Note: For lunch and dinner unless otherwise noted; all prices are for dinner entrees unless otherwise noted.
Ashley Street Grille at Sheraton Riverwalk, 200 Ashley St. (on east side of Hillsborough River, south of Kennedy Street Bridge); (813) 226-4400. Space for three boats, indoor/outdoor dining. Snacks and full meals; $9-$34.
Bahama Breeze, 3045 Rocky Point Drive (Rocky Point north of Courtney Campbell Parkway); (813) 289-7922. Docks for three to four boats, full bar, indoor/outdoor seating for Caribbean-style food, live music; $11-$21.
Crabby Bill's, 7700 Courtney Campbell (Rocky Point, south side of causeway); (813) 281-0566. Docks for 50 boats, hotel, full bar, sandwiches, ribs, steaks; $15-$24.
Jackson's Bistro-Bar-Sushi, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. (northwest edge of Harbour Island, near meeting of Garrison and Seddon channels); (813) 277-0112. Nine boat slips, indoor/outdoor seating, full bar, snacks, sandwiches, sushi, brunch, full dinners; $15-$23.95.
Jack Willie's, 1011 St. Petersburg Drive, Oldsmar, (813) 854-1972. Boat ramp, only accessible at high tide; $6.95-$18.
Il Terrazzo (upscale Italian); Café Waterside (casual American); Champions Sports Bar, all at the Marriott-Tampa Waterside, 700 S Florida Ave.; (813) 221-4900. Slips for 32 boats with two-hour free dockage by reservation; $14-$32.
Rick's on the River, 2305 N. Willow Ave. (west side of Hillsborough River, north of downtown); (813) 251-0369. Docks, full bar. Sandwiches, seafood, steaks; $4.50-$9.95.
Cha Cha Coconuts (snacks, sandwiches), Columbia (Spanish cuisine), Jonny Reno's (casual global cuisine), all at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE; (727) 821-6443. Public docks for up to eight boats up to 150 feet, with access to the restaurants and food court; $4-$20. Special note: The docking facilities are in rough shape, and it's not advisable to tie up there if the waters are choppy.
Fresco's, 300 Second Ave. NE (south side of Pier approach); (727) 894-4429. Docks for seven boats, full bar, indoor/outdoor seating. Sandwiches, salads, seafood, steaks; $16-$38.
Marchand's Bar and Grill (upscale Mediterranean), Alfresco's (casual outdoor dining), Promenade Lounge (casual coffee bar), all at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE (north of Pier); (727) 894-1000. Dock, with 22 transient slips, tended by dockmaster; two-hour complimentary parking to boaters who dine in hotel's restaurants. Dinner entrees in Marchand's $23-$40.
Periscopes, Magnuson Hotel-Marina Cove (formerly Holiday Inn Sunspree), 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, (off Pinellas Point on east side of Sunshine Skyway approach); (727) 867-1151. Dock space with 25 slips, beach, indoor seating for restaurant, beach bar; brunch and dinner, $10-$22.
Billy's Stone Crab and Steak House, 1 Collany Road; (727) 866-2115. Docks for eight to 10 boats. Steaks, seafood, stone crabs. Live music nightly, open-air bar upstairs; $10-$40.
North Pinellas coast (north of John's Pass to Anclote Key)
Bon Appetit, 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin (east side of St. Joseph's Sound); (727) 733-2151. Private dock, but nearby city dock has 13 transient slips. Informal dining at waterside lounge and deck, and fancier dining inside main restaurant; $9.95-$29.95.
Island Way Grill, 20 Island Way, Clearwater (just east of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Mandalay Bay Lagoon); (727) 461-6617. At least six boats can tie up to restaurant's sea wall. Sophisticated seafood and steaks, with a sushi bar; $21-$39.
Jimmy Guana, 401 Second St. E, Indian Rocks Beach (west side of the Narrows, south of Indian Rocks Bridge); (727) 595-9484. Dock with 47 slips, none designated for transient boats, but guests can use them if available, indoor/outdoor restaurant bar; $6-$15.
The Pub Waterfront Restaurant, 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores (west side of the Narrows, south of Indian Rocks bridge); (727) 595-3172. Fifty dock slips, indoor/outdoor full bar. Sandwiches, steaks, seafood, Italian dishes, Sunday brunch buffet $9.95. Dinner entrees $14.95-$24.95.
Salt Rock Grill, 19325 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores (west side of the Narrows, north of Park Boulevard bridge); (727) 593-7625. Docks, full bar, open-pit grill; dinner, $6.95-$30.
McDonald's, 650 150th Ave. Madeira Beach (east side of Boca Ciega Bay, just north of Madeira Beach causeway); (727) 392-6302. Docks for eight to 10 boats, outdoor picnic tables. Standard chain fare.
Shephard's Beach Resort, 601 Gulfview Blvd. S, Clearwater Beach (north side of Clearwater Pass); (727) 441-6875. Shallow anchorage, no docks. Full bar indoors, outdoor dining. Live music, sandwiches and buffet; $6.95-$20.95.
South Pinellas(south of John's Pass to Pass-a-Grille)
Gator's Cafe & Saloon, 12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island (south side of John's Pass); (727) 367-8951. Docks attended by dockmaster. Full bar, indoor/outdoor seating. Snacks, sandwiches, dinners; $7-$21.
Sea Critters, 2007 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach (west side of Boca Ciega Bay, south of Vina del Mar Bridge); (727) 360-3706. Docks, indoor/dockside seating, full bar. Sandwiches, seafood, pasta. Dinner entrees $9-$26.99. L, D.
The Wharf, 2001 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach (west side of Boca Ciega Bay, south of Vina Del Mar bridge); (727) 367-9469. Dock slips for 10-12 boats, indoor/outdoor dining, full bar. Sandwiches, seafood; $9.95-$17.50.
North Suncoast (from Anclote Key north)
Catches Waterfront Grille, 7811 Bayview Ave., Port Richey (west side of the Pithlachascotee River); (727) 849-2121. Floating dock with room for five boats, indoor/outdoor seating. Sandwiches, steaks, chicken, seafood. Dinner entrees $13.95- $31.95. L, D.
Hooters, 5336 Treadway Drive, Port Richey (at Marker 35 on Pithlachascotee River); (727) 841-0801. Three large docks to accommodate 10-12 boats, indoor/outdoor seating. Wings, sandwiches, seafood; $5.95-$29.99.
Marguerita Grill, 10200 W Hall's River Road, Homosassa (near marker 9 on Hall's River, off Homosassa River); (352) 628-1336. Dock slips for five boats, full bar, indoor/outdoor seating. Seafood, steaks, sandwiches; $6-$16.95.
Chris Sherman contributed to this report. Laura Reiley can be reached at (727) 892-2293 or [email protected]
Editor's note: This article has been edited to reflect name changes, closed businesses and new phone numbers and is current as of July 2011.