If you’re a foodie looking for The Best Restaurants in New Smyrna Beach, Florida – then look no more! This guide shares all most popular foodie hot spots and hidden gems along with the most crave-worthy dishes of NSB!
BEST RESTAURANTS IN NEW SMYRNA BEACH
I’m so excited to finally share our foodie guide to The Best Restaurants in New Smyrna Beach! For such a quaint and charming little Florida beach town, NSB truly has an incredible food scene! Located about an hour east from Orlando, and an hour south from St. Augustine, there’s a reason this place is known as one of the best foodie beach towns in the country! So whether you’re hungry for some authentic Greek food or want to grab some tasty tacos, we’ve got you covered!
WHERE TO EAT DINNER IN NEW SMYRNA BEACH
fast casual, italian street food, Hip Brooklyn Vibes
Our obsession with Prima is pretty evident considering how often we post about them on instagram. They make their dough fresh by hand everyday. They have amazing ingredients and flavor combinations. And they have a super impressive beer, bubbly, and wine selection that’s sure to please any and everyone. In addition to that, their staff is super friendly and knowledgeable and the vibe is perfectly hip… It’s no wonder why Prima is always packed!
Be sure to try the garlic knots, the meatballs with ricotta, the Prima e Poi sub and whatever pasta and/or booze specials they have! You can’t go wrong with any of their pizzas but our favs are the Bee Sting, the Vodka Pie, the Pepino, and the Pizza Verde. Don’t forget to save room for their homemade cannolis and pistachio gelato! I should also mention that they catered my wedding and I highly recommend them for events!
Cheery Ambience, Vietnamese Fusion, Casual Dinner
AA Garden Fusion is the only Vietnamese restaurant in town and they slay the noodle game! From crunchy garlic-y Vietnamese chicken wings to giant bowls of perfectly seasoned pho, AA nails the classics while also blowing us away with their fusion dishes. Try the Chicken Singapore Noodles, the Cold Noodle Salad with Grilled Pork, and The Mango Salad along with one of their hand picked Sakes. They’re also known for their tasty desserts that are made fresh every night!
Japanese Sushi Bar, Fresh Seafood, Intimate Vibes
If you like fresh, raw seafood, you will love Sasaki! This family owned business is continuing their legacy with this intimate sushi bar off Flagler avenue. We recommend trying the tuna inari, the poke bowls, the octopus salad, the ceviche and any and all of the rolls . If you’re visiting during Spring or Summer, be sure to check out their lunch specials for their colorful bento boxes which are out of control delicious!
Upscale Bistro, Classic French with a German Twist, Date Night Spot
The Baker’s Table is consistently one of the best places in NSB for a romantic dinner. Although most of the menu items could be classified as French, they definitely have some German and Southern influence. In my opinion, they have the best fillet mignon in town. We recommend their cheese plate, the warm goat cheese tart, foie gras, and the wiener schnitzel. You’ll also want to be sure to order one of their fresh baked items that are handmade in house each day! They also have an amazing brunch and lunch menu which is definitely worth checking out.
Tropical Garden Oasis, Southern Farm to Table, Romantic Bungalow
If you’re looking for a romantic date night spot, Riverpark Terrace has your name written all over it. The restaurant itself is housed in a quaint bungalow surrounded by a lush, tropical garden full of twinkle lights. The ingredients are sourced locally and the seasonal menu definitely has an eclectic yet Southern flair. Although the dishes change quite regularly, we recommend ordering the truffle fries, the fish tacos, the fried flounder, and the grilled shrimp and white cheddar mac n cheese. The Terrace Burger is another one of their dishes that’s always amazing and always on the menu.
Casual Neighborhood Joint, Classic Italian, Family Friendly Spot
That’s Amore is one of those spots that just does it right. No frills, no fuss, just good ole home-style italian food in a cozy restaurant. We recommend starting with their antipasta platter and the eggplant rollatini. For your main course, try their penne alla vodka, spaghetti and meatballs, Chicken Saltimbocca or the Bolognese. Oh, and even though I’m super allergic to shellfish, I’ve been told the mussels are out of control delicious with their house baked bread! You’ll also want to go ahead and order 100 plates of their tiramisu because it’s to die for!
Lively Atmosphere, Traditional Greek Food, Tons of Family Fun
Me and my entire family are definitely regulars at The Beacon’s Greek Night. Each Saturday, the Kotsonis family, shares their Greek heritage with the town of NSB. From whole grilled locally caught fish to traditional greek salad, everything that’s on the menu is absolute perfection. We recommend starting out with the saganaki (flaming cheese!), the avgolemono, and of course the village greek which is a traditional greek salad just like they make in Greece. For dinner, we recommend ordering the combo platter for a little bit of everything, or the roasted lamb, or whatever fish special they have. As for desserts, do yourself a favor and get all of them. It’s one of the main reasons I work out! hah.
Tasting Menu, Plant-Based Cuisine, Educational Dining
The Vegetable Butcher Pop-ups are always super fun, super tasty, and surprisingly informative. Based on the notion of “each one, teach one”, Josh and Tyler create plant-based tasting menus that will impress even the most serious of meat eaters. Each dinner has a different theme, so you never know what you’ll get — But everything we’ve had so far has been amazing! Check out their website to see where they’ll be popping up next!
WHERE TO EAT LUNCH IN NEW SMYRNA BEACH
Funky Vibes, Over the Top American Sandwiches, Colorful Scene
If you’re looking for the most creative sandwiches in NSB, Yellow Dog is your spot! From pulled pork sandwiches topped with thick slices of brie, cherry peppers, raspberry melba, crunchy onions and homemade yellow bbq sauce to fully loaded ahi poke nachos, this place really comes up with some tasty innovative dishes! Our favorites are What the Fig, the Florida Cracker (pictured above), The Rufus, the Johnny Rocket and The Holy Crap! Treat yourself to a locally sourced beer or order keep it PG with one of their insanely delicious root beers.
Nostalgic Beach Bar, Perfect Burgers, NSB Institution
If you’ve visited New Smyrna before, you’ve probably been to The Breakers. This place is most definitely an NSB institution and is one of the only restaurants located on the actual beach itself. They’re famous for their fresh made burgers, cooked to your preference, and topped with a variety of awesomeness. Pair that with one of their icy cold beers and frosty frozen drinks, for a perfect NSB experience. If you prefer wings or fried chicken, def try them tossed Jeff’s Secret Sauce! The old school nostalgic vibe of The Breakers is definitely worth checking out.
Open Air Dining, Fresh Eclectic Menu, Chill Vibes
Cafe Verde is one of the most eclectic lunch and dinner restaurants in town. The menu features fresh globally-inspired dishes that are undeniably delicious. From crunchy kale salads to creamy curry dishes, you can’t really go wrong at this Flagler avenue joint. We recommend going for happy hour from 3-6 for sweet deals on drinks and various menu items. As for what to order – You can’t go wrong with their gyros, bowls, and yuca fries. And if you like something a little lighter, we recommend the verde salad, cauliflower soup and quinoa salad. Everything if fresh, flavorful, filling and healthy!
Surf-Inspired Open Air Dining, Latin Influence, Window Service
I love hitting up Taco Shack after a morning at the beach. This open air restaurant is located on US 1 and is always poppin’. Don’t be scared off by the long lines as it moves remarkably fast. Just watch the surf videos that are streaming on the outdoor TV’s and chill-out to the music while you wait. Some of our favorite dishes are the Pastelon which is like a Puerto Rican lasagna layered with cheese, plantains and ground beef. We also love the empanadas, the Mexican style chicken tacos, the chimichangas, and the tripleta.
DIY Style Menu, Hawaiian Poke Bowls and More, Fresh and Easy
This tiny build-your-own DIY poke bowl place is a legit NSB hole in the wall. We love how fast, convenient, and insanely tasty it is! To begin, you’ll choose from a base of ahi tuna, salmon, pulled pork or tofu over rice or greens. Then choose any and all of their toppings and sauces. To be honest, I’ve never had a combo that I didn’t like. But for those of you who’d like a little guidance, you can also choose from one of their signature bowls. They also just rolled out a new Caribbean inspired hot dog menu that sounds amazing and we can’t wait to try it!
WHERE TO GET BREAKFAST IN NEW SMYRNA BEACH
Iconic NSB Diner, Comfort Food Classics, Beachy Coastal Vibes
The Beacon is another one of NSB’s namesake restaurants that’s been around for over 60 years. This old school diner is known for its insanely cheap prices and perfect comfort food dishes. You can’t go wrong with their delicious cake batter pancakes, humungous omelets, and any of their loaded combos. To be honest, everything on their menu is amazing and even more so when you ask for their secret homemade datil pepper hot sauce! It’s really the only place that Jeremy and I go for breakfast when we both have the morning off. We even featured The Beacon in one of our Florida Foodie Road trip videos – here! Oh, and you might have read at the beginning of the post – but they also serve lunch and dinner!
Food Truck Feels, Fresh Juices and Bowls, Chill & Tropical Outdoor Seating
GoJuice is the one and only fresh pressed juice and acai bowl spot on Flagler Avenue. From fruit-topped acai bowls with hand ground peanut butter to their famous banana coffee, GoJuice really does it right. This colorful little food truck makes everything fresh to order and has a really cool little lush garden area to relax in. Instead of plastic straws, they use the stems of their papaya trees to show their appreciation for sustainability. We love stopping by for a spicy ginger shot on the daily!
Quick and Easy Counter Service, Crazy Cake Style Donuts, Picnic Table Seating
Donnie’s Donuts is famous for their colorful old-fashioned cake style donuts! From fruity pebbles to s’mores, Donnie’s really knows how to create fun and interesting donut combos. Their menu changes regularly so it’s always neat to go back and see what they’ve come up with next. We recommend choosing one of each and getting an organic cold brew to go! They’re some of the best donuts ever and now they’re open til 5 which makes it even better!
Tiny Coffee Bar, Organic In-House Roasted Coffee, Crunchy
Island Roasters is the only coffee place in New Smyrna that roasts their own organic beans. They also make some insane creations like this Charlotte’s Web CBD iced coffee with coffee cubes or their famous honey badger latte with honey and cinnamon. Although the space itself is super small, they sell a variety of different coffee bends and tasty baked goods. You can find Island Roasters beans all over NSB!
Handmade Using the Highest Quality Ingredients, Juices Bowls Smoothies, Freshest Vibes
If you’re looking for organic juices, tasty smoothies, or perfectly blended acai bowls, you will LOVE Mason Bar! This locally loved health food bar, located right before the North Causeway, is a favorite among joggers and yogis. Beyond beverages, check out their vegan lunch options like their chickpea salad stuffed avocados or their handmade superfood balls. If you’ve got a long day ahead of you, you definitely need to treat yourself to their Coffee Crack which is crafted with Island Roasters cold brew, homemade pumpkin seed milk, reishi mushroom extract and maca – I rely on it for long days of catering or video work!
WHERE TO GET CRAFT BEER & COCKTAILS IN NEW SMYRNA BEACH
Hip Bar Scene, Handcrafted Beers, Canal Street Hot Spot
NSB Brewery is one of the only bars that I will actually hang out at. It’s always clean, always chill, and the bartenders are super nice! This craft micro-brewery is constantly coming up with locally inspired seasonal beers that are always on point. Our favorites are the Citra Rye, the Shark Attack, and the Three Sisters Saison if they have it! Do yourself a favor and order one of their bagged popcorns, too. We love the dill pickle, the cheddar sriracha, and any of the sweet dessert varieties. And not to brag, but they just won two gold medals at 2019 Best Florida Beer Professional Competition. So cheers to that!
Flagler Tavern Speakeasy, Creative Craft Cocktails, Sexy Nautical Ambiance
This interesting little speakeasy, located above Flagler Tavern, is one of my favorite spots to get a craft cocktail. My girl Katie, who’s the head mixologist, comes up with some of the tastiest, most interesting, and fun cocktails in town. From their science experiment style smoked old fashioned to their Florida Mule with candied ginger, The Bounty is definitely worth checking out. And of course, the decor is worth mentioning! The nautical ambiance and classic parlor vibes makes drinking up there even more fun!
Scenic Views, Cold Beers, Florida Tiki Bar Vibes
If you’re looking for a cool rooftop bar with an incredible view, Ocean Breeze is your spot! Located at the end of Flagler Avenue, this bustling tiki bar is popular for their icy beers and live music. It’s also the only place to get falafel in town which makes it even more great. I love sitting up there and enjoying a cold one while watching people play and surf at the beach. Just be careful not to get too drunk because the stairway leading up to Ocean Breeze is long and treacherous after too long.
Now come visit us here in NSB, ok?!
Kenz aka GCS