Port St. Lucie, Florida on the southeastern coast of the Atlantic Ocean, may be a small town, but it is brimming with fun attractions and great food.
Attractions range across the board. There’s cultural, like the Civic Center Art Gallery, featuring local and regional artists’ work, with paintings, photography, and other mediums. Sports fans can visit Clover Park, the spring training home of the New York Mets, or play golf at the Sandpiper Resort or other places.
Nature lovers can hike the nature preserves, kayak the St. Lucie River, go horseback riding at McCarty Ranch Preserve, and enjoy free beaches just a few minutes away.
The 5 Best Restaurants In Port St Lucie FL
4500 SE Pine Valley St Port St. Lucie, FL, 34952 // +17723985100
Sandpiper Resort is the place to stay if you are looking for an upscale lodging with multiple pools, spas, a golf course, a sports bar, and more, but if you are not staying there, visit their upscale dining spot, The Marketplace for some super dining amongst all the other restaurants in Port St Lucie FL.
It’s a huge buffet-style restaurant with American, Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisine. One of their unique specials is chocolate bread. They have both dark and white chocolate bread and dozens of other varieties of bread, making it hard to choose since all looked delicious.
I sampled the Dark Chocolate Bread. WOW! I just took one slice as I had to save room for pizza, wings, sausage, some fruit, rice, and cheese.
I managed to find room for dessert of a meringue cookie, red velvet cake, and the tastiest cheesecake ever.
1718 SW St. Lucie West Blvd. Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 // +17723365291
Berry Fresh is the perfect place for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. We started with a shared order of Blueberry Fritters.
Our server brought them hot in a brown paper sack and shook them at the table to coat with brown sugar and cinnamon.
They are served with some strawberry yogurt for dipping. We all made room for a hearty brunch after our sweet feast. I had their Traditional Berry Fresh Eggs Benedict.
Two poached eggs with Canadian bacon, and their home-made Hollandaise Sauce, with a side of fresh garden grown tomatoes. It was fantastic.
One of our group had the Shrimp and Crabcake Goat Cheese Omelet. It looked delicious and was seasoned with Old Bay for a touch of Louisiana.
Music city gets a nod here too, with three choices: Nashville Hot Chicken Hash for breakfast, Nashville Hot Chicken Benedict for brunch, and Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich for lunch.
They have traditional soft drinks, juice, coffee, or tea choices, along with special smoothies.
They specialize in fresh and local so you can’t go wrong here.
10501 SW Village Center Drive Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 // +17723453483
Taco Dive does Mexican with some unusual tacos. They set out to be a neighborhood watering hole where locals go to feel at home. The menu is small, with about a dozen choices, but all are freshly prepared and unique.
I had the Pork Taco, slow-roasted pork topped with sweet and salty fresh Thai sauce. Garnished with cabbage and pineapple and the Cajun Shrimp, blackened shrimp, tomato, avocado, and drizzled with chipotle lime sauce. Hard to decide, but I liked the pork best. The menu says “Thai it. You’ll like it” And that was so true.
Some others in our group tried their choices. The Irish Taco got great raves. It is corned beef slow-roasted in cold barley soup, AKA beer, sautéed cabbage, tater tots, and spicy mustard. They call it St. Patrick’s Day in a taco. There are two veggie choices for non-carnivores.
West End Grill is the place to enjoy classic American fare for lunch or dinner and it’s one of the best restaurants in Port St Lucie FL. There was some inside seating, but it was so pleasant we chose to dine outside. Their menu is huge. They offer a dozen salads with multiple add-ons.
They have lots of wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and some big appetizers. Entrees range from Twelve Ounce New York Strip Steak, charbroiled to taste, and Baby Back Ribs, a full rack of lean ribs cooked in tangy barbecue sauce to Mahi Mahi, grilled, blackened, or sautéed in a white wine garlic butter sauce, and Fish & Chips, fried cod with steak fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce and lemon.
They serve all dinner entrees with a choice of soup or salad, baked potato, sweet potato or steak fries, and the vegetable of the day.
My first choice was the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, topped with a Pommery mustard sauce and served with sweet potato fries, but we were late customers, and they were out.
I had the Wings, Wings, Wings instead, 10 medium hot buffalo wings with celery, carrots, and blue cheese dip. Quite tasty and so filling I got a to-go box and had some the next day.
One of my friends had the Baked Apricot Brie, soft brie cheese wrapped in a puff pastry drizzled with an apricot glaze. Served with fresh fruit and flatbread crackers. It was so pretty I got jealous.
The dessert choices were really tempting. We debated between the Crème brûlée, and Southern Pecan Pie, and went with some shared Key Lime Pie. It was so good! A graham cracker crust and a light, refreshing mousse made with real key limes. There is entertainment here five nights a week. Must see amongst the restaurants in Port St Lucie FL.
679 NW Enterprise Dr. STE 101 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 // +17722495055
For some adult beverages, try Hop Life Brewing Company. They make a variety and do a lot of seasonal beers.
Their Puckr’d “Mother Pucker”, a gose with mango and pineapple won first place in Florida’s Best Gose in 2019 and their Wake Me Before You CoCo, a milk porter with double fudge coffee and coconut, placed in Best of Florida Beer Awards in 2019. Gose pronounced goes-uh is an unusual beer going back to German origins.
It is a top-fermenting brew made using wheat and barley, usually heavy with the wheat. Sometimes oats are also used. It is brewed with salt water or added salt and is sour, salty, and sweet.
You can do a brewery tour Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Just call and make a reservation.
On the beer menu, they serve ales, lagers, IPAs, and porters. They serve other specialty drinks and soft drinks.
They also offer some traditional bar fare from the scratch kitchen. Of course, pretzels go with beer, so try their Pretzel Nugs or go big with either The Big Ass Pretzel or the Big Ass Pizza Pretzel. You can even have pretzels for dessert.
They serve warm Bavarian pretzel sugar nuggets.
Their most popular choice is the Build Your Own Smash Burger, a monster burger with a third of a pound of ground beef brisket and short rib.
It comes with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and cheddar or Swiss cheese. You can add onion strings, caramelized onions, tri-colored peppers, sauteed mushrooms, or bacon. What really tops it off is you can double or triple the burger.
They have Music Bingo on Tuesday, Beer and Bingo on Wednesday and live entertainment Thursday through Saturday. It’s definitely one of the best restaurants in St Port Lucie FL.
The night we were there, Premier Dueling Pianos, featuring Amy and Randy Keith, was performing some lively and raucous music in the outside beer garden. They did an unforgettable version of “Big Bad Leroy Brown.”
Hop Life is kid and pet friendly.
Wrap-Up: Best Restaurants In Port St Lucie Florida
The best restaurants in Port St Lucie FL, offer the best of both worlds, old Florida charm mingled with upscale dining. Best of all, you miss out on all the traffic you would have to deal with in places like Tampa or Fort Lauderdale, but enjoy the same quality food.
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