Beach Restaurant Favorites - A Blend of Casual and Chic

No matter what your culinary inclination, St Petersburg and Clearwater have developed a vivid foodie scene over the past few years, unveiling a plethora of dining options - both indoors and out. Not only will you discover the freshest seafood, you'll be treated to a host of other appealing options - often with beautiful sunset vistas thrown in.

If you want something casual, be sure to check out Jimmy B's Beach Bar with its laid-back ambiance, tasty fresh seafood and fun atmosphere, both indoors or out. Yet another casual vibe offering a mix of seafood and comfort food can be found at the historic Hurricane Seafood Restaurant.  

For something more upscale, you can't beat the chic Sea Porch in the historic Don CeSar Hotel, where you'll uncover an ample menu along with a classy ambiance, or the exotic Castile in the Kimpton Hotel Zamora.

And while you're at the "Don," stop by Rowe Bar - the latest addition to the beach's dining outlets - for frosty designer drinks and delicious light bites. The sunsets aren't too shabby, either!

Paradise Grille Upham Beach
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Set on Upham Beach, one of St Pete Beach's best "swimming holes," this casual, walk-up counter offers an amazing selection of tasty breakfast and lunch treats throughout the day. On weekends, you'll even get live music! Start your day with a...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
Jimmy B's Beach Bar
Photo courtesy of The Beachcomber Beach Resort Hotel

One of St Pete Beach's most popular restaurant-bars, Jimmy B's, located in the Beachcomber Hotel on St Pete Beach is a self-styled "Mecca for surf, sun and fun" and whether you're young or simply young at heart, this is the place to capture good...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
Billy's Stone Crab
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Since 1972, Billy's Stone Crab Restaurant - has been garnering acclaim for its laid-back, rustic Key West vibe. The self-styled "Old Florida seafood house" is well known for its reasonably-priced menu boasting a wide range of fresh seafood,...  Read More

Hurricane Seafood Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

What started in 1977 as a small family beach bar built on the site of a 1912 bath house offering a modest 10-item menu, has blossomed into a popular dining experience, drawing not only locals, but visitors from around the globe. Started by the...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
Photo courtesy of The Zamora Hotel

Whether you go morning, noon or night, this Spanish-style restaurant tucked into the Hotel Zamora - one of St. Pete Beach's newest - features contemporary fare with Spanish, Mexican and Mediterranean touches. Breakfast offers typical favorites,...  Read More

SHOR American Seafood Grill
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Sweeping ocean views in a chic ambiance are the perfect perch from which to savor the delicious array of Coastal American dishes offered at SHOR. An open kitchen invites diners to view the preparation of fresh, healthy dishes - creating an...  Read More

Guy Harvey's RumFish Grill & Bar
Photo courtesy of Rumfish Grill

This popular restaurant located at Guy Harvey Outpost - a Trade Winds Beach Resort - dishes up tasty food throughout the day. Breakfast is well stocked with the usual favorites, while lunch and dinner showcase salads, sandwiches, salads and...  Read More

Indian Rocks Beach
Salt Rock Grill

Whether you arrive by land or by sea, this legendary landmark will welcome you with tasty food, refreshing drinks and scenic waterfront vistas. For seafood lovers, there's a wide range of choices which includes lobster bisque, calamari, clams,...  Read More

Sea Porch Café  - Don CeSar
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Whether you decide to stop by this beautifully appointed restaurant tucked into the Don CeSar for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can't go wrong. The unrivaled beach views and lush garden ambiance combine with excellent service and tasty food to...  Read More

Clearwater Beach
Caretta on the Gulf
Photo courtesy of Sandpearl Resort

Named for the area's logger-head turtles and tucked into the award-winning Sandpearl Resort, Caretta on the Gulf is Clearwater's only AAA Four Diamond restaurant. Indoor-outdoor seating serve as the perfect backdrop for views of the Gulf,...  Read More


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