Best Restaurants in Vero Beach | Fine Dining with Award-Winning Chef

Enjoy fine dining in one of the best restaurants in Vero Beach. Chef Michael Amaral and his family have lived in Vero Beach for 9 years.  He has worked at 5-star hotels, the best restaurants, and private clubs. His father was a culinary teacher who inspired him to cook and create.  With a background in fine dining at the best restaurants, unique dishes, and a certified sommelier in-house, River Twist has something for everyone.  Chef Michael & family are experienced restaurateurs with collectively over 70 years of experience in hospitality.  Come and dine with us and experience the twist!  Local, independently owned, featuring unique flavors, innovative presentation, making River Twist one of the best restaurants in Vero Beach for fine dining.

Inside River Twist, One of the Best Restaurants in Vero Beach

The best restaurants feature creative & sophisticated menus—with a twist.

Lunch Menu            Dinner Menu             Wine List

Exciting Times!

We have expanded to the point that we now have a full bar.  We also have four euro caves to serve wine at the proper temperature.

River Twist Lunch and dinner menus

One of the Best Restaurants in Vero Beach; Fine Dining With a Twist

It’s heartwarming and exciting to visit a restaurant where the chef has invested so much of themselves into every aspect of the business.

Such is the case with River Twist, a terrific new restaurant lovingly imagined and brought to fruition by Chef Michael Amaral and his wife, Lorraine. So plan to enjoy chandeliers, lovely ceramic tile, a poured concrete bar and other inventive elements.

Our excellent server, proudly explained to us that the chef and his wife not only designed the space but were very hands-on in the actual construction.

Perhaps more importantly, the menu is so creative and interesting. Think beef carpaccio, fried chicken livers and tempura alligator, just for starters.


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Artices & Social media Reviews

River Twist bison sloppy joe
At River Twist, a sloppy joe is made with farm-raised bison cooked in a spicy tomato sauce on Texas toast.
River Twist bread pudding
Their staff always seems invested in taking care of you, and the food is so fresh! 🐟
I’ve done working lunches and date night there. It’s always a treat to go. Especially love the gourmet gator bites🐊 and fish tacos.🌮
Morgen Reynolds
River Twist - The Best Restaurant with Cauliflower Reuben
At River Twist, vegetarians must taste the cauliflower Reuben, tantalizingly prepared cauliflower and sauerkraut with Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese on grilled marble rye.
River Twist chimichurri beef salad
River Twist tender and juicy chimichurri beef tenderloin is sliced and plated beside leaves of romaine lettuce, cubes of tomato, a slice of grilled onion and lots of crumbled blue cheese.
River Twist fish tacos
Two blackened fish tacos at River Twist were good tasting with lime wasabi, Pico de Gallo and chipotle cream on warm flour tortillas.
We shared a couple of River Twist house-made desserts, a flourless chocolate cake and a warm bread.
River Twist ham lentil soup

Last night was my third take out meal. My wife and I had chicken prosciutto with potatoes and brussel sprouts. We also had chicken soup and cheese cake. It was absolutely wonderful!!

Within the last few weeks I have also had Ahi tuna with Califlower and Beef tenderloin Tornadoes. They were also excellent! I recommend you give them a try.

Great food
Tim Grabenbauer
Inside River Twist, One of the Best Restaurants in Vero Beach
Look & Feel: The décor of the main dining area, with several types of chandeliers hanging from the exposed ceiling, might best be described as industrial chic. A half dozen red booths line the walls, with a large high-top share table set in the middle of the room. At the rear of the dining area is a large open bar.
Tina Rondeau

Google Reviews

Adam Ogilvie

OMG! This place is amazing. Food is off the chain awesome and the wine tasting events are out of this world. Highly recommend to anyone. Now that I think of it, don’t go there. I want it to myself.

Kathy Carroll

Excellent restaurant. What a great surprise to find this delicious treat on my vacation from Miami to Vero Beach! The eggs Benedict was perfectly cooked and the brunch was fantastic. This unassuming restaurant was the highlight of my trip to Vero. Looking forward to going back when I am in town. I really adored the atmosphere and the decor was a knock out as well.

Nancy Rogers

Very friendly. Extra touches like the surprise goat cheese on toast number, delicious food, cool decor. I will go there again.

Donna Attenhofer

This is a great new restaurant in Vero Beach. It is a hidden gem in a little strip center. The staff was gracious and knowledgeable. We had a large group for dinner and everyone enjoyed all the food (and wine). The chef, Michael made amazing food and created a great menu. The lamb chops were incredible and the special that night was a black cod which was a hit with everyone at the table. We even went back for brunch on Sunday!

Gail Conde

Amazing food! Chef Michael is so talented. The fish of the day was my favorite and so fresh! I would definitely recommend it. Great wine list as well. I Definitely would go back and bring friends to sit at community table in the middle.

Emily Wilcox

Conveniently located near my home and work. I visited River Twist for the first time and was welcomed and seated immediately. The menu has such a great selection and I tried the Cuban Sandwich (my servers recommendation.) The sandwich was served with a pasta salad, coleslaw, and a piece of watermelon. Very delicious! Washed it down with a Stella. This place has a great ambiance and I look forward to going there again.

Biz Gainey

River Twist is THE new restaurant to try if you’re living in the Vero area! Chef Michael’s selections are creative and filled with flavor! The menu is always changing with the day’s choice special and generous portions are always served.

The host and wait staff are fantastic and the decor is warm, modern, energetic, and inviting with a fantastic community table as piece of the dinning area.

River Twist is A great choice for an elegant date night and is also a great option for family or small party of friends and colleagues!

I have been several times for lunch and dinner and I’ve never been disappointed! I intend to return again and again!!