Living in the 727 area, we're lucky to live so close to the water it's almost something we take for granted.  Surrounded by the Tampa Bay to the east and Gulf of Mexico to the west, St. Petersburg and Clearwater are some of the best waterfront cities in the state.

When it comes to dining on the beach, the Clearwater Beach area boasts a ton of waterfront restaurants perfect for adults and kids of all ages.  Here are some of our favorite restaurants on the water on Clearwater Beach.

Shephard's Waterfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar - Watch as dolphins frolic in the surf as you dine on world-class fare at the waterfront restaurant at Shephard's Beach Resort.  Menu highlights include fresh seafood, steaks, pasta, and more.

Frenchy's Rockaway Grill - Frenchy's is a Clearwater Beach institution that's been open for over 20 years.  Patrons can enjoy drinks from their full bar inside or right on the beach as well as a huge variety of cuisine ranging from seafood to steaks, burgers, Mexican, Carribbean, and more.

Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille - Located in the Clearwater Beach Marriot, Watercolour provides a sophisticated dining experience overlooking beautiful Clearwater Bay.  Their menu boasts selections including steaks made with certified Angus beef, fresh seafood from local fisheries, appetizers, salads, and more.

Island Way Grill - Dine overlooking the Clearwater Harbor at Island Way.  This casual waterfront eatery offers a wide variety of fresh seafood bought same-day including oysters, tuna, salmon, and more.  Other menu selections include salad, steaks, pasta, and a variety of appetizers.

Palm Pavillion Beachside Grill and Bar - For a relaxed dining and drinking experience on Clearwater Beach, check out Palm Pavillion Beachside Grill and Bar.  Enjoy a variety of tropical drinks, seafood, wraps, burgers, sandwiches, and much more.