19 Amazing Waterfront Restaurants in Florida with a View • McCool Travel

With the perfect mix of great year-round weather and hundreds of miles of coastline, Florida is home to many amazing beach restaurants. Florida has more coastline than any other state except Alaska, and there are hundreds of beach restaurants.

Here are some of our favorite Florida beach restaurants.

Waterfront restaurants in Florida with a view

1. South News Cafe in South Beach

The South Beach News Cafe along the world famous Ocean Drive in Miami Beach Florida is great for people watching. I dare you to eat there and not think about 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 courtesy of NewsCafe.com

Also see our article 8 Spectacular Scenic Drives in South Florida Near Miami

2. Cantina Beach at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

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

Miami’s only oceanfront Mexican restaurant features the first US tequila to serve tequila produced just for this Florida resort. I love that at Cantina Beach you can eat your carnitas fajitas and margaritas with your toes in the sand.

Also see our article 11 Favorite Secret Hidden Gems in South Florida

3. Pincher in Naples

Crack open a stone crab or ten while watching the boats come in and out. Pinchers has more than a dozen locations in Florida, but I love the beach view from their location in Naples Tin City.

4. Boca Beach Club, Boca Raton

For amazing grilled fish tacos in a remarkable setting or a salad hand-tossed at your table by a 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 pm Somewhere Bar & Grill in Margaritaville Hollywood

I haven’t wasted nearly enough time in this amazing inland location. 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar & Grill is steps away from the main Margaritaville Hollywood beach resort (across, wait for it, the avenue known as A1A).

Margaritaville Beach Resort.  5 o'clock Somewhere
Margaritaville Beach Resort. 5 o’clock Somewhere

6, 7, 8. Anna Maria Island. Beach Bistro, Gulf Drive Cafe, Sandbar Restaurant

Our favorite coastal Anna Maria Island restaurants to put your feet in the sand include Beach Bistro, Sandbar Restaurant and Gulf Drive Cafe and Kokonut Hut Tiki Bar. See also interesting things to do on Anna Maria Island and the best places to watch the sunset on Anna Maria Island.

9. Starfish in Cortez

Star Fish is located behind a no jewelry, no credit card, seafood market in a small fishing village called Cortez. Star Fish is a true hidden gem, off the beaten path, and an amazing Florida Gulf Coast restaurant.

Places to Eat in Florida  blackened grouper in Cortez's Star Fish
locals eat Florida. find the best black grouper in the world at Star Fish in Cortez, Anna Maria Island Florida

See also Florida’s 13 Best Grouper Sandwiches.

10. Marina Cantina in Clearwater Beach

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

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

11. Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach

The Clearwater Beach area has some amazing places to eat right on the beach. It was an amazing discovery for me. Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill serves super-fresh seafood, provides a fantastic view, and is a great place to dine with friends.

Places to Eat in Florida  amazing beach view at Frenchy's in Clearwater Beach
Local Florida cuisine. Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach

Also see our Top 10 Tampa Restaurants

12. Seabreeze Island Grill on Reddington Shores

Seabreeze’s tall sign outside advertising $3 pearls lured us in, but their amazing food (and pearls) kept us coming back when we visit Indian Rocks Beach. The mahi and grouper tacos are amazingly fresh, and the Cuban roast pork pitcher is exceptional.

13. Sliders at Fernandina Beach

Enjoy delicious and fresh seafood at Sliders on Amelia Island right on the beach. Put your feet in the sand at the outdoor seating. There’s even a playground for the kids to play and the adults to watch.

8 great things to do in Amelia Island, Florida
Slider’s in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida

14. Grand Marlin in Panama City Beach

For amazing bayside oysters, local seafood, strong drinks and incredible desserts, visit Grand Marlin in Panama City Beach. Ask for a beach table upstairs and enjoy views of the Grand Lagoon (especially beautiful at sunset). Save room for the Praline Basket dessert. Grand Marlin is next to Cape Anderson, across the Grand Lagoon Bridge from the east end of PCB.

See also Florida’s 14 Best Panhandle Beaches

15. Clark’s Fish Camp in Jacksonville

Oh, you have to go to this Old Florida restaurant. Clark’s Fish Camp is off the beaten path, a little hard to find, but worth adding to your list of places to eat in Florida. Entering the building, you pass a dizzying array of stuffed animals watching the interior diners in horror. The fish is literally (yes, literally) caught fresh from the water next to the dining room. The exotic meats (see below) aren’t fresh, but wow, what a collection. Yes, I have eaten things here that I have never had anywhere else. Oh, they didn’t taste like chicken.

Places to Eat in Florida  Clark's Fish Camp
satisfy your exotic meat cravings at Clark’s Fish Camp Jacksonville, Florida

16. Beach Sunset at Tarpon Springs

Create your own beautiful place to eat. A few friends and I had a picnic dinner at this place while we waited for the sunset. Worth the wait, right? This is one of my favorite Gulf Coast sunset spots.

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

17. Olde Bay Cafe and Dunedin Fish Market

Try a blackened sandwich at Olde Bay Cafe just steps from downtown Dunedin, Florida. After your fresh batch and perhaps a slice of key lime pie, hit the Dunedin shops or hike the Pinellas Trail.

Olde Bay Cafe Dunedin Florida
Olde Bay Cafe Dunedin Florida

The Olde Bay Cafe is also a short walk from the Fenway Hotel.

18. Phillippe Creek Oyster Bar

Just south of downtown Sarasota on the Tamiami Trail, make sure you stop at Phillippe Creek Oyster Bar for some of the freshest and tastiest seafood on the Florida Gulf Coast. And be sure to ask for and wait for a waterfront table.

soft shell crab sandwich and blackened grouper sandwich
fresh seafood at Phillippe Creek Oyster Bar

Also see our favorite things to do in Sarasota.

McCool Travel TipWe love the smart and eye-catching t-shirts sold here at Phillippe Creek Oyster Bar. Our favorite is “I call in Sea Sick”.

19. Your proposal

There are many other beach Florida restaurants. Do you have any local favorites to eat in Florida?

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And our ultimate US Coastal Scenic Drive travel guide.

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