Clearwater is home to a wide variety of dining options and culinary experiences from fine dining to relaxed beachside cuisine, but is most well known for its fresh selection of Gulf Coast seafood, especially the Grouper Sandwich, a local favorite.
The Gulf of Mexico is home to an abundance of incredible seafood, so it’s no mistake that Clearwater is well known for its fresh daily catches. Of all the Gulf’s bounty, grouper is undoubtedly the hometown favorite. A flaky white fish that can be prepared in as many ways as you can imagine, grouper is a hit among locals and visitors alike. The grouper sandwich is the true Clearwater specialty and reigns supreme.
Open-air dining overlooking the water provides the perfect chance to catch the incredible Clearwater sunset while elegant candlelight dinners are the perfect counterpart to casual beachside days. Dining cruises in the Intracoastal and out in the Gulf of Mexico are a wonderful way to explore the gorgeous area while enjoying a delicious dinner. Explore some of the incredible local culinary festivals like Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week and Clearwater Beach Uncorked.
The annual Frenchy’s Stone Crab Festival, as well as the Cooters Annual Crab Fest on Clearwater Beach, is the same weekend as the Clearwater Jazz Holiday held on the downtown waterfront. Stone crab, an area specialty, available from October to May, is truly worth the trip! The Taste of Clearwater, usually in October, is a wonderful way to sample cuisine from over 50 local restaurants.
When the sun sets, nightlife and entertainment options are as varied as those available during the day. The area’s nightclub experience is ever expanding, Coachman Park is often the site of big-name musical entertainment for all tastes, while Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre are the ideal places to take in a show, concert or movie. Nearby Ybor City’s entertainment district offers a nightlife as colorful as its Spanish heritage.