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9 Best New Smyrna Beach Restaurants You Must Try!

9 Best New Smyrna Beach Restaurants You Must Try!

Looking for the best New Smyrna Beach Restaurants? Great you have come to the right place!

There’s so many fun things to do in New Smyrna Beach and dining at some of the best restaurants in town for lunch, dinner or even breakfast is definitely one of them – this area of Florida is somewhat of a foodies paradise.

So if you are wondering what to eat in New Smyrna Beach, we have you covered with the 9 best restaurants in New Smyrna Beach and also some places to eat nearby.

9 Best New Smyrna Beach Restaurants You Must Try!

Dining / Nightlife

Whether you are looking for a great spot for dinner with your family or a night out without the kids, New Smyrna Beach has great dining and nightlife options to choose from. 

1. Third Wave Cafe and Wine Bar

Stop by the Third Wave Cafe during the day and you will observe patrons enjoying a delicious brunch menu that features their famous crepes, coffee brewed from beans courtesy of nearby Island Roasters, a traditional breakfast or sandwiches all with a unique Third Wave flare.

Rated one of the best restaurants in New New Smyrna Beach consistently by locals due to the stunning outside patio and great food and drink on offer.

Located just 3 blocks from the beach, your seating options here include a front deck that overlooks Flagler Ave. It’s a perfect spot to catch some shade and pause from a day of beach-going or shopping.

Or take a seat in the enchanted garden patio under native trees wrapped in twinkling lights. Torches and artistic carved wood features add to the enchanted atmosphere.

If you head back when the restaurant reopens later for dinner you can enjoy their selection of wine and local craft beers as well as a menu of fresh and innovative dishes. The dinner menu features smaller options, tapas for mixing or sharing and Neapolitan style pizza baked in their brick oven (pizza is available all day).


2. Yellow Dog Eats

Looking for a unique, pet friendly restaurant in New Smyrna beach, the Yellow Dog Eats is the place to eat for you. They actually have another restaurant in Gotha, Florida, but their food was so good, they were able to open up in New Smyrna Beach in 2014. So if you haven’t yet been, you definitely should go

Chef Fish Morgan is the head of this amazing restaurant. He serves up a range of different meals but he specializes in amazing sandwiches and barbeque – so if you are looking for a low key eatery in New Smyrna beach, which offers food that won’t disappoint, go here.

They have interesting and unique techniques to cook their BBQ – they specialize in smoking their meat over apple and natural woods. In doing this, Yellow Dog has created distinctive flavour combinations you simply won’t taste elsewhere.

If you love the idea of a sustainable restaurant, Yellow Dog also ticks the sustainability box by sourcing their food locally, recycling and using paper products where possible.


3. The Taco Shack

Since 2010, The Taco Shack has been a gathering place for hungry, budget-conscious locals in New Smyrna Beach. The smartest way to find the best places to dine is to go where the locals go.

One of the best places to eat in New Smyrna, the Taco Shack offers a relaxed atmosphere and beachy vibes with its surf shack appearance.

The menu features a simple collection of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Spanish cuisine. Whether you order up a plate full of tacos or go for the highly recommended beachin’ burrito, you will not be disappointed.

Don’t let the prices or simplistic menu fool you, the food tastes authentic and amazing. The restaurant is family friendly and offers outdoor dining. It’s a great place to grab an afternoon bite and recharge after a long morning at the beach.

The Taco Shack

4. The Breakers Oceanfront Restaurant

The Breakers is considered one of the best oceanfront restaurants in New Smyrna Beach. It is a great all round restaurant which opens from 11am, making it available for both lunch and dinner.

Another of the best seafood restaurants in New Smyrna Beach. One of the best items on the menu is the. skewers of white shrimp, grilled, blackened or with Key Lime seasoning. Of course key lime seasoning is always a win.

If you’re not a seafood fan, there’s plenty of other options available to you on the menu including chilli cheese fries, loaded nachos or a simple salad.

The restaurant is known for not only offering great dinner options but also amazing lunch options – their burgers are considered some of the best in the state so don’t miss your chance to get your hands around one of those! If you want a recommendation, the turkey burger is always well rated, complete with cheese, lettuce & tomato, served on your choice of bread.


5. Norwood’s Eatery and Bar 

Norwood Eatery and Bar is one of New Smyrna Beach’s best rated and oldest restaurants, opening its doors in 1929. One of the

If you are looking for some of the best seafood in New Smyrna Beach – this is one of the best places to go

The locals really love this eatery because they are very conscious about the environment and are passionate about recycling, buying local and solar energy. Obviously, another big drawcard to this restaurant is that it is a treehouse – which is always a fun experience and a great place to go on a date on New Smyrna Beach.

Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include Lobster Tostada, Lobster Tostada, bacon wrapped scallops, and smoked fish dip. If you are vegan or even if you love a good steak there are also options for this including the very popular vegan stuffed peppers. Norwoods offers something for everyone.


6. The Garlic and Blu Bar

The atmosphere at The Garlic and Blu Bar is absolutely breathtaking. When you enter you will walk down a vine-covered arbor and then enter a garden with flowering trees adorned with strings of light.

Whether you choose to dine inside or outside, both dining areas are relaxed and filled with music and a mouthwatering aroma. This restaurant offers not only food but a worldwide selection of wine, beer, martinis and live music that starts every night at 7PM.

This restaurant is a garlic lover’s paradise. Every meal comes with a garlic appetizer of bread served with a bulb of garlic that’s been cooked in the restaurant’s authentic Italian oven. The Garlic and Blu Bar goes through about 1,000 pounds of garlic every month so you can bet, everything on the Tuscan style menu, features garlic in one of its delicious forms.

Try the garlic-coated il forno steaks, the classic pasta puttanesca, or one of the restaurant’s many seafood options. Have the kids with you? No problem! They have a children’s menu that offers pasta or chicken fingers. Try one of the delectable daily specials that will surely have you wanting more. Between the menu and the atmosphere The Garlic & Blu Bar will be one of your favorite dining experiences in New Smyrna Beach.


7. Beachside Tavern

The Beachside Tavern is one of New Smyrna Beach’s favorite live bars loved by the locals. Decorated with pop culture posters and funky island inspired décor, you’ll find that this open air bar is a perfect mixture of beach and music-scene vibes. During the warmer months you will want to take advantage of their awesome outdoor seating with a cold drink in your hand.

Stop by the Beachside Tavern and enjoy their selection of your favorite pub classics. They also offer one of the most affordable happy hour deals in town.

Musical groups often perform live and DJs are common here, too. Enjoy a little music and dancing on their open dance floor. At night the restaurant is 21 and up so you can’t bring the kids but it’s perfect for an exciting night out.

One of the best rated New Smyrna Beach Restaurants, especially if you love low key dining with great prices.


8. A Night on Flagler Avenue

The party’s always happening on Flagler Avenue! They have monthly wine and art walks, block parties, and live entertainment at many of the restaurants and pubs. The locals like to do what’s called the “Flagler Crawl”, which is essentially bar hopping down Flagler Avenue.

The best places to grab a drink would be:

  • Traders – Traders offers a full bar and quick bites to eat. Enjoy your food and drinks on their open air patio during the warmer months. Stop by for daily drink specials, karaoke and live music every Friday and Saturday night.
  • Flagler Tavern– Flagler Tavern is proud to offer all 90+ point vintages at an amazing value. Or, if you are in the mood for a beer, they offer over 30 drafts to choose from! They boast a full line of frozen creations, hand-crafted cocktails, unique specialty margaritas and an assortment of flavorful mules. The Flagler Tavern has something no matter what type of drink you’re in the mood for. They also offer a full menu of premium quality food any time of day or night.
  • The Bounty– This “unique speakeasy” is located upstairs from Flagler Tavern. They offer a full bar, dining area and a deck overlooking Flagler Avenue with amazing views of the ocean. The Bounty is an eclectic mix of vintage, nautical inspired decor and offers a more intimate setting. It was created for guests who enjoy escaping the noise and bustle of the nightlife parties below.
  • Ocean Breeze Tiki Bar and Grill– This tiki-themed rooftop bar and grill is a casual joint that serves up cold drinks and tasty eats. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables. Enjoy the Ocean breeze with your family, friends and pets! The Ocean Breeze is located above Wild Side NSB on Flagler Ave.
  • Peanuts Sports Bar– Every night, there is something happening at Peanuts. From Live Music to their weekly Comedy Auction, you are bound to have a great time. While you’re there you can play darts, shoot pool, or watch your favorite sports games all year round (on over 20 TV’s!) while enjoying tasty bar food like chicken wings, burgers, their unique taco in a bag or snacking on free peanuts.
penuts restaurant and bar

Peanuts Restaurant and Bar via Facebook

9. The Bakers Table

One of the best restaurants in New Smyrna Beach is the Bakers Table. It is one of the top restaurants to go to on a special occasion for couples like Valentines day. It has a really cute French vibe.

We would highly recommend trying the Apple Cider Doughnut it is to die for as their bakery items are handmade in house daily. The Key West Pink Shrimp & Avocado Ceviche Frickadelle is also well worth trying as well

the bakers table

via Facebook


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