As a city surrounded by water, Tampa's seafood may be the freshest you ever experience

Scott Sterling

By , Local Expert, Tampa
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No one in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area is more than a half-hour's drive from a major body of water, either the Gulf of Mexico or Tampa Bay itself. With that proximity comes a special familiarity with seafood and all of its possibilities. The local specialties are grouper, a large fish from the Gulf used in everything from stews to our famous fried grouper sandwich, and mahi-mahi, which is also quite versatile. The Gulf of Mexico is naturally abundant in all sorts of other seafood varieties. Whatever you are in the mood for, chances are it didn't have to travel far to arrive at your table.

Our seafood restaurants are as...  Read more »

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    Colonnade

    Local Expert Tip: "In terms of ambiance, there may not be a better restaurant in Tampa. It's worth trying to get seated in time for sunset (even though it faces east) to see the sun play with the downtown skyline."

     
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    Oystercatchers

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Airport Area

    Local Expert Tip: "There might not be a better place to watch a sunset in all of Tampa. Make your reservations early for the Golden Hour."

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    Skipper's Smokehouse

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $11
    • Neighborhood: North Tampa

    Local Expert Tip: "You're here for the seafood, but this might also be your best chance to try some authentic Florida delicacies, like gator tail and smoked mullet."

     
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    Rusty Pelican

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're looking for a location for a major event, the Rusty Pelican provides both classic views and classic food for up to 300 guests."

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    Mitchell's Fish Market

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $21
    • Neighborhood: Airport Area

    Local Expert Tip: "Mitchell's is very conscious of their customers' dietary needs, including offering a gluten-free menu."

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    Catch Twenty Three

    Local Expert Tip: "Catch Twenty-Three has a great bar itself and can also be used as a base for some other nightlife-hopping around the neighborhood, where everything is within walking distance."

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    Bonefish Grill

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Carrollwood

    Local Expert Tip: "Bang-Bang shrimp is the most popular dish, by far. As its an appetizer, you may want to order two helpings before you try it and figure out you want more."

     
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    Charley's Steak House and Market Fresh Fish

    Charley's is known more as a steak house, but its huge, wood-burning grill is also used for some of the...  Read more »

     
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    Aquaknox - Tampa

    • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
    • Average Main Course Price: $31
    • Neighborhood: Rocky Point

    Local Expert Tip: "Ingredients are flown in from all over the country on a daily basis, thanks to its proximity to the airport."

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