Tampa features a host of dining options that offer views of the City's many waterways. Whether located on the Hillsborough River, downtown's Garrison Channel, or the open waters of Tampa Bay, these restaurants will feed the belly while lifting the soul. After considerable and pleasurable research, 10 Best has developed a list of the ten best options for waterfront dining in Tampa.
Options run from sophisticated and upscale to flip-flops and finger food, so there is a spot for everyone to enjoy to views. Oystercatchers offers wonderful panoramic views Tampa Bay coupled with the best prepared and freshest seafood in town. With a location situated to catch the brilliant sunsets, this is the perfect spot for intimate dinners and celebrations.
On the other end of the spectrum you'll find Rick's on the River. Views feature the lively waters of the Hillsborough River enjoyed from a large and casual outdoor patio. The seafood is still fresh, it's just more simply prepared and less expensive. A must-try is their "Jacked-up Oysters." Locals love this spot and it's very popular with boaters thanks to the adjacent boat ramp and docks.
If you're looking to experience a taste of Tampa's ethnic history while enjoying the views, try the Columbia Cafe adjacent to the Tampa Bay History Center. A downtown version of the famous Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, this restaurant carries on the tradition of serving expertly prepared Spanish and Cuban favorites.