Living at Varela Westshore in Tampa means enjoying seafood regularly. After all, with the water so close, the seafood is amazingly fresh, and you can have access to it whenever you want. Yet not all seafood restaurants are created equal. If you’ve got a hankering for crab legs or lobster, here are some of the best places to indulge not far from your home.
Happy Fish Restaurant
Happy Fish is Peruvian fusion restaurant in Tampa located at 4046 North Armenia Avenue. This restaurant is known as a gastronomy experience, but much of it centers on seafood. You’ll love the flavors fresh from Peru, and also will love the live events, like musical performances, held often at this restaurant. Once you have a favorite dish or two, you can enjoy it at home, because Happy Fish delivers!
Oystercatchers is a high-end restaurant, but the flavors are well worth the price. This restaurant is located in the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and offers a waterfront location and fresh, local seafood. An endless buffet on Sundays for brunch is a favorite, and the views of the bay are hard to match.
Big Ray’s Fish Camp
Seafood can be an elevated experience, but in Tampa it can also be an everyday, yet still tasty, experience. If you’re looking for fast and affordable seafood, Big Rays’ Fish Camp at 6116 Interbay Boulevard is a great choice. This locally-owned joint has tasty seafood and American-style food, with plenty of fried options on the menu.
The elegant chandelier and stunning centerpieces at the Rusty Pelican set this restaurant apart. It’s located on the waterfront and serves up locally-caught seafood with Caribbean flavors. Dine on Key West Black Grouper or Crispy Whole Local Snapper while enjoying a view of the bay. The Rusty Pelican is perfect for date night, and is located at 2425 N. Rocky Point Drive. Make sure to get a reservation, because this restaurant books quickly.
Crabby Bill’s Off the Hook
Another on the more affordable side of the coin, Crabby Bill’s Off the Hook is a family-owned restaurant that has grown into one of the most popular places to dine on seafood in Tampa. This restaurant, located at 9648 Linebaugh Avenue, is an award-winning option serving up plenty of crab and other seafood. It hosts regular events, like Yappy Hour on Saturday afternoons when dogs are welcome and get a free treat when dining with their owners.
It almost goes without saying that dining out in and around Tampa means getting seafood from time to time. With this list in hand, you’ll be prepared to find the best possible seafood options not far from your apartment. Add these to your “must try” lists, and you know where to go the next time the craving for seafood hits.