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These are the top seafood restaurants with water views in St. Petersburg, Florida

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As stunning sea views best compliment seafood, we have sourced the top seafood restaurants with water views in St. Petersburg, Florida. Keep reading to find out who they are and why you should travel there.
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When dining out at new places, your best bet is to get recommendations from people you know or online reviews. With thousands of people nominating their favorite places to dine in the U.S. in TripAdvisor, we think the top 3 choices are what the majority says are the best. So here are the top 3 seafood restaurants with water views in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to TripAdvisor. They are worth traveling for!

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The top 3 St. Petersburg, Florida seafood restaurants with water views

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille - St. Pete

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille in St Petersburg ranks at No. 1 out of 590 seafood restaurants in St. Petersburg, Florida.

This American/Caribbean seafood bar & grille is well-known for its great drinks and fish sandwiches.

Ranked in TripAdvisor's Travelers Choice Best of the Best awards as No. 1 "Everyday Eats" restaurant in the country, 1583 reviewers on TripAdvisor have given it a combined 5-star rating!

That in itself is reason enough to visit this bar & grill. Boasting 4 locations in Florida, Doc Ford's has locations on Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, & Ft. Myers Beach, and the new St. Pete Pier!

The St. Petersburg location is all about the standout open water and pier views. The mood and stylish decor at Doc Ford's make you feel like you are on vacation.

Doc Ford's offers a wide variety of seafood, including entrees and mains such as fried calamari, oysters, buffalo shrimp, Captiva crab cakes, Campeche fish tacos, Maine lobster roll, and so much more delectable offerings.

They also offer live music most nights of the week, giving you a chance to unwind with your seafood dinner from the best seafood restaurant with water views in St. Petersburg, Florida.

"Nice place to eat & enjoy open water views! We came here for the first time this week. The food was good, and we enjoyed sitting outside by the water. My husband's Panko Crusted Grouper was very good, as was my Shrimp & Penne. Our peel & eat shrimp appetizer was quite tasty." - Floridagatorgal88, Longboat Key, Florida, TripAdvisor.

610 2nd Ave Ne, St. Petersburg, Florida.

See their website for more information.

Parkshore Grill

Parkshore Grill offers outdoor seating with views of the water across the park.

However, it's the vibe of the lively street scene and delicious seafood that makes this grill an exceptional place to unwind, whether it's for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

The winner of numerous awards for both the food and wine, Open Table has given it the "Best St. Petersburg Overall Restaurants" award.

On offer for your eating pleasure is fresh, sustainable seafood, and chicken and beef options for meat lovers. Burgers, fresh catch of the day, lobster, crab, or mixed seafood grill are on offer to provide you with an unforgettable dining experience.

Though, our choice is the Seafood Bar, where you can choose from Shrimp Cocktail, Lobster Toast, Oysters on the ½ Shell, or Iced Seafood Bowl, which includes Shrimp, King Crab, Oysters, Steamed Mussels.

"Great food and even better service. We were walking down the street and picked the Parkshore Grill for lunch because there were many locals eating there. Surprised to be asked if we had a reservation, and soon realized we were very lucky to get a table without one. The view is beautiful and the food excellent. The best thing was the service. We received wonderful tips from our server of things to see and do on our next visit to St. Pete, and one of the first will be to eat at the Parkshore Grill!" - SailKy, TripAdvisor.

300 Beach Dr. NE Ste 104, St. Petersburg, Florida.

See their website for more information.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

As far as seafood restaurants with water views are concerned, this has to be a winner in our eyes.

With seating right on the water, this waterfront restaurant offers a laidback atmosphere. And we love nothing more than relaxing with an ice-cold beer or wine while spoiling ourselves with water views and tasty seafood.

Serving fresh seafood for brunch, lunch, or dinner, some of the standouts from the menu include - lobster bisque, calamari, ceviche, fish tacos and sandwiches, seafood pasta, poke tuna bowls, fresh fish, and meat options for meat lovers.

Our pick from the menu is the extravagant seafood platter with jumbo lobster tail, blackened scallops, shrimp, grouper, octopus, lemon butter sauce, mashed potatoes & veggie medley.

Get your cameras ready as, with magical views like these, there will be many Instagram moments.

"An unexpected pleasure. We were there yesterday afternoon. And we had a great meal, and enjoyed great service from our waiter, Nelson, who did a terrific job highlighting great menu choices for us. We were so impressed with the food and the service that I asked to speak with the manager. I told her that we probably eat in restaurants three or four times a week, and this was the first time in years that our family had sat down at a restaurant table and spent the first 20 minutes after being served talking about nothing except how good the food and the service was. We'll definitely be back." - RavenATB, Florida, TripAdvisor.

300 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, Florida.

See their website for more information.

Have you been to any of these restaurants? What do you think? Please leave a comment at the bottom of this story and tell us your favorite seafood restaurant with water views in St. Petersburg, Florida, and if it's worth traveling from interstate to visit?

(Source: TripAdvisor)

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