During a recent trip to Florida’s Space Coast, my daughter, Peyton, and I dined at the Squid Lips Melbourne location. I had eaten at Sebastian’s Squid Lips, but the ambiance at the Melbourne location was far better. Due to the extreme heat, we opted to eat indoors, which seemed to be a popular choice judging by how many guests were doing the same.
Squid Lips is in a gorgeous building that used to be a hotel. The decor is nautical in theme, but is very clean, unlike many other seafood restaurants of the same. Squid Lips prides themselves on having more upscale menu offerings than typical beachfront establishments.
The menu options were plentiful and I liked that the fresh catch made up a huge portion of it. Peyton and I started our meal with Queso Dip and Chips, which was good, but not spectacular. Still, we appreciated the trio of colored tortilla chips.
For lunch, Peyton chose her favorite, Teriyaki Garlic Boneless Wings, and I opted for the Shrimp, Chicken, and Sausage Jambalaya. Our waitress had never tried it but informed me that the dish was spicy, which was the selling point for me. My meal also came with a salad, which I paired with their delicious blue cheese dressing. Our friendly server brought us a loaf of their specialty coconut bread, which was moist and absolutely heavenly. We both slathered the slice of bread in real butter (kudos!) and enjoyed every bite.
For drinks, Peyton tried the Marina Margarita; Patrón and Grand Marnier with sweet & sour mix and a splash of OJ. She thoroughly enjoyed it. Squid Lips offers a nice cocktail menu and great happy hour discounts, as well. I ordered a sweet tea to drink, but after realizing that it was not fresh brewed, I switched to Diet Coke.
Our food arrived timely and we dug in. Peyton inhaled her wings and bragged about how good the sauce was. My jambalaya was tasty, though it needed a good dousing of hot sauce for my taste buds. The dish was full of New Orleans style shrimp, with big chunks of chicken and smoked sausage, too. The rice was flavored well with garlic, onions, celery, and herbs. Two small pieces of garlic toast were included. Though I enjoyed a big portion of my meal, there was still enough leftover to bring home for another whole meal. It is worth mentioning that grilled items at Squid Lips are prepared over an open oak wood fire. It was tempting not to order something of this nature.
Peyton and I enjoyed our visit to Squid Lips very much. The restaurant seats a large amount of patrons and even offers sandy beach dining with colorful tables and chairs set up on the waterfront. Two bars, one indoor and one out, were busy with guests enjoying the music, scenery, and cocktails. Guests may also arrive by boat. There are two other Squid Lips locations in Cocoa Beach and Sebastian. Be sure to check out the weekly internet specials.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 8
1477 Pineapple Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32935
This meal was provided for us by Squid Lips, but as always, reviews and opinions are unbiased and my own.