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27 Feb 2018
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Madeira Beach Vacation Tips

Best Fish Dinners in Madeira Beach & John's Pass

If you're vacationing in Madeira, then you can't leave without having hit up the local seafood scene. But what are the best restaurants? Read on to find out.

Madeira Beach is one of Florida's underrated gems. Located just west of St. Petersburg, it's rumored that Madeira Beach was first settled by the pirate John LeVique.

It's also a capital for grouper in Florida, receiving more fresh-caught grouper than anywhere else in the state.

Madeira attracts beachgoers, sea-sporters, and fishermen.

It's also a great location for seafood and features many of the best seafood restaurants in the area. That makes it the ideal location for the John's Pass Seafood & Music Festival each year.

If you're a seafood fanatic and heading to Madeira Beach soon, you need to know about the best seafood restaurants to visit on your trip.

Dockside Dave's

Dockside Dave's is located right on Gulf Blvd, the main drag in Madeira. It's a favorite among locals and visitors.

Visitors rave about the restaurant's grouper sandwich, onion rings, and waffle fries. You can even get a dish that's a specialty of Florida - grouper bites.

While you can get a fresh salad at Dockside Dave's, you'll find most of their menu is fried food.

Gulf Bistro

One of the best seafood restaurants in Madeira is Gulf Bistro. Instead of your typical fried seafood, you'll find seafood cooked with French influences.

Lobster bisque, shrimp in garlic sauce, and escargot are some of the top dishes customers rave about. Gulf Bistro is a definite must if you're in town for a special occasion.

Gulf Bistro is probably one of your best options for fresh, lighter fish fare.

Rusty Anchor John's Pass

If you love hole-in-the-wall restaurants, you need to check out Rusty Anchor. It's a laid-back seafood restaurant under the dock at John's Pass.

Don't expect any fancy plates here. Your shrimp boil will come out in aluminum pans and you'll dig in over newspaper.

Some of their top dishes include clams, king crab, and a shrimp boil. Their portions are huge and for a great price, too.

Walt'z Fish Shak

For a relaxed "down in the islands feel," head to Walt'z for some awesome fresh-caught fish. The restaurant looks like a small shack you'd find somewhere in the Caribbean.

The restaurant is committed to providing as fresh of fish as possible. Often times, the fish you order will have been caught that day.

Restaurant patrons tout Walt'z grilled fish, crab cakes, and key lime pie.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

For a meal with a view, head to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. located right on the boardwalk. Inside, the decor features memorabilia from Forrest Gump which many patrons enjoy.

There's a substantial seating area outside of the restaurant which is perfect for enjoying warm evenings.

Some of the top dishes include shareable shrimp tempura, fish fingers, and Caronaritas (a margarita with a Corona tipped inside the glass upside down).

More of the Best Seafood Restaurants to Explore

When visiting Madeira Beach or any coastal town in Florida, you can't visit without tasting the fresh local seafood. Coastal Florida has some of the best seafood restaurants for you to enjoy on your trip.

You can find more Madeira Beach restaurants here.