What could be better than good food, good friends and an incredible view? Outdoor dining is a popular pastime pretty much year-round in our state, and there are thousands of restaurants to choose from. Here are a few of the best beachfront restaurants in Florida, and we hope you’ll share your personal favorites with us, too.
1. Casablanca Cafe, Fort Lauderdale
Casablanca Cafe turned a gorgeous historic home into an incredible Mediterranean-themed restaurant. Add in the ocean view, and it just doesn't get more romantic than this.
2. Oceanside Beach Bar & Grill, Flagler Beach
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Oceanside has all of your favorite American classics, plus a few tasty Greek specialties.
3. Beach Walk Cafe, Henderson Park Inn, Destin
This upscale restaurant at Henderson Park Inn has award-winning food complemented by jaw-dropping views of some of Florida's best Emerald Coast beaches.
4. Salute! On The Beach, Key West
You've probably heard of its sister restaurant, Blue Heaven, but Salute! definitely deserves some attention. Blend Italian fare with a dash of Caribbean flavor and fresh seafood, and you've got the recipe for a perfect meal.
5. The Blue Heron Beachfront Bistro, Flagler Beach
Whether you're craving comfort food or a gourmet brunch, is the perfect spot for a beachside breakfast. It's located right on scenic A1A, with indoor and outdoor views of the ocean.
6. Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, Clearwater
This longstanding laid-back local favorite features live music, fresh seafood, and "free sunsets" on the Gulf of Mexico. What more could you ask for?
7. Benny's on the Beach, Lake Worth
For decades, Benny's has been a beachside landmark in Lake Worth. From their location right on the pier, you won't find better views accompanying such creative creations and cocktails.
8. Paradise Grille, Pass-a-Grille
Location, location, location. If you've never been to the little strip of heaven that is Pass-a-Grille (near St. Pete Beach), you're missing out. It won't take long to realize why it's called Paradise Grille.
9. The Surf Hut, Destin
This casual, family-friendly restaurant has something for everyone. Seafood, barbecue, yummy frozen drinks, and a beachfront game area ensures everyone has a great time.
10. Crabby Joe's Deck & Grill, Daytona Beach Shores
You'll feel like you're floating on the ocean when dining at this restaurant located smack-dab on historic Sunglow Pier. The casual comfort food is perfect for a day of fishing and sightseeing on the pier.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? What’s your favorite place to eat on the beach in Florida?