10 Top Seafood Restaurants in St. Petersburg and Clearwater

A huge component of any successful vacation is the fun of not having to cook meals and exploring area restaurants while you’re away from the daily grind. Fortunately – in addition to soft, sandy beaches, mesmerizing sunsets and lots to do - St Petersburg and Clearwater offer a host of places where you can savor delicious cuisine – and if you happen to be a seafood lover, you’re in for a special treat!

If you’re the casual type be sure to check out beach “shacks” like Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille in Clearwater, roadside stands like Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish in St Petersburg or the no-frills Neptune Grill in charming Gulfport.

For something chic and upscale, then Rusty’s Bistro in Clearwater’s classy Sheraton Sand Key Resort or Sea Salt in St Petersburg’s hip Sundial District are “musts.”

Where you go depends on whether you want to keep your toes in the sand or you prefer to dress for dinner. No matter what you decide you can count on being served the freshest “catch of the day.”


Frenchy's Rockaway Grill
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If you're in the mood for a laid-back beach restaurant with good food and live music, then Frenchy's Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach is the place for you. Basically, it's an open-air beachfront "joint," specializing in locally caught fish...  Read More

Olde Bay Cafe & Dunedin Fish Market
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If seafood is your "thing," you've come to the right place. What was once a wooden 1930s shack on the waterfront where fishermen unloaded their daily catch "back in the day," is now the "go to" place for lovers of seafood. The food is fresh and...  Read More

Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish
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The "old Florida style" roadside "shack" may not be much to look at from the outside, but this longtime St Petersburg open-air "hole in the wall" is a favorite with savvy tourists and locals alike. Seafood aficionados can treat themselves to...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
Sea Critters Cafe
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This laid-back old Florida-style café features island-style picnic table dining tucked along the waters of historic Pass-a-Grille, on St Pete Beach. The ample menu offers something for everyone. Seafood lovers will delight in the array of...  Read More

Island Way Grill


Stunning harbor views add to an ample menu of tasty fresh seafood choices. Sushi aficionados will rave about the huge selection of offerings, while small appetites can sample such things as crab bisque, blackened scallops, wok fried soft shell...  Read More

Neptune Grill
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Gulfport – one of the area's most popular neighborhoods - is home to Neptune Grill, a cozy restaurant specializing in seafood and Greek cuisine. Located across from the historic Gulfport Casino, the indoor-outdoor ambiance is causal, the décor...  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

Guy Harvey's RumFish Grill & Bar
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This popular restaurant tucked into Guy Harvey Outpost – a Trade Winds Resort on St. Pete Beach – offers fulfilling lunch and dinner menus. Sautéed mussels, oysters, shrimp, crispy squid and blue crab cakes provide an excellent start to your...  Read More

Sea Salt St. Pete
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Located in downtown St Petersburg's hip Sundial Shopping Center, this sophisticated oyster bar, lounge, restaurant has been on the map since 2015. An expansive raw bar, freshly caught seafood crafted with high quality ingredients and presented...  Read More

Rusty's Bistro
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Exceptional service and tasty cuisine pave the way for a delectable dining experience in the Sheraton Sand Key Resort's premier restaurant. Executive Chef John Harris' "Cuisine of the Sun," offers the perfect blend of Caribbean-meets-Southwest...  Read More


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