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Old 04-07-2021, 11:16 PM
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Where are a couple really good restaurants with docking in Tampa area?
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Old 04-08-2021, 06:29 AM
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Any specific area? Like actual tampa or more like clearwater/St. Pete?
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:27 AM
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Tampa itself is somewhat limited. Up the Hillsborough River you have Ulele (doesn't have its own docks but there are municipal docks nearby), Jacksons and American Social on Harbour Island and a few others. On the opposite side of the peninsula, you have Hula Bay and Salt Shack at or near the Gandy Bridge, Whiskey Joe's and Oyster Catchers along the Courtney Campbell bridge (SR 60) and Bahama Breeze to the north/east of the bridge. Not sure if Circles in Apollo Beach is still there, but it wasn't bad back in the day. Might be missing a few bars/restaurants, but there aren't a lot of options. St. Pete/Tierra Verde/etc. is a completely different story with several places available.
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Doesn’t need to be Tampa. Within 30-45 boat ride of Tampa
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Originally Posted by baldo View Post
Doesn’t need to be Tampa. Within 30-45 boat ride of Tampa
Tampa itself sucks for Dining by boat as there is not a lot really. Also if you are thinking for this weekend with poker run here you can pretty much wipe Tampa itself off your idea as there will be little to no dock space with FPC in town and staying in downtown.

that said......

Tampa - Downtown.

*Jacksons & American Social share the same dock space, Jacksons is a touch more "quiet" in comparison where American Social is a upper end hang out.
* Sail plaza - Across the water from Jacksons/American Social - This is direct access to downtown tampa but nothing overly close, you will walk, uber, or bird scooter to where you go.
* Docks up river at Armature Works - NYC style hall dining, lots of options, lot of fun.
* More up river - Ricks on the River - Dive bar, pub food, has it's time and place

*Not downtown but in Tampa bay...........
* WTR off the causeway, more of a day pool club vegas feel, they have sushi and some good bites, def more a day time spot than dinner.
* The getaway - Old FPC spot, owner is a dick, tiki bar place, great atmosphere, ok food, easy docking.
* Hula Bay - Other side of the bridge from getaway, more laid back, lots of docking, also an old FPC card stop.

St. Pete Area.....
*Downtown - Pier area, docking is now open but not plentiful IMO, Can vist the pier and all its restaurants, as well as the Vinoy and near by Beach Drive dining options
* Maximo Marina - Tiki Docks bar is here, this was the fun stop for the FPC run last go around. Nice spot, Lots of docking, good food, but kind of hard to know where it is...google and follow your maps
*Island Grill at Tierra Verde marina - my fav spot, can be nice dining or casual. Has a pool, great food, and live music. Docking can be limited at times.
* The Wharf - Near Tierra Verde, Dive bar, old wood type setting, good food, cheap drinks, local fun
* Hotel Zamora (360 Rooftop) - Hotel off the beach, good amount of docks, casual upper end, has a rooftop bar with light food
* Caddy's St Pete beach - Caddy's is a common beach bar here (lots of locations) more pub food and drinks then nice dinner
* Middle Grounds - Higher end food, nice setting, definitely a early dinner spot worth going to.
* Sea Dog brewing company, a brewery on the water with good food and good people, actually very nice
* Old gators on the pass, just now reopening as Crabby bills, amazing location, lots of docking, horrible riptide that makes docking a pain in the ass.
* Salt Rock Grill, lots of docking, upper end food, casual setting, all around awesome!!!

There is many many more but I dont want to write a book. let me know if you want Clearwater and Dunedin area places as well.

* Sarasota - Just will leave this one as it is newer, high end, and beautiful---- Shore - High end, need to clean up to go, lots of docking, amazing food, beautiful everything
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Old 04-08-2021, 10:47 AM
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That doesn't really help - if you are on the east side of the bay staying at or near downtown, it could easily take 20 - 30 minutes just to go around the southern portion of the peninsula (MacDill). If you are going to be on the west side of the Bay you can be in downtown St. Pete in 15 minutes or so, the beaches in 20 - 25 minutes and Anna Maria Island within 30 to 45 minutes.
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Middle grounds, caddies st Pete beach, and whiskey Joe’s have no docks afaik?

caddies didn’t get approval I thought. Whiskey Joe’s is a beach. WTR has a few slips, real skinny getting to either of those.
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Originally Posted by hogie roll View Post
Middle grounds, caddies st Pete beach, and whiskey Joe’s have no docks afaik?

caddies didn’t get approval I thought. Whiskey Joe’s is a beach. WTR has a few slips, real skinny getting to either of those.

Middle ground has dock as does caddies in st. Pete Beach. Both has super limited space (4 docks at Middle and 2 iirc at caddys)

Whisky does not which is why i left it out. Wtr acrss from them does though which is the pool area with cheap man's vegas vibe and sushi
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Originally Posted by Nate5.0 View Post
Middle ground has dock as does caddies in st. Pete Beach. Both has super limited space (4 docks at Middle and 2 iirc at caddys)

Whisky does not which is why i left it out. Wtr acrss from them does though which is the pool area with cheap man's vegas vibe and sushi
Good to know. Middle grounds is one of my favorite restaurants.
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Originally Posted by Nate5.0 View Post
Whisky does not which is why i left it out.
Good point - forgot about that. Its unfortunate that our area is so devoid of boat accessible dining options. We end up going to St. Pete a lot of time and docking at the Municipal Docks - which can be challenging as to availability.
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