October 20, 2018

A definitive guide to Tampa Bay's best beachside restaurants

This round-up of some of Tampa Bay's most appealing waterfront restaurants was a no-brainer for CL. Yeah, sometimes work and other life happenings stop us from enjoying the unparalleled waterfront views that our home has to offer. But the following guide to everything from casual dining spots to more upscale eateries is a friendly reminder to stop and smell the salt air — especially when what passes for fall comes to the Bay area.

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Bon Appétit Restaurant
148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin
Downtown Dunedin boasts its share of gems, but this elegant European-American restaurant on the water offers the perfect place to watch sailboats and sunsets.
Photo via Bon Appétit Restaurant

Bon Appétit Restaurant


148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin
Downtown Dunedin boasts its share of gems, but this elegant European-American restaurant on the water offers the perfect place to watch sailboats and sunsets.
Photo via Bon Appétit Restaurant
The Canopy
The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg
Driven by breathtaking sights, a sophisticated rooftop lounge overlooking the bay with a delightfully creative drink list and light bites.
Photo via The Birchwood

The Canopy


The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg
Driven by breathtaking sights, a sophisticated rooftop lounge overlooking the bay with a delightfully creative drink list and light bites.
Photo via The Birchwood
American Social Bar & Kitchen
The Pointe, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd. #107, Tampa
AmSo is known for its all-American comfort food, specialty cocktails and big selection of craft beer. That bayfront vantage point ain't half bad, either.
Photo via American Social Bar & Kitchen

American Social Bar & Kitchen


The Pointe, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd. #107, Tampa
AmSo is known for its all-American comfort food, specialty cocktails and big selection of craft beer. That bayfront vantage point ain't half bad, either.
Photo via American Social Bar & Kitchen
Caretta on the Gulf
Sandpearl Resort, 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach
Chow down on seasonally inspired cuisine while taking in one-of-a-kind views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo via Sandpearl Resort

Caretta on the Gulf


Sandpearl Resort, 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach
Chow down on seasonally inspired cuisine while taking in one-of-a-kind views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo via Sandpearl Resort
Marchand’s Bar & Grill
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg
Marchand’s take on fine American cuisine accompanies sweeping views of the downtown waterfront.
Photo by Shanna Gillette

Marchand’s Bar & Grill


The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg
Marchand’s take on fine American cuisine accompanies sweeping views of the downtown waterfront.
Photo by Shanna Gillette

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