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Whether you want a lobster roll at a café or a juicy cut of meat at a steakhouse, the laid-back town of Vero Beach can accommodate. Even better, some of the best spots also serve up a view with your meal.
Ocean Grill. It doesn’t get more beachfront than this landmark restaurant. The historic seafood and steakhouse is filled with antiques and is family-owned. As you’d expect, it serves up coastal Florida cuisine, like jumbo lump crab stuffed mushrooms and broiled shellfish as well as roasted duck and prime rib.
Osceola Bistro. On the mainland, this bistro is owned by a Vero Beach native who prides himself on his farm-to-table menu with an international flair. Sit indoors for a traditionally elegant meal, hit up the open-air bar area or snag a seat in the garden patio to dine surrounded by a sew of lush plants and a trickling fountain.
The Wave Kitchen & Bar. Located inside Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, this steakhouse serves up excellent cuts of beef alongside Florida seafood classics and a few Cuban specialties, too. The sleek surroundings aren’t the least bit intimidating, as service is warm. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas.
Patisserie Vero Beach. This European style café in downtown Vero Beach is perfect for breakfast, lunch or a mid-afternoon snack. It serves soups, flatbreads, salads, delectable pastries and handmade artisan breads prepared with organic ingredients by classically trained chefs.
Riverside Café. This casual and historic dockside restaurant has full bar and lots of indoor and outdoor seating. It is country music star and Vero Beach native Jake Owen’s favorite place to dine, along with a large following of locals and return visitors. Order from a menu laden with seafood classics like a New England lobster roll, shrimp scampi and a crab cake sandwich.