111 N. Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
River Deck Tiki Bar and Restaurant in New Smyrna Beach is my new favorite place to hang out when I'm in that great little beach city on Florida's east coast.
The restaurant and tiki bar are on the River Deck Marina property. The marina is a full service facility with both wet slips and dry storage in racks.
I love boats, marinas, great food, tasty drinks, waterfront views, and friendly service. When I can get them all in one package, that place ranks high on my list of favorite places.
That's what River Deck is all about.
It's a new place in a site that has hosted several other restaurants over the years. It's one of the best locations in Florida for waterfront dining.
The River Deck Marina is in the historic section of downtown New Smyrna Beach on South Riverside Drive, the scenic street that runs along the Indian River.
It is snugged in between the city marina on the north side and a well kept residential condo on the south side.
The restaurant itself is on the east side of the marina property on the Intracoastal Waterway, known in these parts as the Indian River.
You leave Riverside Drive and drive east past the marina and dry rack storage building until you come to the restaurant.
There is valet parking only, so just drive up and let the valet worry about where to park.
From the valet station it is a short walk to the friendly hostess who will smile and give you a table with a wonderful waterfront view.
You can't lose, because all tables have that view.
My table had great views of the Intracoastal Waterway with several sailboats at anchor and some pontoon boats passing quietly by.
The view includes the homes and condominiums across the way on the barrier island.
My server and bartender appeared at my table very promptly. Her name was Nikki, who made me a great Bloody Mary which I enjoyed while studying the menu.
Appetizers include oysters, gator bites, clam chowder and many other goodies. There are several salad selections on the menu, which has a Caribbean theme.
You can have fresh seafood, grilled chicken, steaks, hamburgers, and a lot more. All food is inspired by the spices of the Caribbean.
For lunch I had chicken and shrimp Jambalaya. It was the way I like it. Tender chicken, big shrimp, pieces of sausage, rice, onion, green pepper, and just enough rice to blend it all with the great spices.
I like it spicy, but if you don't just ask them to back off a bit.
The have a large entree' menu, but also plenty of sandwich and light snack items. Their Rasta Chicken Wings are great and so is the huge "River Decker" hamburger.
For dessert I passed on the tempting Fudge Brownie Peanut Butter Pie and the Key Lime Pie.
Instead, I had Nikki make me a Margarita. It was just as great as the Bloody Mary and had no more calories than a traditional dessert.
River Deck has two full service bars: one at the large outdoor dining deck; the other at the adjacent tiki bar.
The buildings are very new, neat, and well laid out. It has a comfortable feeling.
Last but certainly not least, the restrooms are well marked, easy to find, and very clean.