With countless beach shacks and bars lining the Space Coast, it’s nice to switch it up every now and then and go out to a restaurant with candle-lit dining, piano music, craft cocktails and decadent dishes. You know, the whole nine yards. Lucky for us, there’s a mix of fine dining in Brevard where we can enjoy an upscale night out, or hang out at a beach bar in your bathing suit. Here’s your guide on the best fine dining in Brevard. Bon appetit!
The Fat Snook
The Fat Snook, in the heart of Cocoa Beach, is a beachside, fine dining restaurant that has been attracting customers from all over Florida. The atmosphere is a mix between sophisticated and charming. The Fat Snook has a passion for fresh, local seafood, paired with quality ingredients. The presentation of the food is so exquisite you almost don’t want to ruin the masterpiece by eating it. But after one bite, you’ll find yourself instantly craving more. Make sure you save some room for their decadent desserts! The chef’s are always creating tasty treats that you won’t want to miss. Trust us. The Fat Snook has a wide-variety of hand-selected wines and craft beers from around the world. This is definitely the place to go for a special occasion or date night.
Sister restaurant to the Fat Snook, Crush Eleven is serving up creative cuisine that is prepared with fresh, unique ingredients. Tucked away in Cocoa Village, the atmosphere is casual meets fine dining, with trendy décor. Everything from the appetizers and drinks to the entrees and desserts are prepared with amazing flavor combinations and a wide array of quality ingredients. This is the perfect place to go if you want a night out in a trendy, social dining atmosphere, sampling a variety of dishes and sharing among friends. Head over to Crush Eleven on Sunday’s for brunch like you’ve never had before. Champagne sangria, cilantro lime crab cake benedict, bacon-infused bourbon old fashioned; this place has it all.
Salt Restaurant & Lounge
Salt Restaurant & Lounge, at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, is a pleasant combination of appetizing food, good drinks and a relaxing atmosphere. Locals and those visiting out of town love coming to Salt because of their delicious food and more than welcoming staff. Not to mention they have an incredible wine selection. Snack on one of the appetizers, like the Mediterranean bruschetta or jumbo lump crab cake. Entrees include island spiced grilled grouper, chef’s braised pork belly and sauteed mushroom ragout. The atmosphere is perfect for a date night, or a special night out with the family. Salt also hosts a gourmet breakfast, and locals will tell you they have the “best omelets in town.”
Cafe Coconut Cove
Cafe Coconut Cove has been serving up authentic German cuisine on Florida’s East Coast since 1987. Located directly on the Indian River, Cafe Coconut Cove provides guests with breathtaking views of the sunset, while they enjoy their gourmet food. The atmosphere offers a taste of both European and Florida cultures, bringing you the best of both worlds. Enjoy the Sauerbraten; sweet and sour red wine and spice marinated roast beef and gravy, topped with crisp red cabbage with potato puffs. The menu includes a number of savory, mouth-watering dishes. Being a German restaurant, they also have a great selection of craft beers that go hand-in-hand with the delicious food and riverfront views. One visit to this place and you’ll definitely be coming back for more.
Cafe Margaux – a.k.a Cafe MarGO! If you’re looking for a nice place to go to with “lunch with the girls” or date night, this is your spot. Cafe Margaux’s delightful atmosphere and well-crafted entrees will remind you of a quaint cafe somewhere in France. Cafe Margaux, in Cocoa Village, adapted it’s style of cooking through creative French cuisine, with French cooking basics infused with European, Mediterranean and Asian influences. The staff is there to make sure your glass is never empty and the customers are always satisfied. Head over to Cafe Margaux for a nice lunch with your pals, or a romantic dinner.
Scott’s on Fifth
Scott’s on Fifth, in Indialantic, is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for an intimate restaurant, with an elegant yet casual dining atmosphere. Scott’s on Fifth features a menu that changes on a seasonal basis, but is always consistent with unique flavors and fresh ingredients. Their current menu has a wide-variety of gourmet seafood dishes with an Italian flare. Local favorite is the lobster ravioli; pillowy pasta filled with chunks of maine lobster, creamy ricotta and parmesan cheese, topped with a melted parmesan butter and extra chunks of lobster meat. Other favorites include the drunken clams, parmesan crusted salmon, the tuscan ribeye and the stuffed shrimp beurre blanc. Scott’s on Fifth knows how to truly create a fine dining experience, complemented by gourmet dishes.
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By Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer