9 Don’t-Miss Daytona Beach Restaurants


Home to exciting Speedweeks events and 23 miles of white sand and blue surf, iconic Daytona Beach has been a family fun destination since the 1920s. It’s not called The World’s Most Famous Beach for nothing!  Whether you visit for the races, bike week or spring break, the city and surrounding area is also home to unique eateries offering everything from casual down-home Southern cooking to upscale dining in elegant beachfront steakhouses. Here are several of our favorite Daytona Beach dining choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are sure to satisfy a hungry vacationing family!


Steve’s Famous Diner

This beachside diner on Atlantic Avenue is a family-owned eatery serving delicious casual fare. Steve’s is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and have been serving delicious meals and old-fashioned Greek bread served straight from their ovens. Get your day started with homemade comfort food like their biscuits and gravy, fresh baked muffins, or fluffy stacks of blueberry pancakes!

Dancing Avocado Kitchen

Fresh juices squeezed to order, pecan waffles, and pure maple syrup are just some of the ways to start your day at this colorful kitchen “where herbivore and carnivore eat together in harmony”. With a goal to serve delicious and healthy choices, there are plenty of vegetarian and meat-lover options suitable for any palate. Let the herbivor in your family enjoy the waffles while carnivores fuel up with the Big Ham Sammich—Two Eggs and T-Ham & Cheese, on a Kaiser Roll.

Doc Bales’ Grill

Love a Sunday Brunch buffet? Enjoy the seafood selections, carving station, and delicious griddle choices including Banana Caramel French Toast—Texas toast rolled in Cornflake crumbs and served with warm bananas, caramel sauce, pecans and whipped cream. And for traditionalists, the build-your-own omelet served with a side of applewood smoked bacon should hit the spot. Brunch includes your choice of a Bloody Mary or Mimosa.


Caribbean Jack’s

Known for good food, daily entertainment, and music on the deck, this restaurant and bar at the Loggerhead Marina is a great place to spend a sunny Florida afternoon dockside.  Daily specials include a Fried Captain’s Platter, Shrimp & Grits, and on weekends, don’t miss their Lowcountry Boil of Gulf shrimp, Alaskan snow crab, and whole crawfish. Specialty drinks like the Shark Attack and Rum Smuggler are favorites.

BJ’s Brewhouse

Need to please a family of picky eaters? BJ’s on International Speedway Boulevard has an extensive menu offering dishes from pizza to seafood, and steaks to specialty salads. Burgers and Tacos come in both traditional and unique new “flavors” including “enlightened burgers” made from Turkey, or shrimp and arugla pita tacos. Family-friendly, the kids menu include a “create your own” option—choose an entree, one side and a drink. To skip the wait, order online for dine in or take out.

Tia Cori’s Tacos

Home of the $1.50 taco and the $5 Margarita, Tia Cori prepares authentic Mexican taqueria specialties using fresh ingredients. Fresh salsa and guacamole, and entrees are made to order. Crave carnitas or tamales?  Your choices of meat include traditional as well as unique selections like chorizo or chicharrones. Lighter fare includes ceviche and salads. Every Friday night, Tia Cori’s feature live Mariachi music! Ole´!


Aunt Catfish’s

“Down South River Cookin’” is the specialty at this family-owned Southern seafood joint. Fried green tomatoes, fried alligator, and catfish are featured starters. Coastal Plates such as Cat ‘n Grits or citrus salmon include hush puppy and a cinnamon roll, in traditional, old Florida style. An extensive menu also lets you create your own platter with choices of four kinds of shrimp, oysters, alligator, frogs legs and shark bites, among other delicacies! A generous and extensive kid’s menu offers seafood selections as well as kid-tested favorites.

Don Vito’s Italian Restaurant

Billed as “a meal you can’t refuse”, Don Vito’s in Daytona’s historic shopping and arts district serves family favorites of traditional pasta, seafood, and chicken or veal. Pizza is a staple, as well as calzones they call “stuffed clouds of cheesy goodness”.  Try the Pin Wheels, described as mozzarella filled cheesy Italian muffins. Mangia!

Daytona has quite a lot to offer families hungry for scrumptious seafood, hearty burgers, famous pizza or Italian dishes, and even Mexican fare. Whether you choose to stay in town or explore the surrounding area, you’ll find a restaurant to satisfy even the most picky eaters. Enjoy!