4 Cocoa Beach Restaurants on the Water You Need to Try

Aug 24, 2023

4 Cocoa Beach Restaurants on the Water  | Tasty Travel | Westgate Resorts
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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 further 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 | Pier 62 Oceanfront Restaurant & Bar | Pier 62 Oceanfront Restaurant & Bar is a wholly reimagined concept with a brand-new menu, including a full sushi bar and sake cocktail offerings. Pier 62 features outdoor seating and roll-up windows for guests of all ages to take in the oceanfront views and exquisite Florida sunsets. Located where Pelican's was on Cocoa Beach Pier, Pier 62 offers a uniquely beautiful place to eat when visiting the Space Coast. See Pier 62's menu.


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2 | 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 Pier-adise, 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! See The Boardwalk Bar's menu.

3 | 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! See Rikki Tiki Tavern's menu.

4 | Sea Dogs | If you're looking for a carnival food type setting, Sea Dogs is where you should go! This spot is perfect after a fun day at the beach or for a quick grub after surf lessons at the pier. The laid back eatery sells delicious Nathan's Hotdogs, fries, chips, popcorn, nachos, smoothies, turkey legs - and of course, soft serve ice cream cones with toppings! Guests rave about the big portions that are served. Sea Dogs is more than just your typical beachside food shack. You'll love the atmosphere, fast and friendly service, and delicious food that's served here.

BONUS #1 | Maui J's Shaved Ice | Everyone knows the best way to cool off on a bright, sunny vacation day at Cocoa Beach is with an amazing shaved ice experience, featuring unique flavors unlike anything you've had before! Come on down to Cocoa Beach Pier and join us at Maui J's, the best shaved ice in Central Florida! See Maui J's menu.

BONUS #2 | Chip Wrecked | Tantalize your tastebuds and dive into loaded kettle-cooked chip bowls packed with punchy ingredients. Let this elevated beach snack take you on a flavor journey from Mexican street corn to Italian alfredo. Chip Wrecked will offer a unique menu of loaded chip trays packed with flavor as you dive into special recipes and a fusion of toppings. See the Chip Wrecked menu.

BONUS #3 | Ohana Subs | Boar's Head meats and fresh produce come alive on these delicious subs, featuring local specialty breads tied together with toppings of your choice. Feeling frisky? Try one of our signature menu items with fresh ingredients. With full customizations and made-to-order food on the go, Ohana Subs will allow guests to choose from premium, locally-sourced ingredients. This quick-service sandwich shop doesn’t skimp on quality and is perfect for the whole family. See the Ohana Subs menu.

BONUS #4 | Ocean Freeze Daiquiri Bar | Ocean Freeze is your classic daiquiri bar featuring your favorite frozen concoctions. These layered and swirled handcrafted cocktails will have you chilling out in no time. Choose your favorite flavors in a souvenir yard cup and feel the freeze! Enjoy creative daiquiri recipes while chilling on the beach in the beautiful sun. Sample all the flavors as you work on your tan and play in the surf. See Ocean Freeze's menu.

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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!

For travel tips and guides to Cocoa Beach, visit our Westgate Resorts Travel Blog.


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* Westgate Resorts is in no way affiliated with the attractions featured in this article. Items or places listed are current as of the publishing date of this article. Please call or visit the respective website for the most up-to-date offerings and details.

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