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Melbourne, FL -- restaurant recs, please!!

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My husband and I will be in Melbourne for work this weekend and are looking for dinner recommendations. We prefer casual places -- not too terribly expensive. We love seafood -- but are open to other suggestions as well.


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  1. There were a few other threads about this further down the Florida board. Just do a search on the page for "Melbourne".


    1. Yes, search farther down and someone has posted an Internet link to an exhaustive list of Brevard County restaurants.

      My No. 1 rec after several years of living there is Bella's in downtown Melbourne. Giant portions, don't miss the imported cold antipasto.

      Link: http://www.grandcentralsavings.com/be...

      1. What you consider inexpensive ,might seem very expensive to us here.

        Depending on what part of town,might influence the choices.

        Here is a site to get you started.


        Link: http://personal.bellsouth.net/k/a/kar...

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        1. Try New England Eatery for seafood (5670 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, 321-723-6080). It is on the beach between Melbourne and Sebastian.

          1. Try Cara Mia in Cocoa Village, great Italian food. Black Tulip is also excellent. Stay away from Lobster Shanty, overpriced,small portions, lousy service. Grills at the port, casual, great food and prices, music on weekends!

            1. Contintental Flambe, not too expensive but nice, located right in Downtown Melbourne. Villa Palma in Indialantic for what I think is the best Italian in the area, though some others might opt for Bella's. Siam Orchid for Sushi and Thai. Bonefish Willy's for seafood, and the view.

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              1. re: mustardgm

                Can't comment on Villa Palma, as we haven't eaten there.

                Not a big fan of Bella's. While the portions are huge, I find the food a little ho-hum. Additionally, rumor has it that they just lost their head chef.

                For Italian, we prefer Silvesto's on A1A in Cocoa Beach, Bacco Wine Cafe (at Wickham & Post), Amici's (Wickham, near I-95) or Goodfella's (Florida Ave., Cocoa/Rockledge.)

                1. re: cavandre

                  I thought the head chef was Bella's Significant Other? Hmmmm...

                  Where exactly is Amici's? Is it new? I lived over there until a couple of years ago, but my parents are still in Suntree and might like it. I know they wont' schlep to Cocoa Beach and parking at Bella's annoys them.

                  1. re: Covert Ops

                    The "Chef" isn't a Chef, but a cook. No formal training, just years behind the line. He was never a partner, co-owner or anything like it - he was their cook. Everyone thought that they were married - they never were. They were friends for years when she asked him to be the cook at the resturant that SHE was opening. Things happened, and he was fired. However, the food remains the same.

                    1. re: Covert Ops

                      Covert: i dont know about that(signifigant other) but he has a new restaurant called Meza Luna.
                      Foodie: Not a chef...than how do you serve $20 and over entrees for years and years and have people like it. He may have started out as a cook but i'm sorry he's considered a chef now.
                      And fired...thats not what i heard as mentioned above i heard it was to start up Meza Luna...of course he might do that after getting fired also as revenge.

                      Who cares anyways...$20 and up Italian food is crazy! .
                      At least Mexican restaurants charge you properly for CHEAP food.

                      LOL, Bellas closed...LMAO.)

                2. Try the Fat Snook in Cocoa Beach, maybe a 20 min drive. EXCELLENT!