Dining in Dunedin

Don’t feel like cooking tonight?  No problem!  Downtown Dunedin has a wonderful array of restaurants to come to your rescue.

Fine dining calling you?  The Black Pearl was awarded 4 ½ stars by Trip Advisor.  Bon Appetit offers elegant and imaginative waterfront indoor dining along with a bar and Marina Café and Terrace.  The Living Room, which was voted 2013 Best Restaurant and Chef in Dunedin’s Restaurant Week, has classic elegance and unparalleled taste.

Something a little more casual?  Café Alfresco Café and Bistro was voted “Best Restaurant on the Pinellas Trail” by Tampa Bay Magazine.  Kelly’s, one of Dunedin’s most popular restaurants since 1989, has been awarded Critic Choice “Best of the Bay” Wine Spector Award of Excellence since 1994. And right next door is Kelly’s Chic-A-Boom Room Martini Bar and Lounge.  Sea Sea Riders – family owned and operated since 1988 – provides an old Florida ambiance inside a restored 1903 waterfront home with veranda dining.

Hankering for ethnic food?  Casa Tina offers healthy authentic Mexican cuisine.  Pansare Italian Bistro provides Italian food that is inspiring and creative. Flanagan’s Irish Pub is home to Irish food along with a perfect pint and Irish balladeer Noel Cooney.   Pan Y Vino Brick Oven and Wine Bar has organic brick oven pizzas with wine and microbrews.

And speaking of micro breweries – Dunedin Brewery and Snug Pub is Florida’s oldest craft brewery.  And Dunedin’s newest brewery 7venth Sun Brewery had its grand opening in January of 2012.

Is bar-b-que your thing?  Then you will want to head to the Dunedin Smokehouse whose meats are pulled and sliced to order and whose sauces are made from scratch in house.  Or head over to Eli’s Bar-B-Que for southern/soul sandwiches. Eli’s is only open Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 6pm.

Where do the locals eat?  Olde Bay Café was originally a fish house at the Dunedin Marina.  Since 1971 it has offered fresh off the boat catch of the day.  Sam’s Fresh Seafood Restaurant started as a fresh seafood market whose owners Sam and Phyllis Hart ran the market during the day and fished at nights.

Maybe all you want is a beer.  Eddie’s has 50 beers on tap and 50 TV’s along with trivia and football bingo. And you can even take your dog along at Rosie’s Tavern or Skip’s Bar & Grill.

And for dessert – Strachan’s Homemade Ice Cream, chosen by Tampa Bay magazine readers as “Best of Tampa Bay” 9 years in a row.

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