New Smyrna Beach was just awarded one of the top 10 beaches in Florida by Conde Nast! Not only do people flock here for the beautiful white sandy beaches, this area has become a blossoming foodie hub. Why dine inside when you’re surrounded by one of the best beaches on the Florida East Coast? Below we’re taking you on a local tour of New Smyrna Beach’s best restaurants and bars with outdoor seating.
There’s no better way to enjoy seafood and beer than with an ocean view and a salty breeze blowing through your hair. Chases on the Beach is a lively New Smyrna hotspot offering delicious bar food, your favorite drinks, and the glorious feeling that you never left the beach. You’ll find that this casual atmosphere satisfies more than just your foodie cravings; Chases invites guests to dance to the rhythmic music, tan on the reclining beach chairs, and take a splash in their pool (complete with a volleyball net!). Not into seafood? You’ll find that this bar and grill offers a variety of American-style eats such as wings, pasta, burgers, and more. Check out their menu and gather your friends for a good time!
Start your day with a stack of pancakes and a serene view of New Smyrna Beach in the morning. Toni and Joe’s Patio has provided residents and tourists its umbrella-covered picnic benches, ocean views, and all-day menu since 1958. Swing by at lunchtime for their famous steak hoagie that’s been a favorite for the past twenty years! You’ll want to stick around for happy hour to enjoy a signature cocktail (like the Toni & Joe’s Koolaid), live music, and Florida’s iconic pink sunset skies. Click here for their menu!
When you find your stomach growling from a long day spent playing in the sand, follow the wafting smell of gourmet burgers and crisp fries that lead to the famous Breakers restaurant. Frequented since the 1900’s by locals and tourists alike, The Breakers is beloved for not only its NSB burgers and creamy coleslaw, but also for its front row seat to the Atlantic Ocean. Grab one of the coveted chairs that overlook those blue waters and drink in both the scenic view and their delicious Mai-Tais. With fourteen burger options provided, it’s best to look ahead at their menu and mentally decide which (or how many!) you’ll want to order.
There’s no denying that when you walk down Flagler Avenue you’ll instantly know where everyone heads for a good time. Flagler’s Tavern is a prominent New Smyrna restaurant known for its quality seafood and drinks, live music and events, and two-story outdoor deck. Unlike most restaurants, Flagler Tavern’s menu offers a variety of entrees made only with the best ingredients like fresh, wild-caught salmon and Florida-raised beef. The menu also caters to those with vegetarian, gluten-free, and keto diet restrictions. Enjoy a frozen cocktail and their Mahi-Mahi Tropical entrée to the sound of live music and a firsthand view of New Smyrna’s prominent street.
Tucked away off of Flagler Ave lies the magical and lush Third Wave Café. Treat your family and friends to a cozy brunch nestled beneath shady trees and strings of twinkle lights. Their Nutella Crepes and Banana Bread French Toast are gourmet breakfast favorites that can’t be beat, especially when paired with a hot cappuccino. Besides breakfast, Third Wave’s menu offers both lunch and dinner, a selection of alcoholic beverages, and specialty-crafted coffee and teas. There’s no place you’ll frequent more for both late morning meals and evening drinks than this magical New Smyrna café.
Switch up the scenery and opt for a sailboat-speckled, freshwater dining experience at The Grille at Riverview. This upscale New Smyrna Beach restaurant sits perched on the Indian River that runs by Flagler Avenue. Enjoy Chicken Francese with a glass of white wine as boats cruise past your table along the river. The Grille serves breakfast through dinner and you’ll love how their menu includes both a gluten free entrée and dessert selection!
Ready to rock? Head to New Smyrna Beach’s favorite live music venue and bar, Beachside Tavern! Decorated with funky island décor and pop culture posters, you’ll find that this open air bar is just the right mixture of beach and music-scene vibes. When the weather is warm and sunny, you can’t help but take advantage of their great outdoor seating with a cold beer in hand. Read through their music lineup to find which bands you and your friends will be jamming to all night long!
If you’re secretly holding onto the childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse, then Norwood’s is the restaurant of your dreams! This two-story dining experience offers a both a high-end, unique ambiance and an extensive menu of delicious seafood entrees. From Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms to Shrimp and Anson Mills Grits, you’ll find all of your seafood, American-style, and vegetarian cravings satisfied at Norwood’s. Order drinks at the treehouse’s second-story bar and sip beneath the shade of the native trees and twinkling string lights. Take a peek at the menu and invite your friends to a magical dining experience!
Grab a fish sandwich and a paddleboard all in one stop! JB’s Fish Camp is a locally loved restaurant and water equipment rental spot that sits across from the Atlantic Ocean and on the Indian River. Enjoy a fried seafood platter from their extensive menu on the outdoor seating area that overlooks the river. Keep your eyes open for manatees swimming nearby! The fun doesn’t have to stop with dinner; bring a fishing pole for after-dinner fishing or rent a kayak for some evening exercise.
If you explore the surrounding areas of New Smyrna Beach you’re sure to discover one of the best outdoor restaurants nestled on shore of Ponce Inlet. Down The Hatch is a local hotspot that serves up a delicious Seafood Au Gratin, Bang Bang Shrimp, and other seafood staples. Soak up the inlet views as you dine on delish entrees and don’t forget to pick up a “Down The Hatch” t-shirt before you go! Check out their menu here.
Come hungry! These top 10 New Smyrna Beach restaurants provide menus that will delight your taste buds and outdoor seating that will give you the beachy ambiance you’ve been longing for. Don’t put your cravings off any longer, plan your New Smyrna Beach stay with Great Ocean Condos and Homes today!