Yellow Dog Cafe

4.8
119 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Comfort Food with a Flair!

Our award winning Malabar, FL riverfront restaurant menu offers a wide selection of amazing appetizers, salads, entrees and house made desserts. We offer a large selection of entrees such as Scottish Salmon, Filet Mignon, Pecan Crusted Mahi Mahi, Onion Crusted Chicken, Black Grouper, Osso Bucco, Rack of Lamb and hand cut steaks.

Each meal is individually prepared by our chefs in the open kitchen with the flair you would only expect from the Yellow Dog Café.

Enjoy your wonderful meal in one of several eclectically decorated dining spaces or under our outdoor covered porch while enjoying breathtaking views of the Indian River Lagoon.
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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday party and had a great time. Service to the food was awesome!

No matter what the view is of the restaurant or the ambience it all comes down to service and the people of the company. It takes great people to succeed. From the bottom to the top.

Five star all around.

#TimSamsTravelUSA
Live Life Today, Travel USA!!!

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JasonF
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and everything exceeded our expectations. From the minute we pulled up, the service, ambiance, and food was all outstanding. Can't wait to go back.

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vipDebra
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the Best Restaurants to dine in and only a 20 minute drive up from Vero Beach. Food Outstanding. From the Fresh Baked bread in house from their Pastry Chef, to the Crab Bisque Soup. One of the Tastiest Conch Fritters we've had. Fish done perfectly. Chicken dish was delicious. Desserts amazing. And to top it off, our Waiter Danny was exceptional Will def be back. Chef/ Owners know how to run a very good restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20 years driven by never knew about this gem!

Finest dining in the area with great river view setting.
Brooke was server and made the dining experience exceptional. Professional and personable. Attention to every detail.

Pumpkin seasonal salad tropical blueberries and seeds and nuts was a royal treat.

Fried potato chips laced with blue cheese appetizer.

I enjoyed the special seafood BLT sandwich a blend of salmon and mahi. Coleslaw and fresh bread and potato puffs.

Dessert platter with, to live for desserts. I chose the bread pudding treat and took the chocolate dog bone treat with walnuts and vanilla ice cream!

We will be back!

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Sisbistris
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in Pennsylvania and while visiting relatives I always go here. Amazing views, Amazing food, Amazing service. They always make you feel like your family there. Highly Highly Highly recommend this place!!

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vipKatie
Miami
68 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect day...Beautiful view, food was yummy and Miss Stella made the afternoon delightful. A big thank you, Katie

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vipLisa
Austin
69 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual!

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RFly
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience.Outside dinning was great. A must try!!

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MartinL
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Yellow Dog! The food, ambience, the view of the river, the wait staff, it’s all so good.
Such a great relaxing dinner tonight for our anniversary. We’ll be back!!

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DanielP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Ambience was average, food was excellent, service very good.

I thought the view would be better, typical water view (river, not ocean).

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience on their outside deck at the water’s edge. It was an anniversary dinner. We were welcomed by the staff and received just the right mix of attention and privacy. Masks were worn as appropriate.

We both ordered beef, the filet and rib-eye. Meat was cooked to perfection. Excellent flavor.

Highly recommended!

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vipMurphyD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything!!! Food was GREAT! The location is very nice too. We ate on the outdoor patio and it was very comfortable and beautiful.

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KathyeT
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special meal here. And our server, Simone, was a treat. We had someone with a food allergy and she found the perfect meal for him, just cannot say enough about the great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When in the area and I always try to have dinner at the yellow dog Café. A very enjoyable dining experience.

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SandraC
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely high-end restaurant with white linen tablecloths, view of the water. Food was delightful but also very rich - service was very good. No complaints - it was what we were looking for. If you want simpler fare, it may not be the place for you. Watermelon and feta salad was delightful, as was the fried onion encrusted fresh mahi-mahi, and (rich!) crab bisque. No room for desert!

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vipjohnm
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first experience at The Bird Dog, and the food was Delicious. Our table had the meatloaf , Onion crusted Mahi Mahi and the Bird Dog sandwich. All of which were amazingly delicious. My wife really liked the hot air balloons too. We will definitely be back soon and will recommend this place to everyone.

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vipKatie
Miami
68 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was yummy, service perfection, wonderful view, and a fantastic staff..Bonus we got to see Dale..
Thank you for making our afternoon so special..
Katie

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ElaineB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service.

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Mclaugh3
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I would have given full stars for service if we had not had an issue when we first arrived. After 15 minutes we were assigned a new server, and everything was great from that point on.
We thought the way they handled the valet parking was excellent and safe. Took every precaution. Servers wore masks most of the time. We ate outside so it wasn’t an issue.
Food and ambiance were excellent.

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Cherylm
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment! Just love this place - food is top notch, ambiance - can't get anything better, the location is just beautiful. Queue the dolphins.
It was a typical rainy August night (3-5pm showers) but with their large patio doors it was easy to open & close when the rain & wind kicked up. Service could not have been any better - honestly, as I said earlier - "never a disappointment" on all levels.

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Dusky
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been there many times. Always enjoy the surroundings and good menu.
Service very good.

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MLBMike
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner and we enjoyed the whole experience. Service and food were excellent.

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BobW
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is impeccable. Had our first date there, got engaged and had our wedding at the restaurant. We go there for special events and celebrations. And we go there for no reason at all ... just because. We strongly recommend the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Excellent food. Service and location
You can’t go wrong with this gem

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lthibs
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch. Always good food and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Onion crusted chicken was one of the best meals I have ever eaten! Table faced the water where many dolphins played for our amusement! Honestly, a perfect night!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Asked for a window table, quiet, social distanced. Service excellent and food bountiful! Made to perfection! Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had beautiful outside seating, with a wonderful waitress. The food is what I will talk about for years to come. It may be a little pricey but would pay again.

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yellow Dog cafe exceeded our expectations in every way imaginable. The exterior from the road (US1 in Malabar, Florida) doesn't provide visitors with so much as a hint of the "Old Florida" ambiance that awaits inside along with spectacular views of the Indian River Lagoon. Staff was welcoming upon arrival and service was just the right balance of friendly and efficient. The real surprise was the spectacular food. A real fine-dining gem with a casual atmosphere. Very highly recommend Yellow Dog Cafe.

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vipEastSider
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From greeting to dessert everything was perfect. We did the $40 4 Course menu. We were stuffed half way thru dinner bu managed to show horn some dessert in. Soups were fabulous. Salads were delicious (and greens were room temp, not hurt your teeth cold). Hubs had meatloaf - a tower of meatloaf & potato pancakes on a bed of mashed spuds. I had the potato crusted Scottish salmon. Desserts were cheesecake and apple/strawberry strudel with ice cream. Excellent. Excellent Excellent.

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carmenc
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you have the budget, go here; it will be worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

A nice restaurante with a great view. The place is beautiful, service was good, both of us had drinks, my martini was so good and my husband’s mojito as well. My husband had a sandwich that he really enjoyed, I had the onion crusted fish that I did not enjoy, but the rice that came with was good.

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Cherylm
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular! Never a disappointment. From the moment you arrive you are treated as a special guest. Valet is prompt and courteous - front desk reception quick to say HELLO and greet you with a smile. Very accommodating for seating, respecting your feelings regarding covid-19 etc. We were quite happy with our location even though it was a bit warm outside sitting outside on their covered patio was refreshing and ever so scenic.
Food- excellent. We all (4) participated in their dinner special 4-courses - and they were exceptional - not "special" sizes either. We have visited the Yellow Dog several times over the past 7-8 years and we have never been disappointed. LOVE when Chef comes to say hello - makes you feel so special and important!

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DenH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Yellow Dog and from where we entered the restaurant, to the hos,to the service and food it was AMAZING!

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vipArtPB
Orlando
45 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as usual, from the valet to Shally the bartender to Daniel the server and David the GM. The Blue Dog was excellently mixed. The crab bisque and seabass were superb, and the only way to finish that off for me was with a Dog Bone for dessert.

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vipSteve
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful setting. Had an early dinner or late lunch at around 4 pm. Not crowded and had fantastic view of the river. Wait staff was outstanding and was very helpful in helping us decide our choices.

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Lasteil
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Beautiful view wonderful Service.

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Tomcat97
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary

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Louise
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 1st visit here on our anniversary. Our server Danny was fantastic, answering every question thoroughly. He offered us the choice of a mask and or gloves. The meal was delicious, the filet was cooked perfectly, the sea bass, clear and flaky. The value was average for a higher end restaurant. We were not expecting low prices. I'd go back there in a heartbeat. Try their lunch menu first. Definitely a return visit is warranted. Our friends who highly recommended them were right..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It’s nice place and food! Good views!

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Yellow Dog Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 119 OpenTable diners.

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