Here Are Some of the Best Beachfront Restaurants in Madeira Beach!

While on vacation, it’s always a treat to sample some of the local fare. If you are planning on staying in a Madeira beach rental, then you will be in for a treat. There is plenty to do and see for the entire family. 

Most people don’t want to cook while on vacation, so dining out at many of the Madeira Beach waterfront restaurants will be easy and varied.

Whether you are up and out early in search of a hearty breakfast or want a nice relaxing meal at the end of the day, you will be spoiled for choice. 

Bubba Gump Shrimp

If the name sounds familiar, good for you! The first Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant opened in 1996 in honor of the Forrest Gump movie. Since then, they have grown considerably. 

They offer great local seafood specialties but also have appetizers, salads, a great kids’ menu, and vegetarian options, as well. There are always various events going on, like birthday deals, and food and drinks for sharing. 

Not only is the food great, but the restaurant is fun to be in. The walls are covered with fun and interesting nautical items, there is often a great view while dining, and you can purchase souvenirs to take with you, like mugs or caps. 

You can also purchase gift cards to give your friends who may have never been, or whom you know to love the place and would be thrilled with a freebie. If you are in a St. Pete beach condo rental, you can order food online for pick-up or have it delivered.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant is a must-see waterfront restaurant. Come in for a quick bite or plan to hang around a while and drink in the atmosphere. You can have a grand ole time with fellow vacationers and locals alike.

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Mad Beach Snack Shack

If fun and sun are on the menu, then Mad Beach Snack Shack will be a must-stop location. Originally built as a place for veterans and their families to hang out, it remains a welcoming spot for all who visit.

You can just hang around on the deck and enjoy the magnificent view of the beach and the ocean. People watch as folks swim, fish, and look for buried treasures on the beach.

If you are staying in one of the many Madeira Beach rentals, then you will be nice and close to pop in for a meal, a cold refreshing drink, and maybe catch some live music, right on the deck. 

They offer up lighter foods and plenty of cold drinks and entertainment. You will find sandwiches, salads, platters to share, appetizers, and great options from the kids’ menu, as well. 

They only serve food at lunchtime, and brunch on the weekends, so if you are booking a Madeira Beach pet-friendly rental, be sure to make a point of visiting the Mad Beach Snack Shack.

Dockside Dave’s

Well, you may think you’ve had a grouper sandwich before, but once you have the grouper sandwich from Dockside Dave’s, you will think again. Always fresh, this half-pound fillet is world-famous. 

If you love fresh local seafood, then you must try this sandwich. You can order it one of seven different ways, including, chargrilled, blackened, batter-fried, or buffalo style, to name a few.

Beyond their world-famous sandwich are several other sandwiches, appetizers, salads, seafood dinners, pasta options, and soup. It is the ideal place for those looking for a few snacks or a lovely dinner out.

They don’t have a separate menu for the kids, but they do have all kinds of kids’ favorites, like onion rings, fries, and chicken fingers. They open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., and they don’t take reservations, so come early and come hungry. 

If you are making a list of all the Tampa Bay area restaurants you want to visit, make sure you add Dockside Dave’s to it. You can sit inside or out, whichever is available, and the patio has umbrellas, so sun and rain won’t be a problem. 

Friendly Fisherman

For well over 40 years, Friendly Fisherman has been feeding locals and visiting guests alike. Besides great food that is fresh off the boat, you can enjoy the fresh sea breeze, and even watch the boats come in with the freshest catch of the day. 

Enjoy dolphins frolicking in the water from the Dockside lounge or watch the sun go down with a backdrop of stunning beauty. All the while, enjoying some of the freshest seafood available.

The menu has all kinds of fish served in many different ways. Seafood pasta, fish tacos, sandwiches, and platters that can be shared or not. For those in the family who don’t care for fish, there are choices available. 

They also serve chicken and burgers, along with salads and sides, like fritters and onion rings. There is a kids’ menu as well, offering up some favorites like grilled cheese and chicken fingers. 

If you are looking for things to do near Madeira Beach, then this restaurant should be on your list. Great seafood, spectacular views, and the chance to see the fishing boats arrive with your next meal.

Plan Your Visit

Book your Madeira Beach rental today and start planning your vacation. Once you check out some of these restaurants, make a reservation for the ones you like. Our team is always here to help!

Paradise Cafe and Bar

If you are staying at a St. Pete Beach condo rental, then you will want to check out Paradise Cafe. This small but mighty eatery is a great place for a quick bite or a more leisurely drink and a snack. 

You can sit outside on the deck or inside, if you can find a spot, and enjoy fresh seafood and more. They have a limited menu, but what they do have, they do very well. 

They have more options available aside from fish, for those who want it, and they can also make many dishes meat and or gluten-free. If you are wanting to grab lunch there, you need to check that they are open,

They like to take time off when the weather is bad and when the weather is good. If they are not open, come back the next day and try again. The actual hours may vary as well. 


Sculley’s Waterfront Restaurant can be found in the old fishing village, along with others. Enjoy fresh fish caught daily in a beautiful restaurant. Located on the boardwalk, you can have a great view while dining.

They have an extensive menu offering seafood, sandwiches, and main dishes. Find a kids’ menu and great classic and original cocktails. There are plenty of side dishes and even dessert.

Where to Stay

You will have no problem finding options when it comes to Madeira Beach beachfront restaurants when staying at one of our Madeira Beach pet friendly rentals. Book with us today!