Vibrant ambiance, excellent service, attention to detail and a warm atmosphere combined with an outstanding tapas menu makes Ceviche the perfect choice for an early morning breakfast at its Pincho y Pincho café open daily. For afternoon or evening fine dining, choose to dine in the main dining room for tapas and sangria while enjoying a live show of Spanish guitarists and Flamenco dancers. Located in the beautiful Ponce de Leon Hotel across from the bay, dining at Ceviche is a culinary and cultural experience as you choose from their menu of select Spanish delicacies.
Located at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, this restaurant is an excellent example of subtle elegance at its best. Warm colors, gentle lighting and beautiful views of the bay add to the overall ambience of classic, yet comfortable, dining. On the menu are creative seafood dishes, or order your favorite fish, such as salmon or grouper, cooked any way you choose. You can add to the pleasure with savory soup, crisp salads and fresh bread. Key lime pie might be the crowning touch to a meal.
You can leave your bongos at home, and just sit back and enjoy the sun and surf at this open-aired beach bar and grill. Friendly service and people watching are part of the fun as you relax and watch the world go by. Live music makes for a festive atmosphere as the sun slips below the horizon and the nightlife begins. Take a dip in the Gulf, and then pop in here for a drink or a bite; bathing attire is welcomed. Food is casual and simple, but good.
Marchand's Bar and Grill, located at the Vinoy Park Hotel, provides guests with an elegant atmosphere, beautiful views and exquisite cuisine. Marchand's serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, a classic prix fixe menu and Sunday brunch. Relax on the veranda with a specialty cocktail, enjoy the sushi and sashimi bar Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and savor the live jazz each Friday and Saturday evening from 8pm until 12am. The menu for each service is varied, offering delicious choices from perfectly prepared eggs benedict to the freshest seafood around. Reservations are suggested. - 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 in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Rock N' Raw offers the freshest in the art of Asian cuisine. Guests have three menus to choose, including traditional dishes and sumptuous sushi. Select from appetizers, such as fried shrimp, crab wonton, or tuna tataki along with scrumptious dim sum seafood dumplings, pan fired pork dumplings, clams in sauce, or steamed BBQ pork guns. Chef's specials also delight the taste buds with creative tempura and perfectly prepared salt and pepper shrimp dishes. Moreover, the diverse sushi menu features sashimi, seaweed salad, and assorted rolls stuffed with tuna, fresh or smoked salmon, conch, grilled eel, octopus, red snapper, and yellowtail. Beer and traditional sake is available. - Vickie Ferguson
Aqua is a state of the art American seafood restaurant located inside the Westin Hotel. The restaurant, bar and lounge is a high-scale classy venue that boasts a glamorous clientele and some of the best seafood in town. The walls are decorated with colorful paintings that further enliven the ambience. Featuring a nutritious breakfast menu, it is a good place to pack up some healthy snacks. In the evening the venue is converted into a lounge with trendy music, happy hours and young crowds. The Stone Crabs, Yellowfin Tuna Tartare and Gulf Mahi are good dishes to try out. Groups are provided with group meals that are affordable and fun to share.
This casual breakfast or dinner restaurant offers the established favorites of American dining at reasonable prices. Seafood is the highlight, as you would expect at Periscope Restaurant that offers a view out over Tampa Bay and the soaring Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Reservations are a good idea here, although unless you're going with a big group, you should be able to get a table promptly and enjoy a leisurely drink and a taste of the seafood.
Sloppy Joe's is perfect for relaxing, beach-watching and ocean-viewing from its perfect location right on the beach at the Bilmar Beach Resort. Joe's features a two-tier outside deck with 150 seats where guests can see for miles, soak up some sun or watch the sun melt into the Gulf at sunset. The menu specializes in seafood including recipes such as conch fritters from the original Sloppy Joe's in Key West. Stuffed crab, grilled grouper and jumbo crab cakes round out the menu. Enjoy live music while sipping one of the specialty drinks or frozen libations. - Vickie Ferguson