurants, the question is where should you go? Thatís a tuff question especially when you take into account Cocoa Beach Pier restaurants and Port Canaveral Restaurants / Cape Canaveral Restaurants.

The restaurants I recommend are on the water or beach, after all thatís why youíre here. Many of the Cocoa Beach hotels on the beach also have restaurants as part of their complex.

I tend to like the local (no franchise) type places, so Iíd break down the Cocoa Beach restaurants into three different local:

  • Downtown Cocoa Beach, by Ron Jons Surf Shop Cocoa Beach
  • The Cocoa Beach Pier Restaurants
  • Port Canaveral Restaurants in the Cove (Cape Canaveral Restaurants)

    Cocoa Beach Restaurants

    More downtown Cocoa Beach than not, these restaurants are on or near the beach. So if you planning on a shopping trip to Ron Jons Surf Shop, most of these Cocoa Beach restaurants are within walking distance.

    Captain Jís  ($$)  If you stopped for drinks and a snack earlier in the day, don't give up that table, stick around for dinner.  You can people watch, as they leave beach. This is a typical seafood bar, nice beach atmosphere that turns into a bar hang out at night.

    Discovery Beach Restaurant ($$) in the Discovery Beach Resort.  Their master chef was the Executive Chef for the Thai Royal family, he is also from Switzerland.  This background brings some great Thai food and Swiss Fondue to this restaurant.  If you're a Survivor TV show fan, these guys also have a huge selection of Survivor collectibles from the TV show.

    Cocoa Beach Pier Restaurants

    If youíve never been to the Cocoa Beach Pier, dinner there is the way to go. Itís less than an hour from Orlando and puts you out over the ocean. In enjoy a drink at the bikini beach Tiki bar at the end of the pier than choose from one of these three restaurants.

    Atlantic Ocean Grill  ($$$) is probably the nicest Cocoa Beach restaurant on the ocean. Itís on the Cocoa Beach pier, tables have a northern view up the beach. Succulent steak or fresh seafood are two of itís specialties. They also have a Champaign brunch on Sundayís.

    Marlinís Good Time Bar and Grill ($$)  Stop in any time, itís about half way out the Cocoa Beach pier with a great view south towards Cocoa Beach. Snacks, sandwiches, seafoodÖ in a relaxed casual atmosphere.

    Oh Shucks Seafood Bar  ($$) Obviously very casual since it's a bikini bar (see above).  Oysters and seafood are the fare. Itís located at the base of the Cocoa Beach pier.

    Port Canaveral Restaurants

    If you just came off a gambling ship, cruise or maybe just a day at Jetty Beach Park. These Cape Canaveral restaurants couldnít be any more convenient. There also on the way from Orlando to Cocoa Beach.  There in an area of Port Canaveral called "The Cove". 

    Fishing boats off load their fresh catches of the day at the back doors of these restaurants.

    Fish Lips Waterfront Bar & Grill ($$) A casual restaurant where the entrees are less than $20.

    Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar ($$$) Grills is a unique restaurant with what they call ďIsland cuisineĒ. Probably some of the best prepared fish around, try some freshly grilled tuna or the seafood ribs.

    Rustyís Seafood & Oyster Bar ($$$) Sit out side on the large deck overlooking the port and cruise ships while you shuck a bucket of oysters. They catch much of their seafood daily. This is a great casual Florida seafood bar.

    Cocoa Beach Bikini Bars

    Although not necessarily known for their food, you may also find some munchies and some great beach atmosphere in some of my favorite bikini bars in Cocoa Beach and the pier:

    Sandbar Sports Grill & Bar Need a drink? This is a bar.  The drinks are cheap, the front of the bar is open air to the parking lot for people watching.  Unfortunately you canít see the beach, same problem with the porch at Captain Jís, but girls in a bikini still walk by.

    The Boardwalk on Cocoa Beach Pier, stroll up from the beach onto the Cocoa Beach Pier and grab a beer or frozen daiquiri. This is where I go for a late afternoon cocktail. Sit in the shade, have a drink and some munchies and watch some bikini beach volleyball, skim boarding and surfing. The crowd on the beach can get pretty interesting after a day of drinking.

    Barely off the beach

    Wahoo Coffee Company is a great little coffee cafe with live music and artists.  It's not far from the Cocoa Beach Pier so stop by.  Bob says bikinis are welcome!  My kind of place.

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