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PHOTOS Inside Seaglass Tavern, one of the most beautiful restaurants in Tampa

Blue bar countertop with Edison bulbs over the counter
The transfixing blue countertop gives Seaglass Tavern a San Francisco feel | Photo by Andrew Harlan

Seaglass Tavern is officially opens in Tampa, and the meticulously designed and hand crafted restaurant is a feast for the eyes. The interior is a gorgeous mix of textures “with a San Francisco Wharf feeling,” according to the owners. Seaglass Tavern is located 11935 Sheldon Rd in plaza that also includes Grand Hacienda, another restaurant founded by the owners of Seaglass.

“Our SeaGlass bar top will be the show stopper,” wrote the Seaglass management team in a message to That’s So Tampa. Their menu brings San Fran, Boston, and NYC classics to the Tampa Bay region. You’ll find a wide array of surf and turf with ingredients that are all fresh from local sources on the menu.

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A plate of fried hush puppies with a spicy mayo dip on the side.
The Tavern Hush Puppies | Photo by Andrew Harlan
Seaglass Tavern’s Fried Fish Sandwich served with a side of Mango Jicama Slaw | Photo by Andrew Harlan

“We also have a good mix of affordable, comfort food,” assures the restaurant management team. You can keep up with menu updates by following the restaurant on Instagram.

This lush space is fitted with enchanting ivy that drapes from the ceiling. A more intimate dining space in the back is retrofitted with wooden barrel lights. Greenery is visible along the diving lines of booths, and a serene water fountain is set at the center of the restaurant space.

Inside the lush Seaglass Tavern Restaurant. Three fountains greet visitors as they walk through the restaurant. | Photo by Andrew Harlan
Handmade barrel light fixtures add a dreamy aesthetic to the restaurant | Photo by Andrew Harlan

Seaglass Tavern offers myriad options on its robust menu. It assures that the restaurant can suit your most indulgent cravings and your more refined needs. The Tavern style Hush Puppies with spicy mayo are ever so fluffy on the inside, with a perfectly crisp exterior to provide that ASMR inducing crunch.

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The fried fish sandwich topped with mango jicama slaw may be one of the best lunch items you’ll find in the entire Tampa Bay region. Their thick, wedge cut fries could honestly serve as a meal all by themselves.

Southern-style Shrimp and Cheese Grits | Photo by Andrew Harlan
Seafood broth clams, shrimp, scallops, mussels and chopped fish in tomato and fennel wine broth served with baguette | Photo by Andrew Harlan

Seaglass Tavern also offers up a bountiful seafood celebration complete with crispy baguette. There’s nothing more satisfying than that first bite into crip bread dripping with seafood broth. This dish came in addition to a deep dish of southern-style shrimp and cheese grits. If you’re in the market for a mouthwatering cheese pull, then this brunch/lunch/dinner essential is a must try.

The bartenders also serve up some next level tropical cocktails to pair with the dynamic menu. A few bartender recommended cocktails include:

  • Sorry Mom: Mezcal, chile liquor, lime juice, egg white, raspberries, agave.
  • Blue Moon: Gin, dry vermouth, bitter truth, violet liquor, orange bitters.
  • Empress Sour: Empress 1908 gin, lime juice, vanilla syrup, coconut milk.
  • Flight of Passion: Bourbon, Apperol, lime juice and passion fruit syrup.
The veggie pizza special | Photo by Andrew Harlan
Toasted coconut shrimp, grilled pineapple, and homemade Pina colada sauce | Photo by Andrew Harlan

The restaurant is currently open for weekend brunch, and lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Their shrimp cocktail appetizer with perfectly grilled pineapple was an absolute hit at the table if you’re seeking an easy crowd pleaser. One surprise on the menu was the veggie pizza. These hand tossed pies are made fresh. Our pie was covered in fresh veggie pie was covered in green pepper, onion, tomato, mushroom and crunchy greens.

11935 Sheldon Road

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