View from Bonefish Willy's Restaurant
Waterfront Melbourne Florida Restaurant
- a Satellite Beach area Top Pick
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One "Top Pick" riverfront Melbourne Florida restaurant option at the very north edge of Melbourne just east of of Hwy 1 is Bonefish Willy's - 2459-B Pineapple Ave. - Melbourne, FL - (321) 253-8888
- located 1 mile north of the west end of the Eau Gallie Causeway (518) on Pinapple Avenue - (One block east & 1/2 north of intersection of US 1 Hwy and "Cliff Creek Drive" on the Indian River.)
Map - To a Local Map of Bonefish Willy's Restaurant Riverfront location - You can click on the Restaurant map to "grab" it and recenter it on the page if you wish.
Bonefish Willy's sign and outside entrance
Bonefish Willy's Riverfront Grille is off of the "beaten path" in essentially a residential area, and does not "look" like a "Top Pick" waterfront seafood restaurant from the outside -- and even the small inside dining area you walk thru to get to the back outside riverfront seating area made us wonder what we were getting into.
The attractive riverfront dining deck, however, offers great views of the boat traffic on the river and of the many tall buildings in the distance across the intercoastal waterway, and even some of the taller buildings along the A1A "oceanfront" highway. The view after dark of the boat lights and lighted buildings across the river is particularly peaceful and relaxing while enjoying good food.
We were suprised that we were not told about Bonefish Willy's by any of the "locals" we asked for waterfront Membourne Florida Restaurant favorites. We discovered it from a local "freeby" dining magazine, and were very glad we did. (Maybe the Locals are keeping it for themselves.)
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There used to be another great riverfront Melbourne Florida seafood restaurant with spectacular river views at 1477 Pinapple Avenue near the west end of the Eau Gallie 518 Causeway - originally Concy Joe's Seafood Restaurant for many years and many great dining experiences for our family.
It then changed to Abaco Jacks Restaurant a couple of years ago, but closed in late June, 2006. We hope it gets purchased by some owners who can make it as a restaurant at the great location on the Intercoastal Waterway Vs the riverfront location getting purchased as a spot for some high rise condos.
We heard some good - and some mixed - reviews on the Chart House Restaurant - 2250 Front Street - Melbourne, FL
- (321) 729-6558 - next to the waterfront park on the south side at the west end of the Eau Gallie Causeway (518) bridge.
It is located on the water such that it should have great views across the river which was of definate interest to us. Some "locals," however, had also warned us that the prices tended to be a bit high and it was not really "casual" riverfront dining. We decided to check it out for ourselves anyway, but when we pulled up and saw it was Valet Parking, plus the way people were dressed going in, we chickened out and drove north up Pineapple Avenue -- and that was the evening we first discovered Bonefish Willy's above -- a great casual dining Melbourne Florida Restaurant "Top Pick" discovery!
The Chart House is a national restaurant chain. You can check out their web site description of their Melbourne, FL Restaurant and others at this link + see a photo of a view of the river from their outside dining area. We are going to check out the Chart House Restaurant on our next trip fo the Melbourne, Florida are, and will then have a "review" plus a picture or two of our own of the Chart House, Melbourne FL dining view posted here. (For now, we suggest you dress a bit up from casual "shopping" wear.) Please let us know about your Chart House dining experience on our Comments Form + send a picture or two. - Thanks!
Nearby Cocoa Beach Waterfront Restaurant Favorites
Ten to 15 minutes to north up A1A "oceanfront" Hwy - Waterfront Cocoa Beach FL Restaurant Top Picks - "Reviews, Pictures & Tips. MANY great Oceanfront and Waterfront Restaurant choices in the Cocoa Beach and Port areas.
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Also see our nearby Cocoa Village Restaurant Top Pick page, plus Info on an "On the River" Seafood Restaurant favorite - "Chowders" - about 10 minutes North of Melbourne in Rockledge right on Hwy 1. You can drive on north on Hwy 1 to historic Cocoa Village for some enjoyable shopping + check out some interesting Historical Cocoa Village buildings (and a directory of shops).
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