5 Restaurants in Clearwater Food Lovers Must Visit

Located between the Gulf of Mexico and Old Tampa Bay, Clearwater houses dozens of restaurants that have access to fresh ingredients. In many cases seafood is top of the menu, but other specialize in other delicious treats. See our picks for restaurants in Clearwater that vacationers can’t miss. Many have been around for a long time, too.

Restaurants in Clearwater: Come Hungry, Fill Up

Lenny’s Restaurant

Lenny’s is a great place for families dining on a budget and is known for its huge portions. The restaurant serves a variety of breakfast dishes, including the tasty steak and egg special and Western omelet. Many feel Lenny’s has the best breakfast in Clearwater, but only guests can decide. Visitors should note the place is typically busy, particularly on the weekends and holidays.

Marina Cantina

This spot is so good it earned top honors as a best new restaurant in Clearwater in 2016. Specializing in Mexican-inspired cuisine, this bar and grill offers delicious plates paired with bayfront views. Don’t forget to order a margarita made with high-quality tequila.

Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza

For brick-oven pizzas and Italian entrees, dine at Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza. Families can order a pizza to share or select from a menu of dishes made with veggies, meats, seafood and lots of flavor. Cristino’s is also known for its wings and homemade soups.


Known for tender fish, Frenchy’s has its own production fishing dock, fishing boats and five locations in the Clearwater area. Fish are caught in the Gulf and immediately put on ice, ensuring freshness every time. Each location serves different items, but the grouper sandwich ranks as a must.

Island Way Grill

Island Way Grill blends flavors of continental, Pacific Rim and island cuisine with a pan-Asian flair. Enjoy food served from woks, or order something from the sushi bar and oak fired pit. The restaurant’s boats make daily trips to bring back fresh tuna, snapper and other local fish varieties.

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