With a 33,500 gallon aquarium that covers an entire wall of the dining room, Guy Harvey’s RumFish Grill & Bar in St. Pete Beach, FL, offers diners a unique experience.
Need a place to stay while you’re visiting St. Pete Beach? I highly recommend TradeWinds Island Grand Resort.
Have you ever enjoyed a dining experience so much that you started planning your next visit before the check even came? That’s exactly what happened to me during our recent visit to RumFish Grill & Bar in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Not only do I look forward to going back the next time I have a hankering for some fresh seafood, but I’ve found a terrific spot to bring out-of-town guests who will ooh and aah over the 33,500 gallon aquarium that covers an entire wall of the dining room. It’s quite impressive.
The restaurant is located at the RumFish Beach Resort by TradeWinds on beautiful St. Pete Beach. It was a short walk from our hotel room at nearby sister property, Tradewinds Island Grand, where my family was hosted for a weekend. If you’re a fan of all things Guy Harvey you’re going to love this restaurant. If you’re NOT a fan of all things Guy Harvey, you’re still going to be enthusiastic about this restaurant which features some of the best seafood in the Tampa Bay Area.
A stunning aquarium, designed by the Tanked guys, overlooks diners offering a unique under-the-sea dining experience. The tank is mesmerizing and hard to take your eyes off of.
Just off the main dining room, there is a tank viewing area where you can get a closer look at the sea life. And, if that isn’t enough you can book a unique “Swim with the Fishes” snorkeling experience in that very same fish tank that includes a behind-the-scenes tour highlighting eco-initiatives and tank management.
While the ambiance is pretty spectacular, the food is the real reason to visit Guy Harvey RumFish Grill. Serving lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant also offers a kid’s menu and a bar menu.
There are also two bars at RumFish Grill for guests to enjoy. On our weekend visit, the bars were lively, and looked like a fun place to hang out and take a break from the sun.
The menu features cutting edge seafood, pasta, meat and poultry. There are some gluten free options available too. For starters my family tried the Key West Conch Fritters, Mixed Bruschetta, and Blue Crab Cakes. All were delicious. This was actually the first time I’ve really enjoyed conch fritters which typically don’t float my boat. Poor Andy ended up sharing more of this appetizer than he was expecting too!
Andy and I were both eyeing the Cast Iron Blacked Mahi-Mahi and Parmesan Crust Grouper on the menu, so we ordered one of each and share.
They were both terrific and it worked out that I preferred the grouper and he the mahi-mahi.
My 10-year-old ordered the Smoked Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich from the kid’s menu. Up until this point, she really hasn’t been a big fan of seafood. While she thoroughly enjoyed the grilled cheese, she ended up eating quite a bit off of our plates. Turns out she’s a huge fan of the way they prepare the blackened mahi-mahi at RumFish Grill. I’ve since tried to duplicate this dish at home, and she didn’t like it at all… so back to the drawing board on that one or better yet back to RumFish Grill.
Whatever you do.. make sure you save some room for the decadent desserts at RumFish Grill. The dessert menu features the likes of molten lava cake and key lime pie that’s made the right way. There are also daily specials like old fashioned lemon meringue pie that I ate my fill of and some. If “liquid desserts” are more your thing, I recommend trying the chocolate cream pie and bananas foster martinis!
While you’re there, be sure to pop into the Guy Harvey shop for some cool merchandise.
For more information or to make a reservation call 844-786-3474 or visit the RumFish Grill website at www.rumfishgrill.com. If you’re planning a visit, I recommend making a reservation, because this place is popular.
Many thanks to RumFish Grill & Bar for having us! It was truly a unique dining experience. I highly recommend this restaurant for your next visit to St. Pete Beach or the Tampa Bay area.