April 29, 2022

25 can't-miss restaurants in Clearwater

From surf-and-turf to pizza and beer, Clearwater has an extensive offering of unique restaurants. Pair your beach day with a meal at upscale eateries or corner stores that promise nothing but tasty flavors and a good time. Here are a few can't miss stops  in Clearwater. 
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Big Storm Brewing Co.
12707 49th St N, Clearwater, 727-201-4186
As one of Tampa Bay’s most prolific breweries, you will try unique and local flavors at Big Storm Brewing Co. Pair your beer with bar food, including chicken wings, tacos and handhelds. The brewery also hosts trivia nights on Mondays and live music on Fridays.

Big Storm Brewing Co.

12707 49th St N, Clearwater, 727-201-4186
As one of Tampa Bay’s most prolific breweries, you will try unique and local flavors at Big Storm Brewing Co. Pair your beer with bar food, including chicken wings, tacos and handhelds. The brewery also hosts trivia nights on Mondays and live music on Fridays.
Nine Spices Hot Pot
6851 66th St N, Pinellas Park, 727-350-3772
Nine Spices will put you to work as it is your responsibility to cook your meal on the hotpots and tabletop grills. There are a wide variety of meats, vegetables, seafoods, dumplings and noodles you can cook either in your hot pot broth or on the shared tabletop grill. Proceed with caution when selecting your desired meat and seafood, as Nine Spices—like most buffet-style restaurants—charges extra if you waste food. 
Photo via Nine Spices Hot Pot/Website

Nine Spices Hot Pot

6851 66th St N, Pinellas Park, 727-350-3772
Nine Spices will put you to work as it is your responsibility to cook your meal on the hotpots and tabletop grills. There are a wide variety of meats, vegetables, seafoods, dumplings and noodles you can cook either in your hot pot broth or on the shared tabletop grill. Proceed with caution when selecting your desired meat and seafood, as Nine Spices—like most buffet-style restaurants—charges extra if you waste food.
Photo via Nine Spices Hot Pot/Website
Marina Cantina
25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, 727-443-1750
Located at the marina next to Pier 60, Marina Cantina promises fun in the sun for the upcoming summer days. Its restaurant offers a Mexican cuisine experience through its colorful and flavorful menu, while its rooftop lounge provides a selection of smaller sized offerings to enjoy while sipping on a drink and enjoying the view.  
Photo via Marina Cantina/Website

Marina Cantina

25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, 727-443-1750
Located at the marina next to Pier 60, Marina Cantina promises fun in the sun for the upcoming summer days. Its restaurant offers a Mexican cuisine experience through its colorful and flavorful menu, while its rooftop lounge provides a selection of smaller sized offerings to enjoy while sipping on a drink and enjoying the view.
Photo via Marina Cantina/Website
Caretta on the Gulf
1738, 500 Mandalay Ave no. 100, Clearwater, 727-674-4171
Named after the loggerhead sea turtles found off Florida’s shores, Caretta on the Gulf provides fresh, seasonally-inspired cuisine with an all-natural, organic menu. Its location at the Sandpearl Resort gives you the opportunity to enjoy unique views of the Gulf of Mexico while sipping on classic cocktails and organic wines. 
Photo via Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach/Facebook

Caretta on the Gulf

1738, 500 Mandalay Ave no. 100, Clearwater, 727-674-4171
Named after the loggerhead sea turtles found off Florida’s shores, Caretta on the Gulf provides fresh, seasonally-inspired cuisine with an all-natural, organic menu. Its location at the Sandpearl Resort gives you the opportunity to enjoy unique views of the Gulf of Mexico while sipping on classic cocktails and organic wines.
Photo via Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach/Facebook
Bait House
45 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater, 727-446-8134
Right on the water, off of the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, you can watch the sky change colors over the intercoastal during breathtaking sunsets while eating the Bait Houses’ famous Drunken Shrimp. The restaurant also offers other specialties like catch of the day, tavern fare and a wide selection of beer and drinks. If you want some hands-on action, it offers the space and materials to catch your own fish in the Mandalay Channel.
Photo via The Bait House/Website

Bait House

45 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater, 727-446-8134
Right on the water, off of the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, you can watch the sky change colors over the intercoastal during breathtaking sunsets while eating the Bait Houses’ famous Drunken Shrimp. The restaurant also offers other specialties like catch of the day, tavern fare and a wide selection of beer and drinks. If you want some hands-on action, it offers the space and materials to catch your own fish in the Mandalay Channel.
Photo via The Bait House/Website

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