Tampa's Waterfront Restaurants Feed the Belly and the Soul



Tampa features a host of dining options that offer views of the City's many waterways. Whether located on the Hillsborough River, downtown's Garrison Channel, or the open waters of Tampa Bay, these restaurants will feed the belly and the soul. After considerable and pleasurable research, 10 Best has developed a list of the ten best options for waterfront dining in Tampa.

Options run from sophisticated and upscale to flip-flops and finger food, so there is a spot for everyone to enjoy to views. Oystercatchers offers wonderful panoramic views Tampa Bay coupled with the best prepared and freshest seafood in town. With a location perfectly situated to catch the brilliant sunsets, this is the perfect spot for intimate dinners and celebrations.

On the other end of the spectrum you'll find Rick's on the River. Views feature the lively waters of the Hillsborough River enjoyed from a large and very casual outdoor patio. The seafood is still fresh, it's just more simply prepared and less expensive. A must-try is their "Jacked-up Oysters." Locals love this spot and it's very popular with boaters thanks to the adjacent boat ramp and docks.

If you're looking to experience a taste of Tampa while enjoying the views, try the Columbia Cafe adjacent to the Tampa Bay History Center. A downtown version of the famous Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, this restaurant carries on the tradition of serving expertly prepared Spanish and Cuban favorites.




If you're searching for a casual seafood restaurant with great views of Tampa Bay and downtown, then Taste of Boston is a perfect choice. This unpretentious eatery features authentic New England fare and boasts "the best deep fryer in the Tampa...  Read More




If you want to get off the beaten path, try Rick's on the River. Located on the Hillsborough River just north of downtown, Rick's is a popular local hangout catering to the river boating community. Amenities include a boat ramp and marina with...  Read More


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Harbour Island


Quiet, casual, romantic; Café Dufrain represents all the qualities that make Harbour Island seem worlds away from Tampa's bustling downtown area. Set among high-rise condo and apartment developments, this award-winning restaurant quietly serves...  Read More




Set slightly away from the downtown bustle, Jackson's Bistro features a large and sophisticated menu with dishes ranging from hand-rolled sushi to an oak-grilled NY strip steak. The setting is romantic and upscale, featuring dark mahogany walls...  Read More




Sono Cafe occupies a choice spot on the downtown Riverwalk affording unparalleled views of the University of Tampa minarets, the Hillsborough River, and the Tampa skyline. Located in Tampa Museum of Art building, the decor reflects the...  Read More




The Columbia Cafe is a picturesque dining spot located at the Tampa Bay History Center on the downtown waterfront overlooking Garrison Channel and the Riverwalk. The Cafe is part of the Columbia Restaurant Group with the original Columbia...  Read More


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Channelside


Yacht Starship sails from Tampa's Channelside neighborhood and is billed as America's first three diamond rated dining yacht by AAA. Perfect for an intimate night out or a group celebration, Yacht Starship provides a three-course dinner while...  Read More


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Airport Area


Bright and airy, this chic restaurant rests atop the Hyatt Regency and affords extensive views of the Tampa area. Its menu of northern Italian cuisine centers around seafood, pasta, poultry and steaks, but the specialty of the house is veal,...  Read More


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Tampa Heights
Ulele
Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers


Ulele is a popular restaurant located on the northern end of Tampa's Riverwalk. The menu is inspired by the indigenous people of Florida and brings together fresh and local ingredients in unique flavor combinations. While the menu is changed...  Read More


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Airport Area


The first thing you notice as you enter Oystercatchers is the amazing view. This seafood restaurant, nestled among lush, tropical landscaping, takes full advantage of its location at the edge of Tampa Bay. Inside, the decor is bright, simple and...  Read More


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Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye

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