Tampa Restaurants On Water

Tampa Restaurants on Water are Simply Unbeatable

There is no better place than Tampa Bay for exquisite food with astounding views. It’s no doubt part of the many benefits that come with a nearby coastline.

Courtesy of the Gulf of Mexico, there are many restaurants with great waterfront views. You’re faced with a challenge, though, whether you’re a resident or visiting. Which Tampa restaurant on the water is the absolute best for your romantic sunset dinner or family fun Sunday brunch?


Oystercatchers is a Tampa restaurant on water with jaw-dropping views. This unique environment provides a beautiful backdrop while you enjoy their featured wines and appetizers.

You’ll undoubtedly experience some of Tampa Bay’s finest cuisine when visiting Oystercatchers. The menu highlights fresh, local seafood and organic produce. Plus, it’s also home to some incredible prime steaks.

Spectacular View

What happens as you enter the restaurant through the lounge? You’re sure to be taken back by the spectacular panoramic view of Old Tampa Bay.

Oystercatchers is easily recognized for its innovative cocktails and contemporary, “settle in for awhile” furniture. The lounge, outside patio, and lower bay-level deck provide a comfortable yet chic place to set up shop for a few hours.

Address –  2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Link to make a reservation  – Oystercatchers

Rusty Pelican Tampa, Tampa outdoor dining

Rusty Pelican

Waterfront dining is back. And fans of the Rusty Pelican have reason to celebrate! Once again, you can escape to Florida’s most beautiful tropical hideaway, right on the waters of Tampa Bay. The Rusty Pelican is one of the most popular Tampa restaurants on water. And, with its ocean views, especially at sunset, it’s no surprise.

Rusty Pelican offers an unforgettable culinary experience. It’s known for serving the freshest local seafood. So, you might have a hard time selecting one from Crab-Stuffed Gulf Grouper, Rusty Pelican Board for Two, and Crispy Whole Local Snapper.

In Addition to Dining, You Can Host a Large Event

Are you celebrating a life milestone or planning a business event?

Then, there is no better place in Tampa than the Rusty Pelican. It’ll accommodate a large event, like a wedding or birthday party, with dining along the water offering a scenic view of the Howard Frankland Bridge.

Address: 2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Link to make a reservation –Rusty Pelican


Ulele (pronounced you-lay-lee) offers an outdoor bar and seating with waterfront views. Located on the Tampa Riverwalk, Ulele overlooks the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights.

Tampa Bayers have been anticipating the arrival of Ulele. It’s the centerpiece of a larger, ongoing civic revitalization effort just north of downtown, on the final leg of the Tampa Riverwalk. Neighbors include a new waterfront park and playground, accessed through winding pedestrian pathways.

Native-inspired Foods & Spirits

You’ll find that Ulele proudly serves up a vibrant fusion of ingredients from Florida waters. The land, once home to many Native Americans, included the young princess Ulele, hence the name. Specialties of the house include grouper, pompano, fresh from Florida steak, craft beers made on-site, and house-made ice cream.  Yummy!

Address: 1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Link to make a reservation –Ulele

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Cafe Dufrain

Family-owned Café Dufrain is an award-winning Tampa restaurant on water. The venue is known for its unique style, modern American seasonal cuisine, and diverse wine and craft beer selections.

You’ll surely satisfy your taste buds with an order of their infamous Crab Rangoon Nachos. They’re loaded with sweet chilis, sesame cream cheese, and jalapeños to kick up the heat!

Address: 707 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

Link to Make a Reservation: Cafe Dufrain

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Hula Bay Club 5210 W Tyson Ave, Tampa
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