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Clearwater Beach

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

Restaurants:

  • Caretta on the Gulf

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: American upscale, Seafood upscale
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Date night, Live music, Upscale

    Clearwater Beach: 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Sandpearl Resort does not suffer from the hotel-dining blahs. It contains a nice poolside cafe and a coffee shop, but the major accomplishment is Caretta on the Gulf. Named for a species of loggerhead turtle, the restaurant has all the elements that make for success: sleek and knowledgeable service, a gorgeous beach view, stunning decor, plus tasty and fair-priced food and drink. A lovely raw bar near the restaurant entrance sets the tone: ceviche; oysters on the halfshell; spiny lobster and spicy tuna sushi rolls. Then the rosy glow and crackle of a wood burning oven sends out roasted fishes, chicken and meats that for the most part are paired with thoughtful, unusual side dishes and sauces.

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  • Shor American Seafood Grill

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: American upscale, Seafood upscale
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Upscale

    Clearwater Beach: 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater, 33767

    Shor is a stunning restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, a lovely waterfront hotel with front row seats of the Beach Walk half-mile pathway, which in turn has bragging rights to a supremely great sunset-viewing vantage. The dining room is spare and open, half the seats with an unobstructed view of the gulf, half the seats with an unobstructed view of one of the area’s prettiest exhibition kitchens. The menu allows you to build your own: Pick a protein, pick a seasoning, a sauce and a side, or leave the decisions to the kitchen.In toto, it’s food that is visually pretty and with a great breadth of flavors.

  • Heilman's Beachcomber

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: American upscale, Fine dining, Seafood upscale
    Features: Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Live music

    Clearwater Beach: 447 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater, 33767

    Robert Edson Heilman may have passed away in 2007, but his legacy, Bob Heilman's Beachcomber, witness to countless birthdays and anniversaries, lives on. Pinot noir fanatics love it for their own reasons (Burgundy, Oregon, even his own FoxyRock — don't get them started), fried chicken fans for another. It's a Florida Trend hall of famer, but what people hold dear are the thick steaks, the soft piano music and the clubby conviviality.

    Classic clams casino and oysters Florentine, to prime beef selections, desserts include Alaska meringue ice cream pie, hot fudge-covered profiteroles. Cigar City Brewing, 3 Daughters Brewing among local craft beers.

  • Kiku Japanese Restaurant

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
    Features: Catering, Date night, Kid-friendly, Upscale

    Clearwater Beach: 483 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater, 33767

  • Palm Pavilion Grill & Bar

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood upscale
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Live music, Outdoor seating

    Clearwater Beach: 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater, 33767

    The spacious layout of the white wood-frame building and its swift servers accommodate large crowds comfortably and efficiently. Even at sunset, there's rarely a wait. While away on a big wrap-around porch, enjoying stunning views of Clearwater Beach's shoreline and sugary white sand, or dine indoors in the A/C. Full liquor and beer are served, and the PP makes the best pina colada in the South. The grub is better than average too. Choose from grouper tacos, surf 'n' turf sandwiches and salads, jerk chicken and grilled portobello wraps. Rock, folk, reggae and jazz performers entertain day and night.

    Read our latest review.

Bars:

  • Palm Pavilion Grill & Bar

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood upscale
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Live music, Outdoor seating

    Clearwater Beach: 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater, 33767

    The spacious layout of the white wood-frame building and its swift servers accommodate large crowds comfortably and efficiently. Even at sunset, there's rarely a wait. While away on a big wrap-around porch, enjoying stunning views of Clearwater Beach's shoreline and sugary white sand, or dine indoors in the A/C. Full liquor and beer are served, and the PP makes the best pina colada in the South. The grub is better than average too. Choose from grouper tacos, surf 'n' turf sandwiches and salads, jerk chicken and grilled portobello wraps. Rock, folk, reggae and jazz performers entertain day and night.

    Read our latest review.

  • Shephard's Beach Resort

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood upscale
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Big-screen TVs, Buffet, Children's menu, College crowd, DJ/Techno, Dance club, Kid-friendly, Ladies night, Late-night dining, Live music, Outdoor seating, Takeout, tbt* Top Bar

    Clearwater Beach: 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 33767

    A rum-soaked combination of four bars - the outdoor Tiki Bar, the Salt bar, Soak bar, and ultra-tastic nightclub The Wave - Shephard's is the destination of choice for unbridled Spring Breakery, in all its bikini-clad, puka-shell-necklace-wearing glory. The resort is renowned for its massive Memorial Day and Labor Day beach bashes - prior performers have included Tone Loc and the Gin Blossoms.

  • Bobby's Bistro & Wine Bar


    Cuisine: American upscale, Bistro
    Features: Date night, Upscale

    Clearwater Beach: 447 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater, 33767

  • Britt's Laguna Grill


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Seafood casual
    Features: Party room, VIP area

    Clearwater Beach: 309 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater, 33767

    The beach theme is implicit in the name, and this place sure lives up to it. Britt's has a a wood bar and a neon-infused distorted glass wall that divides the room. The deck wraps around the restaurant, providing a stunning sunset view. The grill serves up a liquor-heavy list of island drinks, which never drop below the $6.50 mark. Beers are mostly domestic, featuring Amberbock and Bud. The pizzas battle it out with shrimp and filets ranging from $6 to $20. They also serve breakfast and lunch from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. It offers the quintessential tourist experience, even if it is for locals. They even sell souvenir photos of guests in key chains.

  • Forlini's Ristorante & Bar


    Cuisine: Italian

    Clearwater Beach: 435 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater, 33767

    Seafood, steaks, homemade pastas, extensive wine list.

    Hours: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.

Attractions:

  • Pier 60

    Editor's pick


    Features: Bait shops, Beach/Waterfront, Equipment rentals, Fishing allowed, Fishing piers, Icon, Kid-friendly, Public restrooms

    Clearwater Beach: 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    This is one of Tampa Bay's best tourist attractions. In addition to being a great place to fish or just relax during the day on Clearwater Beach, Pier 60 turns into a daily festival of sorts two hours before sunset and two hours after. Weather permitting, locals and tourists alike can gather to watch artisans, street performers and musicians as they view one of the best sunsets on the gulf beaches. If you're looking for great family-friendly places on the beach, this is truly one of the top Tampa Bay tourist attractions for that. Check out the fishing at pier60fishing.com.

    Here's some more information about the artists and ambiance at Sunsets at Pier 60:

    Where and when: The Key West-flavored scene at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach has been going for 15 years now, with a nightly gathering of artists, crafters, street performers and live music that runs roughly two hours before and after sunset. On weekends, the parking is scarce. Bring lots of quarters because you only get 12 minutes per coin. See sunsetsatpier60.com for details.

    Number of galleries: This is more home-grown crafters than galleries. The number of people setting up tables varies by the time of year and the weather. A recent Friday night in mid April was packed with more than 40 tables hawking everything from shell night lights to refrigerator magnets to vibrant paintings by Jamaican artist Lloyd Pecoo.

    The scene: This was the least artsy, but by far the most family-friendly of all the art walks we checked out. Who doesn't love fire jugglers? It's on the beach, for one thing, so you can't beat the setting or the huge playground, but the street performers who pull in kids for breakdance contests or perform magic tricks add to the ambiance.

    Don't miss: Nick Liguori and his propane torch. The 10-year veteran of the Pier 60 market will use it to melt glass and create whimsical figurines. In 10 minutes, he took a handful of glass tubes and beads and turned them into a flamingo. The art, called lampwork, runs about $20 for glass figurines of tree frogs, sea birds or anything you can think of, because he will make whatever you ask on the spot.

    Food and drink: The beach concession stands are nothing to write home about, but you are within walking distance of Frenchy's Cafe or Crabby Bill's.

  • Clearwater Beach


    Features: Bait shops, Beach/Waterfront, Charter boats, City parks, Date night, Dog park, Fishing piers, Kid-friendly, Swimming area, Volleyball courts

    Clearwater Beach: 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater, 33767