Top Notch Tampa Restaurants Feature Fresh-from-the-Gulf Seafood

Seafood lovers rejoice! Visitors to Tampa with a love of seafood will appreciate its prime location on the Gulf of Mexico and the abundance of seafood riches available at many local restaurants. Fresh and local fish specialties include grouper and mahi-mahi among other varieties. Many types of shellfish are also available, including shrimp, oysters, and crabs.

Whatever you are in the mood for, chances are it didn't have to far to travel before arriving at your table. To help you find the perfect spot,10 Best has researched the local food scene and brought together a list of the top seafood restaurants to choose from.

Tampa's seafood restaurants range from the upscale to the ultra casual with many featuring stunning views of the very waters that were home to the catch of the day. Local treasures, like the Rusty Pelican have been pleasing locals and tourists alike for decades with well-prepared dishes and great views.

If you're looking for something more sophisticated, then you can't go wrong with Oystercatchers, widely considered one of the best seafood restaurant in Tampa.


Mitchell's Fish Market


A chain restaurant would have to be pretty good to deserve placement on a Tampa seafood list, but Mitchell's added a unique upscale flavor to the fresh seafood scene in town, while still keeping reasonable prices. Located in the West Shore Plaza...  Read More



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

South Tampa


Shells is a small Tampa chain of seafood restaurants specializing in local favorites in a comfortable, casual environment. Serving the region for over 30 years, Shells been voted best seafood restaurant for 15 of those years. You won't find...  Read More



Catch Twenty-Three fuses Tampa's fresh seafood selection with Latin and Caribbean influences. The dishes are creative, such as Red Stripe-marinated calamari and whole yellow tail snapper. There is also a delectable sushi list. Located in the...  Read More



Charley's is known more as a steak house, but its huge, wood-burning grill is also used for some of the best seafood in town. In fact, half of the menu is devoted to fish, crab, shrimp, and lobster tail. They particularly like using cedar planks...  Read More



Back before there was a paved road, Skippers Smokehouse began as a small take-out joint north of Tampa. Over the years, the building has been added on to, first constructing a dining room that is a study in Old Florida rustic. The cuisine is...  Read More

Rocky Point
Rusty Pelican


The Rusty Pelican is a classic Tampa seafood-and-steaks place located directly on the waters of Tampa Bay. This casually elegant restaurant serves up fresh-from-the-water fare that does for the taste buds what the restaurant's panoramic views do...  Read More



Although just over a year old, Big Ray's Fish Camp has quickly made a name for itself preparing traditional Tampa seafood favorites. Located in South Tampa, close to Ballast Point Park, visitors wishing to taste authentic versions of local...  Read More



Eddie V's is a popular upscale steak and seafood restaurant located across from Tampa's International Plaza Mall. Great for a leisurely dinner with friends, the ambiance is sophisticated while still being casual and comfortable. Start off the...  Read More

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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