100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater, FL 33767
Features: Outdoor seating
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Clearwater Beach
The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach debuted in February 2017 along with its main restaurant, Ocean Hai, an Asian-fusion concept overseen by chef de cuisine John Capponi. The hotel is a real looker, its two towers flanking a central pool with beach views. A lobby bar in neutral sun-and-sand yellows and beiges ends at the restaurant's hostess stand, the restaurant itself a study in ocean blues and greens, but with just enough wood paneling, blonde wood floors and a gleaming stainless steel exhibition kitchen that there's nothing cliched or beachy-nautical about it. In short, it's a lovely space, with a glassed-in private dining room that makes you itch to have some kind of festive gathering. The disappointment, though, is that the food is mostly unremarkable. There are tandoori-spice sea scallops that are wanly flavored when compared to a tandoori dish at your neighborhood Indian spot, a pork tenderloin that nods at Chinese char sui but is swamped by an overly sweet sweet-potato puree, and edamame dumplings without any of the finesse or visual appeal of a workhorse dim sum joint. Capponi's menu reads more like "Asian inspired," which is fine, but the prices are steep enough that execution is paramount. Hours: 7-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. daily.
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