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Best Restaurants with a View in Tampa/St. Petersburg

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Downtown chic combined with upscale style depicts the atmosphere at Café Dufrain, located on Harbour Island. The waterfront patio dining with views of downtown and stunning Florida sunsets offers the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. Serving lunch and dinner, the menu features a creative fusion of flavors that results in unique contemporary European cuisine, containing everything from the succulent porterhouse to the exceptional grilled salmon. A select wine and specialty drink menu will please the most discerning of palates.

This restaurant is located in Indian Shores is known as a beach side landmark and is surrounded by huge boulders of salt rocks. Salt Rock Grill offers a great view of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the inter coastal waterway on the other. The Chef serves mostly seafood and grilled delicacies and the house specials are the calamari, jumbo shrimps in coconut, King Crab legs Alaskan style, and sirloin steak with baked potatoes which is out of this world. Also, a worth try is the shrimp cocktail. Reservations are highly recommended on weekends.

Along with excellent food and exemplary service, the quiet atmosphere and subtle elegance of this fine restaurant will add to your dining pleasure. At this restaurant, perched on stilts and overlooking Tampa Bay, you can savor the sight of spectacular sunsets and panoramic views while being entertained by a variety of marine life. Offering a variety of the highest quality seafood, prime steaks and fresh poultry dishes, this restaurant is the place to spot some of those pelicans as you dine on food well-prepared and efficiently served.

Few other places, let alone restaurants, will be able to offer you the kind of view that Ophelia's on the Bay affords. Whether you sit in one of the two glass-walled dining rooms or out on the patio, you have access to unobstructed views of Little Sarasota Bay, and, if you're lucky enough, maybe even a dolphin or two. As for the food, it is contemporary American, incorporating flavors from many different cuisines. You can gorge on lobster-infused blue crab bisque, Chilean salmon, Nicaraguan black grouper and more seafood specials. Those looking for something sumptuous should like the tenderloin of pork and stuffed Bandera quail. A wine list is also offered.

A full array of tasty tidbits, like fried Gator Bites or stuffed Blue Crab Cakes will whet your appetite at Tarpon Turtle Grill & Marina. Enjoy a fresh Oyster Po' Boy or Authentic Grouper sandwich to go along with an appetizer, or for a full meal, Tarpon Turtle fills the bill with New York Strip Steak, Alaskan Snow Crab legs or juicy Center Cut Prime Rib. Located on the water's edge, enjoy the view and watch the sun go down over the lake. A full bar and live music add to the atmosphere. Stop by on Wednesdays from 5:00p until close for Ladies Night and drink specials. -Vickie Ferguson

PCI Bar & Grill is located on the shore-front at the Postcard Inn. A popular dining choice among guests at the resort, this place is one of the oldest bars on the stunning St. Pete Beach. Their cuisine is classic American and features unrivaled steak and fresh-off-the-gulf seafood. Enjoy a plate of sticky ribs, beer battered fish, BBQ bacon burger, Texas-rubbed slow smoked brisket and meatloaf sliders. An array of exotic cocktails, draft beer and home-blended bourbon complement stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. The tropical atmosphere is enhanced by vibrant furniture and Florida-inspired decor.

Located at the top of the Grand Plaza Beach Hotel, this revolving bar is the perfect place to watch the sunset or the city come alive at night. Dolphins playing and pelicans flying in formation are only a few of the many visual treats that await you here. A full 360-degree journey around the building takes about an hour but the memory will last a lifetime. The panoramic view is breathtaking any time of day. Add to the experience with a light appetizer to complement a refreshing libation.

As you sit in this eatery, you feel as if you are on a boat drifting along the Intracoastal Waterway. In front of you are boats bobbing in the surf at the next-door marina as sea gulls soar and screech overhead. The bar has wrap-around windows that are open year-round and the salt air breeze doesn't cost a thing. If you were lucky enough to catch your own fish earlier in the day, the chef will cook it for you to create a doubly memorable meal.

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