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9+ Best Waterfront Restaurants in Tampa Bay

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

We have you covered with the best waterfront restaurants in Tampa Bay. Get your cameras ready to snap the best shot of the sunset, put on a cute outfit, and be ready to enjoy some amazing food and delicious cocktails!

Salt Shack on the Bay

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 Skyway 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.

Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday | 11:00am-10:00pm                  
Wednesday | 11:00am-10:00pm                 
Thursday | 11:00am-10:00pm                   
Friday | 11:00am-11:00pm                 
Saturday | 11:00am-11:00pm                 
Sunday | 11:00am-9:00pm
 
📍 5415 W Tyson Ave, Tampa, FL 33611

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.

Monday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am-11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-10:00pm
 
📍 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater, FL 33767

Hula Bay Club

Hula Bay Club is your spot for a 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 Tampa Bay restaurants on the water list

Monday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am-11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-10:00pm
 
📍 5210 W Tyson Ave, Tampa, FL 33611

Armature Works

Located along the Hillsborough River and the Tampa Riverwalk, Armature Works has something for everyone! This food hall is home to nearly a dozen grab and go restaurants, two full services restaurants, and a rooftop bar. From wood-fired pizza to fresh sushi burritos, to Instagrammable desserts, you’re sure to find something that fancies you!

The Lawn at Armature Works offers beautiful views of the Hillsborough River and downtown Tampa! So grab some grub and enjoy the view.

Sunday | 9:00am-9:00pm
Monday | 7:30am-10:00pm
Tuesday | 7:30am-10:00pm
Wednesday | 7:30am-10:00pm
Thursday | 7:30am-10:00pm
Friday | 7:30am-12:00am
Saturday | 8:00am-12:00am
 
📍 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

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 | 4:00pm-9:30pm
Tuesday | 4:00pm-9:30pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm-9:30pm
Thursday | 4:00pm-9:30pm
Friday | 4:00pm-9:30pm
Saturday | 10:30am-9:30am
Sunday | 10:00am-9:00pm

📍 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 | 11:00am-10:00pm
Monday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am-1:00am
Saturday | 11:00am-1:00am
 
📍 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!  

Monday | 11:30am-12:00pm
Tuesday | 11:30am-12:00pm
Wednesday | 11:30am-12:00pm
Thursday | 11:30am-1:00am
Friday | 11:30am-2:00am
Saturday | 11:00am-2:00am
Sunday | 11:00am-12:00am
 
📍 601 S Harbour Island Blvd #107, Tampa, FL 33602

Bon Appetit

Voted the best waterfront restaurant in Tampa Bay, Bon Appetit 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 | 12:00pm-9:00pm
Monday | 12:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm-9:00pm
Wednesday | 12:00pm-9:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm-9:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm-9:00pm
 
📍 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, FL 34698

Oystercatchers

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.

Sunday | 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9:00pm
Monday | 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9:00pm
Thursday | 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9:00pm
Friday | 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-10:00pm
Saturday | 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-10:00pm
 
📍 2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Circles Waterfront Restaurant

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 | 11:30am-9:00pm
Monday | 11:30am-9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:30am-9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:30am-9:00pm
Thursday | 11:30am-9:00pm
Friday | 11:30am-10:00pm
Saturday | 11:30am-10:00pm
 
📍 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572

The Getaway

At The Getaway, their slogan is “come by land or sea” and they mean it! You can reach The Getaway by car or by pulling your boat up to their back docks. The Getaway makes it easy to enjoy fresh seafood and cold cocktails after a long day on the boat or at the beach. Located just off the Gandy Bridge, it is an easy location to get to from both Tampa and St. Pete!

Monday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am-11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-10:00pm
 
📍 13090 Gandy Blvd. N., St.Petersburg, FL 33702

Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

At Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill, you can enjoy seafood so fresh that you might even see the fisherman unloading it off their boats! In fact, Rust Bellies Waterfront Grill even named some of their menu items after their fisherman’s boats. This gives fresh Florida seafood a whole new meaning! Bring friends and family to enjoy live music, waterfront views, a busy bar, and alway the freshest seafood. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Thursday |11:00am-9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-9:00pm
 
📍 937 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Doc's Ford's Rum Bar and Grille

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille is the perfect combination of amazing seafood and breathtaking views. Located just before the St. Pete pier, Doc Ford’s is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail while keeping an eye out for local dolphin. Doc Ford’s menu offer a unique flavor of the Caribbean with Florida’s fresh and local seafood. When you’re there, be sure to order the Bayamo Black Bean Dip as an appetizer, it’s a must try and we know it won’t disappoint! Doc Ford’s is even adding a new location to St. Pete which will be coming soon! 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Thursday |11:00am-9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-9:00pm
 
📍 610 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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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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