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Who doesn’t love waterfront dining? It’s one of the many reasons we all love Florida! It’s also a “scientific” fact that seafood tastes better when eaten at a waterfront restaurant… If you’re visiting Pinellas County or the Tampa Bay area, then it’s an absolute must to hop on a boat and explore some of Pinellas County’s finest waterfront restaurant options. Palm Harbor Nautical Ventures has created an excellent Dinner Boat Cruise designed for exactly this purpose: to take you out in a boat to the Pinellas County restaurant of your choice!

Our Top 5 Waterfront Restaurants in Pinellas County

Salt Rock Grill

Located in Indian Shores, Salt Rock Grill offers both inside and outside seating and a large outdoor Tiki Bar! We enjoy stopping here for Happy Hour and an appetizer or two. This restaurant is very popular, so reservations are recommended whether you’re dining inside or out.

The Pub Waterfront

This casual, family-friendly restaurant is one of our “go-to’s” for a great lunch on the water! The friendly staff, the rum runners, and the burgers keep us coming back. Indoor and outdoor seating available and they also host a Sunday brunch. Definitely one of the best waterfront restaurants in Pinellas County!

Miss Vicki’s on the River

Think biker bar on the water and you’re not far off the mark! Located on the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs, this great little local spot offers live music, beer & wine, and a great lunch menu, including boiled peanuts, fish spread, sandwiches, and our favorite: a tasty Greek salad! We recommend you ask for fish atop your salad, and make sure you ask for the small (unless you are sharing!).

Gators on the Pass

When cruising all day, we like to head south to John’s Pass and stop at Gators. This is a great lunch spot to watch a game or to watch the boats coming in and out of the pass. Nice food, great atmosphere, and stunning views of the water.


Frenchy’s Clearwater location is accessible by boat and has great docks, so it’s an easy win for us! At Frenchy’s you’ll find great drinks and fresh seafood are the standards at this local watering hole! If you are feeling a bit adventurous, try the grilled octopus! Undoubtedly, Frenchy’s is one of the best seafood restaurants in Pinellas County and we’re extremely glad to offer it as one of the options on our Dinner Boat Cruise.

Having lunch or dinner at any of these great Pinellas County restaurants makes for a great day out on the boat. Most of these stops can be achieved with one of our ½-day charters, with the exception of Gators, as we like to allow time for you to eat and relax before heading back to the dock. This trip, as we call it, Destination Dining in Pinellas County, would make a great family day out or lunch date with friends! If you are vacationing to Florida, this is a great way to see the intracoastal waterways of Pinellas County! Please get in touch if you have any questions about our range of boat rental services in Palm Harbor!

If you are a local, or a repeat vacationer and have a favorite waterfront restaurant – we would love to hear about it! Leave us a comment below and let us know your fav! If you liked this post, please share it using our share buttons below!

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