Tampa Restaurants on Water
Delicious Food With Amazing Views (Of Course)!
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.
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
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
An Entertaining Triple Threat
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
More Tampa Restaurants on Water
Try one, Try ’em all
|Tampa Outdoor Restaurants||More||Website|
|Armature Works||1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa||Armature Works|
|The Attic Cafe||500 E Kennedy Blvd #400, Tampa||The Attic Cafe|
|Baba on Central||2701 Central Ave. St. Petersburg||Baba On Central|
|bartaco||1601 W Snow Ave, Tampa||Bartaco|
|Bulla Gastrobar||930 S Howard Ave, Tampa||Bulla Gastrobar|
|The Canopy at the Birchwood||340 Beach Dr, NE, St. Petersburg||The Canopy at the Birchwood|
|Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe||5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa||Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe|
|Four Green Fields||205 W Platt St, Tampa||Four Green Fields|
|Independent Bar and Cafe Tampa||5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa||Independent Bar and Café Tampa|
|Kona Grill||4134 W Boy Scout Blvd #1, Tampa||Kona Grill|
|Marina Cantina||25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach||Marina Cantina|
|M. Bird||1903 Market Street, Tampa||M. Bird|
|Remedy||400 N Ashley Dr, Tampa||Remedy|
|The Sail Plaza||333 S Franklin St, Tampa||The Sail Plaza|
|Sal Y Mar Rooftop Bar||3650 Midtown Drive, Tampa||Sal Y Mar Rooftop Bar|
|Thee Tree House||1809 West Platt Street, Tampa||Thee Tree House|
|Ulele||1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa||Ulele|
|Ava||718 S Howard Ave, Tampa||Ava|
|Brick House Tavern + Tap||1102 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa||Brick House Tavern & Tap|
|Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant||10 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg||Ceviche|
|The C House|| 6005 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa||The C House|
|Columbia Cafe||801 Water St #1905, Tampa||Columbia Cafe|
|Datz – South Tampa|| 2616 S MacDill Ave, Tampa||Datz|
|HEW Chophouse / HiFi Rooftop Bar|| 453 Edgewater Dr, Dunedin||HiFi Rooftop Bar|
|Goody Goody Burgers||1601 W Swann Ave, Tampa||Goody Goody Burgers|
|Irish 31||1611 W Swann Ave, Tampa||Irish 31|
|Noble Crust||8300 4th St N, St. Petersburg||Noble Crust|
|Timpano||Live jazz Thursday and Friday nights, located in Hyde Park Village|
|World of Beer Tampa International||5311 Avion Park Dr., Tampa||World of Beer Tampa International|
|Alto Mare Fish Bar||300 Beach Dr NE #124, St. Petersburg||Alto Mare Fish Bar|
|Annata||300 Beach Dr NE #128, St. Petersburg||Annata|
|Bella Brava||204 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg||Bella Brava|
|Bella’s Italian Cafe||1413 S Howard Ave #100, Tampa||Bella's Italian Cafe|
|Bodega St. Pete||1180 Central Ave, St. Petersburg (second location in Seminole Heights)||Bodega St. Pete|
|The Cider Press Cafe||601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg||The Cider Press Cafe|
|Forbici Modern Italian||1633 W Snow Ave, Tampa||Forbici Modern Italian|
|Meat Market||1606 W Snow Ave, Tampa||Meat Market|
|On Swann||1501 Swann Ave, Tampa||On Swann|
|Pia’s Trattoria||3054 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport||Pia's Trattoria|
|American Social||601 S Harbour Island Blvd #107, Tampa||American Social|
|Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar||148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin||Bon Appetit Restaurant & Bar|
|Columbia Restaurant – Sand Key||1241 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, FL||Columbia Restaurant|
|Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill||610 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg||Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grill|
|Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill||7 Rockaway St, Clearwater||Frenchy's Rockaway Grill|
|Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro||300 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg||Fresco's Waterfront Bistro|
|Hula Bay Club|| 5210 W Tyson Ave, Tampa||Hula Bay Club|
|Jackson’s Bistro Bar & Sushi||601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa||Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi|
|Ocean Prime||2205 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa||Ocean Prime|
|Oystercatchers||2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa||Oystercatchers|
|Romantic Honeymoon Island||Located within Honeymoon Island State Park||Romantic Honeymoon Island|
|Salt Shack On the Bay||5415 W Tyson Ave, Tampa||Salt Shack on the Bay|
|Sparkman Wharf||615 Channelside Dr, Tampa||Sparkman Wharf|
|Stones Throw||304 W 7th Ave, Tampa||Stones Throw|
|Casita Taqueria||2663 Central Ave, St. Petersburg||Casita Taqueria|
|Gaspar’s Grotto||358 22nd Ave S, St. Petersburg||Gaspar's Grotto|
|Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant||1805 E 7th Ave, Tampa||Miguel's Mexican Restaurant|
|DeSanto||3035 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa||DeSanto|
|Restaurant BT||128 3rd St S, St. Petersburg||Restaurant BT|
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