Sometimes there’s just nothing like sitting on the coastline, maybe enjoying a drink with your significant other or some friends and watching the sunset reflect off the calm waves. Lucky for us Tampa folk, there are a number of waterfront restaurants in Tampa where we can do just this and enjoy some of the best food and drink Tampa’s got to offer. Here're a few of our favorites.
Beach Bar and Restaurant in the Bay Harbor Inn on Courtney Campbell Causeway gives you a beautiful view of the sunset while you enjoy first-class seafood, steaks, and cocktails while dining waterside in Tampa. The atmosphere is cozy, it feels like you are on your own back porch at Beach. One of our favorite places to dine waterside, be sure to check them out soon to see what everyone else is so excited about and keeping to themselves!
From their fresh in-house homemade bread to their decadent desserts, Marriott Waterside Hotel in Downtown Tampa provides Tampa foodies a local place to dine morning, noon and at night along Tampa's Riverwalk, on award-winning food and drinks. Winner of the Best Bloody Mary in Tampa there is no better place to sit, relax and unwind over a perfect waterside meal than the Tampa Marriott Waterside!
Jackson’s is the place for upscale waterside dining in Tampa while overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay. Open since 1997, Jackson's has been serving Downtown Tampa natives and guests alike a wide variety of sushi, inventive seafood dishes, steaks, and much more. The great thing about Jackson’s is that it doubles as a nightclub after the sun goes down. Jackson’s Fridays provide a diverse array of music in the different rooms throughout the premises. Enjoy 80’s and 90’s music in the lounge, the top 40 hits of today on the waterfront terrace, and house music in the Bistro Bar.
Café Dufrain is an award-winning restaurant ("Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Restaurant" & "Best Outdoor Dining" – Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay) situated on Harbour Island overlooking Tampa Bay. Focused on American regional and sustainable cuisine, boutique wines, and seasonal craft beers, Dufrain is a restaurant created by and for quality food lovers. Enjoy an eclectic variety of small-plate new American dishes like pork cheeks with fried green tomato, and sweet onion bacon marmalade; or larger entrees like the Dufrain favorite, chicken, and waffles with organic chicken, Eden's nectar spiced honey, smoked bacon braised collards and buttermilk waffles. One of the top waterfront restaurants in Tampa, we feel sure you will love it as much as we do!
Admittedly, both the aforementioned places are a bit on the pricey side. The quality is likely worth all the money and more, but sometimes you just want some cheap eats with your beautiful, waterfront scenery. That’s where Ricks on the River comes in. Situated on the Hillsborough River in the heart of Tampa, Ricks serves up raw oysters, tasty drinks, and a variety of menu items including wings, sandwiches, wraps, and seafood entrees. If you’ve got a boat, you can pull right up to Rick’s and enjoy all it has to offer before sailing away or take The Pirate Water Taxi from a stop in Downtown Tampa. Mosey on up the river, explore the waterfront, stop at Rick's then Taxi back! To experience our last ride on the Pirate Water Taxi read Performance Inspired, the New Pirate Water Taxi is Delightful.
When looking for the best restaurants on the water in Tampa a must try is Bahama Breeze. Enjoy the waterfront scenery of Tampa Bay while sipping on a cocktail or enjoying the delicious Caribbean cuisine at Bahama Breeze. Their diverse menu includes a variety of island-themed appetizers, entrees, and deserts. Nibble on some wood-grilled chorizo sliders - served on toasted brioche buns with caramelized onions, ballpark mustard and melted Manchego cheese – before diving into an entrée like jerk chicken pasta - sliced jerk chicken breast, fresh asparagus and mushrooms tossed in a rich parmesan-herb cream sauce with bow-tie pasta – or fresh, pan seared salmon pasta - passion fruit cream sauce with fresh spinach, basil, tomatoes, mushrooms on bow-tie pasta.
Enjoy beautiful sunsets over Tampa Bay while dining on the water at this trendy upscale yet casual restaurant offering an array of fresh seafood, live entertainment during sunsets in the lounge and a sumptuous Sunday brunch. Reservations are recommended. You can dine inside or out, sip cocktails and relax as an award winning kitchen does the work and cleans up for you. The menu is exquisite at this, one of Tampa's premier restaurant destinations on the water in Tampa, Oystercatchers.
Circles offers a peaceful casual, waterside dining experience in Apollo Beach and is a restaurant on the water we take a road trip to when we want great food and great atmosphere! Enjoy a variety of seafood, and other entrees along with a crazy outdoor tiki bar with live music, and more. Choices include - breaded crispy coconut shrimp with a sweet chili mango dipping sauce for $12.50, Ahi Tuna, sesame seeds, seaweed, ginger, and a wasabi-ponzu sauce for $11.50 Braised BBQ pork shank in Cajun spice on a creamy kale slaw, with extra hickory BBQ sauce for $10 80 and my favorite, smoked Mahi & Amberjack, with aromatic vegetables, pepper relish, and house-made pita chips, Calamari, Grouper bites and more from the appetizer menu, Soups, Salads, Lunch and Dinner entrees. Their Signature entrees include to name a few SHRIMP FLORENTINE PASTA, (Shrimp, tomatoes, fresh herbs, spinach, garlic, lemon, scampi-chardonnay-butter sauce, over linguini) and LEMON ARTICHOKE CHICKEN (Chopped sautéed chicken breast, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, garlic, capers, cavatappi pasta, fresh spinach, lemon herb sauce). The prices are amazingly fair, and the food is spectacular. If you are in Tampa this Waterfront restaurant is #RoadTripWorthy
We hope you found a new place or several to try in Restaurants on the Water in Tampa | Waterfront Dining. Please let us know if we missed a favorite spot of yours in comments below! See you on the waterfront!
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