Top-Notch Tampa Restaurants Feature Fresh-from-the-Gulf Seafood

Skye Rodgers

By , Local Expert, Tampa
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Seafood lovers rejoice! Visitors to Tampa with a love of seafood will appreciate its prime location on the Gulf of Mexico and the abundance of seafood riches available at many local restaurants. Fresh and local fish specialties include grouper and mahi-mahi among many other varieties. Many types of shellfish are also available, including shrimp, oysters, and crabs.

Whatever you are in the mood for, chances are it didn't have to far to travel before arriving at your table. To help you find the perfect spot,10 Best has researched the local food scene and brought together a list of the top seafood restaurants to choose...  Read more »

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

    Oystercatchers is simply the best seafood restaurant in Tampa.

    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."

  • 2

    Copperfish Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $25
    • Neighborhood: Soho

    Tampa's trendy Copperfish Seafood and Oyster Bar specializes in fresh and local seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Park on the street to avoid a $5 valet charge."

  • 3

    Rusty Pelican

    Tampa's Rusty Pelican restaurant serves up delicious seafood dishes with stunning views of the bay.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out their popular Sunday brunch, but call for reservations to ensure a table with a view."

  • 4

    Catch Twenty Three

    Catch Twenty-Three, located in Tampa's Westchase neighborhood, serves "certified fresh seafood with a delicious Caribbean twist

    Local Expert Tip: "Looking for a bargain? Check their website where a $25 gift certificate costs only $10."

  • 5

    Charley's Steak House and Market Fresh Fish

    Charley's is a popular upscale steak and seafood restaurant located in Tampa's business district.

    Local Expert Tip: "A great spot to celebrate any special occasion. "

  • 6

    Skipper's Smokehouse

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

    Skipper's Smokehouse is a Tampa institution featuring traditional Florida seafood dishes in very casual setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try some authentic Florida delicacies, like 'gator tail and smoked mullet."

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    Bonefish Grill

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

    Tampa's Bonefish Grill offers a well-rounded seafood menu of seafood dishes in an understated and elegant setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bang-Bang shrimp is very popular and this restaurant's must-try dish."

  • 8

    Taste of Boston

    Taste of Boston offers diners fresh and seasonal seafood delicacies complete with a large outdoor eating area and beautiful views of downtown Tampa.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're looking for an early start, breakfast is served on weekends."

  • 9

    The Colonnade

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $18
    • Neighborhood: South Tampa

    The Colonnade is located on Tampa's beautiful Bayshore Boulevard and features fresh seafood and beautiful views.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come just before or after peak dining hours to secure a booth by the window."

  • 10

    Mitchell's Fish Market

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

    Mitchell's is a popular Tampa restaurant, conveniently located in Westshore Plaza Mall, that specializes in ultra fresh seafood dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "A good spot to dine if you have special dietary needs, this restaurant features a gluten-free menu."



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