The city of Fort Pierce lies on Florida’s Treasure Coast, south of Vero Beach and north of Jensen and Palm Beach. As it’s coast implies, Fort Pierce is full of treasures, and restaurants are part of that bounty. You’ll find excellent fresh seafood eateries, are several eateries with live music, daily specials, and fresh catch-of-the-day. Here are ten tasty restaurants in Fort Pierce, Florida, that you should check sink your teeth into.
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1. 12A Buoy
12A Buoy doesn’t have the best scenery or setting of the Fort Pierce eateries, but what it does have is the best food. I find myself driving down here from Vero Beach way too often. From lobster rolls to pickled shrimp, you’ll find a slew of favorite seafood items to choose from on the menu.
The Lobster Mac and Cheese at 12A Buoy is another star, but my go-to item is 1/2 a pound of hot shrimp with drawn butter. Shrimp prices run the gamut from $8 to $19 a pound on Florida’s East Coast, and 12A Buoy has one of the best priced and some of the tastiest shrimp around.
2. Taco Dive
Taco Dive is a casual street taco restaurant with creative combinations and a fun atmosphere. You have to start your dining experience with the Tots—covered with a cheese fondue and fresh jalapeños. They are divine!
Depending on how hungry you are, one to two tacos are probably enough to fill you up. Choose from Cajun Shrimp, Irish (corned beef and cabbage), steak, pork, beef, and more. If you are really hungry, the Drunken Burrito is perfect.
3. Manatee Island
Sittin on the Fort Pierce Inlet is Manatee Island, a colorful and tropically decorated eatery with a seafood-forward menu and American classic dishes. On a visit with my daughter, she was more than happy with the pulled pork sandwich and rice/bean dish dish. They were both very flavorful.
I like Manatee Island’s fish & chips. The fish is fried to perfection and is light and tasty. The cole slaw is excellent, as is the tartar sauce to accompany the fish. Next time, I’m trying the Ahi Tuna Bowl with a ponzu vinaigrette.
4. Cobb’s Landing
You’ll find Cobb’s Landing in the most desirable spot in Fort Pierce. With indoor and outdoor seating, live music, plus exceptional views of the beautiful boats, water, and action around downtown Fort Pierce, this alone is enough to draw a big crowd. But, then the delicious meals you can get at Cobb’s Landing solidify the reason this is one of the top restaurants on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
I love everything about this restaurant, and have never been less than 10/10 happy with my meal. Start your meal with Mrs. Peter’s Smoked Wahoo Fish Dip, a perfect dish to share. From gourmet burgers to taco creations, crab cakes to honkin’ big salads, Cobb’s Landing is a high-end foodie joint that will satisfy even the most picky eater.
5. 2nd Street Bistro
One of the best addresses in downtown Fort Pierce is where 2nd Street Bistro sits, amidst all the action of the bustling shoppers and weekend market crowds. 2nd Street Bistro is a casual dining spot with friendly staff, a good happy hour, Sunday brunch, and fantastic outdoor patio. They are also one of the go-to places for holiday meals, such as Thanksgiving, which we tried out.
From the Classic Thanksgiving plate to the open-faced turkey & dressing sandwich, they were both delicious and very reasonably priced. Our daughter had the Jacked Up gourmet burger, with jalapeño pimento cheese, applewood bacon, and a bourbon glaze, and loved every bite. Though we were at 2nd Street Bistro for a holiday celebration, we couldn’t say no to the Conch Fritters and Caribbean dipping sauce.
6. Pineapple Joe’s Grill
Sitting at the north end of Fort Pierce is Pineapple Joe’s Grill, an unassuming stand alone restaurant along US1. I’ve driven by it countless times and finally made the stop to enjoy lunch. What a treat! Inside, the restaurant offers a jukebox, billiards area, lots to look at, and an inviting atmosphere. You can tell that the staff knows the regulars by name and on a personal note.
The steamed peel & eat shrimp is really good, though more expensive than its Fort Pierce counterparts. I recommend the Fish & Chips, a hearty portion with excellent taste. Pineapple Joe’s coleslaw is absolutely wonderful—I could eat this every single day. Try the margaritas—well done.
7. On the Edge Bar & Grill
A casual eatery on beautiful Hutchinson Island with really good food in Fort Pierce is On the Edge Bar & Grill. Attractive outdoor seating and a tiki-style bar are just two of the offerings that make this a unique place to dine.
The Thai Rock Shrimp and Seared Ahi Tuna are both great appetizers, and the freshest seafood choices, paired with wasabi mayo sauce and seaweed salad. Or, the Gator Bites and Bavarian Pretzel Logs are both satisfying, too. On the Edge Bar & Grill has South of the Border dishes (tacos, quesadillas, nachos), sandwiches, gourmet Lobster Mac & Cheese, and fresh catch of the day to choose from, among others. You can check their FB page for daily specials and check out the Sunday Brunch. Our little one approved of the kid’s menu.
8. Archie’s Seabreeze
Archie’s Seabreeze is the premier Old Florida beach bar in Fort Pierce for 70 years now. You’re sure to have a great time at this eclectic eatery with a variety of seating areas and live music, but they also have really good food.
Choose between sandwiches, fresh salads, finger-lickin’ seafood baskets, and hot dogs, or stick with a tableful of appetizers like Conch Fritters, Buffalo Bites, and Chili Cheese Fries. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays offer killer specials with deep discounted dishes and drinks, plus you can bring your pooch along—Archie’s has an exciting dog menu, too.
9. Harbor Cove Bar & Grill
Experience waterfront views and a second-to-none patio and fire pit area at Harbor Cove Bar & Grill near the Causeway in Fort Pierce. Start your meal with finger-licking good peel & eat shrimp and wash it down with a cold beer or perfectly brewed iced tea.
For your main course, the Grouper Reuben, blackened, of course, is a great choice. The sandwich is full of flavor and has a substantially sized portion of fresh caught fish. Make sure to try the coleslaw—yum!
10. Costa Azul Mexican Restaurant
Most of the Fort Pierce restaurants I go to are in the same part of town, so I was super excited to Costa Azul, one of the top rated on TripAdvisor, that is off the beaten path. From the moment we walked in the door, the staff was as friendly and helpful as could be. My husband and I started with margaritas and Queso Dip, even though we were served complimentary warm chips with salsa and an epic black bean dip. I could have eaten my weight in that bean dip.
Eddie chose Costa Azul’s Fajita Burrito with double rice, and I stepped totally out of my comfort zone and picked the sampler appetizer platter. My huge dish consisted of yuca fries, homemade guacamole, fried plantains, chicken quesadilla, and flautas.
Both the salsa verde and habanero sauces were fresh-made and amazingly delicious. We savored every bite of this really fantastic Mexican dinner. I ate until I couldn’t hold another bite, and still had enough leftovers for lunch the next day.
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