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Rocky Point

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Events:

Restaurants:

  • Armani's

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: Fine dining, Italian
    Features: Date night, Upscale

    Rocky Point: 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, 33607

    One of Tampa's top special-occasion and I-need-to-clinch-this-deal restaurants, Armani's has undergone major renovations and has seen new faces in the kitchen in recent years, but some of the traditions at the top of the Grand Hyatt remain unchanged: the antipasto offerings still have an almost cult following. At the long bar that contains dozens of Italophile dreams (marinated eggplant, velvety roasted peppers), you point and the nice lady loads up your plate. If you don't go the antipasti route, a la carte items are equally worthwhile: from an absolute knockout parsnip soup to a delicate fillet of sea bass in a porcini crust paired with a seafood potato cake atop a seafood cream sauce dotted with parsley oil.

    Read the full review.

  • Oystercatchers

    Editor's pick


    Cuisine: Breakfast or brunch, Fine dining, Seafood upscale
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Date night, Happy hour, Live music, Private room

    Rocky Point: 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, 33607

  • Chart House


    Cuisine: American upscale, Fine dining, Seafood upscale
    Features: Date night, Upscale

    Rocky Point: 7616 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

    The Landry’s chain upgraded the Tampa location to its marquee brand in October, spiffing up the dining room and the menu, and keeping the fantastic views of the bay exactly the same. The menu is extensive ... and expensive. If you like your seafood to bite back, try the dynamite grouper, which is spiced up with a sriracha glaze. Lunch and dinner, seven days.

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  • Aqua Bar & Grille


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

    Rocky Point: 7627 W Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa, 33607

    What was Aquaknox at the Westin Tampa Bay was rechristened Aqua Bar & Grille in recently when parent company E-Brands was sold to Tavistock. Chef Matt Mangone unveiled a new menu with dishes like yellowfin tuna tartare, a lovely plate with daikon and pickled chiles and a swoosh of avocado mousse to cool things down, and a fillet of seared Florida snapper elegantly kitted out with crisp fingerling potatoes, soft-smoked cipollini onions and bits of duck pancetta. Further menu changes include more raw bar items but less seafood overall, served in a restaurant setting that is one of the most stylish around, with a lively color scheme and offbeat mid-century modern aesthetic.

    Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thur., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

  • Whiskey Joe's Bar and Grill


    Cuisine: American casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Big-screen TVs, Children's menu, Happy hour, Kid-friendly, Live music, Outdoor seating, Sports

    Rocky Point: 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

    Opened recently at the site of the Castaway Restaurant, Whiskey Joe's has a beauty of a setting. A wide wrap-around patio provides some of the sweetest waterside dining around. Inside, with its peaked roof and rustic wood beams, seems reminiscent of a hunting or ski lodge, casual and inviting. The old Whiskey Joe's was out on Rocky Point and closed due to hurricane damage in that furious 2004 storm season. Whereas the Castaway was known as the seafood place where you took Mom for Mother's Day brunch, Whiskey Joe's was more about $5 beer pitchers. Both had gorgeous waterfront views, but Whiskey Joe's skewed younger, to college kids and young professionals out for a good time. The new Whiskey Joe's is splitting the difference, with food that is pleasant but unremarkable.

    Read the full review.

Bars:

  • Aqua Bar & Grille


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

    Rocky Point: 7627 W Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa, 33607

    What was Aquaknox at the Westin Tampa Bay was rechristened Aqua Bar & Grille in recently when parent company E-Brands was sold to Tavistock. Chef Matt Mangone unveiled a new menu with dishes like yellowfin tuna tartare, a lovely plate with daikon and pickled chiles and a swoosh of avocado mousse to cool things down, and a fillet of seared Florida snapper elegantly kitted out with crisp fingerling potatoes, soft-smoked cipollini onions and bits of duck pancetta. Further menu changes include more raw bar items but less seafood overall, served in a restaurant setting that is one of the most stylish around, with a lively color scheme and offbeat mid-century modern aesthetic.

    Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thur., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

  • Whiskey Joe's Bar and Grill


    Cuisine: American casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Big-screen TVs, Children's menu, Happy hour, Kid-friendly, Live music, Outdoor seating, Sports

    Rocky Point: 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

    Opened recently at the site of the Castaway Restaurant, Whiskey Joe's has a beauty of a setting. A wide wrap-around patio provides some of the sweetest waterside dining around. Inside, with its peaked roof and rustic wood beams, seems reminiscent of a hunting or ski lodge, casual and inviting. The old Whiskey Joe's was out on Rocky Point and closed due to hurricane damage in that furious 2004 storm season. Whereas the Castaway was known as the seafood place where you took Mom for Mother's Day brunch, Whiskey Joe's was more about $5 beer pitchers. Both had gorgeous waterfront views, but Whiskey Joe's skewed younger, to college kids and young professionals out for a good time. The new Whiskey Joe's is splitting the difference, with food that is pleasant but unremarkable.

    Read the full review.

  • Beach Bar


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Burgers, Seafood casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Karaoke, Live music, Outdoor seating

    Rocky Point: 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

    Tiki huts are thronged with party people most nights and weekends, and the setting at the Bay Harbor Hotel, just across from Whiskey Joes, has established itself for karaoke, live music and beachside partying.
    Hours: 7 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Wed., 7 a.m.-3 a.m. Thur.-Sat., 7 a.m.-midnight Sun.

  • Bahama Breeze


    Cuisine: American casual, Caribbean
    Features: Children's menu, Live music, Outdoor seating

    Rocky Point: 3045 N Rocky Point Drive E, Tampa, 33607

    You can't see the Caribbean from this spot on the causeway, but you can hear the islands and get a taste of them here. Lively music makes waits on the veranda more fun. Drinks are mixed with tropical spirits, and meats and fish are done up with fire and spice. The bar scene: Expect a big variety of specialty frozen drinks; a special brew called Aruba Red sits alongside the Bass, Guinness and Bud drafts. There's also a ton of bottled beer, including Samuel Smith's Oatmeal and Pete's Wicked.

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