8 Great Indian Rocks Beach Restaurants and More

Looking for the best Indian Rocks Beach restaurants for seafood, pizza, or other cuisine? In this article we cover our favorite best restaurants in Indian Rocks Beach along with some bakeries and Indian Rocks Beach first craft brewery. We also suggest some great restaurants near Indian Rocks Beach.

Indian Rocks Beach entrance
Indian Rocks Beach entrance, photo by Julie McCool

Whether you eat at these restaurants, get carryout to take to your vacation home, or order to-go food and take to the beautiful beaches, you will be eating where the locals eat when you choose to visit these fantastic Indian Rocks Beach restaurants.

Where is Indian Rocks Beach?

Indian Rocks Beach is located on the Florida Gulf Coast, a few miles south of Clearwater Beach. The small town of Indian Rocks Beach is 45 minutes from Tampa airport and 30 minutes from St Pete-Clearwater airport. Indian Rocks Beach is one of our Favorite US Gulf Coast Spring Break Destinations for families and is a great day trip from Tampa.

For more Indian Rocks Beach info see 8 Fun Things to Do in Indian Rocks Beach

Below are our favorite Indian Rocks Beach restaurants and suggested menu items to order at them. When you visit, let them know you read about them on US Gulf Coast Travel.

Beach Waves Grill

The grouper at Beach Waves Grill is phenomenal. In fact, Beach Waves Grill is one of our 13 Best Grouper Sandwiches in Florida.

blackened grouper sandwich at Beach Waves Grill Indian Rocks Beach
Beach Waves Grill is one of the best Indian Rocks Beach restaurants

Beach Waves Grill occupies the spot of the former Thai Pan Alley, on 23rd Avenue. We love sitting at an outside table in the mid afternoon sun and enjoying $2 draft beers and a bowl of their tasty corn and crab chowder while waiting for our blackened grouper sandwich or grouper platter.

US Gulf Coast Travel note: The Beach Waves Grill key lime pie is really good, too.

Guppy’s On the Beach

Florida lobster and grouper are the specialties at Guppy’s On the Beach in Indian Rocks Beach. Our favorite items at Guppy’s in IRB are the grouper piccata, grouper tacos, and everything grouper! But their shrimp and grits, oysters, and so many other dishes look so amazing. But we always choose grouper, so far. What is your favorite Guppy’s item?

grouper tacos at Guppy’s IRB, one of the best restaurants in Indian Rocks Beach

Jake’s Coastal Cantina

outside seating at Jake's Coastal Cantina IRB
one of our favorite restaurants in Indian Rocks Beach is Jake’s Coastal Cantina

We love the daily 2-for-1 specials at Jake’s Coastal Cantina. Our favorite daily Jake’s specials are $2 taco Tuesday, $5 quesadilla Monday, and 1/2 price burritos Wednesday. Jake’s is now across the street from its original longtime location. It is now in the building that formerly housed Lulu’s.

daily special sign at Jakes IRB
check out the daily special at Jake’s Coastal Cantina IRB

Everyone loves Jake’s but if you have not been to the new location, you gotta go. Jake’s Coast Cantina’s new location has a fun new vibe and offers much more selection. Jake’s now serves a lot of specialty cocktails and build your own margarita options. But the same classic salsas and chips accompany all food orders. We love Jake’s!

US Gulf Coast Travel note: there is a nice small public park at the 5th Ave beach entrance, about a two minute walk from Jake’s. A perfect spot to eat your carryout order.

Salt Public House

Our favorite food item at Salt Public House are the fiery diablo Devil Kiss fries. These are most definitely the spiciest fries we have had anywhere and we love spicy food! The Salt Public House menu is heavy with land meat options and we prefer seafood—if you do also, look for daily seafood specials. But their burgers are really popular!

super spicy Devil's Kiss fries at Salt Public House
super spicy Devil Kiss fries at Salt Public House IRB

On our last visit, Salt Public House had a cooler full of $1.50 cans of local craft beer. Love it. They were handy to have so close by because those Devil Kiss fries were spicier than normal. The daily specials are a great reason to visit Salt Public House—$5 specials for Monday (mojitos), Friday (mules), Thursday (rum runners), Tuesday (margaritas), and Saturday (sangria).

The Original Crabby Bills

decoration at Crabby Bills IRB
Crabby Bills is one of the iconic Indian Rocks Beach restaurants

The outdoor dining/drinking area at Crabby Bills is livelier and the large indoor dining room circles the U-shaped bar in the middle. Oysters, fresh seafood (local catches but also catfish, salmon, and more), and much more attract families, groups, and couples alike. Order a salad topped with blackened grouper if you cannot decide on what to order.

Crabby Bills also has a location a few miles south in St Pete Beach. The Crabby Bill’s family manages many restaurants I the area, including Jake’s Coastal Cantina and Seabreeze Island Grill.

Keegan’s Seafood Grille

Try the fresh seafood (grouper as always is our choice) and homemade desserts at Keegan’s Seafood Grille. I love that they have serve items not found at other IRB restaurants, like conch fritters and she crab soup. Keegan’s is open every day except Wednesday.

Kooky Coconut

current temperature sign comparing Florida with cold cities
fun sign at Kooky Coconut reminding you why you love Indian Rocks Beach in the winter

Savor an excellent Cuban sandwich at Kooky Coconut in a tiki hut themed building on 8th Avenue. While Kooky Coconut offers a half-dozen varieties of pressed Cuban sandwiches, we prefer the traditional (Tampa Cuban) version. Tacos, quesadillas, burritos, burgers, and dogs are other popular menu items. 30+ flavors of local homemade ice cream are a sweet follow up to any meal or a popular stand-alone order.

Groupers on the Gulf

Tucked into a strip mall, Groupers on the Gulf was a less than reliable place for basic seafood items but I think they have changed menus and maybe management/staff. We have had their peel and eat shrimp, grouper tacos, and more; those items that were OK but not front of the memory good. Last visit they gave me the skimpiest slice of key lime pie and that sticks in my mind. But I gotta go back and give Groupers on the Gulf in IRB another chance.

Slyce Pizza Bar

People visit Slyce for their artisan stone oven pizzas but they also serve salads, sandwiches, strombolis, calzones, and more. The Slyce brunch features Belgian waffles and breakfast pizzas—definitely worth a try. Individual slices, I mean slyces, are large enough to spill over a regular sized plate. Just the way we like it.

large slice of pizza from Sylce IRB
large slice at Slyce Pizza Bar in Indian Rocks Beach

Cafe de Paris Bakery

At Cafe de Paris Bakery, next to Beach Waves Grille, enjoy authentic French artisan sweet treats like crepes, quiche, croissants, and other bakery items, along with salads and soups. The owners/chefs operated a bakery in France for 20 years and before moving to Indian Rocks Beach.

Pipo N Betty’s Bakery

Pipo n Bettys Bakery IRB
Pipo n Bettys Bakery in Indian Rocks Beach FL

Located in Jake’s Coastal Cantina former space, Pipo N Betty’s Bakery is a welcome addition in IRB. It is a perfect stop for morning tea or coffee and a pastry (the pistachio muffin is good) before driving over the bridge to the mainland. If you have a little more time, try a breakfast sandwich on a croissant or cloud bread.

Anecdote Brewing Company

colorful manatee tile mural at Anecdote Brewing IRB
colorful manatee tile mural inside Anecdote Brewing IRB

It is so wonderful to have a local craft brewery in IRB so that we do not have to go all the way to Mad Beach when craving a fresh brewed pint. Anecdote Brewing Company has a rotating menu of eclectic brews—a taco themed lager was on tap on the date of publication.

US Gulf Coast Travel tip: buy an Anecdote Brewing gift card and save 10% (a wonderful gift for yourself!).

Restaurants Near Indian Rocks Beach That We Like

  • Seabreeze Island Grill in Redington Shores has amazing food specials until 6pm and drink specials all day. The $3 margaritas are now $5 but this waterfront restaurant is still a US Gulf Coast favorite. Seabreeze is also on our US Gulf Coast Seafood Trail: 12 Sensational Places to Enjoy Gulf Seafood.
  • Indian Rocks Fresh Market in Largo is a superb produce market with most prices lower than Publix and much better quality and local freshness.
  • The Pie Factory in Largo does indeed sell more than key lime pie but we have only had their amazing key lime pie! When driving to your Indian Rocks Beach vacation home (or otherwise heading back to IRB from the mainland), stop at The Pie Factory and buy a whole pie.
  • St Pete Bagel Co in Largo is worth going to when you crave the real thing, NY style bagels.
  • Mad Beach Brewing is in the Johns Pass mayhem in Madeira Beach, about 8 miles south of Anecdote Brewing. It is much larger than Anecdote and operates as a full brewpub restaurant. They have a much larger variety, also, with porter and stout offerings in addition to IPA, lager, and such.
  • Sculley’s Restaurant in Johns Pass is a passable option. Sit waterside and enjoy the views or grab a spot in the humongous waterfront bar. The fun factor is high here, if you like crowds.
  • Frenchy’s in Clearwater Beach is a much more likely option for us (than Johns Pass) when we occasionally leave IRB. Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill is right the gulf front beach and it is totally worth waiting for a table as close to the sand as possible. As with all our favorite seafood places, order the grouper! Frenchy’s is on our US Gulf Coast Seafood Trail and is one of the 10 Best Tampa Restaurants.

Indian Rocks Beach Restaurants we still have not tried (have you?)

  • JD’s
  • VIP Mexican
  • PJ’s Oyster Bar
  • Hurricane Eddies
  • Villa Gallace
  • Aqua Prime
  • Sandy’s
  • RickDaddy’s Eatin’ Fresh
  • Chicago Jaqx Pizzeria
  • TJ’s Italian Cafe
  • Pajano’s
  • Jimmy Guanas (in Holiday Inn)
  • Casa Italia

Phew, anyone hungry? Please let us know which places to eat in Indian Rocks Beach are your favorites, especially if we did not list them.

Looking for the best Indian Rocks Beach restaurants? Here are our favorite Indian Rocks Beach restaurants and suggested menu items to order.

8 Great Indian Rocks Beach Restaurants and More was first published on US Gulf Coast Travel in 2022.

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