One of the major perks about living in Florida is that we have year-round favorable weather, perfect for outdoor dining. With safety and social distancing of utmost importance, Florida’s dining choices are extremely appealing. Here are 50 Florida restaurants with patios and outdoor dining options to help you feel safe during COVID and delight your taste buds.
List of Restaurants
- 1. Waldo’s- Vero Beach
- 2. MOJO Hogtown BBQ- Gainesville
- 3. The Fish House- Pensacola
- 4. The Polite Pig- Orlando
- 5. Catch 27- St. Augustine
- 6. 12A Buoy- Fort Pierce
- 7. Villa Italiano Chophouse- Orlando
- 8. Sessions- Daytona Beach
- 9. The Veranda- Fort Myers
- 10. Chucherias- Holly Hill
- 11. Berry Fresh Cafe- Port St. Lucie
- 12. Indigo Indian Cuisine- Kissimmee
- 13. Hurricane Alley- Boynton Beach
- 14. Five Sisters Blues Cafe- Pensacola
- 15. Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine- Miami
- 16. Dolphin Bar- Jensen Beach
- 17. Bodega- St. Pete
- 18. SoCal Cantina- Miami
- 19. The Office- Delray Beach
- 20. Faded Bistro and Beer Garden- Sebring
- 21. GG’s Waterfront-Hollywood
- 22. Square Grouper- Islamorada
- 23. Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe- Sanford
- 24. Mustard’s Last Stand- Melbourne
- 25. The Hub Baja Grill- Siesta Key
- 26. The Edison- Tallahassee
- 27. Yellow Dog Cafe- Malabar
- 28. BakeChop- DeLand
- 29. Shore Restaurant- Sarasota
- 30. Harry and the Natives- Hobe Sound
- 31. Inches and Ounces Vietnamese- West Palm Beach
- 32. Frenchy’s- Clearwater
- 33. The Oyster Pub- Daytona Beach
- 34. Bogey’s Bar and Restaurant- Defuniak Springs
- 35. Hog Island Fish Camp- Dunedin
- 36. Harry’s Old Place- Winter Haven
- 37. Pisces Rising- Mount Dora
- 38. Caroline’s- Key West
- 39. Satchel’s Pizza- Gainesville
- 40. Hullabaloo- West Palm Beach
- 41. Benny’s on the Beach- Lake Worth
- 42. Blackfins at Captain Hirams- Sebastian
- 43. Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse- Sarasota
- 44. Racing’s North Turn- Ponce Inlet
- 45. Crawdaddy’s- Jensen Beach
- 46. Two Friends Patio Restaurant- Key West
- 47. Hellas Restaurant & Bakery- Tarpon Springs
- 48. Banana Boat- Boynton Beach
- 49.The Original Christo’s- Sanford
- 50. Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak- Lake Wales
1. Waldo’s- Vero Beach
Waldo’s is our family’s go-to restaurant for a great meal and taking visiting friends and family. You seriously can’t beat the oceanfront and poolside setting, plus the service is attentive. The best dish in all of Vero Beach is Waldo’s Traveler’s Shrimp, with coconut shrimp, beer-battered shrimp, and these fantastic Monterey Jack stuffed shrimp that are so freaking good. Then there is the trio of dipping sauces to dunk your shrimp in. Pair it with two sides; I always go for the coleslaw and Waldo’s epic pasta salad with kidney and garbanzo beans. Yum!
Save room for Waldo’s Voodoo Juice rum drink, a delicious alcoholic beverage in a 32 oz. souvenir bucket.
2. MOJO Hogtown BBQ- Gainesville
MOJO Hogtown BBQ is an excellent place to feast on all your bbq favorites and side dishes, the best of both worlds. Juicy and tasty grilled turkey and pulled pork are excellent choices for the two-meat combination platter. Pair your meat with homemade collard greens and sweet potato mash, a unique and tasty dish with just the right amount of sweetness.
If you are hungry enough, start with the Disco Fries, topped with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and brisket debris gravy. Yum!
3. The Fish House- Pensacola
Pensacola is chock full of great eateries with fresh seafood, but The Fish House surpasses most in taste and ambiance. You’ll love the patio setting (deck bar), which offers excellent photo-ops and is slightly romantic. Try the Fish House’s Gulf Shrimp Platter (served grilled, blackened, pecan or cracker-crusted, and ginger fried) with two Southern sides. Go for the Gouda grits and Ma’s fresh collards. Freaking nom!
The Fish House also has a Sunday brunch that sounds incredible.
4. The Polite Pig- Orlando
You can enjoy the fantastic cuisine at The Polite Pig at Disney Springs in Orlando— park in the lime garage. I’m a real lover of BBQ sides, and this place sets the bar high for mac & cheese, crispy Brussels, southern potato salad, roasted beets, and tomato/watermelon salad. And of course, the smoked meats are every bit as awesome—from USDA prime brisket and turkey to fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. Those wishing to experience an authentic southern dining experience should save room for the buttermilk chess pie.
5. Catch 27- St. Augustine
Picture yourself dining on this gorgeous patio, dipping your warm fried tortilla chips in mouthwatering Datil pepper pimento cheese, pico de Gallo, and guacamole. You have a perfect margarita accompanying your appetizer as you enjoy the wonderful Florida weather.
Then, a Cuban rice bowl arrives at your table for your main course, with blackened chicken, black beans, pico, brown rice, and aioli. The flavor combination is heavenly. This can be you at Catch 27 in St. Augustine.
6. 12A Buoy- Fort Pierce
Fort Pierce has quickly become one of my go-to places to eat on Florida’s Treasure Coast. There are a handful of excellent restaurants, and 12A Buoy is our fave. Enjoy dining on this fun and festive patio as you chow down on peel & eat (or hot & spicy pickled) shrimp. The salads, lobster mac & cheese, and blackened scallops are always good choices for lunch or dinner. The tap beer selection is exceptional, too.
Read more about dining in Fort Pierce in this post.
7. Villa Italiano Chophouse- Orlando
My husband and I stayed at the enormous Westgate Vacation Villas Resort on a trip to Orlando. We were blown away by the impeccable service and delicious food at Villa Italiano Chophouse, one of their onsite restaurants. Villa Italiano had impressive social distancing measures, and we felt safe—for indoor and outdoor dining.
For starters, the complimentary olive and Italian breads, with a spread of toppings, were yummy. For dinner, I couldn’t have been happier than with my Short Rib Ravioli, with homemade pasta and a rich red sauce, chock full of flavor. My husband enjoyed every bite of his Margherita Pizza.
8. Sessions- Daytona Beach
Located in the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach, Sessions is a restaurant with oceanfront outdoor dining options. You couldn’t ask for a better address. I’ve had breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Sessions and the food is quite delicious. For breakfast, the Classic Eggs Benedict with asparagus is a nice change, and for lunch, a grilled chicken Caesar salad is perfect. Oh, and by the way, don’t skip the croutons on your salad-they are banana and superb.
No matter what time of day it is, Sessions’ bleu cheese glazed tater tots are the bomb!
9. The Veranda- Fort Myers
The Veranda is a high-end, classic restaurant with antebellum charm and a stellar menu serving exquisite Southern cuisine. You’ve got to try the Southern Grit Cake, topped with a velvety red pepper sauce, pepper jack cheese, and andouille sausage. Epic!
Another creative dish to try is the Fried Green Tomato Salad (pictured below) with crispy ham bits and blue cheese dressing and crumbles. Even the complimentary bread and butter are exceptional at this romantic downtown Fort Myers restaurant.
10. Chucherias- Holly Hill
You’ll find this dynamo restaurant with Latin flare and Latin/American/Caribbean-inspired dishes at Holly Hill, minutes from Daytona Beach. Chucherias is where I tried my first Honduran dishes. If you love seafood, great flavor combinations, and Latin-inspired cuisine, you’ll love this charming dining spot that offers a fantastic selection.
If you want to keep it simple, a Cuban sandwich is always a safe (and yummy) choice, or the Pupusas and Ham Croquettes are popular items to try. Adventurous eaters should try the Spanish style octopus (shown below), which is almost too pretty to eat. Save room for the Sticky Toffee, a real sweet tooth satisfying dessert.
11. Berry Fresh Cafe- Port St. Lucie
Locals on the Treasure Coast of Florida adore dining at Berry Fresh Cafe. Not only is the food terrific and the menu enormous, but they also have pet-friendly patios. We tend to go for breakfast mostly, which is served all day. Drool-worthy menu items include Jalapeño Red Pepper Jelly Chicken & Waffles, fresh baked quiche, spring berry açaí bowls, loaded potato pancakes, and Ghiradelli triple chocolate Whoopi pie pancakes.
There are three Berry Fresh Cafes to choose from—Stuart, Jupiter, and Port St. Lucie, and the offerings include specialty coffees, wine, cocktails, and Instagram-worthy Bloody Marys.
FYI: You can get on the waiting list on the Berry Fresh Cafe website and have your table ready when you arrive.
12. Indigo Indian Cuisine- Kissimmee
Located in a strip mall in Kissimmee, Indigo Indian Cuisine doesn’t appear to be anything special, but one taste of the food, and you’ll change your mind quickly. Vegetable Samosas are a great way to whet your appetite. My standing Indian restaurant order is Chicken Tikka Masala, which Indigo did well, but the Chicken Korma and Garlic Naan were also delicious. I’ve eaten at several Indian restaurants throughout Florida, and this is one of the few with outdoor seating.
13. Hurricane Alley- Boynton Beach
Hurricane Alley is a tried and true local eatery and raw bar in downtown Boynton Beach. You can choose from dozens of items on the menu, including Asian calamari Salad, seafood bisque, and smoked fish dip, a Florida staple. Hurricane Alley’s New England Lobster Roll is to die for! When you are finished eating, walk down the street to admire the kinetic art displays.
FYI: Enjoy live music on Tuesday evenings at the new Tiki hut.
14. Five Sisters Blues Cafe- Pensacola
Pensacola is one of my favorite cities in Florida for eating. You’ll find many great seafood eateries, but only one gets rave reviews and serves bbq and soul food—Five Sisters Blues Cafe. And from someone who spends much time in Mississippi, I might add AMAZING bbq and soul food, too.
Though Five Sisters Blues Cafe is known for Aunt Sara’s Southern Fried Chicken, I prefer the pulled pork BBQ plate, with red beans and rice, and a side of country green beans. If you are hungry enough, add on a cup or bowl of gumbo- it’s packed with bold flavors and the right amount of heat.
15. Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine- Miami
Take a break from shopping and people-watching at the Lincoln Road Mall in Miami to partake in a traditional Cuban coffee and meal from Havana 1957. Try a cortadito and yucca fries for a light snack, or the Lechon Asado (oven-roasted pork leg with Cuban mojo) is hearty and filling, not to mention yummy. Havana 1957 makes top-shelf mojitos, in classic and fruity flavors, and even by the pitcher.
Besides Lincoln Road, there are four other Havana 1957 locations.
16. Dolphin Bar- Jensen Beach
Step back in time to the glamorous days of the 1960s when movie star Frances Langford originally owned this Stuart, Florida restaurant. Similar to a classic steakhouse, Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House has one of the best east coast patios, intimate and with exceptional river views, that I’ve seen. The peel & eat shrimp is nom (ask for clarified butter rather than cocktail sauce), and add on a side of sweet plantains. Enjoy a killer happy hour at the spacious bar.
17. Bodega- St. Pete
Bodega has street-front dining and a covered patio off to the side in the Edge District of St. Pete. Bodega’s made-to-order Latin street food is phenomenal, and once you’ve tried it, it’s hard to go anywhere else. Frita, a sandwich with Cuban style beef and pork, avocado, and fritas (crunchy potato sticks) on top is sensational! The juice drinks are every bit as impressive as the cuisine, so be sure to add one to your order. The Berry Cubano is my top pick.
18. SoCal Cantina- Miami
Step into Miami’s swanky and stylish outdoor dining options at SoCal Cantina, a delicious space for enjoying top-notch margaritas and sangria, plus bold and flavorful salsa and guacamole. SoCal Cantina is in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood and whip up award-winning hand-crafted cocktails, including Miami’s #1 rated Gardener’s Margarita. Check out the Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour specials to be wowed by the savings! The trendy eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
19. The Office- Delray Beach
My favorite Delray Beach restaurant is The Office, a relaxed corner eatery with indoor and outdoor seating. The decor is beautiful, and the menu is full of mouthwatering comfort food faves such as the Huckleberry BBQ Short Rib Grilled Cheese, which I had. This luscious adult grilled cheese (on brioche) had a combination of mozzarella, white cheddar, gouda, and provolone. The sandwich was paired with sweet potato fries and a side of marshmallow dipping sauce, easily one of the best things I’ve eaten all year.
20. Faded Bistro and Beer Garden- Sebring
A darling town, off the beaten path, needs a sensational restaurant that is unlike any other—and that’s precisely what Faded Bistro and Beer Garden is to Sebring, Florida. The courtyard offers ample space for social distancing, romance, friendly conversation, and a floral overload with covered and uncovered tables. It is gorgeous! I recommend the Irish Nachos, drenched in a house-made stout cheese sauce, bacon, and green onions, or a beautiful cheese & charcuterie board.
21. GG’s Waterfront-Hollywood
GG’s Waterfront is one of the best-known addresses in Hollywood, Florida. The stylish eatery offers Intracoastal front dining in an outdoor lounge and a sensational menu. I go for the Lobster Rolls, but I can’t imagine anything here not being absolutely scrumptious. Save room for a slice of classic key lime pie.
GG’s offers a weekend brunch and dock-side access if you are boating.
22. Square Grouper- Islamorada
Square Grouper Bar & Grill is a beautiful restaurant in Islamorada where you can dine outdoors and watch the boaters and fishermen at play. The setting is gorgeous, and there is plenty of parking. Start your dining experience with the Portobello Fries, served with off-the-hook delicious curry mango dipping sauce and horseradish aioli. I always love a good Caesar salad, and Square Grouper’s is marvelous! You may want to have the bread pudding with warm, buttered bourbon sauce for dessert just to make the other tables envious.
23. Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe- Sanford
I love German food, so as we drove past an authentic German restaurant in Sanford, we had to stop. Good call, Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe is the ultimate for German eats. From the fat, salty pretzel with cheese sauce and spicy mustard to the Wiener Schnitzel with cabbage and Späetzle, it is a great dining experience.
Pop into the shop next door and take home all your favorite German items, condiments, and gourmet foods.
24. Mustard’s Last Stand- Melbourne
It’s doubtful you expect to come to Florida to find one of the best dogs of your life, but Mustard’s Last Stand makes that possible. Choose the type of frank you wish (beef, turkey, or veggie) and one of the stupid crazy delicious Chicago-style recipe creations, all set on a sesame seed bun. Pair your dog with mouth-watering fries, available in half orders, too. My go-to order is the Joe Dogmaggio (marinara, bacon, Swiss, parmesan) or Hollyweird Dog (cream cheese and New York onions), with a half order of Island Fries (melted cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and grilled onions).
Bring your dog and enjoy the cute covered patio, adorned with hundreds of license plates.
25. The Hub Baja Grill- Siesta Key
Dine at this centrally located popular eatery that features delicious cuisine and killer cocktails. Hub Baja Grill’s lively patio is highly desirable for the ambiance, live music, and people-watching opportunities, decorated with festive and colorful strings of lights.
Start with the Chips and Salsa, then jump right into a beautiful plate of Bronzed Salmon with Black Bean Puree, Green Beans, and Passion Fruit Burre Blanc. It is a fantastic meal! The Fish and Chicken Tacos with rice and beans are also great choices. The Hub Baja Grill offers valet parking.
26. The Edison- Tallahassee
The Edison in Tallahassee gets high marks in my book for Southern-inspired comfort foods and a lovely restaurant, featuring excellent indoor and outdoor seating. It is also a popular spot to pick up food to have a picnic at Cascades Park right outside the restaurant; the Edison Restaurant even has gourmet picnic baskets for two on the menu. Brunch is a beautiful thing at The Edison, especially the Chicken ‘n Flapjacks and Biscuits & Gravy.
27. Yellow Dog Cafe- Malabar
Not only is Yellow Dog Cafe a multi-level riverfront restaurant with scratch-made dishes and homemade bread, but it is my favorite restaurant in all of Florida for ten years running. Choose one of the many dining rooms or multi-level covered patios at Yellow Dog Cafe and order your favorite fine-dining or comfort food dishes from the delectable menu. Recommendations include Crab Bisque (with an adorable dog-shaped cracker), Baked Brie (always a great choice!), pecan-crusted mahi-mahi, and potato-crusted salmon. Oh my, your taste buds will be in overdrive at this fantastic locally-owned gem.
Complimentary valet parking is provided.
28. BakeChop- DeLand
An upscale, chic, scratch kitchen restaurant in the heart of DeLand is BakeChop, where fresh food is always fashionable, and trendy dishes take center stage. Fresh veggies and sides change daily at BakeChop but may include Onion Rings, Broccoli Salad, Sweet Fried Plantains, Beets & Goat Cheese, Roasted Cauliflower, or Collards. Bake Chop serves sandwiches, salads, meatballs, gluten-free items, and other small plates like magical fruit (hummus and veggies) and Cue the Quiche.
29. Shore Restaurant- Sarasota
Sarasota’s St. Armand’s Circle has an arsenal of delicious eateries for lunch or dinner, Shore being one of them. Choose from Grouper Tacos, Crab Cake Salad, or the Shore Burger (with Tillamook cheddar and bacon jam) at the al-fresco coastal eatery of the clothing store by the same name.
30. Harry and the Natives- Hobe Sound
One of the best Old Florida eateries to be found is Harry and the Natives, a funky joint in Hobe Sound. While the decor is wild and crazy, the food is of great quality and really tasty. Harry’s expansive patio has occasional live music. You will love the ambiance and originality of this hidden gem.
For breakfast, the Corned Beef Hash and poached eggs are killer. Or, the Natives Breakfast gets you two of everything good—eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes, and a drink. Harry’s has gator hash, too. Or, for $1 trillion, you can enjoy the Trump Omelette. That’s a joke.
31. Inches and Ounces Vietnamese- West Palm Beach
Inches and Ounces specialize in delicious Vietnamese street food. You’ll find this tasty eatery on West Palm Beach’s popular Clematis Street. Dine in or enjoy the cute outdoor tables as you treat yourself to a hearty bowl of Pho, vermicelli salad, or noodle soup. I love Inches and Ounces noodle soup with chicken and tofu in coconut & curry broth. Yummy! Pair your tasty meal with a fantastic Thai iced tea or Vietnamese iced coffee, both sensational sweet and flavorful drinks.
32. Frenchy’s- Clearwater
Frenchy’s is a popular dining spot in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The outdoor patio has been a great spot for enjoying a tasty meal or watching an epic sunset for years. If you’ve never tried a Grouper Reuben, Frenchy’s is a perfect place to do so. Another option for the non-seafood guests is the Chicken Chimichanga. Be sure to check out the drool-worthy description of the Garlic Crab Fries.
There are five Frenchy’s locations in the area; I prefer the South Beach Cafe.
33. The Oyster Pub- Daytona Beach
Are you looking for a great seafood restaurant and raw bar in Daytona Beach? Look no further than The Oyster Pub, a casual eatery with the freshest shrimp, clams, oysters, and crab legs. The Crispy Onion Straws, Wings, and Potato Skins are pretty satisfying, too. Oyster Pub’s patio is also a great place to take in your favorite sporting events on one of the many TVs.
The Oyster Pub’s char-grilled oysters are amazing! I learned to eat them here and haven’t had any as good since.
34. Bogey’s Bar and Restaurant- Defuniak Springs
With love and devotion to Humphrey Bogart (Bogey), a Hollywood-inspired restaurant isn’t what you would expect when you hop off the interstate to grab a bite in Defuniak Springs, but prepare to be wowed by this great find. Bogey’s Bar and Restaurant has a casual vibe but feels more like fine dining by the quality of dishes they pump out.
Try Bogey’s crab-stuffed mushrooms (with béarnaise sauce) for starters, and either the Cobb Salad or Fish Normandy (mushrooms, tomatoes, shallots, hearts of palm, shrimp, lemon butter sauce) as your main course. Bogey’s second-story patio is adorable and a great place to experience outdoor dining and one of Bogey’s classic cocktails.
35. Hog Island Fish Camp- Dunedin
Enjoy locally-sourced Gulf seafood and great Southern side items at Hog Island Fish Camp in fun and funky Dunedin, Florida. Blue crab and goat cheese dip is an excellent starter and accompanies a good cold beer, house-made sangria, or perfectly mixed margarita. For dinner, the Shrimp & Grits is excellent, served over a parmesan grit cake.
36. Harry’s Old Place- Winter Haven
Treat yourself to deliciously prepared steaks and seafood dishes at Harry’s Old Place, situated lakefront in Winter Haven, Central Florida. The nautical-themed restaurant is welcoming and has an enormous blackboard listing of fresh catch and specials, in addition to the regular menu. Enjoy your meal on the patio with weeknight specials, including twin lobster tail Tuesdays, prime rib Wednesdays, and surf & turf Thursdays. The Onion Loaf starter is finger-licking good.
You can have your fish at Harry’s Old Place prepared blackened, fried, charbroiled, jerk, with mustard dill, garlic bread crumbs, or with garlic butter. If you can squeeze it in, I wouldn’t recommend leaving without a taste of the luscious peanut butter pie.
37. Pisces Rising- Mount Dora
Pisces Rising is one of the most popular patio dining spots in Mount Dora. I recommend arriving as early as possible, especially on weekends, when live music is a big draw. Pisces Rising’s charcuterie platters are a smart and tasty choice. They even feature caper berries, plus their specialty cocktails and wine menu deserve a big thumbs up. Pisces Rising dishes range from gourmet sandwiches to steaks, ribs, and ravioli.
38. Caroline’s- Key West
Many Key West locals recommend Caroline’s Cafe. The colorful patio is an ideal spot for people-watching and checking out the lively Key West scene. And, the menu offers a diverse selection, with premium salads, sandwiches, and entrees. I ordered the Jambalaya, and it was one of the best I’ve ever eaten outside of New Orleans. Bonus, you may experience the beloved Key West chickens roaming around the patio as you dine.
39. Satchel’s Pizza- Gainesville
Gainesville, Florida, is a wealth of really good restaurants, and many with exceptional patio settings. One of my favorites is Satchel’s Pizza, an eclectic artsy space with whimsy and nostalgia, plus really tasty food. Enjoy a custom-made pizza pie or even the one-of-a-kind Satch Salad. I’m pretty sure this salad could make even the most finicky eater enjoy the healthy dish. You can wash down your deliciousness with an iced tea or homemade soda flight.
For a special treat, sit in the vintage van. Take advantage of Satchel’s $7 lunch special with a salad and one topping slice of pizza.
40. Hullabaloo- West Palm Beach
Hullabaloo is a trendy little gastropub in West Palm Beach with a super cool patio that even has a vintage Airstream camper in it. Enjoy fire-grilled pizzas, risottos, hand-crafted cocktails and craft beer from the enticing menu. The fire-roasted Brussels sprouts are a must! Happy house is every day of the week from 4 to 7 PM.
41. Benny’s on the Beach- Lake Worth
Benny’s on the Beach is hands down one of the best breakfast eateries I’ve ever been to. Sitting on a pier with a fantastic Atlantic Ocean view, always a large gathering of surfers, and gorgeous scenery, the scratch-made, chef-inspired food at Benny’s is every bit at enjoyable as the atmosphere. The Benedicts (Benny’s) are fantastic, and the omelettes are superb. Corned beef hash and chicken & waffles are two unbelievably good options to consider, too.
Benny’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a very appealing dessert menu. Benny’s on the Beach is a Lake Worth landmark.
42. Blackfins at Captain Hirams- Sebastian
Blackfins at Capt Hirams Resort in Sebastian, Florida, is where you’ll find the best hot peel & eat shrimp you’ve ever tried—and I have sampled this dish from hundreds of restaurants. Enjoy the seafood-heavy menu and relaxed atmosphere that features indoor and outdoor seating, and even a riverfront deck, where you can watch the fishermen cleaning their bounty and sharing the leftovers with the hungry pelicans. Blackfin’s has a Sunday brunch buffet you might want to try, as well. Hours of operation are 8 AM to 9 PM.
On the same property and using the same menu is Sandbar, the outdoor part of the property that is great for live music and tropical cocktails in a tiki bar setting. And of course, it is set in the sand with lots of palm trees and a river breeze.
43. Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse- Sarasota
With a tagline like “Classic BBQ meets Old Florida,” you just know it will be good. Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse is in an unassuming location with a curbside window for ordering or a huge pavilion for dining out back. Enjoy the live bands while you feast on tasty barbecue dishes, pizza, and even tacos. No matter what you end up with, add the collard greens; they are the best I’ve had in Florida.
44. Racing’s North Turn- Ponce Inlet
Enjoy a top-notch meal in a historic setting at Racing’s North Turn, a few minutes from Daytona Beach at Ponce Inlet. Located on the spot where NASCAR (racing history in Daytona Beach) was truly born, Racing’s North Turn has an upscale menu and a very casual setting. Expect live music and fantastic views from the open-air seating areas.
My top picks for your meal are Ahi Tuna Salad, Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Shrimp & Grits, or the blackened catch of the day. If your meal comes with a side dish option, the bacon-cabbage hash is mind-blowingly good. I’m even making up words to describe how incredibly delicious it is.
45. Crawdaddy’s- Jensen Beach
One of the best places for a fun atmosphere on Florida’s Treasure Coast, Crawdaddy’s delivers good food, drinks, and a really great time at their N’Awlins inspired grill and raw bar. Crawdaddy’s serves delicious cajun and Creole favorites such as Jambalaya, Crawfish Étouffée, or Cajun Gorgonzola Meatballs.
If you prefer more American menu items, opt for the Yellowfin Tuna or Crab Cakes. Dine-in or outside for lunch or dinner on Crawdaddy’s attractive covered patio, enjoyed best with a tasty Hurricane drink. Stay for the live music Thursday (Jammin’ Jensen day throughout town) through Sunday.
46. Two Friends Patio Restaurant- Key West
Historic Two Friends Patio Restaurant is an adorable open-air cafe with an appealing menu within walking distance of Mallory Square. Two Friends’ complimentary brown bread is a nice start for your meal, and peel & eat shrimp makes it even better. For your main course, try the snow crab legs platter (with your choice of side dishes) or the Chicken Carbonara for a non-seafood option. You’ll love the colorful and festive patio that makes this restaurant such a popular draw in Key West.
47. Hellas Restaurant & Bakery- Tarpon Springs
In a town well-established for its Greek population and eateries, Hellas Restaurant is our favorite. The neon lights and painted murals of the taverna might draw you into this charming dining spot across from the water in Tarpon Springs, but the authentic Greek food will keep you coming back time and time again. Indulge in the Assorted Spreads sampler platter to begin with, featuring feta, hummus, and Tzatziki with pita bread.
For your main course, Pastitsio, Pork K-bobs, Mousaka, and an original Greek Salad are excellent choices, or you can sample those and a few other popular Greek items with the Combination Platter. Pop in next door to the Hellas Bakery for a loaf of freshly baked bread, a bag of cookies, slice of cake or pie, or baklava products to take home with you.
48. Banana Boat- Boynton Beach
This cheerful waterfront restaurant is a super fun place to enjoy a really tasty meal or even sip a mimosa or glass of wine while enjoying the lovely setting. Banana Boat’s brunch is my recommendation, with a top-notch Classic or Crab Cake Eggs Benedict or Chicken & Biscuit Stack.
Can’t get there for brunch? No biggie. Banana Boat’s regular menu is loaded with delicious items like Lobster Nachos, Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, English-Style Fish & Chips, and Baby Back Ribs. Banana Boat has a lively nightlife and early bird menu, too.
49.The Original Christo’s- Sanford
The Original Christo’s is a family-friendly eatery in downtown Sanford, Florida, with many menu items. It was one of the first places we started frequenting after the pandemic hit due to their outdoor seating options. Choose from creative dishes like the Greek Nachos (my fave!), Fresh Baked Pepperoni Bread, or one of the pizzas or burgers that tend to be popular items.
Your eyes will nearly pop out of your head when you see the glass dessert counters inside the restaurant. I’m not exaggerating when I say they are chock full of pies, cakes, dessert bars, brownies, cookies, and cheesecake. Christo’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
50. Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak- Lake Wales
Nestled on a lakefront in Central Florida is Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak. With a fish-camp feel, this unique restaurant has a banging’ menu with seafood, steaks, salads, tasty appetizers, and even gator. And speaking of gators, I’ve seen baby gators swimming around the dock, great for pictures. My favorite Cherry Pocket meal is the Seafood Nachos with shrimp and crab. Nom! The Cajun Stir-Fry is another delicious offering.
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