Best Grouper Clearwater

Danielle Fletcher
• Thursday, 22 October, 2020
• 8 min read

Mark Noway: Buffalo grouper and she crabs soup yum! Boom: Grouper sandwiches are served fried, grilled, Cajun, Buffalo, jerk and Reuben-styled.

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Jcer: Delicious shrimp and grouper coconut rice bowl! Jeremy Blythe: Try the coconut crusted grouper sandwich.... Holy cow it was amazing....

Amy Wood: Take advantage of the poolside bar, hammocks & beach fire pits! Craig Major: The grouper sandwich was delicious and the cool gulf breeze was refreshing.

The piece of fish was much bigger than expected and the fried leeks were super tasty. My margarita with a ruled orange was great as well, can't recall name.

Peter Vankemann: Grouper and pork belly tacos and Guam are fantastic. The cheese dip is ok. Our service by Jon Paul was very bad.

Jean McCarthy: Delicious Blackened Grouper Tacos and Casey Margarita, nice views and outdoor seating. Drew Austin: Go with the fish tacos and the grouper lemon toccata wrap.

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Andrea Barrett Holder man: Philly Grouper Seismic was great....service on the slow side, FYI in case you're in a hurry. The white Alaskan salmon, gulf black grouper, and center cut filet are all amazing.

Case in point: the chicken quesadilla, which had about $1.00 of ingredients and cost $10.00. Jimmy Buffett may sing the praises of a cheeseburger in paradise, but everyone knows you haven't lived until you've had a fresh grouper sandwich in the Florida sunshine.

This tender-but-hearty white fish is a mainstay on menus throughout the St. Pete/ Clearwater area, and the number of ways to serve it is constantly growing. The most common are grilled, blackened or fried, but all of our local restaurant hot spots put their own twist on the dish.

To the south of Clearwater Beach sits a quiet neighborhood restaurant where locals dine al fresco under golden umbrellas and oak trees. The grouper sandwich done up in a beer batter at Guppy's is found alongside menu items such as lobster salads and mushroom caps stuffed with crab meat.

From its vantage point high atop towering limestone rocks, the restaurant overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway at Indian Shores. This popular spot offers grouper chowder as an appetizer and its menu of fresh fish from the Gulf changes daily.

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Experience grouper Cuban-style at the Columbia : seasoned and grilled and topped with fresh lump blue crab meat, drizzled with lemon butter and served with yellow rice and asparagus. The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant, in the Pass-a-Grille neighborhood of St. Pete Beach, offers the best of both worlds at its three-story eatery overlooking the Gulf.

Step off Central Ave to this “bait shop chic” restaurant dedicated to serving the freshest local fish (brought in daily), prepared simply, all while sipping on nautical inspired cocktails. I have been to Clearwater, Florida a couple of times in the past year or so and one of my favorite things about the area is all the delicious food that it has to offer.

Sure, the beach and all the local attractions are great, but is there anything better than enjoying fresh seafood by the ocean?! Whether you’re craving fresh grouper for dinner or want “pizza” for breakfast, the restaurants below will have you covered.

Located in the Sand pearl Resort is Clearwater ’s only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, Caret ta on the Gulf. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, featuring phenomenal views of the ocean.

Out of all the restaurants on this list, this is hands-down one of the best places to eat in Clearwater for a date-night or a more upscale dining experience. Sand pearl Resort Caret ta on the Gulf is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.

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If you’re not a fan of spicy tuna, there are a plethora of other options for starters as well, including salads, crab cake, braised short rib, scallops, and more. The Chilean sea bass was served with spaghetti squash and was cooked perfectly.

The gulf grouper was served with English pea risotto, foraged mushrooms, Parmesan, and sage béarnaise. I’d heavily recommend both dishes, but the gulf grouper was probably my favorite since it was served with risotto.

Chilean sea assault grouper Other entrées included AHI tuna, steak, pork chops, chicken, and more. Columbia Restaurant has seven locations across the state of Florida and luckily, one of those is in Clearwater Beach.

A variety of foods are on the menu at Columbia, including paella, steak, shrimp, and more, but here are some items that I’d definitely recommend: The salad has iceberg lettuce, baked ham (I always get it without ham and it’s still phenomenal), Swiss cheese, tomatoes, olives, Romano cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and Columbia’s famous garlic dressing.

Some of my favorite tapas are the black bean cakes, quest fun dido, and croquet as DE poll. Columbia’s black beans are served over white rice and then topped with raw Spanish onions.

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Cuban Black Bean Soup Lastly, try not to fill up on salad and tapas so much that you can’t get dessert. White chocolate bread pudding Columbia Restaurant is a must-visit for me every time that I’m in Florida.

It serves breakfast items, a large selection of pastries, and delicious coffee drinks, making this the perfect place to start your day on the beach. I took the breakfast pizza back to my room at the Sand pearl Resort and ate the entire thing in record time.

Breakfast pizza The owners of Caffeinated Bakery were also incredibly nice and mentioned that they have struggled to get customers during the pandemic, so they will truly appreciate any business that you can give them during your Clearwater visit. The interior of Bob Hellman’s Beachcomber is lavish and cozy, and they even have a piano player that will take requests.

It was so good and absolutely ruined all other escargot that I’ll probably have in the future, but I would highly recommend that you try it. Escargot en casserole For my entrée, I enjoyed the fresh gulf black grouper.

Fresh gulf black grouper with potatoes While there are a variety of seafood, lamb, steak, and other dishes to choose from, the most popular item is the “Back to the Farm” Fried Chicken entrée. You get a half chicken, whipped potatoes, gravy, old-fashioned cream slaw, and the vegetable of the day.

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“Back to the Farm” Fried Chicken If you’re looking to enjoy a nice dinner, Bob Hellman’s Beachcomber is easily one of the best places to eat in Clearwater Beach. Salty’s Island Bar & Grille is an open-air restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.

I had breakfast at Salty’s Island Bar & Grille during my most recent trip to Clearwater. Avocado toast with eggs Other breakfast items include biscuits and gravy, crab cake eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles, hues ranchers, breakfast tacos, and even shrimp and grits.

Strawberry Mimosa’d highly recommend stopping in Salty’s Island Bar & Grille for breakfast, but their lunch and dinner options sound just as tasty. Their dinner menu has a strong seafood emphasis, including oysters, but tacos and chicken are available as well.

There was a large outdoor dining area, but it can get packed since it’s such a popular spot, so be sure to arrive early or be prepared to possibly wait for a table. There are burgers, salads, pasta, baby back ribs, steak, and a ton of seafood options.

Two items that French’s is most famous for are the smoked fish spread appetizer and their grouper sandwiches. I opted for the grilled grouper sandwich with street corn on the side and it was delicious.

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The grouper sandwich French’s also has an extensive drink menu with cocktails, frozen drinks, wine, and beer, so in addition to being the most popular, it’s also one of the most fun places to eat in Clearwater Beach. If you won’t be in Clearwater on a Monday or Tuesday, you can still enjoy a lot of the same foods at Ocean HAI, the Wyndham Grand’s signature restaurant.

O’HAI Lanai’s menu offers small bites like chicken pot stickers, Mongolian meatballs, calamari, and fried Brussels sprouts. I had the vegetable spring rolls as an appetizer, and they were served with an apricot Thai chili peanut sauce.

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