a beer-batter fried grouper sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes and fries on the side

The Sandbar is a casual beachfront spot at the elegant Opal Sands Resort.

The Ultimate Grouper Sandwich

An iconic dish that captures much of what’s great about St. Pete-Clearwater: Fresh seafood straight from the Gulf, best enjoyed with your toes in the sand – grouper sandwiches are beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Wander into just about any restaurant or cafe along the beach in St. Pete-Clearwater, and you’re likely to see a certain dish on the menu: the grouper sandwich! Many local restaurants have their own version of the popular sandwich, so make it your mission to sample as many as you can, and find your personal fave. 

And now... drumroll, please... read on for answers to all your questions about Florida's most famous fish, along with a delicious grouper sandwich recipe you can make at home, so you can keep St. Pete-Clearwater and its fresh, delicious seafood, in your tummy as well as your heart.