Top Spots for Waterfront Dining in St Pete/Clearwater

Ever since the dawn of civilization, dining has become a social ritual as well as a basic life necessity and where to dine when you don't feel like cooking is always a matter of debate.

Fortunately, because of its location, St Petersburg and Clearwater offer many restaurants where you not only can get good food, drinks and entertainment, you can also be treated to sweeping waterfront vistas.

If you like to dress up and indulge in an elegant dining experience, you should visit Spinner’s Revolving Bistro atop the Grand Plaza Hotel on St. Pete Beach or the Columbia Restaurant on Sand Key. For a more laid back, casual atmosphere try Sea Critters Café, Sea Hags Bar and Grill or Woody’s Waterfront.

If you'd prefer a place where you can dig your toes in the sand in between soaking in the tranquil Gulf, you'll find plenty of other options, too.

No matter where you go you can find tasty food, frosty drinks and breath-taking sunsets along these shimmering shores. 

St. Petersburg
The Getaway
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A fairly recent addition to the local scene, The Getaway opened its Tiki huts in 2014 in a quiet hideaway bordering the Weeden Island Preserve. Casual, al fresco dining (some of it on the beach) features lunch and dinner options which include –...  Read More

Sea Hags Bar and Grill
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Casual, waterfront marina dining is the name of the game at the family-friendly Sea Hags and whether you arrive by car or by boat (boat slips are provided) you'll be happy that you decided to dine here. The varied menu offers a wide variety of...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
Woody's Waterfront
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Pizza, wraps, fresh seafood, sandwiches, burgers, salads and an ample menu of other treats highlight the dining experience at Woody's Waterfront. Tucked along Blind Pass with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, this family-friendly, laid-back,...  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 as well as the reasonably-priced menu boasting a wide range of fresh seafood, which includes its signature stone crab as well as...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
Sea Critters Cafe
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This laid back, island-styled café set along the waterfront in historic Pass-a-Grille sets the stage for a tasty Florida dining experience. Menu favorites include a wide variety of fish selections as well as crab cakes, delicious lobster rolls...  Read More

Hurricane Seafood Restaurant
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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

Frenchy's Rockaway Grill
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This popular restaurant is the largest in a chain started by Quebec-born Michael Preston who earned the nickname "Frenchy" when he moved to the US as a child with his family. Frenchy's Rockaway Grill features open-air beachfront dining with...  Read More

Indian Rocks Beach
Salt Rock Grill


This legendary beach landmark is a class act, combining tasty food, refreshing drinks and a dreamy ambiance. Seafood lovers will enjoy the wide range of selections which includes – among other things – lobster bisque, shrimp cocktails, key...  Read More

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey


This traditional Spanish restaurant is a branch of a long-standing local chain dating back to 1905, which is still operated by the family's fourth and fifth generations. Dine inside and take in a sweeping view of the picturesque intercoastal...  Read More

Spinners Revolving Bistro
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For fine dining with a 360-degree view, head to the Grand Plaza Hotel's 12th floor Spinner's Revolving Bistro. The slowly revolving lounge and bistro takes about 90 minutes to do its circular tour - long enough to enjoy your meal in a...  Read More


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