What's the Best Place to Eat in Clearwater Beach?

With so many bars and restaurants to choose from, Patch wants to know which is the best spot to eat, drink and be merry.

With a slew of drinking and dining options available in Clearwater Beach, sometimes it can be difficult to choose the right place to satisfy your needs.

Clearwater Patch wants to know what your favorite beachside bar or restaurant is. We've come up with a few suggestions, so cast your vote in the poll below or let us know your choice in the comments.

Frenchy's. Much of the eating and drinking on the beach revolves around the Frenchy's empire in one way or another. Whether you're a tourist hitting to catch a cocktail and the sunset, or a local who hangs out at the original for the baja fish tacos and beer of the month, there's no denying that this seaside seafood institution is an integral part of the CLB scene.

Another beach landmark is this longtime Mandalay Avenue fine dining restaurant. The food is tremendous, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere is classy yet still in tune with its beach roots.

Casual, fun, and boasting great seafood and terrific drink specials, this beach mainstay has everything you need for either a family outing or a drink stop before you bike back over the bridge.

A change of pace from the typical beach bar selections, Brown Boxer is part sports bar, part restaurant and serves as a nice alternative to all the seafood shacks and fancy eateries in the area.

 No beach area's dining scene would be complete without a good pizza joint, and this South Gulfview Boulevard landmark fills that need by providing delicious pizza for famished beachgoers. Post Corner also serves beer and wine and has a full menu to go along with its trademark pies.

Palm Pavilion. Frenchy's may be the trendy place to go and watch the sunset for tourists, but locals have been hitting this place at the opposite end of the Bay Esplanade parking lot for more than 75 years. Grab a beverage and a grouper sandwich, sit on the deck and listen to the live music or the soothing surf, and there's no better way to spend an afternoon or evening than at the Palm.

Live music, fresh food, great drink specials and an inviting, beachy atmosphere are a few of the reasons why this north beach eatery has been a hit with locals and tourists alike. If you go, try the top-notch Bloody Marys, or the blackened Mahi Mahi.

The Lobster Pot. A new addition to the beach fine dining scene, this longtime Redington Shores landmark recently opened a new location on Mandalay Avenue, serving world-class seafood with plenty of style. Be sure to check out the martini lounge and catch a jazz show on the weekends, as well. 

Cast your vote for Best Beach Eatery below. Voting is open until noon on Friday, and we'll announce the winner right here at 3 p.m. and present the winner with a Best of Patch certificate.

Update: The votes are in, and the Clearwater Patch readers' choice for Best Clearwater Beach Eatery 2012 is Frenchy's, with 42% of the vote. Congratulations!

Jerry Carver July 04, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Clear Sky is far and away the best, everything I have tried was great! Love the Yellowfin Tuna Flatbread, great staff also.
InsiderMyself July 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Frenchy's sucks. Here is why. He used to cater to the locals as well. He no longer does this. It's all pre-fab for the one stop tourist, who will not be back, so it doesn't matter. He changed his crabby shrimp signature sandwich. A waitress even told us before we ordered it, as locals..."it's been changed, and we have LOTS of complaints, and I don't think you'll like it". We found this hard to believe! Well we did have to send it back...and she happily took it back. The fries are cheap like MacDonalds! If they are so skinny, they are sure to be cold when served. I asked about the "steak fries". The waitress replied, "Oh, yeah, I heard we used to have those!". We will never go back. Went to all last year again, the former "Julie's" on the beach and it was god awful! I went to Ya Ya's for lunch one day with my husband. Guess who walked in? Frenchy!! He laughed as he knows who we are. Even Frenchy won't eat at French's! The Palm Pavilion has it be far! Based on quality and price. Clear Sky is a little pricy for the food. Lobster Pot is NO more as it was sold by the woman in Bermuda who owned the one on Reddington Beach. It's not worth the money. Ceasars? There is NO eggplant parmesean worth 19.00 with NO salad in the world! All with lousy service there. Again, I give it to the Hamilton's for Palm Pavilion for continued quality and service with a good price. Take in the view, listen to live music, not afforded many places anymore, complete with whatever you want to wear! On the beach? Just walk up for dinner! You cannot beat that place. Rockaway has lousy food, but that's Frenchy's too. He needs to leave. There is NO quality there, anymore.
KC July 23, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Insider myself - I would not say that Frenchys Sucks - but I will concur that Frenchy ( Mike Preston) has become complacent and falsely believes he can run on past reputation forever. He is a silent partner in Clearsky Cafe. Dan runs a nice business, their gulf seafood actually comes off Frenchys boats. The difference is ALL in the preparation of it. Clearsky's cooks are superior. Lobster Pot is not as expensive as many think - nice place. But my vote would go to Crabbys Beach Walk ( not even an option) great sunset view - nice staff & great food always. Cooters is also a favorite and then their is Back Waters on Sand Key. Worst place to eat McDonalds.
Desmond D'Silva July 23, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Am I the only one that can't keep a straight face when they say Cooter's? Lol
Fran Bartlett December 07, 2013 at 10:26 AM
To the guy who said the woman in Bermuda sold the Lobster Pot and it is no more, I want to correct, I am the woman who bought it 8 years ago and the chef had already been there 20 - so no change. I also developed the location on Clearwater Beach 2 years ago and it is doing well....thank you


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