15 Wonderful Waterfront Restaurants in Florida With a View

With a perfect blend of great year-round weather and so much coastline, it stands to reason that there are many amazing waterfront restaurants in Florida. Florida has more coastline than any other state except Alaska and there are hundreds of waterfront restaurants. Let me know your favorites.

Waterfront Restaurants in Florida With a View

1. South News Cafe in South Beach

South Beach News Cafe along world famous Ocean Drive in Miami Beach Florida is great for people watching. I dare you to eat there and not think of the movie, The Bird Cage with Robin Williams.

News Cafe on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach Florida
News Cafe on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach Florida. Photo from NewsCafe.com

2. Cantina Beach at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Cantina Beach at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
Cantina Beach at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Miami’s only oceanfront Mexican restaurant features USA’s first tequilier serving a tequila custom produced for only this Florida resort. I love that you can have your carnitas fajitas and margaritas with your toes in the sand at Cantina Beach.

3. Pinchers in Naples

Break open a stone crab or ten while watching the boats sashay in and out. Pinchers has over a dozen locations but I love the view from this spot in Tin City, Naples.

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great view at Pinchers in Naples Florida

4. Boca Beach Club, Boca Raton

For amazing grilled fish tacos in a remarkable setting or salad hand tossed at your table by friendly server, check out the Beach Club at Boca Resort.

Beaches Restaurant and Bar at Boca Beach Club
Beaches Restaurant and Bar at Boca Beach Club

5. 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar & Grill at Margaritaville Hollywood

I have not wasted away nearly enough time at this amazing intracoastal spot. The 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar & Grill is steps away from the main Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort (on the other side of—wait for it—the avenue known as A1A).

Margaritaville Beach Resort: 5 O'Clock Somewhere
Margaritaville Beach Resort: 5 o’clock Somewhere

6. Anna Maria Island: Beach Bistro, Gulf Drive Cafe, AMI Oyster

things to do in Anna Maria Island. Photo and article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.
where to eat in Anna Maria Island Florida: Gulf Drive Cafe

7. Star Fish in Cortez

Star Fish is in a tiny fishing village called Cortez—no frills, no credit cards, back of a seafood market. Star Fish is a true hidden gem, off the beaten path amazingness, and an amazing Florida Gulf Coast restaurant.

Places to Eat in Florida : blackened grouper at Star Fish in Cortez
local eats Florida: world’s best blackened grouper at Star Fish in Cortez, Anna Maria Island Florida

8. Marina Cantina in Clearwater Beach

Located across the street from the glorious Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach, Marina Cantina specializes in tequila and fresh seafood and local produce. Rooftop bar and dining seating.

Marina Cantina in Clearwater Beach Florida
Marina Cantina in Clearwater Beach Florida

9. Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach

There are surprising few places to eat in the Clearwater Beach area that are on the beach. That was a surprising revelation to me. Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill serves super fresh seafood, provides a fantastic view, and is a great place for lunch with friends.

Places to Eat in Florida : amazing beach view at Frenchy's in Clearwater Beach
local Florida eats: Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach

10. Sea Breeze Island Grill in Redington Shores

The tall sign outside Seabreeze advertising $3 margaritas lured us but their amazing food (and the margaritas) made us return ever time we visit Indian Rocks Beach. The mahi and grouper tacos are amazingly fresh and the Cuban roasted pork platter is exceptional.

11. Sliders in Fernandina Beach

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Slider’s in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida

12. Clark’s Fish Camp in Jacksonville

Oh, you gotta go to this Old Florida restaurant. Clark’s Fish Camp is off the beaten path, a little difficult to find, but worth adding to your places to eat in Florida list. Entering the building, you pass by a dizzying array of stuffed animals, which eerily watch in-house diners. Fish is literally (yes, literally) caught fresh from the water next to the dining area. The exotic meats (see below) are not fresh but wow what a collection. Yes, I ate things here that I have not had anywhere else. Oh, they did NOT taste like chicken!

Places to Eat in Florida : Clark's Fish Camp
fulfill your exotic meat craving at Clark’s Fish Camp Jacksonville Florida

13. The Grill at Riverview in Daytona Beach

Intracoastal dining, New Smyrna Beach
Intracoastal dining, New Smyrna Beach

14. Beach Sunset in Tarpon Springs

Make your own scenic place to eat. A couple of friends and I had a picnic dinner at this spot while we waited for sunset. Well worth the wait, right?

sunset from Sunset Beach, Tarpon Springs, Florida
sunset from Sunset Beach, Tarpon Springs, Florida

15. Olde Bay Cafe and Dunedin Fish market

Olde Bay Cafe in Dunedin Florida
Olde Bay Cafe in Dunedin Florida

Do you have any local favorite places to eat in Florida?

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Places to Eat in Florida Local Restaurant Recommendations was first published for McCool Travel on 15 October 2018.

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