Guy Harvey RumFish Grill & Bar's Swim with the Fishes program gives diners a chance to take a dive in the tank — Photo courtesy of Guy Harvey RumFish Grill & Bar
While visitors stop into Guy Harvey RumFish Grill & Bar for the food, the restaurant’s main attraction is a 33,500-gallon aquarium built by Wayde Kine and Brett Raymer of Animal Planet’s hit series Tanked.
The restaurant, located on the island of St. Pete Beach, opened after the episode of Tanked aired nationally in May 2014, and it's been a must-visit hotspot in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area ever since.
Guests have the opportunity to snorkel in the tank among indigenous fish such as snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, grouper, snapper, small sharks and even eels. The “Swim with the Fishes” program, open to visitors ages eight and up, costs $25 per person and includes a behind-the-scenes tour highlighting eco-initiatives and tank management.
The saltwater-themed restaurant features a number of aquariums — Photo courtesy of Guy Harvey RumFish Grill & Bar
Giving diners a fully immersive dining experience, there are a number of aquariums placed around the saltwater-themed restaurant.
The décor features ocean blues and greens, as well as rich dark wood and Guy Harvey designs and original artwork throughout. Works from local marine artists are also featured.
“RumFish is a unique experience for our guests; it’s a destination restaurant offering day travelers an all-encompassing Guy Harvey experience,” says Keith Overton, president of TradeWinds Island Resorts. “Not only are visitors able to dine, but they can also explore the tanks, enjoy extensive entertainment options and browse the large 2,200-square-foot retail shop.”
The restaurant’s boutique carries the largest selection of Guy Harvey merchandise in the area. Items include Harvey’s signature T-shirts, fishing gear, various clothing lines, beach gear, artwork and a variety of unique gift items.
The menu offers a variety of tropical cocktails and food specials — Photo courtesy of Guy Harvey RumFish Grill & Bar
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, RumFish offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas. The menu includes a wide variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees.
Standout starters include peppered ahi tacos, Caribbean ceviche and duck confit flatbread. Larger entrees range from pan-seared local grouper picatta and clam capellini to a dry rubbed ribeye and chicken tortellini.
A great place to watch the big game, there are a number of indoor and outdoor televisions, including one large-screen HDTV that can show up to nine sporting events or programs on one large screen. And live bands perform nightly on two stages.
Watch the big game on a number of indoor and outdoor televisions — Photo courtesy of Guy Harvey RumFish Grill & Bar