Favorite Places to Eat with Waterfront Views in Tampa

One of the reasons you likely chose an apartment in Tampa was to live near the water. When it’s time to go out to eat, why be landlocked? Many exceptional restaurants in Tampa are located on the water, providing a lovely view to accompany your meal. If you are looking for a place to eat, here are some of the top restaurants with waterfront views to consider.

The Rusty Pelican
Enjoy freshly caught seafood along with your waterfront view at Tampa’s Rusty Pelican. This restaurant has an expansive menu including new Chef’s Daily Selections to consider each time you visit. The food is quite creative in both presentation and flavor. If you’re not a fan of seafood, don’t worry. There are non-seafood options as well!

The Oystercatchers restaurant is located in the Hyatt and boasts beautiful waterfront views. The restaurant is known for its seafood, putting together innovative flavors with fresh-caught fish and lobster. In addition to oysters, which the name implies, you can pick up delicacies like Lobster Macaroni and Cheese or Stuffed Whole Snapper. An extensive wine selection makes the perfect complement to your dining experience.

Also located on the water, Aqua is an award-winning Tampa restaurant that features the work of Chef Joshua Van Hine. The menu is a blend of international flavors and features dishes crafted in an exhibition-style kitchen. You can dine on the patio and get the full waterfront experience, watching the sunset over the bay. The goal of Aqua’s menu is to elevate traditional flavors to make them something exceptional. You fill find options at Aqua for the gluten free and vegan diner as well.

Rick’s on the River
Waterfront dining in Tampa doesn’t have to be on the bay. Rick’s on the River sits along the river and even has its own dock, so boaters can pull up, dock their boat and then enjoy their food. An oyster bar, live music, buffalo wings and traditional bar food are all on the menu at Rick’s on the River. This particular establishment has a more laid back feel that is perfect for dinner or lunch out with friends.

Located on top of the 14th floor of the Hyatt, Armani’s is one of Tampa’s top-ranked restaurants. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow expansive views of the bay in, and the restaurant’s menu features Italian specialties set out in an antipasto bar that allows guests to sample a wide variety during their visit. The dress code is business casual to semi-formal in order to sit in the main dining area.

Dining by the sea is a common way to enjoy an evening out in Tampa. The next time you venture out for dinner, consider making a reservation at one of these top spots.

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