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Good beach restaurant in St Pete/Clearwater for a group

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I've searched this board and googled, but I'm having a hard time finding a good place to take the family this Saturday. It's a special occasion with both sets of grandparents (in their 70s) in town.

I'd like to take them someplace where we could watch the sunset over the Gulf. We need someplace that is handicapped-accessible, and the older folks like good old American food, thankyouverymuch.

I was thinking Bob Heilman's Beachcomber, but I don't know if it really has a great view of the sunset. I was also considering Salt Rock Grill but have the same question. the tab is on me, I'd like to keep it reasonable. We don't normally go to beach seafood restaurants so I'm stumped on this one, and the only restaurant in Pasco directly on the beach (Sam's) sucks. Any recommendations greatly appreciated.

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Salt Rock Grill
19325 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785

Bob Heilman's Beachcomber Restaurant
447 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

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  1. Forget all those...take them to Frenchy's Rockaway Grille ( http://www.frenchysonline.com/rock_in...) on Clearwater Beach. It is literally ON THE BEACH and the food is outstanding. Do yourself a favor and order a bowl of the She-crab soup.

    If you are looking for a sundown type dinner you can choose to sit outside (covered). Step off the patio and onto the beach.

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    Frenchy's Cafe
    41 Baymont St, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

    1. While I love Salt Rock Grill, and love the view, it is not a place to watch the sunset as they best tables are facing a window bank facing the Intercoastal and not the sunset. I'm honestly not sure if there are seats facing the other direction and, if so, if there would be a clear view of the sunset.

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      Salt Rock Grill
      19325 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785

      1. Unfortunately, are aren't too many non-hotel beachfront restaurants left in Pinellas county (Frenchy's and the Palm Pavillion next door to it are actually the only two I can think of). You might consider Guppy's on Indian Rocks Beach...it's a step up from Frenchy's and a step down from Salt Rock, and the food is always good. It sits on Gulf Blvd. across the street from the beach, but the view is relatively unobstructed because it's across from a public parking area (so no highrises). They also have patio dining. I don't think you can really catch a good view of the Gulf itself from the patio, but you will definitely have the sunset view.

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        Frenchy's Cafe
        41 Baymont St, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

        1. The Beachcomber does not have a view of the beach.

          Frenchy's Rockaway Grille is your best option for view, budget, accessibility (ramp) and good food. They also handle large groups well.

          The food at Guppy's is great but a higher price point. The view is limited - you are across the street from the beach and mainly see trees and a bit of sky. Large groups will probably be seated indoors.

          A very nice view can be had at the restaurant by the Dunedin Marina, but I have no idea what the food is like these days.

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          Frenchy's Cafe
          41 Baymont St, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

          1. I don't think Fenchy's is a special occasion spot...at all. Try Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl. You will get an amazing view. It is however a little pricey.
            We had a really nice dinner at Beachcomber as well. No view, but live piano all night.

            http://www.carettaonthegulf.com/