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Top 9+ Waterfront Restaurants in Tampa Bay

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We think Tampa Bay has the best sunset view in the country, so take advantage of it by visiting some waterfront restaurants in Tampa Bay!  There’s so many to choose from, whether you’re looking for a casual or formal vibe.  

Need the best recommendations?  Check out our master guide below for the best waterfront restaurants in Tampa!

Salt Shack

Looking for an experience beyond a waterfront view?  Try Salt Shack, which features a waterfront entrance!  That’s right, you can not only reach the Bay restaurant by car but also by boat.  Located in South Tampa, this rustic beach spot offers a beautiful view, seasonal seafood, and fun summer-inspired signature cocktails.

We recommend checking out their Skyyway Breeze, a fizzy spin on a vodka and cranberry drink.  They also have beachy frozen drinks like the classic Pina Colada or The Dirty Banana which is made with banana, Bacardi, and topped with coffee liquor!  Enjoy your drinks while snacking on their cheesy baked oysters.

They also have some awesome live music on select days!  Download the UNATION app for updates on any music events!

Sunday | 11AM-9PM
Monday | Closed
Tuesday-Thursday | 11AM-10PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM-11PM

📍 5415 W Tyson Ave, Tampa, FL 33611

Hula Bay Club

Hula Bay Club is your spot for sweeping view of the bay and their serene marina.  Their atmosphere is fun but casual, by incorporating subtle tropical accents. They have a great high-chair bar area to mix and mingle with other visitors. There’s also a covered patio area with plenty of ceiling fans to keep you cool during the summer.

The menu at Hula Bay Club is super new and exciting with so many different signature items. Their appetizer section includes yummy snacks like Sticky Wings, Conch Fritters and Local Smoked Fish. They are also known for their Hawaiian Fish Sandwiches which are served on a homemade Hawaiian sweet bun with made-to-order cole slaw.  Even their fries are cut in-house! Definitely a must to add to your best waterfront restaurant in tampa bay list.

Sunday-Thursday | 11AM-10PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM-11PM

📍 5210 W Tyson Ave, Tampa, FL 33611

Armature Works

Armature Works is a modern food hall in a huge remodeled Tampa warehouse. This waterfront restaurant in Tampa Bay has a cool industrial design. With Armature classic food stalls and rotating vendors, this is a spot that you can visit more than once and it will never get repetitive.  

This is located right on the Hillsborough River, with a beautiful view of the Tampa Riverwalk. With a new paddle boarding shop, it’s really calming to watch all the water activities during the day.  Armature Works also has a beautiful view of the sunset, with cotton candy skies galore. We recommend chilling at the picnic area patio while sharing one of the wood-fired pizza options from Ava!

Sunday | 9AM-9PM
Monday – Thursday | 730AM-10PM
Friday | 730AM-12AM
Saturday | 8AM-12AM

📍 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Palm Pavilion

This waterfront restaurant in Tampa Bay is literally nested on the sandy Clearwater beach. From the patio of Palm Pavilion, you get a beautiful view of the Gulf and pretty yellow cabanas. Their casual atmosphere is a perfect place to chill out, sit back, and enjoy some drinks.  Check out their website for their live music calendar!

Their menu features the classic beach eats and refreshing summer drinks.  Some of their most popular items are their fresh salads and also their Fried Shrimp Basket. Our go-to drink is their strong, frozen Rum Runner! Also if you’re looking for a Florida spot that serves alligator, head to Palm Pavilion to enjoy some Fried Gator Bites.

Sunday-Saturday | 11AM-10PM

📍 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater, FL 33767

Rusty Pelican

Known for hosting large events, Rusty Pelican is super popular amongst the locals.  An upscale spot, you can enjoy the waterfront view behind glass windows so you can still cool down in the air conditioning.  The view out of Rusty Pelican is serene and calm, with a sweeping view of the Gulf.

Their menu gives Florida spins on classic seafood and steakhouse specials. Start off your meal with the Lobster and Mango Salad  then finish off with their crab-stuffed gulf grouper or the filet mignon! 

The beautiful view also makes this the perfect spot for a family brunch. Their brunch menu features special items like crab cake benedict and fried chicken & waffles!  Even their mimosas go above and beyond.  Choose the unlimited mimosa option and try all their options – Watermelon Fresca, Tangerine Ginger, and Pineapple!

Monday & Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday – Thursday | 4PM–8:30PM
Friday | 4PM–9:30PM
Saturday | 10:30AM–9:30PM
Sunday | 10:30AM-8:30PM

📍 2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

The Sail Pavilion

This 360-waterfront spot is located in between Harbour Island and the Tampa Convention Center.  The Sail Pavilion gives front row access to the Hillsborough River.  Hang out here, enjoy some snack, and watch the different boats and water sports pass you by. It’s also a stop on the Tampa Riverwalk, so you can go for a night time walk after your meal at The Sail!

The Sail features their Sail Drink menu and food from Big Ray’s Fish Camp. This extension of the South Tampa spot serves amazing seafood meals full of flavor.  We recommend the Grouper Nuggets, which comes with a yummy sweet Thai chili dipping sauce.  They’re also famous for their oyster or shrimp Po’ Boy sandwiches!

Sunday-Thursday | 11AM-10PM
Friday – Saturday | 11AM-12AM

📍 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

American Social

American Social is a fun spot on the edge of Tampa’s Harbour Island. With a beautiful waterfront view, this is going to be your new favorite brunch or nighttime spot.  Their Americana-inspired wood interior is built around their center bar, surrounded by cozy large booths.  The outdoors opens up to a patio with a covered bar and table seating. 

Visit on a Saturday for brunch and outdoor live music. We recommend their eggs benedict— all entrees come with free bottomless mimosas for ladies!  

Saturday-Sunday | 11AM-12AM
Monday-Friday | 11:30AM-12AM

📍 601 S Harbour Island Blvd #107, Tampa, FL 33602

Bon Appetit

Voted the best waterfront restaurant in Tampa Bay, this spot is no joke when it comes to waterfront views.  During the daytime, the ambiance is super refreshing.  The outdoor patio and deck into the water are lined with white fencing and larger than life column posts.  At night, the fencing lights up with colorful LED lighting so make sure to take take a walk on the long deck!

We recommend ordering their dover sole which is deboned table-side to add to the experience.  Also, you can’t go wrong with their shrimp fettuccine with sherry wine cream sauce!

Sunday-Saturday | 12PM-9PM

📍 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, FL 34698


Oystercatchers is well known for classy eats, bountiful brunch, and local seafood. The view at sunset is gorgeous, with lush greenery and twinkly lights. Beyond the fences, you’ll see the Gulf touching the horizon and the far-off city skyline.

While Oystercatchers is a perfect place for a date, we recommend coming for brunch.  With so many options in the buffet, you’ll have difficulty choosing what to put on your plate. There’s a caviar bar, charcuterie bar, seafood area and all your favorite breakfast classics.

Monday – Friday Lunch | Closed
Saturday Lunch |11:30AM-2:30PM
Monday–Saturday Dinner | 5:30PM–10:00PM
Sunday Dinner | 6:00PM–9:00PM

📍 2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

If you like seafood and being by the water, customers say it doesn’t get much better than Circles Bar and Grill in Apollo Beach. This restaurant lies right on the Apollo Beach Marina and is Tampa’s premier Bayfront for all things good food and entertainment. It’s no wonder why this eatery is known as one of the best waterfront restaurants in Tampa bay. It offers all things great food, great views and great entertainment.

Sunday – Thursday | 11:30AM – 9:00PM
Friday – Saturday  | 11:30AM-10:00PM  

📍 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572

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Figure out which waterfront restaurants in Tampa you want to visit next?  Let us know your favorite by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

Jacky Saunders

Jacky Saunders

Jacky is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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