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Best Restaurants for a Special Occasion in Indian River County

Welcome to a culinary journey through Indian River County, Florida, where exquisite dining experiences await you at every turn. Nestled along the pristine coastline of the Sunshine State, this charming county boasts a thriving food scene that caters to every palate. In this blog post, we invite you to discover some of the finest establishments that Indian River County has to offer. From the breathtaking ocean views to the exceptional cuisine, Citrus Grillhouse, Ocean Grill, Waldo’s, and River Twist stand out not only as some of the Best Restaurants in the area but also as the perfect destinations for special occasions. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or simply indulging in life’s pleasures “just because,” these culinary gems promise exceptional service with a romantic atmosphere that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

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Explore additional options for special occasion restaurants by clicking here to peruse our article on The Most Romantic Restaurants in Indian River County.

Citrus – Vero Beach, FL

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Nestled along Vero Beach’s scenic Ocean Drive, Citrus Grillhouse embodies the epitome of a special occasion dining destination. Its elegant and intimate atmosphere sets the stage for memorable celebrations, from milestone birthdays to romantic anniversaries. Citrus Grillhouse stands out with a commitment to exceptional cuisine, featuring locally sourced, fresh ingredients and a diverse menu catering to seafood enthusiasts and meat lovers alike. The attentive and knowledgeable staff ensure a flawless experience, making Citrus Grillhouse a top choice among Indian River County’s Best Restaurants for a Special Occasion. Be sure to savor their featured dishes, a salmon filet served with parmesan orzo, blistered tomato, and a charred tomato vinaigrette, and save room for dessert—a delightful selection of bite-sized assorted mini cheesecakes that add an extra layer of culinary delight to your special occasion.

Citrus Grillhouse
Address: 1050 Easter Lily Ln, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 234-4114
https://www.citrusgrillhouse.com/


Ocean Grill – Vero Beach, FL

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The infamous dessert tray with over 10 all house made desserts as presented by the Ocean Grill located in Vero Beach florida

Perched on a sandy dune with a commanding view of the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Ocean Grill isn’t just a restaurant; it’s an iconic destination for special occasions in Indian River County. Established in 1941 by Waldo Sexton, this cherished establishment exudes a rich past, with pecky cypress and mahogany furnishings and a main dining room offering stunning ocean views. Ocean Grill has weathered World War II, hosted local legends, and operated under the enigmatic gaze of “Chicago gangsters.” Today, the Replogle family continues this enduring legacy, ensuring a dining experience that seamlessly merges the past with the present. Stepping into Ocean Grill means immersing yourself in a coastal saga spanning decades. Whether savoring a romantic evening or relishing a meal with an unparalleled view, Ocean Grill’s history and authenticity make it one of the best special occasion restaurants in Indian River County, offering a memorable journey through time. Be sure to savor their stuffed Florida lobster special (when available) and don’t forget to leave room for dessert, their legendary dessert tray showcases a delectable array of house-made desserts that add to the restaurant’s timeless charm.

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Ocean Grill
Address1050 Beachland Blvd, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 231-5409
https://www.ocean-grill.com/


River Twist – Vero Beach, FL

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In the vibrant landscape of Indian River County, River Twist stands out as a locally owned culinary haven, offering a unique and innovative dining experience. Since its establishment in 2019, and with a recent expansion that can now accommodate up to 150 diners, this restaurant, led by owners Chef Michael and Lorraine Amaral, boasts a captivating blend of modern industrial, fancy ballroom, and pop art aesthetics. River Twist derives its name from both its location near the Indian River Lagoon and the inventive twists it applies to classic dishes. With its dedication to culinary creativity, River Twist promises a distinctive atmosphere and a menu that reimagines beloved favorites, making it an ideal choice for an unforgettable special occasion dining experience. Be sure to try their Tuna Tataki appetizer and cap off your meal with their decadent Bourbon Pecan Bread Pudding for a truly memorable dining experience.

River Twist
Address717 17th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 770-0908
https://rivertwistvero.com/

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Waldo’s Restaurant

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Located along the scenic Ocean Drive in Vero Beach, with a direct view of the Atlantic Ocean, Waldo’s Restaurant is the epitome of a special occasion dining destination. Nestled within the Driftwood resort, Waldo’s offers an exceptional outdoor dining experience, complete with both indoor seating and a breathtaking al fresco dining area. Their impressive menu features culinary delights like the renowned “Crazy Harry’s” Cobb Salad and the mouthwatering VIP Prime Rib steak sandwich. With its prime oceanfront location and a commitment to culinary excellence, Waldo’s delivers a dining experience that encapsulates the true essence of Vero Beach. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or simply savoring a momentous evening, Waldo’s Restaurant is the perfect choice for an unforgettable special occasion in Indian River County.

Waldo’s Restaurant
Address3150 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 231-7091
http://www.historicwaldos.com/

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Do you agree with our choices? Did we miss your favorite spot to celebrate a special occasion? Sound off in the comments below to let us know so we can go check it out!

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3 Comments

    1. Hi Carol! While we agree with you, Kyle G’s isn’t in Indian River County, so they were not included. Thanks for checking out the article!

  1. Scampi Grill should never be left off a list of the classiest
    restaurants in IRC … food service ambiance… second to none.

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