We have been coming to Grill’s in Port Canaveral since 1997 when it opened. We were thrilled when Grill’s Riverside Restaurant opened in Melbourne back in January 2011. In the beginning, parking was a big problem at the new restaurant. Everyone wanted to try it. Now it seems less so. We have been to this newer location many times since it opened.
On our latest visit this week, eight of us dined here for lunch. I phoned in a reservation about 90 minutes before we arrived. The table was ready for us and our server, Spencer arrived soon after we sat down to take our drink orders. After perusing the menu for a short time, we all decided on our choices. Although Coconut Shrimp, $9.99 and Bacon Wrapped Scallops, $11.99 sounded delicious we all decided to skip appetizers.
Two of us ordered the Deluxe Cheeseburger in Paradise cooked rare, $10.49 - one with Sweet Potato Fries and the other with seasoned French Fries. Our third diner ordered a Hurricane Hamburger, $8.49 served with a pickle wedge and chips. Another diner ordered a new item on the menu, a Cuban sandwich with Shrimp, $10.99. Our fifth diner ordered a regular (new) Cuban sandwich, $9.99. Our sixth diner has a Fish Sandwich, $10.49. Our seventh diner ordered the Grilled Rueben Sandwich, $9.99, while our final diner ordered Fish with Cheese Sandwich, $10.49. All sandwiches are served with chips and a pickle wedge. The Cheeseburgers in Paradise did not arrive cooked as ordered and one of the diners had to send his back as it was so overcooked that it showed no pink at all. Spencer graciously agreed that it was not anywhere near rare and returned it to the kitchen. She replaced it with one cooked rare and it was great, our diner said. Aside from that snafu, we all thought that the food was delicious. We arrived at the end of a busy afternoon so service was a bit slow at the beginning of the meal but improved greatly as the restaurant cleared out.
While we ate, I glanced around the busy restaurant. Each table had a different scene on it. I ones I saw mostly depict tropical beach scenes, marine motif or Grill’s logo. High wooden unfinished ceiling with fans soared high above the tall picture windows that look out on tranquil river views. The Pineda Causeway Bridge can be seen out the tall windows and I watched as a colorful catamaran glided by. The bridge looks beautiful lit up at night. Opened yellow umbrellas hung around the dining room with lights inside them. The artwork on the wall is eclectic many with beach or marine themes as well as neon lights advertising beer logos. You can dine outdoors or inside. Something new to me was a Frozen Yogurt machine that I had not noticed on previous visits. The outside Tiki Bar was very busy - just about every seat was occupied as we departed the restaurant. The restrooms are outside the interior dining area and is accessible for the bar and outdoor diners.
There is live entertainment in the evenings at both locations. Check the Website for the schedule. This is a fun restaurant to visit. Seafood is fresh. I have noticed that prices are rising. Both Grills’ Restaurant used to be more affordable. I still enjoy coming to both locations for the marvelous waterfro0nt views and the live entertainment. If prices continue to rise, I probably will visit less frequently. If you have not dined here, check it out. Perhaps you will become a regular as I am.
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