As it is located on Florida’s east coast, it’s no surprise that New Smyrna Beach is famous for blackened Mahi-Mahi, spicy shrimp tacos, and every seafood dish you’re craving. While most vacationers are ready to order the catch of the day, not everyone is thrilled with fish and lobster options. Among a host of seafood restaurants, NSB provides a variety of dining experiences from vegan cafes to Italian eateries. Those with a picky palate will be relieved to find staples such as acai bowls, tacos, BBQ, pasta, and more on the island. Discover our favorite non-seafood restaurants below and start making dinner plans!
Yellow Dog Eats | Casual American
Tucked away in the Canal Street district are the best pulled pork tacos and club sandwiches you’ll ever taste. Yellow Dog Eats is a local kitchen and bar that caters to those who love American dishes. Work up an appetite exploring the fun shops and museums on Canal Street before you head in for a hearty bite. While Yellow Dog Eats’ menu is full of taco, sandwich, and salad options, those with dietary restrictions will find vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available. Menu items are under $15 making it a great spot for lunch or a casual dinner. If you love IPAs and lagers, you’ll find local favorites available on tap. There’s also a great local brewery next door, New Smyrna Beach Brewing Company, to visit after dinner!
Clancy’s Cantina | Mexican
If there ever is a time for tacos and tequila, it’s definitely while on vacation! Clancy’s Cantina is a family-owned business that has served the best tex-mex on the island for over 30 years. After an afternoon of walking the beach and Flagler Avenue, head over for happy hour and a delicious Latin-inspired dinner. Tequila lovers will be thrilled to find the restaurant has over 50 different kinds ready to pour. Instead of doing a round of shots, opt for a refreshing margarita such as The Cantina Margarita or the Georgiarita. As you sip from the salty rim, you can browse the menu that has everything from fajitas to chimichangas to burritos and more. Clancy’s Cantina has a festive atmosphere you won’t want to miss, but on the evenings you’d rather stay in, you can order take out and dine in the comfort of your NSB vacation rental.
The Garlic | Italian
Who needs seafood when you can have Chicken Parmigiano paired with a glass of Merlot? Look no further for a date night spot than The Garlic. This Italian restaurant is beloved in New Smyrna Beach as it beautifully turns an outdoor garden into a magical dining experience. Sit beneath the string-lit trees and try several glasses from their extensive wine selection. Only the best from Napa Valley, Italy, and France are on the menu; it’s worth purchasing a bottle or two to take home! While you sip, don’t forget to order their tomato basil bruschetta and roasted olives and crostini appetizers. With live music and every Italian dish your heart desires on the menu, The Garlic will become a new vacation tradition. View the full menu here.
Bird of Paradise | Healthy
Beach vacations are about having fun, but a little balance is nice too! Bird of Paradise meets all the health-food criteria that even nutrition-lovers would be impressed with; their menu is organic, low sugar, gluten and dairy free, and mostly plant-based. Located on Flagler Avenue right before the North Causeway bridge, this café is ideal for grabbing a bite before hitting the beach. Fulfill your sweet tooth without the guilt when you order their cocoa waffles for brunch. These taste like a treat but are grain-free, dairy free, and low sugar! Lunch options are equally as nutritious as their bowls are composed of organic veggies, brown rice, and your choice of protein. View their menu here.
AA Garden Fusion | Asian Fusion
No town is complete without a restaurant that serves the best pot stickers and egg rolls. Find your favorite cultural dishes at AA Garden fusion as it proudly serves Asia’s best. Whether you love Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, or Vietnamese cuisine, you’ll find them all in harmony on the menu. This dining spot is located on Flagler Avenue and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Peanut Sauce ice cream or Chocolate Chili Crème Brulee for dessert! View AA Garden Fusion’s menu here.
Flagler Avenue Pizza Company | Pizzeria
There’s nothing more iconic than late night pizza after a day of swimming and relaxing. While the island has many pizza options, our favorite is Flagler Avenue Pizza company located right in the heart of NSB. With 34 unique options on the menu, there’s no reason to stick to cheese or pepperoni! Branch out and try something creative such as the Taco, Chicken Vodka, or Arugula & Prosciutto pizza. We recommend ordering 3-4 different kinds for everyone to try. If you’re planning a game night in, call for delivery and they’ll bring it to your vacation rental’s door.
You certainly won’t go hungry in New Smyrna Beach as it’s filled with plenty of non-seafood dining options. From healthy bites to Italian pastas, there’s no lack of tasty diversity on the island. Treat yourself to the best east coast cuisine when you vacation in NSB. Most of our vacation condos and homes are less than a 5-minute drive to the above restaurants and all are within delivery. Find your beach vacation rental by browsing the Great Ocean Condos and Homes website or by calling us at 386.478.7863.