While it may be famous for its sugary sand beaches and stunning sunset vistas, the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area has a burgeoning food scene. Whether you're looking for fresh Gulf seafood or authentic ethnic dishes, dining options run the gamut.
Ranging from family-owned eateries and authentic markets, to upscale restaurants with nationally acclaimed chefs at the helm, there's truly something for everyone's tastes and budget. While locally sourced seafood caught straight from the Gulf of Mexico is the star of most menus, there's also an emphasis on farm-to-table cuisine and organic ingredients.
A key time of year for this coastal region is Florida Stone Crab season, which runs from mid-October to mid-May. This is when you'll find the local delicacy offered in many of the finest seafood establishments located along the shoreline.
Waterfront restaurants in Clearwater Beach and Dunedin are top locales, but the bulk of the list stems from historic-turned-trendy, downtown St. Petersburg. Here, the dining scene boasts many new original restaurants nestled along charming Beach Drive and beyond. And, of course, hotspots serving a triple threat package of excellent food, great service and killer views are must-visits for any traveler to the area. Ready to dig in?