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Rocky Point

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

  • Rumtoberfest

    Rum revelry at Bahama Breeze's take on Oktoberfest nightly through Nov. 4, with rum-inspired specialty cocktails, drink specials, rum-infused menu, and a special RumBash Friday party each Friday through Nov. 4.

    Price:Drink and food prices vary.

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

  • Eggs by the Bay Eggfest

    Editor's pick

    Big Green Egg enthusiasts gather for festivities dedicated to the Big Green Egg smoker/grill, and cook up unique pizzas, smoky barbecue and baked desserts for guests to sample, while experienced 'EGG' cooks show off their skills in the Ultimate Cooking Experience. There are rubs and sauces to taste, grilling demonstrations from local chefs, and the latest in outdoor living and cooking tools demonstrated and on display. Benefits Shriners Hospital for Children, Tampa.

    Price:$30 advance, $35 at the gate (tasting ticket); $50 (cooking team).

    A La Carte Event Pavilion: 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, 33634

  • Krewella

    Editor's pick

    The smash EDM duo scored a Top 40 hit in 2013 with Alive.

    Price:$20-$30.

    Beach Bar: 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

  • Diplo

    Editor's pick

    The formerly Florida-based producer behind Major Lazer (Lean On) and hits by Justin Bieber (Where Are U Now) and M.I.A. (Paper Planes) headlines an outdoor concert.

    Price:Start at $35.

    Beach Bar: 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

  • Steve Aoki

    Editor's pick

    The cake-tossing party-starting electronic DJ will headline the venue's Halloween party, "Haunted Death Touch Hotel".

    Price:$20-$40.

    Beach Bar: 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

Restaurants:

  • Armani's


    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.

  • 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.

  • Oystercatchers


    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

    The Grand Hyatt puts hotel quality at sea level with a wide range of smart fish and seafood, including a mix-and-match market of choice style and sauce choices for the day's catch. Great view from top-dollar Sunday brunch to rosy sunsets.

  • The Rusty Pelican


    Cuisine: American upscale, Breakfast or brunch, New American, Seafood upscale
    Features: Banquet facility, Catering, Private room

    Rocky Point: 2425 N Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, 33607

    A favorite for gatherings large and small, the Rusty Pelican offers one of the best waterfront dining views in the area. You'll feel almost as if you're on a boat as you gave out over the waters of Tampa Bay from one of its large picture windows. Cuisine is casual, and the ambience is warm, especially in the winter with its four fireplaces. 

  • 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.

    Read the full review.

Bars:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Attractions:

  • Armani's


    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.

  • 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.

  • Oystercatchers


    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

    The Grand Hyatt puts hotel quality at sea level with a wide range of smart fish and seafood, including a mix-and-match market of choice style and sauce choices for the day's catch. Great view from top-dollar Sunday brunch to rosy sunsets.

  • Rocky Point: 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, 33607

    This luxury hotel boasts very close proximity to Tampa International Airport, and is the choice of many jetsetters in need of some shut-eye. Its 445 guest rooms include 45 waterfront casitas, 23 suites and 22 handicap accessible rooms. Additionally, the Hyatt’s services includes a concierge, business center, currency exchange, complimentary airport and shopping services and multilingual staff. It has 19 meeting rooms and the fitness-conscious will also appreciate the lap pool, gym, tennis and basketball courts and on-site nature walks.

  • Ben T. Davis Beach


    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Boat ramp

    Rocky Point: 7650 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

    Ben T. Davis Beach is located on the Tampa side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway that leads toward Clearwater. It offers a boat ramp, beach access on Tampa Bay, picnic areas and grills. The beach is open from sunrise to sunset.

    Something to consider: The beach has been known to attract a rowdy element, and the water can be bathtub water warm during the summer. It's a considerable notch down from the gulf beaches.