With Easter fast approaching and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day not far behind, it’s a good time to talk about a few of Tampa’s amazing spots for celebration brunches. Three great local restaurants fully take advantage of the beautiful weather that characterizes springtime in Tampa and the amazing water views available in this Florida city. Note: Prices may vary for holiday brunches.
The beautiful outdoor patio at Jackson's Bistro offers spectacular downtown views. — Photo courtesy of Jackson's Bistro
Tampa’s most famous and fabulous brunches are hosted by Oystercatchers. This renowned seafood restaurant is part of the Grand Hyatt Tampa and enjoys a perfect location on Tampa Bay.
A large outdoor dining area offers a place where you can enjoy your brunch al fresco with expansive views of calm bay waters. But there really isn't a bad seat in the house, with the restaurant’s beautiful contemporary décor and floor-to-ceiling windows.
However, the star of the show is the feast. Buffet offerings at Oystercatchers are extensive, beautifully prepared and completely delicious. Diners are free to browse several different stations, including a fresh seafood bar, pasta station, omelet station, carving stations, a decadent dessert area and so much more. The seafood bar features fish and shellfish caught right out of the Gulf of Mexico, and fish can be prepared grilled, blackened or sautéed.
While brunch can run you almost $50 a person, it truly is a special spot for family holiday celebrations. Not only is the food delicious and the view spectacular, but they also offer free valet parking and an unlimited supply of sparkling wine, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Reservations are necessary. If possible, make them weeks in advance.
The Rusty Pelican
Another great brunch option is located on Rocky Point Island. Called The Rusty Pelican, this restaurant is a longtime favorite for locals looking for Sunday brunch. Since it's situated on stilts and overlooking the bay, there are lots of great views and outdoor dining options. In order to make sure you get a view, make reservations early and ask for a table with a view.
The buffet at The Rusty Pelican includes traditional breakfast favorites (including an omelet station) as well as a carving station and other culinary delights such as bananas foster, smoked salmon, fresh seafood, desserts and much more. They have also expanded their selection of made-to-order small plates.
The Rusty Pelican offers great water views, a wonderful selection of brunch delicacies and bottomless mimosas - all this for only a little over $30 per person.
For a more urban setting, Jackson’s Bistro also hosts a popular brunch. Located downtown, this restaurant features extensive patio seating for outdoor dining overlooking the Garrison Channel and the downtown skyline. Inside, the décor is modern and stylish with large windows, if you prefer to dine indoors.
Brunch offerings at Jackson’s Bistro include an extensive sushi bar, featuring a fresh selection of Jackson’s famous sushi rolls. Diners can also choose from a selection of breakfast items including made-to-order omelets, pasta specialties, a carving station, lunch entrees and a dessert bar complete with bananas foster.
Jackson’s is the perfect spot for families on a budget, costing around $22 per adult. This price does include coffee, but not the alcoholic perks we've gotten used to.
On the bright side, Jackson’s is located right downtown. It's convenient to the Riverwalk and other attractions, if you’re looking for something to do with the family after brunch.