(27° 53.137’N 82° 32.071’W)
One of the most popular waterfront restaurants is Hula Bay in Tampa. Known for their signature seafood dishes and waterfront views, Hula Bay continues to produce good food with good company at a place where you can sit back and relax. However, if seafood isn’t your thing, have no fear. Hula Bay offers an eclectic menu with a variety of surf and turf. One of the biggest draws is that there is a dockside marina so you can have direct access from the boat to the restaurant. If you’re looking for a great place to grab a delicious meal or drink with a friend, listen to live music, and watch the graceful waves of the bay, then Hula Bay is the place for you.
Getaway Tampa Bay (27° 52.226’N 82° 36.678’W)
Known for their local ingredients, The Getaway offers a family friendly atmosphere with a unique waterfront setting. They pride themselves for being big supporters of nearby fish houses and local produce, which is evidenced by their hand crafted and delicious meal options. Although the menu features mainly fresh seafood, there are also land options that are sure to please. The Getaway backs up to the Weedon Island Preserve, which allows for a real time Florida waterfront experience with its mangroves and wildlife.
Sunset Grille at Harborside (27° 43.766’N 82° 28.515’W)
A truly unique restaurant that sits inside a waterfront hotel is that of the Sunset Grille at Harborside. Located in Ruskin, FL, the Sunset Grille offers a menu that includes a large variety of diverse food and cocktails that will satisfy everyone at the table. The best way to experience this venue is to sit outside enjoying the live music and watching the scenic views of Tampa Bay. There isn’t a better way to end a relaxing day of boating than to enjoy the sunset, sipping on Mai Tai with a blackened Mahi sandwich in hand and watching the orange, red and yellow hues of the sun fade into the ocean. Well, you could add a piece of delicious homemade key lime pie, perhaps!
The Big Catch at Salt Creek (27° 45.328’N 82° 38.113’W)
The Big Catch, the closest restaurant to The Renaissance Vinoy Resort, offers a setting that makes you feel as if you were sitting in Key West (without actually being there). If you’re looking for a local’s favorite hangout on the water then this is the place for you. Designed to look like a tiki hut, The Big catch specializes in seafood dishes with plenty of happy hour specials to unwind from a day on the water. Accessible from boat or land, this casual venue is open seven days a week and is a popular spot for many of our captains!
Nepa Hut Beach Bar (27° 42.390’N 82° 40.635’W)
The Nepa Hut Beach Bar is located on the beach at the Magnuson Hotel, allowing you to listen to the waves as they crash onto the shore and relax with the locals. Enjoy a great cocktail, along with an extensive selection of pub food. The scenery is the draw here, as you can experience fantastic panoramic views of Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
The Magnuson Hotel also manages another two wonderful restaurants on property. Periscopes Restaurant and Nemo’s Bar are casual settings, offering options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu features seafood, steaks, burgers, and a variety of food from other cultures. Breakfast includes all the American favorites, ranging from omelets and French toast to grits and eggs. If you’re looking for a restaurant that has something for everyone, great portions, and magnificent waterfront views, then you have to check out the Periscopes restaurant.
Getaway Maximo Marina (27° 43.330’N 82° 40.993’W)
The Getaway at Maximo Marina is a sister restaurant to The Getaway at Gandy Blvd. Offering a similar menu with some additional options from both the land and the sea, The Getaway has something for everyone. The Getaway Maximo is a recently opened, hidden gem with a tiki, beachy feel with clear views of Maximo Marina. Dock your boat, don your flip flops, and enjoy the vibes of the Marina in an authentic Florida setting.
Island Grille (27° 41.378’N 82° 43.299’W)
Relax and enjoy a laid back island style atmosphere where you can enjoy fresh seafood, raw bar, and landlubbers favorites. Sip on a specialty cocktail on the large outdoor patio overlooking the spectacular pool and marina. Located at the new Tierra Verde Resort.