Boat Friendly Waterfront Dining with Docks
Water Front Dining with Docks in the Tampa Bay area
Ashley Street Grille at Sheraton Riverwalk, 200 Ashley St. (on east side of Hillsborough River, south of Kennedy Street Bridge); (813) 226-4400. Space for three boats, indoor/outdoor dining. Snacks and full meals; $9-$34.
Bahama Breeze, 3045 Rocky Point Drive (Rocky Point north of Courtney Campbell Parkway); (813) 289-7922. Docks for three to four boats, full bar, indoor/outdoor seating for Caribbean-style food, live music; $11-$21.
Crabby Bill’s, 7700 Courtney Campbell (Rocky Point, south side of causeway); (813) 281-0566. Docks for 50 boats, hotel, full bar, sandwiches, ribs, steaks; $15-$24.
Jackson’s Bistro-Bar-Sushi, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. (northwest edge of Harbour Island, near meeting of Garrison and Seddon channels); (813) 277-0112. Nine boat slips, indoor/outdoor seating, full bar, snacks, sandwiches, sushi, brunch, full dinners; $15-$23.95.
Jack Willie’s, 1011 St. Petersburg Drive, Oldsmar, (813) 854-1972. Boat ramp, only accessible at high tide; $6.95-$18.
Il Terrazzo (upscale Italian); Café Waterside (casual American); Champions Sports Bar, all at the Marriott-Tampa Waterside, 700 S Florida Ave.; (813) 221-4900. Slips for 32 boats with two-hour free dockage by reservation; $14-$32.
Rick’s on the River, 2305 N. Willow Ave. (west side of Hillsborough River, north of downtown); (813) 251-0369. Docks, full bar. Sandwiches, seafood, steaks; $4.50-$9.95.
Cha Cha Coconuts (snacks, sandwiches), Columbia (Spanish cuisine), Jonny Reno’s (casual global cuisine), all at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE; (727) 821-6443. Public docks for up to eight boats up to 150 feet, with access to the restaurants and food court; $4-$20. Special note: The docking facilities are in rough shape, and it’s not advisable to tie up there if the waters are choppy.
Fresco’s, 300 Second Ave. NE (south side of Pier approach); (727) 894-4429. Docks for seven boats, full bar, indoor/outdoor seating. Sandwiches, salads, seafood, steaks; $16-$38.
Marchand’s Bar and Grill (upscale Mediterranean), Alfresco’s (casual outdoor dining), Promenade Lounge (casual coffee bar), all at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE (north of Pier); (727) 894-1000. Dock, with 22 transient slips, tended by dockmaster; two-hour complimentary parking to boaters who dine in hotel’s restaurants. Dinner entrees in Marchand’s $23-$40.
Periscopes, Magnuson Hotel-Marina Cove (formerly Holiday Inn Sunspree), 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, (off Pinellas Point on east side of Sunshine Skyway approach); (727) 867-1151. Dock space with 25 slips, beach, indoor seating for restaurant, beach bar; brunch and dinner, $10-$22.
Billy’s Stone Crab and Steak House, 1 Collany Road; (727) 866-2115. Docks for eight to 10 boats. Steaks, seafood, stone crabs. Live music nightly, open-air bar upstairs; $10-$40.
North Pinellas coast (north of John’s Pass to Anclote Key)
Bon Appetit, 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin (east side of St. Joseph’s Sound); (727) 733-2151. Private dock, but nearby city dock has 13 transient slips. Informal dining at waterside lounge and deck, and fancier dining inside main restaurant; $9.95-$29.95.
Island Way Grill, 20 Island Way, Clearwater (just east of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Mandalay Bay Lagoon); (727) 461-6617. At least six boats can tie up to restaurant’s sea wall. Sophisticated seafood and steaks, with a sushi bar; $21-$39.
Jimmy Guana, 401 Second St. E, Indian Rocks Beach (west side of the Narrows, south of Indian Rocks Bridge); (727) 595-9484. Dock with 47 slips, none designated for transient boats, but guests can use them if available, indoor/outdoor restaurant bar; $6-$15.
The Pub Waterfront Restaurant, 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores (west side of the Narrows, south of Indian Rocks bridge); (727) 595-3172. Fifty dock slips, indoor/outdoor full bar. Sandwiches, steaks, seafood, Italian dishes, Sunday brunch buffet $9.95. Dinner entrees $14.95-$24.95.
Salt Rock Grill, 19325 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores (west side of the Narrows, north of Park Boulevard bridge); (727) 593-7625. Docks, full bar, open-pit grill; dinner, $6.95-$30.
McDonald’s, 650 150th Ave. Madeira Beach (east side of Boca Ciega Bay, just north of Madeira Beach causeway); (727) 392-6302. Docks for eight to 10 boats, outdoor picnic tables. Standard chain fare.
Shephard’s Beach Resort, 601 Gulfview Blvd. S, Clearwater Beach (north side of Clearwater Pass); (727) 441-6875. Shallow anchorage, no docks. Full bar indoors, outdoor dining. Live music, sandwiches and buffet; $6.95-$20.95.
South Pinellas(south of John’s Pass to Pass-a-Grille)
Gator’s Cafe & Saloon, 12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island (south side of John’s Pass); (727) 367-8951. Docks attended by dockmaster. Full bar, indoor/outdoor seating. Snacks, sandwiches, dinners; $7-$21.
Sea Critters, 2007 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach (west side of Boca Ciega Bay, south of Vina del Mar Bridge); (727) 360-3706. Docks, indoor/dockside seating, full bar. Sandwiches, seafood, pasta. Dinner entrees $9-$26.99. L, D.
The Wharf, 2001 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach (west side of Boca Ciega Bay, south of Vina Del Mar bridge); (727) 367-9469. Dock slips for 10-12 boats, indoor/outdoor dining, full bar. Sandwiches, seafood; $9.95-$17.50.
North Suncoast (from Anclote Key north)
Catches Waterfront Grille, 7811 Bayview Ave., Port Richey (west side of the Pithlachascotee River); (727) 849-2121. Floating dock with room for five boats, indoor/outdoor seating. Sandwiches, steaks, chicken, seafood. Dinner entrees $13.95- $31.95. L, D.
Hooters, 5336 Treadway Drive, Port Richey (at Marker 35 on Pithlachascotee River); (727) 841-0801. Three large docks to accommodate 10-12 boats, indoor/outdoor seating. Wings, sandwiches, seafood; $5.95-$29.99.
Marguerita Grill, 10200 W Hall’s River Road, Homosassa (near marker 9 on Hall’s River, off Homosassa River); (352) 628-1336. Dock slips for five boats, full bar, indoor/outdoor seating. Seafood, steaks, sandwiches; $6-$16.95.