Top 5 Waterfront Restaurants in Tampa Bay

These local Tampa Bay eateries are making a splash

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Nothing spells romance quite like an evening over drinks and a sizzling steak with a sunset at your doorstep. Even if you're not with that significant other, waterfront dining is bound to make any evening more special. Here are our five favorite restaurants in Tampa Bay with a waterfront view.

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    At Bahama Breeze, you will find tropical cocktails and seafood, chicken and steak inspired by the flavorful and colorful ingredients of the Caribbean. At this location, you'll also experience patio dining, a beachy decor and a priceless view overlooking the bay. One word to the wise: the place gets incredibly busy on the weekends, so don't think you can just breeze in whenever the spirit prompts. Reservations are de rigueur.

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    As the name suggests, Hula Bay offers Hawaiian-style food with a dockside lounge and island bar. Not only can you dine while watching all the boats amble by but you can relax poolside later on with a beverage in hand.

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    The best—and certainly most surprising—thing on the menu at Jackson's? Sushi! Pair it with a shot of sake, and you're really on a roll. Other unexpected additions: include a full line of gluten-free and vegan options, an awesome waterfront view of downtown Tampa, and three different rooms for music if you're torn between Top 40, Latin and techno.

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    A replacement for the Sloppy Pelican (which is a tale in itself), this seafood eatery features jumbo shrimp the size of a pork chop, live music, a full bar, and, of course, killer sunsets to wind up a perfect evening.

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    Whiskey Joe's bills itself as Tampa's only boat-up beach bar, which means you can land by canoe, catamaran or any other form of watercraft, before hopping onto dry land to enjoy a coconut full of Hurricane Juice at the Barefoot Bar. Food is mainly local specialties, but don't be surprised if you encounter little out-of-the-way exotica like alligator nuggets as well.