Updated: Nov 9, 2021
The next best thing to spending a day on the water hooking onto fish after fish, is bringing your bounty to a local restaurant to enjoy your fresh catch for lunch or dinner. It’s a great way to celebrate and relax after a hot day under the Florida sun, while literally eating the *fish* of your labor. Following is a list of our three favorite restaurants that provide this “Hook & Cook” service in the Tampa Bay area. Don’t forget to add one (or all) of these amazing restaurants to your bucket list when you’re booking your next charter!
Hook Waterfront Bar and Grill, located right next door to our private marina at The Resort and Club at Little Harbor in Ruskin, FL, is one of our top go-to restaurants for a spectacular Hook & Cook meal. Surrounded by views of the Tampa Bay, their relaxing atmosphere will be just what you need after a long day on the water. Sit back, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the nightly live entertainment while you await your delicious meal. All of your hard work will be well worth it when you smell the aroma of your cooked catch on its way to you!
Dead Bob’s is our favorite sports bar to unwind at in St. Petersburg, FL. Despite the name, you can expect to always have a great time while enjoying their upbeat staff, killer drinks, and live sports on the big screens. Their kitchen’s classic and familiar American style is guaranteed to be enjoyed by everyone in your group when they take your catch of the day and grill, fry, or blacken it to perfection.
220 East on Davis Island in Tampa, FL has been a staple for locals over the past two decades. This neighborhood bar and grill started offering a “you-catch-it-we’ll-cook-it” option in 2018, where they take your catch of the day, cook it any way you prefer, and include sides of your choice. This kid-friendly spot offers many elegant dish options for the adults, while still maintaining their comfortable, come-as-you-are atmosphere.
If you are heading straight home, our captains are more than happy to filet your fish before you hit the road. But if you have time to enjoy Tampa Bay just a little while longer, be sure to check out one of our favorite restaurants from the list above. Just call ahead and let them know you’re bringing your catch with you, and we guarantee you will end a day you won’t forget with a meal that will keep you coming back trip after trip.