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10 Of Our Favorite Places To Dock And Dine In Pinellas County FL
Dated: September 5 2023
10 of Our Favorite Places to Dock and Dine in Pinellas County
Pinellas County is the 2nd smallest county in the state of Florida. However, despite its small size, Pinellas has some of the best stretches of white sandy beaches and boating water in Florida. For many residents, boating is not only a favorite past time, but a way of life, thanks to the beautiful waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. For many boaters, nothing is more relaxing than boating to one of several cities along the Intracoastal Waterway and finding the perfect place to "dock and dine" on a beautiful day. Below, we're sharing 10 of our Favorite places in Pinellas County to dock and dine that we think you'll love too! Keep reading below for all the details:
Salt Rock Grill- For tranquil views of the Intracoastal Waterway from the tiki bar or more formal dining tables, the Salt Rock Grill is a well-known landmark in Indian Shores. Pull up the boat to this beautiful restaurant (don’t worry, they often have a dock master to help you tie off) and be sure to try one of their famous steaks, fresh caught seafood dishes, oysters, and famous cocktails. Bringing the whole family? There’s a great kid’s menu here too. The perfect place for a special occasion, this restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating. We recommend making reservations before you plan a trip out there, as the wait time can get long most nights of the week!
Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille Jungle Terrace- Located in the Bay Pines area of St Petersburg, this is 1 of 4 locations of the Doc Ford’s Restaurant group. Offering docks for boat parking, fabulous water views, and a mouth-watering selection of seafood, cocktails, burgers, and more, it’s easy to fall in love with this casual waterside restaurant. Go-to items include the macadamia nut crusted grouper, buffalo shrimp, their famous clam chowder, and of course the mojitos!
Sea Dog Brewing Co.- Located in Treasure Island just North of the Blind’s Pass Bridge, this 2-story dockside restaurant offers 10+ boat slips, an indoor bar and outdoor bar, large patio, and live music on the weekends. Happy hour is Mon-Fri from 2pm to 6pm for folks who want to hop in the boat, grab a beer or cocktail and soak up the views of Blind’s Pass! There’s something for everyone here, thanks to the large menu offering items such as fried pickle chips, a lobster Reuben, cheesesteaks, many varieties of seafood, burgers, salads, and steaks.
Buoys Waterfront Bar & Grill- Located in St Pete Beach in the Corey Avenue shopping district, across from Sunset Beach, this waterfront restaurant is the perfect place to pull up the boat and dine on breakfast or dinner, while soaking up beautiful water views. With over 1,100 Google Reviews, diners love the 2nd floor water views, plus many of the menu items, including the grilled grouper, shrimp po boys, truffle fries, and coconut cheesecake.
The Wharf in Pass-a-Grille- Open since 1994, the Wharf Restaurant and Sports Bar is located in what used to be a fish processing plant in the 1930’s! Located in Pass-a-Grille, just South of the 21st Ave bridge and North of the Pass-a-Grille channel, this casual sports bar is an excellent place to pull up the boat and sip on a beer or cocktail while you watch the game. Highlights from their menu include fried fish baskets, seared sesame tuna, and their “Famous Wharf Wings.”
Red, White & Booze in Pass-a-Grille- Originally known as Sea Critters Café, the restaurant was purchased by new owners in 2022 and re-branded as Red, White & Booze. Located just next door to The Wharf, this restaurant offers plenty of waterfront seating, boat slips, and live music many nights of the week. If you love seafood, don’t miss their grouper nuggets, scallops, and fresh catch of the day sandwich. Then sip on a margarita while you watch the boats go by.
Frenchy’s Saltwater Café- Located just North of the Clearwater Causeway in Clearwater, this extension of the original Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill offers a casual, family-friendly, open-air dining environment with a variety of seafood dishes, including their famous grouper sandwiches, fried fish, crab fries and more on their menu. They also have a kid’s menu if you’re boating with the little ones. The restaurant has a private floating dock at the South side of the Mandalay Channel, North of the Memorial Causeway. Tie up at the dock then walk across the street for a delicious meal! https://goo.gl/maps/QT2nRwuVrjWNQj3c8
Island Way Grill- Part of the Baystar Restaurant Group (the same folks who own the Salt Rock Grill, above), this waterfront restaurant offers easy boat access North of the Clearwater Causeway, near the famous Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This restaurant is “all about fresh fish” according to the owners, offering an Asian twist on many classic seafood dishes, plus a sushi bar, wood-fired steaks, and a famous Sunday brunch buffet that’s considered one of the best in Tampa Bay.
The Island Grill & Raw Bar- A landmark in Tierra Verde, the website encourages visitors to “Boat in, drive over, or pedal on by,” making it one of Tierra Verde’s favorite places to enjoy a great meal, cocktails and music after a day on the boat. The restaurant is located on the South end of Tierra Verde, making it an inviting place for folks coming from Fort DeSoto Park as well. There’s indoor and outdoor dining, plus a delicious menu with a multitude of mouth-watering seafood dishes, including their famous grouper Reuben, grilled oysters, seared tuna and more.
Caddy’s Indian Shores- Originally the Pub, this popular seafood restaurant is located in the ‘Narrows’ on the Intracoastal Waterway, just South of the Walsingham Bridge. Offering live music just about every day of the week and fantastic water views with indoor and outdoor seating, this is a place the whole family can enjoy (yes, there’s a kid’s menu too!). Pull up the boat and sip on one of their delicious cocktails and one of their many seafood dishes. Some of our favorites include the smoked fish spread, house-made seafood chowder, coconut shrimp and of course the grouper sandwich!
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