August 06, 2021

23 essential Tampa Bay fish shacks everyone should visit at least once

Fish shacks are a classic staple of Florida, and with the Gulf at our feet, Tampa Bay has some of the best in the state. Whether you're craving fried grouper, raw oysters, a giant seafood broil, or just a cold beer, here are some of our favorite seafood joints in Tampa Bay. Flip flops are required.

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Rick's on the River
2305 N Willow Ave., Tampa
Rick's on the River is where raw oysters and bar bites meet drinks and live music. The riverfront pub has a full marina for boats to pull into, and it offers wet slip rentals. Stop by for coconut shrimp, fish filet or some oysters and clams.
Photo via Ricks on the River/Facebook

Rick's on the River

2305 N Willow Ave., Tampa
Rick's on the River is where raw oysters and bar bites meet drinks and live music. The riverfront pub has a full marina for boats to pull into, and it offers wet slip rentals. Stop by for coconut shrimp, fish filet or some oysters and clams.
Photo via Ricks on the River/Facebook
Hog Island Fish Camp
900 Broadway Ave., Dunedin
Hog Island Fish Camp is, of course, just by Hog Island, and it serves locally-sourced seafood and Southern sides. There’s fried grit cake, hush puppies, collard greens and of course, hogfish.
Photo via Hog Island Fish Camp/Instagram

Hog Island Fish Camp

900 Broadway Ave., Dunedin
Hog Island Fish Camp is, of course, just by Hog Island, and it serves locally-sourced seafood and Southern sides. There’s fried grit cake, hush puppies, collard greens and of course, hogfish.
Photo via Hog Island Fish Camp/Instagram
Bait House
45 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach
Yes, the Bait House does sell bait along with fresh fish. The dockside fish stop and tackle shop opened in the 1940s and is located in the Marina on Clearwater Beach. The menu includes locally caught seafood, with the famous drunken shrimp, smoked fish spread, tuna tacos and locally-crafted beer. Some of the highest quality tackle and gear is offered there.
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Bait House

45 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach
Yes, the Bait House does sell bait along with fresh fish. The dockside fish stop and tackle shop opened in the 1940s and is located in the Marina on Clearwater Beach. The menu includes locally caught seafood, with the famous drunken shrimp, smoked fish spread, tuna tacos and locally-crafted beer. Some of the highest quality tackle and gear is offered there.
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Ballyhoo Grill
7604 Ehrlich Rd., Tampa
At Ballyhoo Grill, stop by for anything from oysters to steak. The casual restaurant in the 'burbs serves a snow crab dinner with butter and lemon and a side, firecracker shrimp tacos and ballyhoo bowls.
Photo via Ballyhoo Grill/Facebook

Ballyhoo Grill

7604 Ehrlich Rd., Tampa
At Ballyhoo Grill, stop by for anything from oysters to steak. The casual restaurant in the 'burbs serves a snow crab dinner with butter and lemon and a side, firecracker shrimp tacos and ballyhoo bowls.
Photo via Ballyhoo Grill/Facebook
Big Ray’s Fish Camp
6116 Interbay Blvd, Tampa
Big Ray’s Fish Club is located south of Gandy in Interbay, just miles from Ballast Point where chef Raymond "Nick" Cruz learned to fish with his grandpa. Now, Cruz serves lobster corn dogs, plus grilled, blackened or fried grouper along with classics sides like conch fritters, a deviled crab and even fries with garlic parmesan.
Photo via Big Ray’s Fish Camp/Instagram

Big Ray’s Fish Camp

6116 Interbay Blvd, Tampa
Big Ray’s Fish Club is located south of Gandy in Interbay, just miles from Ballast Point where chef Raymond "Nick" Cruz learned to fish with his grandpa. Now, Cruz serves lobster corn dogs, plus grilled, blackened or fried grouper along with classics sides like conch fritters, a deviled crab and even fries with garlic parmesan.
Photo via Big Ray’s Fish Camp/Instagram

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