Imagine it: strolling along a beach walk, with the Gulf of Mexico glistening in the distance, then having the chance to keep the beach vibe going by dining out at a popular fish house, tiki bar, or upscale restaurant right on the water. From laid back beach bars along the gulf beaches to downtown St. Pete restaurants with a view of Tampa Bay, you'll be spoiled for choice at these restuarants serving up delicious dishes along with stunning water views.
Casual Beach Dining Classics
Vibe: Frenchy's family of restaurants (Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, Frenchy's Salt Water Cafe, Frenchy's South Beach Cafe and Frenchy's Original Cafe) spaced throughout Clearwater Beach, provide the perfect laid back atmosphere for great local seafood fare.
Insider Tip: Frenchy's is known for their fresh grouper caught right from the Gulf of Mexico. You will not want to leave without tasting the garlic crab fries, which Food Network Star, Alton Brown claimed as one of his favorite dishes in Clearwater!
Vibe: An open-air waterside institution on Clearwater Beach, The Palm Pavilion is an ideal spot for sunset-gazing on Clearwater Beach. The Palm Pavilion has been a staple on Clearwater Beach since 1926 and has a come as you are vibe. Flip-flops are more than welcome at this easy-going bar and grill!
Insider Tip: The fried gator nibbles and wasabi scallops are delicious!
Vibe: This Pass-A-Grille landmark provides multi-level panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this casual staple showcases a menu that has something for everyone.
Insider Tip: It's the perfect spot to watch the sunset, grab a grouper sandwich and a cold local craft beer.
Seafood Restaurants With a Tropical Vibe
Vibe: Grab a picnic table, hoist the umbrella and take in the sights and sounds of this outdoor beachfront eatery. The embodiment of Pass-a-Grille Beach's super low-key, old Florida vibe, Paradise Grille offers everything from burgers and wraps to smoothies and craft beer.
Insider Tip: Stick around for sunset, when one lucky guest is chosen to ring the ceremonial bell exactly 15 times at the precise moment the sun sinks into the Gulf.
Vibe: Locals love this harbor side restaurant in a quiet neighborhood on the island of Tierra Verde. The casual eatery boasts delicious stone crab along with delicious steaks.
Insider Tip: If live music is your thing, then you'll love listening to all of your favorites 7-days a week.
Vibe: Explore the retro style, casual vibe and amazing views that come together for a great time dining on the water. Located in St. Pete Beach, Woody's is so close to the water that you may see a dolphin pop up to say hi!
Insider Tip: Order the legendary Buffalo wings while listening to live entertainment Wednesday-Sunday.
Vibe: There's almost always a beach party vibe here, so there's no need to ditch your beach duds. Enjoy the sweeping views of St. Pete Beach from almost every seat in the house!
Insider Tip: Enjoy your Philly-style grouper sandwich and a cold one while enjoying the sunset from the rooftop deck.
Fancy Waterfront and Waterview Dining in Clearwater and St. Pete Beach
Vibe: With its signature style, Island Way Grill provides a more formal approach to waterfront dining on the Clearwater Harbor. The attire is island formal attire consists of the likes of a Tommy Bahama shirt for the guys and sundresses for the ladies.
Insider Tip: Enjoy one of the best Sunday brunch spreads around. Fresh seafood, omelet station, sushi bar, oysters on the ½ shell and a deluxe waffle station will keep you coming back for more!
Vibe: Views on views on views. Sitting directly over the gulf, this prime spot on Clearwater Beach is swanky yet chill. Connected to the new Opal Sands Resort, wear your best South Beach-inspired ensemble while you sip tropical cocktails and share small plates with friends.
Insider Tip: You'll find some of the best drinks on Clearwater Beach here. Get the biggest bang for your buck with pre-dinner appetizers, drinks and an out-of-this world sunset.
Vibe: Stroll up from the beach or poolside at this beachfront cool and casual haunt. Enjoy a delicious wrap, hummus or a refreshing beverage.
Insider Tip: Stay for sunset to check out some live music and the nightly ringing of a ship's bell.
Vibe: For a more refined experience, throw on your finer accoutrements and head to this stylish restaurant on the Sandpearl Resort's main floor. You'll be raving about this AAA Four-Diamond resort restaurant!
Insider Tip: Enjoy tasty fresh seafood and steaks. If you're feeling really fancy, enjoy some Siberian caviar!
Vibe: Stop by The Don CeSar Hotel for a seaside chic menu with ceviche, local seafood and wood-oven-baked Cuban bread!
Insider Tip: Sea Porch is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so enjoy a brief hiatus from the beach or pool either inside or outside under the swaying palm trees with Gulf of Mexico views!
Downtown Delectables in St. Pete
What downtown St. Pete lacks in sand and shells, it makes up for in a waterfront strewn with parks, shops, museums and, of course, restaurants.
Vibe: Dock your boat or come by foot to this family friendly restaurant with sweeping views of majestic sailboats.
Insider Tip: Boat parking is free! Don't forget to try their signature salad crowned with red grouper or spicy crawfish.
Surf and Turf in Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores
Vibe: This Indian Rocks Beach staple is best known for its fresh fish selection and friendly vibe.
Insider Tip: The warm hazelnut crusted goat cheese appetizer and filet mignon dressed in garlic gorgonzola butter is to die for!
Vibe: This fine dining establishment stands as a beach landmark. The menu features both specialty seafood from around the world as well as the freshest of local catches.
Insider Tip: If you're a wine lover, you'll want to order a nice bottle from their impressive wine cellar, which can be seen from the dining room.