Seafood

Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. St. Petersburg / Clearwater has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Seafood. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Salt Rock Grill or at Fourth Street Shrimp Store, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

10 Fourth Street Shrimp Store
Just slightly offbeat, this eatery attracts folks with bright murals and wins them over with wonderful, fresh seafood. You can see it displayed when you enter, and before too long, generous portions of shrimp, clams, oysters, and fish (especially local grouper) come out piping hot and perfectly cooked. Broiled, fried, or blackened, it's all good, and even the prices work in your favor. Fish sandwiches make for quick eating, and a full bar adds in your favorite libation. (727-822-0325)

9 Crabby Bill's
Yes, you do sit at picnic tables inside, but how much easier could it be to crack crabs and dig into Bill's good, simple seafood? This family-owned place appeals to folks who don't want impressive decor but just a fun time eating. The menu offers crabs (of course!), oysters, and platters of flounder, grouper, shrimp, yellowfin tuna, and catfish. Frog legs, lobster, crab cakes, scallops, and even conch fritters please diners' palates, and steak, chicken, and ribs satisfy the uninitiated. Affordable and great for family outings. (727-360-8858)

8 Frenchy's Rockaway Grill
If you're looking for a laid back beach bar with great food and live music, Frenchy's Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach is the perfect place for you. This open-air beachfront joint specalizes in locally caught grilled fish, has two bars and live bands play daily. It's one of several Frenchy's locations in the Clearwater area, but this one is particularly special because of it's location right on the sand. A favorite for both locals and visitors alike, sip on cold cocktails and order the grouper sandwich. Outdoor seating, pool tables, and sports-viewing on the TVs provide other distractions. It's a great neighborhood hangout. (727-446-4844)

7 Guppy's
Particularly favored for sunset dinners, Guppy's is also ideal for casual meals with family and friends. Outdoor dining is a boon, and many folks choose to take in ocean breezes while they dine on fare as simple as a grouper sandwich or as elaborate as potato-crusted salmon or blue crab tacos. The seafood bowl, an extravagance of ocean-fresh ingredients, also has its share of fans. Tuna filets may have an Asian or Jamaican flair, and steaks are succulent and tender, without fail. The eclectic menu, in fact, ably suits anyone with an appetite and a penchant for leisure. (727-593-2104)

6 Lobster Pot
Although the name of this restaurant rings of the casual and its interior contributes to the ambience as well — the food is anything but. Lobster culled from the Eastern seaboard distinguishes the menu and is enlivened with a selection of rich sauces. If it's a little steep for your pocketbook, consider oysters, top-quality steaks, shellfish, and a variety of fresh fish. Attentive service highlights the experience, and you won't want to miss dessert, if you can manage after such a meal. Options available for children. (727-391-8592)

5 Salt Rock Grill
Casual but undeniably classy, Salt Rock takes its name from the area's native stone, used in Native American fire pits and employed by the restaurant to adorn its chic interior. The place is a magnet for upscale dining, and its wood-grill preparation harks back to early days. The rustic flavor it imparts distinguishes lobster tail, cedar-planked salmon, and crab legs. It also works magic on steaks, lamb, chicken, and pork tenderloin. Pastas and daily specials can be had as well, and affordable, early-bird dinners are available nightly from 4pm to 5pm. Award-winning wines too. (727-593-7625)

4 Bonefish Grill
Its interior a contrast of lights and darks, accented with metallic tones, Bonefish combats the backwoods stigma of seafood restaurants with fashionable environs. Its strong popularity also gives credence to a tasty menu. Fish (you choose from several varieties) is cooked over a wood-fired grill; the smoky flavor is accented with citrus-, garlic-, and butter-tinged sauces. Mussels, rock shrimp, calamari, and lobster also make appearances, and pastas, chicken, steaks, and pork round out the options. Waits can be common, so plan accordingly. (727-521-3434)

3 Sea Sea Riders
Up in Dunedin, folks favor this comfortable restaurant, which cultivates a lazy, old-fashioned island ambience that's perfect for leisurely dining. Expectedly, seafood paves the way to pleasure. Tuna, crispy-fried shrimp, and mahi mahi take on Caribbean appeal, thanks to the presence of peppers and tropical fruits. If that doesn't suit, more standard fare like pastas and the house chili are available, along with a host of daily specials. A great post-beach stopoff. (727-734-1445)

2 Island Way Grill
Besides garnering fame by virtue of its part-owners, Buccaneers Mike Alstott and Dave Moore, this popular restaurant offers great harbor views (thanks to expansive windows) and an abundance of just-caught seafood. The bustling place makes the most of a coastal location, serving impeccable sushi, wok-fried snapper, grilled amberjack, and steamed lobster tail. Rack of lamb, marinated pork tenderloin, Volcano Island meatloaf, and grilled chicken provide other possibilities. Great wines, outdoor dining, and welcoming ambience mean that the wait can be long if you don't make reservations. An area hot spot. (727-461-6617)

1 Central Avenue Oyster Bar
Known for its fun atmosphere and fresh oysters, Central Avenue Oyster Bar is one of the best places to enjoy fresh seafood. A full menu is available until midnight during the week and until 3am on weekends, and Thursday through Saturday patrons can expect live music from local and regional headliners. In addition to oysters, specialties include succulent seafood pasta dishes, made-to-order steaks, crab cakes and fresh fish. Come early and stay late! (727-897-9728)

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Fourth Street Shrimp Store 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: ST. PETERSBURG
COST: $$
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Crabby Bill's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Regional, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: ST. PETE BEACH
COST: $$
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Frenchy's Rockaway Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Clearwater Beach
COST: $$
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Guppy's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Indian Rocks Beach
COST: $$
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Lobster Pot 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Indian Rocks Beach
COST: $$
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Salt Rock Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Indian Rocks Beach
COST: $$
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Bonefish Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: ST. PETERSBURG
COST: $$
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Sea Sea Riders 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Dunedin
COST: $$
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Island Way Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Clearwater
COST: $$
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Central Avenue Oyster Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Seafood
Neighborhood: ST. PETERSBURG