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Best Restaurants for Sunsets and Grouper

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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(Photo credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s no better place for sunsets than Tampa Bay and no better fish than Florida’s own prime rib of the sea, grouper.  We have collected a list of the best restaurants that serve grouper and have sunset water views guaranteed to give you goose bumps.

THE BEACHES

Frenchy's Rockaway Grill

7 Rockaway Street
Clearwater, Florida 33767
(727) 446-4844

http://www.frenchysonline.com/locations/frenchys-rockaway/

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Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill (Photo credit:www.frenchysonline.com)

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill is one of four Frenchy’s in the Clearwater area. Rockaway Grill is famous for anything grouper especially grouper sandwiches (they invented them). If Florida casual (sandals and shorts) and great grouper is on your radar scream bingo and make fast tracks to this beach restaurant! Frenchy’s grouper is fresh and never frozen. They have their own fishing fleet that catch fish just for their 4 restaurants. The grouper, beach sunsets and white sands of Clearwater beach make this jewel a must to eat and drink at when in Tampa Bay. Warning this Frenchy’s is popular and they usually have a waiting list for the beachside deck tables.

Sloppy Joe's

Bilmar Beach Resort
10650 Gulf Boulevard
Treasure Island, Florida 33706
(727) 367-1600

Sloppy Joe’s has it all: great Grouper, Florida charm, and incredible sunset beach views on their deck. This not a fancy white table cloth restaurant but it’s also not a hole in the wall.  Many restaurants in Tampa Bay say they serve grouper, but when tested it isn’t. Sloppy Joe’s guarantees they serve only certified fresh Grouper prepared to your liking: char-broiled, blackened, broiled, or lightly fried to a golden brown. After dinner and drinks take your shoes off, put your toes in the sand and walk down the huge beach. Now this is Florida!

Spinners Rooftop Revolving Bistro

Grand Plaza Hotel and Beach Resort
5250 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706
(727) 360-1811
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This romantic and resort dressy restaurant is on the 12th floor of the Grand Plaza Hotel on St. Pete Beach. It is the only rooftop revolving lounge and Bistro on the Gulf Coast. Spinner’s view is breath-taking. You can see the beach at sunset and the city lights after dark.  Spinner’s doesn’t serve grouper sandwiches but they do have two grouper entrees.  Grouper Oscar that is pan seared grouper topped with crab meat and a rich decadent hollandaise sauce. We suggest the stuffed grouper which is a baked fillet topped with a lump crab stuffing and drizzled in a smoked gouda cream sauce.

TAMPA

Oystercatchers

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, Florida 33607
(813) 874-1234

Oystercatchers has great grouper incredible bay views and is classy in a Florida resort way. They serve Black Grouper from the Gulf of Mexico 3 different ways: Wood grilled, blackened, or sautéed. As their name suggests they also have an wide variety of oysters including Japanese, Massachusetts, Connecticut, wood-grilled and baked Rockefeller. Their multi-level deck is perfect for a romantic sunset and dinner.  They also have trendy indoor and bar dinning.

Jackson's Bar, Bistro and Shushi

Near Tampa Bay Times Forum
601 S. Harbour Island Blvd
Tampa, Florida 33602
(813) 277-0112

Jackson’s on Harbour Island is not only close to Tampa Bay Times Forum and the Tampa Convention Center it’s also classy and hip! For lunch there’s the blackened grouper sandwich with provolone and zesty remoulade sauce. For dinner try the Grouper Stack with crabmeat, chablis cream, sautéed spinach and potato pancake.  Jackson’s has water and city views on their huge patio that also has tables and cozy cabanas. They have one of the largest wine lists in Tampa Bay and they’re also home of a very hip night club. Jackson’s is perfect for a business lunch, or a romantic and hot night out on the town with the beautiful 30 something’s of Tampa Bay.

The Chart House

Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, Florida 33607
(813) 289-7773

No list of grouper restaurants is complete without the Chart House added to it. Their crab encrusted grouper is moist, tender and full of delicate flavors. The salad bar is top of the line and even has shrimp. The views of Tampa Bay from the large windows and the patio are breath-taking and peaceful. The chart House has recently been remodeled and is perfect for a romantic sunset dinner date or for any one who enjoys scenic water views while they eat. The food and the views will leave you and your guests raving for years to come.

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