Clearwater, Florida is teeming with family-friendly attractions and a wealth of great restaurants, from American cuisine to fresh seafood. The restaurants here are just as colorful as Clearwater itself, varying from upscale eateries to casual dining options. From burgers to sushi to steak, these top restaurants in Clearwater will leave you feeling full and satisfied.


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Café Ponte Café Ponte
Credit: Café Ponte
Café Ponte

Café Ponte (Nearby Hotels)

One of the most raved about restaurants in Clearwater is Cafe Ponte. This upscale eatery is perfect for date night. You’ll find both casual eats and classy dishes here, so don’t be intimidated by its chic interior. The menu does change with the seasons and the ingredients are always fresh. Dinner dishes range from filet mignon to lobster, while lunch brings more laid-back eats like sandwiches, pizza and burgers.

Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe
Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe

Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe (Nearby Hotels)

Frenchy’s is a Clearwater classic. There are actually five Frenchy’s restaurants in the area, and all have great reviews and serve up delicious dishes too. From seafood to American eats, there is something on the menu at Frenchy’s for everyone to enjoy. Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe is known for its grouper sandwiches. However, no matter what Frenchy’s location you choose to visit while you’re in Clearwater, this family-friendly establishment will not disappoint.

Columbia Columbia

Columbia (Nearby Hotels)

Florida boasts a variety of authentic Cuban restaurants and Columbia is one of the best. Columbia has a few locations in Florida, with the first in Tampa that opened in 1905. There is a reason why this Cuban American restaurant is on this list – the recipes here have been pleasing customers for decades. At the Clearwater location, you’ll be granted with not only an eclectic menu but also waterfront views. The Spanish bean soup is a crowd favorite along with the paella too. You’ll want to pair your meal with the mojitos made tableside.

Clear Sky Clear Sky
Clear Sky

Clear Sky (Nearby Hotels)

No matter if you visit Clear Sky Beachside Cafe or Clear Sky on Cleveland, the Clear Sky brand is a Clearwater classic. After exploring Clearwater’s top attractions, visit Clear Sky Beachside Cafe near the beach or Clear Sky on Cleveland downtown. This cheerful eatery is great for brunch, lunch and dinner too. From French toast to pizza to seafood, you’ll want to try something new every time you visit this top-rated Clearwater eatery.

Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza
Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza

Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza (Nearby Hotels)

If you’ve grown tired of seafood, try some Clearwater pizza for your next meal here. Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza is the most talked about pizza joint in the city. Enjoy a classic pie here or add toppings like goat cheese and prosciutto to make your own unique creation. Along with pizza, Cristino’s also serves up paninis, ravioli and a variety of specialty Italian dishes like parmigiana and pastas too.

Caretta on the Gulf Caretta on the Gulf
Caretta on the Gulf

Caretta on the Gulf (Nearby Hotels)

Found at Sandpearl Resort, Caretta on the Gulf is one of the best waterfront restaurants in Florida, located right on the beach. It’s a classy restaurant perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner. With a ceviche bar, topnotch brunch menu, and seasonal seafood offerings, this Clearwater eatery is what a beachfront restaurant is all about. Caretta on the Gulf also serves beautiful and fresh sushi dishes, along with cooked eats like fish tacos, ribeye, lobster and more.

Wildflower Café Wildflower Café
Wildflower Café

Wildflower Café (Nearby Hotels)

This charming cafe is where the locals go to eat brunch and lunch in Clearwater. Wildflower Cafe serves breakfast favorites like french toast, omelets, and crepes, while the lunch menu is sprinkled with well-made soups, salads and sandwiches. Wildflower Cafe is a quaint eatery perfect for a relaxing meal before you hit the beach or the town for the day.

Lenny’s Restaurant Lenny’s Restaurant
Lenny’s Restaurant

Lenny’s Restaurant (Nearby Hotels)

If you’re just looking for a chill dinner with big portions that serves breakfast all day, then look no further than Lenny’s. Lenny’s Restaurant features Southern comfort food, so you’re going to want to forget about your diet when you eat here. Breakfast lovers can order pancakes, waffles, omelets and benedicts no matter what time of day. If you’re looking for something outside of breakfast options, Lenny’s also offers American food like burgers, fried chicken and sandwiches.

The Bait House The Bait House
The Bait House

The Bait House (Nearby Hotels)

Found right on the water in the marina, The Bait House is a laid-back eatery serving a wide variety of seafood options. When the weather is nice in Clearwater, you’ll see most visitors enjoying the patio here, while the restaurant’s interior features flat screen TVs and a full bar. The Fresh Catch Platter is a popular option at The Bait House, as the fish changes daily but the quality remains the same. For a non-pretentious meal in Clearwater, this old bait house-turned-restaurant is the perfect spot.

Island Way Grill Island Way Grill
Island Way Grill

Island Way Grill (Nearby Hotels)

Another upscale eatery to consider while in Clearwater is Island Way Grill. The menu at Island Way Grill is a fusion that features a variety of flavors with some Asian and American influence. Seafood is what you should order at Island Way Grill, no matter if you choose a unique sushi roll or the catch of the day. Besides seafood, patrons here can also order steaks, chicken dishes and salads too.

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