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Best Restaurants in Daytona Beach: Your Go-To Guide for Delicious Eats

Best Restaurants in Daytona Beach: Your Go-To Guide for Delicious Eats

Daytona Beach is more than just a hub for sun lovers and race enthusiasts; it’s a haven for foodies craving a blend of fresh flavors and unforgettable dining experiences. Venture with me through a culinary trail showcasing the best restaurants in Daytona Beach, Florida. Our list boasts everything from chargrilled seafood to sunset views that are as appealing as the dishes.

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And you don’t need to “put on the dog” to have a delicious meal at these local eateries, including a few in surrounding towns, that the locals love. Just pull up a chair and dig right in!

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31 Supper Club

Nestled in the heart of Ormond Beach, the 31 Supper Club invites you into a glitzy throwback to 1931 Hollywood with a twist of Havana charm. This trendy spot captivates with its swanky décor and a hidden patio gem that whisks you away on a Cuban escapade.

The 31 Roasted Ciabatta Bread, luxuriously paired with smoked gouda fondue, was a conversation starter for its taste and visual appeal. While Caesar salad might seem simple, the house-made herb croutons are anything but ordinary.

Here, retro meets refinement in both the atmosphere and on the plate.

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For more tasty options in Ormond Beach, we’ve got a few!

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Starting with 4 Rivers Smokehouse, this BBQ haven nestled within the One Daytona complex is a tribute to slow-cooked perfection. The signature Angus brisket is the star here—tender, flavor-packed, and utterly delicious. Whether you swear by pulled pork or relish in pulled chicken, these offerings are equally yummy.

Vegetarians rejoice—’burnt ends beyond’ caters masterfully to your cravings. Complement your meal with hearty sides such as the Texas cornbread which harmoniously marries the kick of jalapeños with the cozy blanket of Cheddar cheese.

Homestyle sides include smokehouse corn, Mac & cheese, green beans, collard greens, and bbq baked beans.

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Caribbean Jack’s – Celebrating Sunsets and Savory Flavors

Tucked away at the Daytona Marina, Caribbean Jack’s redefines waterfront dining. Picture yourself relaxing on their bustling patio, where the golden hour is blessed with the art of the sunset and the symphony of live music. The service is as warm as the setting sun, with a team that caters to an energetic crowd without missing a beat.

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Jack’s Peel & Eat Shrimp is a steamy plate of perfection served alongside Calypso rice and coleslaw. My husband’s choice, Jack’s Caribbean Jerk Chicken Tacos, was “all that and a bag of chips.”

And if you fancy a spirited end to your day, Caribbean Jack’s daily drink specials in a keepsake glass do not disappoint.

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Chucherias

Venture into Chucherias in Holly Hill, and you’re in for an unexpected culinary voyage. Chef Mayra Rodriguez passionately delivers a fusion of Latin-American-Caribbean and Honduran cuisine, serving up delights like the vibrant Green Plantains with cilantro and habanero sauces and the Pupusa with grilled octopus that will knock your socks off.

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A feast here isn’t complete without savoring a flight of fresh juices—from passionfruit to tamarind—and indulging in the heavenly Sticky Toffee Cake. With an extensive wine list and specialty coffee drinks, Chucherias defines an eclectic dining flair that’s hard to match.

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Crabby Joe’s

Next is the once pier-standing Crabby Joe’s, which fused history with hearty meals. Though humbled by Hurricane Ian, memories of their Eggs Benedict and coveted cheesy grits linger on the taste buds. The ocean vistas and the spectacle of surfers carving waves provided an incredible show to savor my French Toast Delight, reinvented with a cereal crust.

This spot encapsulated an ideal morning, complete with a sunrise and seaside serenity, but was heavily damaged by Hurricane Ian in October 2022. Watch for it to be rebuilt in the future.

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The Cracked Egg Diner

The Cracked Egg Diner stands unrivaled for a classic breakfast experience where hospitality comes first. Owner Kevin Purucker and his team personify service with a smile. Take a seat at the bar, bop along to the jukebox’s 50’s tunes, and indulge in the Country Benedict – a genius blend of biscuit, sausage patties, poached eggs, and homemade gravy that’s simply irresistible.

Every visit here reminds you that sometimes, the simple things—like perfectly poached eggs and genuinely friendly service—are the most satisfying.

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The Grille at Riverview

The Grille at Riverview in neighboring New Smyrna Beach is a terrace of tranquility. Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, the scene here is picturesque, with a chance to spot dolphins at play. The culinary offerings range from succulent steaks to refreshing salads, but the Bruschetta Pomodoro and Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna elevated the start of our meal. 

A BLT with avocado summed up a satisfying midday meal amongst yacht-filled vistas and a pleasant breeze. Northerners take note…Beef on Weck is on the menu!

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McK’s Tavern

Dublin seems a stone’s throw away at McK’s Tavern. With a brewery in tow, the air here is rich with the bouquet of hops. One needn’t look further than the Bavarian Pretzels and their faithful beer cheese friend to find satisfaction. 

Happy Hour is a hospitable affair with specials that beckon locals and travelers to this heart-of-town hotspot. Pull up a stool, indulge in a flatbread, and enjoy the camaraderie that only an Irish pub can foster.

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Millie’s – Rustic Charm Meets River-to-Table Cuisine

Millie’s embodies homegrown allure and whips up Southern-inspired “river-to-table” and “ocean-to-table” dishes with a twist for those who fancy straying slightly from the tourist paths. 

Against the backdrop of Daytona Beach Shores, my husband relished the unique Shrimp and Grits, complete with a smoked tomato vinaigrette. My Filet was topped with a fantastic white shrimp fondue sauce and served with seasonal veggies and a rustic mash. Opting for it again wouldn’t need a second thought.

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Mike’s Galley

Mike’s Galley epitomizes the classic American breakfast joint—unassuming and authentic. This Daytona Beach Shores staple brings home the bacon, serving it up crispy and irresistible. The biscuits are fluffy, the gravy rich, and the eggs cook to your liking.

Our waitress’s attentive service complemented an experience driven by the allure of simplicity and the guarantee of satisfaction at an honest price.

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The Oyster Pub – Seafood and Sports in Perfect Harmony

Confession time: oysters intimidated me. But the Oyster Pub Sports Bar and Grill, a bustling sports bar and grill, changed my mind. Watching skilled patrons shuck and savor with finesse is theatrical – but joining in is even better.

Our table shared the Chargrilled Oysters, basking in the Pub’s secret sauce – a divine encounter. The owner rewarded our quick consumption with another round, fresher than the ocean breeze.

A blackened Mahi-Mahi platter with rice and Oysters Rockefeller made the rounds, sending a clear message: casual ambiance doesn’t mean any less spectacular on the palate.

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The Perfect Spot

This breakfast and lunch hotspot is at Skydive DeLand, a world-class skydiving facility in West Volusia County, a short drive from Daytona Beach. Though you aren’t guaranteed to see jumpers, I got lucky and caught about fifty. The thrill was exhilarating on the ground as the crowd watched and cheered for them while we shot epic photos.

I ate a perfectly prepared omelet at Perfect Spot, no pun intended. The pressed potato pancakes with sour cream on the side were an epic side item. Casual and entertaining is the way to go at this lesser-known gem.

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For more tasty options in DeLand, check out this article.

Racing’s North Turn – Where History and Coastal Cuisine Collide

A place steeped in Daytona’s racing legacy, Racing’s North Turn matches its historic charm with an equally impressive menu. Picture dining with the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop, sipping a Bushwacker (dark rum, Kailua, ice cream) from an adorable pirate coconut shell – it’s an absolute must-try.

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Nibble on Baked Crab Stuffed Mushrooms before savoring the Blackened Grouper, elegantly coated with a delicate shrimp creole cream sauce. For a side unlike any other, their bacon cabbage reinterpretation is a revelation. Dining at Racing’s North Turn isn’t just about great flavors; it’s a toast to history and heritage.

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Red Bud Cafe

In the bustling streets of downtown Daytona Beach is the charming Red Bud Cafe, where lunch is an award-winning affair. Their Greek Chicken crêpe is a must-try masterpiece, showcasing a blend of flavors that are as harmonious as unexpected.

The Two Dips platter, featuring tzatziki and hummus paired with homemade bread, confirms why locals and visitors rave about this spot.

Amidst a backdrop of stunning art, each dish is a canvas showcasing the kitchen’s global palate. And if your sweet tooth beckons, indulge in one of their international dessert delights.

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Rose Villa

The Rose Villa Southern Table & Bar transports diners to an era of clandestine charm. Once a speakeasy, its walls now boast the vibrant creations of artist Perego, while the menu tempts with inventions such as Cauliflower Soup and an unforgettable Fried Green Tomato stack nestled with fresh crab. However, it was the Lobster Macaroni & Cheese that satisfied my taste buds. 

Don’t skip the specialty cocktails—Moscow Mules and Sazerac —each sip a nod to a bygone era worth savoring.

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Sessions at The Hard Rock – Rhythmic Waves and the Best Happy Hour

Over in the Hard Rock Hotel at Daytona Beach, Sessions stands as a beacon for blissful beachside happy hours. Their economically priced drinks and appetizers don’t skimp on quality or ambiance.

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Indulge in Caesar Salad with unique banana croutons, or elevate comfort food with their decadent tots drizzled in balsamic and blue cheese fondue sauce.

Breakfast here is just as tasty, and the service more than efficient.

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Sweet Marlays’ Coffee

When the aroma of freshly brewed java calls your name, Sweet Marlays’ Coffee is the go-to oasis in downtown Daytona Beach. From the Crème Brûlée Latte to the iced Chai, your caffeine craving will be well cared for. This comfy and inviting cafe has an eclectic range of baked goods, quiche, and hearty lunch options.

It’s the perfect spot to unwind or catch up with friends. Gluten-free treats create an inclusive touch, ensuring something delightful for every patron.

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Thanks to the Daytona Beach CVB for hosting my travels to the area. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.

Daytona Beach: Dishes to Make Your Mouth Water

A dash of local aesthetic, a splash of history, and a generous serving of Daytona’s finest cuisines – these eateries epitomize the town’s best restaurants in Daytona Beach. What’s next? Stay tuned as I make our way to the Dancing Avocado Kitchen and Don Vito’s Italian Restaurant – the adventure continues!

Bon appétit, my fellow explorers!

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Sue

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

Wow! So many great suggestions. Not sure there will be time to try all the great sounding places. Happy hour at the Hard Rock will be at the top of the list.

MelodyPittman

Friday 8th of March 2019

That sounds like a great way to start. ;)

Gwen

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

You can't leave out Our Deck Down Under!!! We suggest it to everyone we know that is going to Daytona and they always come back and say it is their new favorite place to eat!!!!

MelodyPittman

Friday 5th of May 2017

Oh I will keep that in mind for my next visit. Thanks for the suggestion!

Guy Gearhart

Saturday 14th of January 2017

We visit Daytona 3 times a year and our favorite restaurant is Down The Hatch. You can eat outside and watch the dolphins our eat inside and look at the pictures of all the famous people that have been there. Great food!!!

MelodyPittman

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Good to hear. I will be sure to check out Down the Hatch. I've just scratched the surface of Daytona but I really like what I've seen. ;)

Wayne Zawila

Friday 13th of January 2017

How can you not mention a world class restaurant that makes its home in the stately summer residence of President Warren Harding?

I speak, of course, of "The Cellar" who Emeril featured on his Best Restaurants in Florida TV show.

CIA Master Chef Sam Moggio and his wife LIna are owners who cater to the royalty of NASCAR as well as fine dining gastronomes of Daytona.

This is a five star dining experience not to be missed or left out of your reviews.

MelodyPittman

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Nice! Thanks for the info. I will have to visit that on my next trip up to Daytona. I love anything that has to do with the presidents, too. Appreciate you reading. ;)

Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler

Tuesday 20th of December 2016

That Belgian waffle at the Cracked Egg looks absolutely yummy. I'm on board. Ready to come to Florida and eat my way around Daytona Beach any day!

MelodyPittman

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

I know you would love it!

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