Being so close to the water, seafood restaurants in Clearwater are the best place to visit for any seafood fanatic. Sample the fresh catch of the day for each of these seafood restaurants and let us know what your favorite spot was!
We’ve done our research on the best spots to visit so that you do not have to go searching. Check out our master guide on the best seafood restaurants in Clearwater for more information and tips on what to order.
Looking for where the locals go? Frenchy’s is a locally famous Clearwater restaurant–no tourist traps here! With the tropical, colorful decor, the beachfront patio on Clearwater beach white sand, and relaxing vibes, it is the perfect beach hangout spot.
Not only are the vibes perfection, but the seafood is amazing too. Frenchy’s menu features a homestyle spin on your favorite meals. When visiting, you have to try their most popular dish, the freshly fried Grouper Sandwich.
You’ll be at the peak of your beach trip when you bite into their flaky fish, straight from the Gulf coast. Don’t forget to order their strong Rum Runner cocktail as well!
Sea-Guini is a bright and luxurious seafood restaurant, located at the second floor of the Opal Sands Resort. This spot is inspired by Mediterranean and Italian flavors, which shows in their delicious seafood dishes. Enjoy your meal while gazing at their beautiful, sweeping view of the Gulf. Definitely join Sea-Guini during the daylight, so you can view the ocean!
The dishes at Sea-Guini use locally caught seafood, produce from local farms, and house made pasta which makes the food taste so amazingly fresh. We love their craft cocktails, including the best Espresso Martini on this side of the bay. Check out their Sea Scallops dish for a luxurious and hearty, high quality meal!
Cousins Maine Lobster
You’ve just found the best way to get a piece of Maine, without the long flight! Located in the Marriott SpringHill Suites is Cousins Maine Lobster, a Maine food truck turned popular seafood chain!
You may have heard of this spot before because it was actually a featured startup on Shark Tank! See their success in person as you sample their signature dishes in a fast-casual atmosphere.
The Lobster Roll here is full of huge chunks of 100% premium Maine Lobster, served in a buttery bun. Or, check out their flavorful lobster bisque where you don’t have to go searching for the bits of crab. We also love the sides that you can snack on with your meal. Who can go wrong with crispy fried tater tots?
Caretta on the Gulf
Just thinking about the view at Caretta on the Gulf has us in full relaxation mode. Located in a beachside resort, Caretta creates a New American spin on locally sourced seafood.
Feast on their beautiful dishes in their lavish interior, perfect for a date or special occasion. Or check out their classy outdoor patio, with a sweeping view of the Clearwater beach coast.
Being the only 4 Diamond rated restaurant in Clearwater is not easy but it is clear when you see the level of effort put into their dishes. From ahi tuna tacos and artfully crafted sushi to rich and savory main dishes, Caretta on the Gulf delivers luxury meals and top quality wines in a gorgeous setting that will please any craving for a fancy night out.
The Bait House
Let’s say you want to lose the fancy attire and just get straight to the basics. Look no further than The Bait House in Clearwater. This eatery and tackle shop is literally on the water in an unassuming beach shack. But the flavors and deals are definitely not compromised!
Featuring a daily menu of the catch of the day, The Bait House offers fresh seafood and some of the locals’ most popular snacks! The regulars of The Bait House love their Drunken Shrimp–shrimp sauteed in a tangy bourbon creole sauce and served with toasted bread because you’ll want to soak up the rest of the sauce.
They also offer a selection of 50+ bottled beers and wine, so it is a great spot to grab a drink before heading to the beach or to fish with one of their selections from their in-house tackle shop.
Cooters Restaurant & Bar
Cooters is one of the most popular spots for seafood because you cannot top their deals! Known for their All You Can Eat Crab Legs special, no crab lover will go unsatisfied. Served with their warm butter and fresh lemon wedges, you will be in absolute heaven. Quick tip: remember that this deal is only on Mondays, so make sure to put it on your calendar!
We recommend joining them during happy hour for their best deal on drinks. With an all you can eat special and 12-ounce drafts for $1.50, you and your wallet will be going home full!
Backwaters on Sand Key
Backwaters on Sand Key is a laid back surf and turf eatery, with a Caribbean themed menu. Their wonderful dishes really focus on the seafood, without any fillers to distract from the fresh catch of the day.
Their no-nonsense crab cakes don’t have additional fillers and the bacon-wrapped scallops are to die for! There are tons of amazing things to try. Plus, with yummy steak and burger options, even those who are averse to seafood will be happy.
Backwaters is a great place to visit for lunch because of their great service and atmosphere. We love the down to earth vibe of Backwaters, the service will make you feel like you are a part of the family. Plus, you can dine on their waterfront deck so you can enjoy the breeze along with your meal.
Crabby’s is a fun and beachy seafood restaurant in Clearwater, known for their great appetizers and happy hour drinks! We love their double-decker view of the beach, where you can sit and kick back on their elevated patio with some top quality beach eats.
Their Pina Coladas and Cruzan Rum Punch–a Clearwater spin on a Mai Tai–are the perfect accompaniments for their delicious eats.
Crabby’s specializes in serving large groups, so this is the best spot to visit with your friends! Order a couple of their seafood appetizers to share and the whole crew will be ecstatic. Check out their light and crispy Ahi Tuna Nachos, with a tangy spicy mayo sauce. Or, sample their Lobster Mac and Cheese, with tons of Maine Lobster!