4 Cocoa Beach Restaurants on the Water You Need to Try
4 Cocoa Beach Restaurants on the Water You Need to Try
“Smell the sea and feel the sky/Let your soul and spirit fly …” – Van Morrison
In addition to its beautiful white-sand beaches and longstanding reputation as the “East Coast Surfing Capital,” Cocoa Beach, Florida, is known for its incredible seafood eateries and laid-back tiki bars. Seeking the absolute best restaurants in Cocoa Beach on the water with breathtaking ocean views? Look no farther than the amazing dining establishments and bars located at the world-famous Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier – where you and your family and friends can enjoy excellent grub along with a prime oceanside seat to all the action on the beach! In fact, the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, a historic landmark that stretches 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, boasts the finest selection of Cocoa Beach restaurants on the water for both visitors and locals alike. Here are four great Cocoa Beach restaurants on the water that you definitely need to check out during your next road trip to Florida’s Space Coast:
1 | Havin’ Some Fun at The Boardwalk Bar
Home to the “Best Happy Hour on Cocoa Beach,” The Boardwalk Bar at Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier also boasts delicious cuisine and an extensive selection of specialty cocktails, along with spectacular beach and ocean views. Relax, unwind and savor the ocean breezes as you sip on your favorite cocktail at this immensely popular open-air eatery. Start your seaside feast with an enticing appetizer such as Lobster Bisque, Crab and Seafood Dip, Jumbo Battered Onion Rings, Chef’s Killer Wings or Sea Salt & Vinegar Sidewinders. Save room for one of the hearty entrees, including Seafood Jambalaya, Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Baked Stuffed Clams and Fresh Maine Lobster. Enjoy refreshing and innovative cocktails with distinctive names such as The Original Pieradise, A Russian Monkey, The Key Lime Drink, Berried Pleasure and Build Your Own Mojito, among others. If you’re craving a beach atmosphere in a comfortable setting, The Boardwalk Bar definitely hits the spot!
2 | Savoring Fresh Seafood at Keith’s Oyster Bar
Critically acclaimed author Eleanor Clark once famously declared, “Obviously, if you don’t love life, you can’t enjoy an oyster.” If you absolutely love oysters, Keith’s Oyster Bar at Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is the place to be! Known as the “Best Place to Drop Anchor on the Pier,” Keith’s features Oysters Served Your Way (raw, steamed, Buffalo or BBQ). If oysters are not your thing, you can also choose from a variety of other delicious menu items, including Steamed and Fried Shrimp, Island Coconut Shrimp Bucket, Steamed Clams, Burgers, Sandwiches and New England Lobster Rolls. In the mood for a tropical cocktail, ice-cold beer, mixed drink or glass of wine? Keith’s offers up a fully stocked liquor bar to satisfy every taste. In addition, great live entertainment can be heard at Keith’s Oyster Bar several nights a week. In fact, popular local musical acts such as Fes Up, Kings County, The Jeremy Hagen Duo, Dana and Sharon, Bro Code, Trip Tide, Absolute Blue and others perform here regularly. A lazy afternoon hanging out at Keith’s Oyster Bar perfectly exemplifies the lyrics from the song “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” by country music singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney: “The sun and the sand and a drink in my hand.” Don’t miss it!
3 | Feasting Beachside at Pelican’s Bar & Grill
A casual oceanside eatery at Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, Pelican’s Bar & Grill soars high with its extraordinary menu full of fresh seafood and burgers, tropical cocktails, friendly service, a relaxed atmosphere and panoramic ocean views. Bring a hearty appetite to Pelican’s and enjoy such favorites as Lobster Mac & Cheese, Nori Tuna Steak, Tuna Poke, Chicken Piccata, Baked Stuffed Clams, Southern-Fried Gator, Pier Burger, Salmon BLT, Piled High Pastrami Sandwich, famous Creamy Clam Chowder and signature Cocoa Beach Tacos. Wash it all down with one of the refreshing handcrafted drinks at Pelican’s such as Cool as a Cucumber, Castaway Rum Punch or Cocoa Set Sail. Pelican’s also features several flat-screen TVs tuned to local, national and international sporting events. You’ll want to return again and again!
4 | Chillin’ Out at Rikki Tiki Tavern
For the ultimate tiki bar experience, you no longer have to venture all the way down the Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys. Rikki Tiki Tavern at Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier has it all – whether you desire to relax and unwind with your favorite cocktail or ice-cold beer, feast on a tender Lobster Club Sandwich or juicy Pier Burger, listen to laid-back live music or simply marvel at the spectacular panoramic ocean view! Just stroll the entire length of the Pier and mosey up to the bar at the Rikki Tiki Tavern where you will be greeted like an old friend. Enjoy live entertainment from talented local musicians several nights a week at Rikki Tiki Tavern, which also serves as the ideal locale to catch a beautiful sunset or one of the frequent SpaceX launches from nearby Kennedy Space Center. Rikki Tiki Tavern is definitely the coolest place on the beach!
Escape to Cocoa Beach Today!
To fully enjoy the laid-back Cocoa Beach experience with its delicious cuisine, white-sand beaches, tropical vibe and endless outdoor activities, why not make it a weekend getaway? The new Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort lies just one mile from the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier and features spacious two-bedroom suites in Cocoa Beach and the state-of-the-art Wakulla Falls Water Park, for those looking for Cocoa Beach resorts with water parks. In addition, Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort offers complimentary scheduled transportation to and from the Pier. See ya at Happy Hour!