established in 1948 bob heilman's beachcomber restaurant is in my opinion the best restaurant in clearwater beach. the beachcomber specializes in steaks and local seafood. bob heilman's is a florida trend hall of fame rated restaurant. well worth a stop for better dining in clearwater beach. reservations recommended.
the island way grill is a very good restaurant located off of the US 60 causeway between clearwater and clearwater beach. this excellent restaurant specializes in prime steaks and seafood with an asian accent. one of the better restaurants in the clearwater area. moderately priced.
the columbia clearwater is a branch of the famous columbia restaurant in ybor city. the original columbia was established in 1905 and is one of the best cuban/spanish restaurants in florida. i have visited several columbia restaurants around the state and found the food and service consistant at each location. very good cuban/spanish fare moderately priced.
This was actually a kiosk set up at Coachman's park for the Sea Blues Festival. We had the Crab Fritters and they were deliciuos and huge !! All the food was deep fried though so not good for the diet conscience!
Have yummy deli sandwiches, antipasto salad, Italian meal, or take home some fresh sausage. Be sure to meet Mama when you visit the A&N deli and pork store. She will make you feel as if you're a family member coming to her home for a meal!
They are known for their homemade sausage, and it is quite plentiful, with several varieties available in the deli case. They also have many unique Italian dishes that I didn't even know existed. I used to work closeby and went there for lunch at least once a week. I was always greeted warmly by name, and the food was always satisfying!
A&N also does catering.
Note that they are only open until 6pm.
Favorite Dish: The Antipasto Salad and the Lasagna
** As of September 2008, this restaurant participates in Rewards Network **
Thanks to my good friends at Rewardsnetwork.com , Mugs 'N Jugs won my business for the evening to watch some sports while eating alone on a business trip. I like to go to places where I feel I am not inconveniencing anyone when I sit in a table for hours on end watching sports and enjoying less than healthy portions of chicken wings or what ever pub fare is available.
When you enter into this location, you know you are in a sports bar, with kitschy beer calendars and special advertisements splitting time on the wall with other sports paraphernalia. Since Clearwater is closely located to Tampa Bay, the requisite Buccaneers and (Devil) Rays posters and neon signs are in full force. I choose to sit in the back of the restaurant, as they can accommodate me with power there. At 5pm on a Wednesday, the place is already pumping with business. I was pleasantly surprised with the clientele. Quite a few families were in there, despite the name Mugs 'N Chugs which hearkens back a little to the title of a less than family friendly establishment.
Once seated, there are plenty of television screens, all on different sporting events. One channel is dedicated to curling, others to ESPN and ESPN news. Rodeo is even playing on one set. They have even put on one of the fiercest sporting events out there these days, the Presidential election, after all this is a swing state.
The menu recommends the "giant wings", of which I can not resist. I choose to get 5 with Hot BBQ, and 5 with Garlic Hot Sauce. The garlic wings tasted a little too vinegary to me, but the Hot BBQ was delicious, and warranted me to order another 5 and some fries. They live up to their name, being sizeably larger than other wing locations. I would not call them giant, but I thought the name was appropriate in comparison to other wing places.
The waitstaff is definitely attentive, asking if everything is alright and keeping my tea refilled. Overall, I would rate the food very well for what it is (pub food). I would also definitely come back, if another round of giant wings is what I craved.
Favorite Dish: Giant Hot BBQ wings are the go here.
The Tampa Bay area is not the best location to find an authentic Jewish deli but there is somewhere to go. This Deli has several locations.
Favorite Dish: Chopped liver
corned beef sandwich
The city sampler
Hella's was first and only Greek restaurant I went to in town north of Clearwater called Tarpon Springs. is on tourist street but fun. is a must stop even though it's about 10 miles north of Clearwater on Alt. 19. website is http://www.hellas-restaurant.com.
Hella's is very clean and happy, upbeat place. with Greek food being naturally filling, their portion sizes are more than adequate. pricing for the authentic dinners is approximately $10.s
it's located across from a parking lot next to where boats launch on a river that leads to the gulf.
Favorite Dish: my favorite dish is Pastitsio, which is a casserole of ziti, ground beef, eggplant, potatoes, blended and baked with a creamy sauce. topped off with baklava that is a diabetics worst nightmare sweet.
Food is good and reasonable but the atmosphere is a lot of fun. Mosltly bar type food - winds, skins, quesadillas, chicken fingers - but does have a soup of the day, chili, salads'
has a coupon (for beer or well cocktail) on their website for first time visitors
Favorite Dish: SHEPHERD’S PIE 7.95
SHRIMP ‘N CHIPS 8.95
MEATLOAF DINNER 7.95
FISH ‘N CHIPS 7.95
FRIED SHRIMP, CLAMS &
FISH W/CHIPS 9.25
BLACK & BLEU BURGER 6.35
The Frenchy's establishments on Clearwater Beach are well known for their food. Especially their grouper sandwiches. They've won the hearts and tastebuds of locals and tourists alike. Additionally, they usually win or place second in the annual "Best of the Bay" competitions. Frenchy's Saltwater Cafe isn't directly on the beach, but it's no more them two or three blocks from it, an easy walking distance.
Favorite Dish: When we make a trip to Florida, my husband usually insists on coming here for lunch one day. We inevitably order the conch fritters to start. Just try finding conch in Colorado! Anyway, they make fantastic fritters with a nice sauce to go with them. Chris always orders the classic grouper sandwich and slaw. I usually do too, but the last time we were there it was stone crab season, so I ordered a pound of those instead. They're a lot of work, but so deliciously worth it ($16.99/lb).
Frenchy's also has $2.00 beer specials to take advantage of. Service is usually adequate, but nothing to get overly excited about. I tip 15-20%.
Wild Fish is a relatively new restaurant. The fish dishes are delicious with amazing sauces. I had the grouper piccata which was perfectly cooked, the sauce was incredible, and the dish looked beautiful. Sadly, the side dishes are a real let down. Some sort of sweet potato/yam hash and kale which tasted gritty, like it hadn't been washed enough. My husband ordered the special of the day, banana leaf wrapped amberjack. He pronounced it tasty, but it came with nothing but a side salad. The server should have informed him of that fact. It's never good when you leave a restaurant hungry. And for $20, the least they could have done would have been to serve those lousy hash and kale sides. Potatoes and Kale can't be that expensive.
The restaurant is decorated in warm shades of orangey/peach with lots of tropical accents. However, the place is so LOUD you can barely hear your dining companions.
We had reservations (we were a party of six) and arrived at the appointed time. The hostess asked us to wait, so we sat at the benches provided. Fifteen minutes passed by with no comment from the hostess staff, so I took it upon myself to ask again about our table. She responded, "Oh, we've been looking for you." Obviously not very hard as we were sitting less then 10 feet from them. Then they tried to sit six in a booth meant for four. Thankfully, we had a pretty good server (aside from the lack of information regarding side dishes) and we could say we had a nice (albeit LOUD) evening.
Favorite Dish: The grouper piccata is fantastic. The others in our party loved their meals too, but two people left still hungry.
This was a very fancy restaurant with cloth napkins and multiple waiters. It also appeared to cater mostly to business travelers and meeting groups.
The website says:
When the original Bascom came to Florida at the turn of the last century to help Henry Flagler build the Key West Railroad, he brought with him his love for thick cut chops and juicy steaks. During his travels he also discovered the bounties of fresh native Florida seafood
Favorite Dish: Bob had a dozen raw oysters (and complained that they weren't opened properly because they weren't cut free of their shells - he had to operate on them to eat them) for $7.95, and a cup of lobster bisque for $3.95. I had a lobster tail dinner for $15.95. I thought the prices were reasonable.
Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 10pm
Sat: 5pm - 10pm
Sun: 4pm - 9pm
The Columbia on Sand Key is outstanding. The menu consists of a mix of Spanish & Cuban fares, ranging from traditional tapas to wonderfully prepared steaks and paellas. The management & staff take special care to ensure an "out of this world" dining experience. The presentation & quality of food served here is top-notch!
Favorite Dish: Filet Chacho, of course! It's a perfectly prepared filet, flambeed tableside with bourbon. Beautiful presentation, especially late in the evening, when the lights are dim.
I did not eat here because I didn't feel like Chinese, but this restaurant is right near the Sleep Inn and the airport. They have carry-out in addition to eat-in.
Favorite Dish: Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 11:00Am-10:00Pm Friday 11:00Am-10:30Pm Saturday 12:00Noon-10:30Pm Sunday 3:30Pm 10:3
Tonya and Matt's Ice Cream (take-away only)
Unique flavors, very good quality (nice and rich/creamy).
Favorite Dish: Khalua Crunch ice cream - chocolat ice cream, with a hint of Khalua flavor, fudge chunks, and chocolate syrup swirled in....