25 essential restaurants in Dunedin you should’ve tried by now

Dunedin, the small but incredibly fun beach town just west of Tampa, has experienced a bit of a culinary boom as of late. The walkable downtown area delivers on a wide range of concepts, like elegant five star meals, waterfront happy hours, and the freshest seafood dishes around. Here are a few must visit restaurants that give justice to Dunedin's family-friendly, beach town reputation.

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 Bon Appetit 
148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, FL 34698, (727) 733-2151 
Where you go when you want a great dinner with an equally great, waterfront view. Who doesn’t like to eat dinner with a view of Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands? Oh, and the outside bar is packed on the weekends.
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Bon Appetit

148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, FL 34698, (727) 733-2151
Where you go when you want a great dinner with an equally great, waterfront view. Who doesn’t like to eat dinner with a view of Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands? Oh, and the outside bar is packed on the weekends.

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 Caracara  
730 Broadway Suite 4, Dunedin, FL 34698, (727) 221-5444  
A wide range of choices are offered on the Caracara menu, including Korean, Thai and Mexican tapas. Their menu says, “Our cuisine is a little bit of east and a little bit of west,” and that statement reigns true. 
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Caracara

730 Broadway Suite 4, Dunedin, FL 34698, (727) 221-5444
A wide range of choices are offered on the Caracara menu, including Korean, Thai and Mexican tapas. Their menu says, “Our cuisine is a little bit of east and a little bit of west,” and that statement reigns true.

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 Hew  Parlor and ChopHouse 
453 Edgewater Dr, Dunedin, FL 34698,  (727) 683-5990  
Located inside of the Fenway Hotel, Hew Parlor and Chophouse has a hearty, meat-focused menu. Their extensive scotch and whiskey selections reflect the Scottish heritage of Dunedin, or grab a cocktail on the Fenway’s rooftop bar, the Hi-Fi. Opt for the fat tomahawk for two.
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Hew Parlor and ChopHouse

453 Edgewater Dr, Dunedin, FL 34698, (727) 683-5990
Located inside of the Fenway Hotel, Hew Parlor and Chophouse has a hearty, meat-focused menu. Their extensive scotch and whiskey selections reflect the Scottish heritage of Dunedin, or grab a cocktail on the Fenway’s rooftop bar, the Hi-Fi. Opt for the fat tomahawk for two.

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 Cafe Alfresco  
344 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698 ,(727) 736-4299  
A large, open air dining patio and friendly waiters will greet you upon arrival at Cafe Alfresco. A Dunedin gem and local favorite, this spot has go-to neighborhood haunt written all over it.  
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Cafe Alfresco

344 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698 ,(727) 736-4299
A large, open air dining patio and friendly waiters will greet you upon arrival at Cafe Alfresco. A Dunedin gem and local favorite, this spot has go-to neighborhood haunt written all over it.

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 Coattails Kitchen
985 Douglas Ave, Dunedin, FL 34698 
This little shack outside of Woodwright Brewing might look unassuming, but their menu is not to be confused with regular bar food. Their dishes change daily, always with a creative twist on classic pub fare. 
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Coattails Kitchen

985 Douglas Ave, Dunedin, FL 34698
This little shack outside of Woodwright Brewing might look unassuming, but their menu is not to be confused with regular bar food. Their dishes change daily, always with a creative twist on classic pub fare.

Photo via Coattails/Facebook