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What is the best seafood restaurant in Tampa Bay area?

What do you think people? What is your opinion of the best seafood restaurant in the Tampa Bat area?

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    1. I knew I was going to get in trouble with you when I posted this. I just wanted to see what everyone thinks. I was curious about places like Rusty Bellies and others and as to what everyone's favorite is these days.

      And what Joan won't publish is her place but I will. It is Mid-Peninsula Seafood on 49th St. S in Gulfport. Excellent seafood. Especially Don's smoked fish spread.

    2. Damn dog, why ask?

      What do people think of Salt Rock Grill?

      1. I think my favorite is Guppy's on Indian Rocks Beach...I've always found the menu to be creative and consistent.

        I've eaten at Salt Rock Grill a few times and have always enjoyed it. I don't consider it "unforgettable", but it's always been good (if not somewhat overpriced).

        Strange that these are the only two that spring immediately to mind...you'd think we'd have amazing seafood restaurants coming out the wazoo in the Tampa Bay area, but so many are mediocre at best.

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        1. re: sweet_polly

          Salt Rock Grill is one of my favotie seafood upscale dinners. For low key by the beach, try Wahoo for a grouper sandwich. For Tampa, Oystercatchers for an upscale dinner or Mangroves in South Tampa. Normally a going out spot, but on an off night, go for dinner in the intimate setting. Side Berns also has really fresh upscale seafood menu items.

        2. While Salt Rock is a fun upscale restaurant, it certainly is not a good culinary restaurant.
          Being close to the water we lack a top rated seafood restaurant. Cafe Ponte would be my recommendation

          1. I tried Hula Bay today (old Rattlefish location). It's definitely not Hula Bay. lol