Wine Dine and Play: Squid Lips

Squid Lips

A Classic-Style Florida Restaurant Chain 
Melbourne, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Eclectic, Seafood
Dined in May 2017
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)

My wife and I were on a road trip to Cocoa Beach and Melbourne. While going through the Eau Gallie district she mentioned a restaurant on the Intracoastal Waterway of the Indian River next to the Eau Gallie Causeway on the historic site of the Oleander Hotel called Conchy Joes. It was a place that she and her friends used to visit when she lived in this area. Conchy Joe’s is no longer in business, so we decided to eat lunch at the restaurant that had replaced it called Squid Lips. An interesting name, with a nice relaxed atmosphere.

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Main review:

New American with eclectic-style menu items in a large restaurant setting with four main dining rooms, and three separate bars, one of which was on an expansion patio fully covered as a tiki hut, which also had a combination of regular and picnic tables on a sandy beach leading up to the Indian River, plus a pier all on the restaurant property. You could drive and park your car to come and eat, or dock your boat, almost a feel of the islands or being in the Keys.  This is the area where we had our lunch, on a hotter than normal day with the sand reflecting back up at us, having us order extra cocktails to stay cool.
Pier and boat dock
The first Squid Lips in January 2004, the additional locations to include this one a few years after including Cocoa Beach and Sebastian. 
    • Appetizers
    • Soups & Salads
    • Sandwiches and Wraps
    • Baskets
    • Entrees
    • Pasta, Grits and Such
    • From the Land
    • Raw Bar
    • Something Sweet
Patron for my wife, Yuengling beers for me as was started with the coco onion chips, which were thick cuts of inions dipped in a coconut rum batter, then rolled in  shredded coconut and deep fried

This dish was followed up with a yellowfin ahi tuna smoked fish dip which is a common dish in Florida made several different ways from one place to the next. This was the first that I recall having with ahi yellowfin tuna, to which added a greater flavor profile to the dish. It was very rich and complex. If it had only been served with a home-made cracker of bread instead of Lance Captain wafers then the dish would have been perfect. 
Smoked Ahi Dip
From steak, to raw bars, pasta, sandwiches and more, this restaurant had just about everything you can imagine in a Florida restaurant focused on American cuisine, and the eclectic style for variety was a pleasing touch. 

Based on their names the dessert list did come right off the Sysco truck with Reese’s peanut putter pie, and chocolate seduction cake, or the Key Lime pie by Mike, so from that we did bypass that portion and call it a day. Weather you're a local or tourist alike, this restaurant is the feel of Florida and what you can expect from a waterfront chain that doesn’t scorch a large hole in your wallet.

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Final notes, review basics, and observations:

What is a restaurant review? How does the rating system work? Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsibly, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience. I put you at the table with me, and to be objective. My goal is to be impeccable with my word, being honest in the review, never making assumptions, and to always write to the best of my knowledge. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors with 70 questions broken down by individual experience. They include: wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, plus a bonus section called wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Over all from this experience, and using my rating system linked above, I give Squid Lips a 0.5 out of 5 stars, meaning that they are a very basic dining experience like most restaurants.

5 stars
 An Extraordinary Experience
Worthy of a Michelin rating
   94 - 100%
(105% with full bonuses added)
4 Stars
An Outstanding Experience 
(Top of its class)
87 - 93%
3 Stars
Exceeded All My Expectations
80 - 86%
2 Stars
Far Above the Average Experience
72 - 79%
1 Star
An Average Dining Experience
66 - 71%
0.5 Star
The Restaurant is a very Basic Experience
65 - 61%
0 Stars
ALERT: Poor, or Appalling Experience
(Do not waste your money or time)
60% or below

Overall Star Rating:
0.5 of 5 Stars: 
A Very Basic Dining Experience
Corkage fee’s:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge $25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine style:
Seafood, American, Southern, Floridian, Eclectic, Pescatarian, and Vegetarian
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual attire
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a child’s menu or cater to them; however for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended for children not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. If not then
Hire a Babysitter! 
Trendy, Lounge, Hot spot, Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Good for special occasions, Rustic, Scenic views, Hole-in-the-wall, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Public lot and Boat Dock
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Nonsmoking restaurant, and nonsmoking patio

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Food Prices 
(excluding, alcohol, taxes & gratuity)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 

**Currencies chosen reflect the world’s major travelers and restaurant or wine connoisseur’s**

My food bill:
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Squid Lips:
1477 Pineapple Avenue
Melbourne, Florida 

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 321-259-3101
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Social Media 
Facebook link                

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Reviewed by:
Sean Overpeck (CFE)
Glorified Cook (Exec Chef)
Father, Husband, Wine Drinker,
Restaurant nut, History, and 
Star Trek lover

I am based in Florida, and have worked in the food service industry for over twenty years, from restaurants to contracting in Afghanistan, Iraq, & Antarctica. The idea for Wine, Dine, and Play started in 2012. Since then over 350 articles have been written, including some San Pellegrino, Michelin, and Elite Travelers Guide top restaurants. Other articles include food recipes, a Grand Food Dictionary, ethnic country cuisines such as Afghan and Peruvian, tasting tours, exotic locations, and wine from vineyards in the old and new world alike.

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