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Best Places in Tampa Bay for a Sunset Dinner

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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Bongos after a sunset. (Photo credit: Barbara Ann Kelley)

Bongos after a sunset. (Photo credit: Barbara Ann Kelley)

We have collected a list of the restaurants on both sides of Tampa Bay that have the best sunset water views. Some of these restaurants are resort casual and a few are dressy. Each one of our picks should help set the mood for the most romantic sunset dinner of your life.

THE BEACHES

Shor American Seafood GrillResort Casual
In the Hyatt Regency
301 South Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 373-4780

Shor serves upscale American cuisine and regional seafood dishes. Their upscale main dining room and charming balcony both have romantic sunset views of Clearwater Beach. The bar is trendy and cozy with a perfect terrace to steal a kiss on. Hey guys – there’s a TV in the bar so you can romance her and see the game.

Website: www.shorgrill.com

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Bongos Beachside Bistro – Casual or Beach attire
5250 Gulf Boulevard, Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 360-1811

If you want a sunset dinner with your honey on the beach in a tropical paradise Bongos is the place. To celebrate the magnificent sunset the bar hands out free tropical shots every night after the sun has disappeared. Bongos is also your headquarters for fresh frozen tropical drinks, they boast over 200 on their menu. They serve mostly burgers, salads, wraps and seafood. Some scenes from the soon to be released movie with James Franco and Selena Gomez were shot here. Bongos is casual, fun, romantic and has live music.

Website: www.grandplazaflorida.com

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Spinners Revolving Rooftop BistroResort
5250 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 360-1811

Spinners is the only rooftop revolving lounge and Bistro on the Gulf Coast. It is just above Bongos in the Grand Plaza Florida Hotel. You can see the beach at sunset and the city lights after dark.  It takes about 1 1/2 hours from the restaurant to revolve completely around. They have signs posted at each table telling you the location and distance of various cities in the horizon. In addition to the stunning gulf view you can see the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tropicana Field and thousands of city lights.  The menu ranges from Filet Mignon to seafood.

Website: www.grandplazaflorida.com

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TAMPA

OystercatchersResort Casual
2900 Bayport Drive  Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 207-6815

Oystercatchers’ multilevel deck is perfect for a romantic sunset with dinner and drinks. Their food is mostly seafood and oysters. Best of Tampa Bay Tip: Try the mixed grill dinner it has a bit of everything: Lobster tail, black grouper, salmon, one oyster, a large tender scallop, gulf shrimp and a medley of grilled vegetables.

Website: www.hyatt.com

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Jackson’s BistroResort Casual
601 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 277-0112

Jackson’s is moments away from Tampa Bay Times Forum. Their large deck offers marina views of Tampa Bay and stunning night skyline scenes of downtown Tampa. Jackson’s serves seafood, sushi, steaks, has a huge wine list and several hip night clubs.

Website: www.jacksonsbistro.com

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Armani’s – Dressy
Grand Hyatt Hotel
2900 Bayport Drive / Tampa, FL
(813) 207-6800

High atop the 14th floor of the Grand Hyatt in Tampa, Armani’s offers stunning views of gulf sunsets and Old Tampa Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows. This northern Italian restaurant oozes class and romance and award-winning Italian seafood and steaks.  Armani’s also has a piano lounge Thursday – Saturday, fine cigars, an extensive wine cellar and an outdoor patio for sunset and moonlight kisses.

Website: www.hyatt.com

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