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The Mansion, Historic Downtown Melbourne, FL | Local Dining in Brevard County, FL | Carolyn Smith, Realtor

Posted on: March 24, 2012

Carolyn Smith, Realtor – Local Dining in Brevard County, FL – Restaurant Review: The Mansion, in Historic Downtown Melbourne, FL

The Mansion Melbourne FL

Formally known by many Brevard County locals as “The Strawberry Mansion”, this landmark restaurant has been completely renovated, redone, and renamed “The Mansion“, and it is just what Historic Downtown Melbourne needed! A LOT of money was obviously spent in the renovation of this historic restaurant, and it turned out absolutely beautifully. The Mansion is not your typical restaurant, with a bar and a dining room, and although it does have those features, it has many more features as well. Just to give you a quick rundown of all the separate spaces The Mansion offers, there is indoor restaurant seating, outdoor restaurant seating, beer garden with picnic table seating, rooftop bar with river views, deli, outdoor deli seating, coffee bar, wine cellar, and package store. Wow, right?! The first time we visited The Mansion, my husband kept saying that he felt like the place was built by Disney, and what I think he meant was there is something for everyone, of all ages, and the atmosphere, decor, and landscaping are all just picture-perfect. The Mansion truly is different from any other restaurant/bar in Brevard County… you really have to check it out.

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Outdoor dining, beautiful at night!

On our first visit (we’ve been twice), three of us we went for dinner on a Saturday night, and while the parking lot was full, we managed to get an outdoor dining table immediately. The menu is not huge, but it is completely sufficient, with a variety of appetizers, entree salads, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, and full entrees, in addition to nightly specials. The beer menu, on the other hand, is absolutely huge, with over 60 selections of draft beer from which to choose. Okay, maybe this explains why my husband felt like he was at Disney; this beer menu instantly brought him to “the happiest place on Earth“. He is a bit of a beer snob, and this beer menu is by far the best in Brevard County – all craft beers, with barely a Budweiser product to be found. Truly fantastic. Of course I expected a wine list that would be just as spectacular, but I was informed that they were still working on the wine list, and while they do offer some wines by the glass (which our server quickly listed for me), they don’t have a full wine list yet. You can, however, purchase a bottle from the onsite Wine Cellar and enjoy it with your meal.

Now onto the food. I saw Bavarian Pretzel Sticks on the appetizer list and I could not resist giving them a try. Sounds pretty boring, I realize, but I was hoping they would be comparable to one of my favorite pretzel stick appetizers at a restaurant I used to frequent in Washington DC. I’m happy to report that The Mansion’s pretzel sticks were awesome! More like freshly baked pretzel bread than average soft pretzel sticks, they were served with a horseradish mustard sauce and also beer cheese sauce. We all enjoyed them so much that we actually *blush* asked for another order of the same thing! And we finished every last bite of both orders *blush again*… so yummy! For dinner, I got the Sesame Citrus Tuna Salad, my husband ordered the Grilled Salmon, and our dinner guest got the Fish Tacos. All meals were perfectly-sized, well-cooked, and made our bellies happy. No, they weren’t the absolute best salad, salmon, and fish tacos we had ever eaten, but they were very tasty and well-priced.

Historic Downtown Melbourne The Mansion

The Mansion at night, Historic Downtown Melbourne

Overall, The Mansion offered us a nice meal in a lovely setting. And I must mention that our server was fantastic! Her name was Cassandra (if I remember correctly) and she was friendly, patient, super-knowledgeable about the food and beer menus, and she offered great suggestions. She didn’t rush us at all, and gave us plenty of time to sit and chat at the table when we were finished with our dinner. Lastly, I have to say that the menu (both food and beer) is VERY reasonably priced. For three of us, with 2 appetizers, 3 dinners, and 6 beers, the bill totaled $80. To me, that is surprisingly reasonable for an enjoyable night of food and drinks.

I highly recommend going to The Mansion for lunch or dinner, or even just for a quick drink and an appetizer. You can find The Mansion at the very east end of Historic Downtown Melbourne (east of US 1); the address is 1218 East New Haven Ave. Melbourne, FL 32901. Their phone number is (321) 345-5800. You can also check out their website here: The Mansion’s website

Hope you enjoy your visit to The Mansion in Historic Downtown Melbourne; it truly is a great new addition to local dining in Brevard County, Florida!

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