Daydreams of a beach vacation include sipping margaritas, sharing appetizers, and singing along to a Jimmy Buffet song all with the blue waves in view. New Smyrna Beach ensures that your Florida vacation is filled with plenty of opportunities for dining al fresco by the water. Whether you crave a burger by the beach or a candlelit dinner for two, NSB has dinnertime ambiance that can’t be beat. Discover the best waterfront restaurants in New Smyrna Beach (and check them off your list when you visit!).
An Oceanfront Vacation Rental
We may be biased, but the best waterfront dining in New Smyrna Beach is on the balcony of an oceanfront vacation rental! Condos such as Southwind 402 , Seacrest 804, Malibu 704 have bird’s eye views of the crashing waves below. Treat yourself to a relaxed evening in by making a home cooked meal in the kitchen or ordering takeout from a local NSB restaurant. With a bottle of wine on the table, good food, laughter, and breathtaking views of the shore, you’ll never want this magical, seaside dinner to end.
In New Smyrna Beach, even a burger and fries can be a scenic experience. The Breakers is an oceanfront NSB restaurant beloved for its pink exterior and seat-yourself dining. Grab a seat at the bar that looks onto the umbrella lined shore. The Breakers sits on the edge of Flagler Avenue by the public beach access. Its casual atmosphere makes it the ideal lunch spot after a morning laying on the sand. Already hungry? View their menu here.
Toni and Joe’s
With live music playing and the warm sunshine on your face, you’ll find Toni and Joes Patio the perfect laid-back spot for a bite. This beachfront restaurant is peppered with picnic tables and umbrellas that look onto NSB’s driving beach. We recommend making this your breakfast go-to as you can enjoy the golden morning sun over the water. Their breakfast menu has everything from breakfast burritos to Texas style French toast. You’ll also find a full menu filled with your favorite tropical drinks to sip on. Visit their website and view their menu here.
Chases on the Beach
There’s nothing like happy hour on the beach! Drink Piña Coladas and Rum Runners at the oceanfront bar and grille, Chases on the Beach. This NSB restaurant resides on the tip of the driving beach right by the non-driving section. When you need a break from the Florida sun, throw on a cover up and walk from the shore to this laid-back grille. Chases on the Beach has plenty of picnic table seating, a space for games and live music, and even a swimming pool! Along with rounds of drinks, we recommend ordering a table full of appetizers from peel-n-eat shrimp to fried pickles and lobster bites. View Chases on the Beach’s menu here.
Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille | Riverfront
Unlike most beaches, New Smyrna Beach has more than the ocean to offer. Experience its freshwater beauty when dining at Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille. This restaurant is located along the Indian River not far from the North Causeway. Order from Outriggers’ extensive menu filled with American staples and seafood dishes and enjoy the serene waterfront view. This restaurant is located right by a 31-slip marina, so you can watch the boats glide by your table. Whether you come for brunch with friends or an evening glass of wine, Outriggers is a must-visit NSB restaurant!
Down the Hatch | Riverfront
Venture over to New Smyrna’s neighbor, Ponce Inlet, for another waterfront dining experience. Down the Hatch has been a local seafood staple for nearly 50 years. There’s no need to dress up as this riverfront restaurant has a laid-back ambiance with charming fisherman décor. Along with dreamy views of the Halifax River flowing into the Atlantic, this restaurant has a menu filled with mouth-watering entrees. We recommend ordering the Hatch Calamari followed by the Spicy Spanish Snapper entrée. See their menu here!
From Mai Tais by the ocean to crab cakes by the river, New Smyrna Beach has the best waterfront restaurants on the Florida East Coast. Dine to the sight of the sea every single day when you book a direct oceanfront vacation condo or home. Our NSB vacation rentals are fully stocked and well equipped for a fantastic stay. View our condos and homes online or call us at 386.478.7863 to book!