20 Family Friendly Tampa Bay Waterfront Restaurants to Enjoy

Living in Tampa Bay, we have the privilege of having so many waterfront restaurants to choose from that we often take them for granted. We live where people come for vacation! How cool is that?

Over the past year, there has been an increase in outside dining due to the pandemic. With the summer months approaching, being outdoors is par for the course in Florida. Check out our list of top waterfront restaurants to see if any of your favorites is mentioned or if you can discover a hidden gem!

The BEST Kid-Friendly Waterfront Restaurants in Tampa Bay


Clearwater gets flak from the locals for being super touristy but it’s definitely a family favorite in my book. Heading over the bridge just puts me in a great mood and we enjoy the atmosphere and things to do in the Clearwater Beach area, like the dolphin boat tours.

St. Pete, FL

We visit St. Pete on a regular basis and the St. Pete Pier is one of the many reasons why. It’s practically a one stop shop of family friendly things to do in a singular location.

  • Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille (a second St. Pete location is opening soon) | 610 Second Ave. NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
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  • Pier Teaki (Rooftop of St. Pete Pier) | 800 Second Ave. NE, 5th Floor, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
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  • Teak (fourth floor of St. Pete Pier) | 800 Second Ave. NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
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  • Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro | 300 Second Ave. NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
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Kiva Williams and Family at Pier Teaki on St. Pete Pier

Riverview, Apollo Beach, Ruskin

Hillsborough County is so big I think a lot of people forget about restaurants in this area. The Riverview area and beyond is steadily growing and becoming a great place for settle down in and visit.

  • Circles Waterfront Restaurant | 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach, FL 33572
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  • Tiki Docks River Bar + Grill (their second location is in St. Pete) | 1078 Palmetto St., Riverview, FL 33569
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  • Sunset Grill at Little Harbor | 602 Bahia del Sol Dr., Ruskin, FL 33570
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Poolside Eateries

Are you even a parent if you don’t find yourself at someone’s pool this summer? I think not! Of course we had to add in two cool places to enjoy “poolside” for families! Adventure Island has barbecue that’s surprisingly great for a theme park at their Mango Joes Beach Café. The Epperson Lagoon is a must see all in its self. They have a few dining options as outside food is prohibited. For both places I recommend renting a private cabana to make your stay more enjoyable.

Harbour Island Tampa

This part of Tampa is well known for restaurants and night life, but during the day, it’s definitely family friendly.

Causeway Boulevard, Tampa

This strip right before you head over to Clearwater has a lot to offer, from hotels, to restaurants and even a beach!


I know there are many more Tampa restaurants to include but I wanted to showcase two that offer a unique Tampa experience.

*Originally published in the July 2021 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

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