This restaurant comes with a history, so part of its appeal is just that. It's also located in a prime spot off Ocean Drive right on the sand. They have something for everyone on the menu and a pretty good wine list, but it's not an exceptionally inventive menu, in fact it's typical, as is the interior décor (I agree with others that the place could use some serious sprucing). And, just so you know, not all the tables have a view of the ocean.
For dinner, we started with the complimentary bleu cheese spread (and crackers), which is very tasty (I think you can buy it in their gift shop). We then had a house salad, which I chose to top with their "imported European bleu cheese dressing" (cost a bit extra), and then our dinner. I chose the Coquilles St Jacques, consisting of shrimp and scallops in a creamy sauce. My hubby had one of the seafood samplers, which was a small variety of fried items. Accompanying our entrée was a baked potato and I had steamed asparagus served with hollandaise on the side (also extra $). Dinner was OK, but not great. My cream sauces, both the St Jacques and the hollandaise lacked any pizzazz, and the asparagus was a bit overcooked for our taste. For dessert we shared the chocolate lava cake, more cake than lava, with a small, pretty ordinary vanilla scoop on top.
Glad we went, but don't need to revisit--there are plenty of terrific restaurants in Vero Beach to frequent. Maybe lunch is a better bet and perhaps a better value, not sure.
Just so you know, people can call early in the day to get on the list, show up at 4pm and wait until their name is called. They fill the restaurant at that time and then seat those on the list (and not) as tables become available. Unless you're early and/or very lucky or part of a group of 5 or more (I think), you'll need patience, but then you do have that beautiful blue water to sit and stare at outside while you wait! Ocean Grill does have its own parking lot, however, which is a real asset at their location.
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