The Best Family-Friendly Dining on Clearwater Beach


By Nancy Foster

With its vast stretches of sugar-white sand, warm Gulf waters and close proximity to area resorts, attractions and activities, Clearwater Beach ranks high with families. The vibrant food scene ranges from casual walk-ups to trendy gourmet dining. Choose from among a multitude of eateries, then kick back and enjoy fabulous food and family time at these perennial favorites.

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill


For a great family meal, you can’t go wrong at any of the four Frenchy’s restaurants situated throughout Clearwater Beach, but first timers should definitely try Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, located on the north side of the beach. Opt for al fresco dining on the spacious beachfront deck, inches from the famous sugar-soft sand. Frenchy’s is renowned for fresh-from-their-own-boats seafood, so kick things off with a cup of flavorful She Crab Soup, then chase it with a legendary Super Grouper sandwich, prepared any way you like it. As you watch the sun sink slowly into the sea, this meal is one you’ll long remember.


Even the name conjures up fun, and this come-as-you-are eatery two blocks from Clearwater Beach has been voted Best Florida-style restaurant for seven years in a row. With a family-friendly atmosphere, rustic-chic style and welcoming staff, Cooters is a standout choice. As for the food, you’ve hit the jackpot, especially if you’re a seafood maven. Menu items high on the popularity chart include succulent Snow Crab Legs, Signature Stuffed Mahi Mahi, sizzling steaks and tangy ribs. Little ones love the kid-themed menu, offering lots of delicious choices served on a take-home Frisbee. Add in affordable prices and it’s easy to see why Cooters enjoys a loyal repeat clientele.

Heilman’s Beachcomber has been serving beach-goers since 1948


This Clearwater Beach dining landmark has been serving beachgoers since 1948, offering fabulous food at reasonable prices. “It’s the place where grandparents now bring their grandchildren, after brining their own children while they were growing up,” reported Sheri Heilman of her family’s business. Get your seafood fix with a bevy of delectable dishes including scrod, salmon, Florida Black Grouper, halibut or sea scallops while the younger set enjoy selections from their own menu, including pasta, shrimp, catch of the day and even a junior prime rib.

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