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Trophy Fish, a seafood hotspot, opens this weekend in Tampa

A walk up ordering window. A menu is hand written on a chalkboard to the left of the ordering window. A woman wearing a fedora is ordering.

Trophy Fish is one of the top seafood spots in St. Pete, and soon it will open a second location in Tampa at 5901 N Florida Avenue. The restaurant will open its doors to the public on Friday, March 17 in Seminole Heights, with the official grand opening on March 22. Get ready for some of the best seafood dishes, shrimp burgers, and fish tacos you’ve ever had in your life.

Trophy Fish is renowned for its oysters, grouper sandwich, and inventive tropical cocktails, in addition to a lively array of visiting musicians. This is unlike any seafood spot you’ve ever visited — seriously the shrimp burger is one of my favorite meals in the entire Tampa Bay region.


Trophy Fish is renowned for its fresh seafood, including its oysters, fish spread, hush puppies, shrimp skewers, and grouper sandwich | Photo via Seed and Feed Hospitality

With its nautically inspired décor and “bait shop chic”, Trophy Fish’s Tampa location is a perfect spot for enjoying fresh local seafood and award-winning boat drinks and craft cocktails. Trophy Fish is committed to sourcing only the freshest ingredients, with a focus on sustainability and supporting local suppliers. The restaurant has already established a reputation for quality and service at its original location in St. Petersburg, and the new Tampa location promises to continue the tradition. Nestled within the Seminole Heights neighborhood, Trophy Fish shares the building with its sister craft cocktail concept, Mandarin Heights, just next door.

The team behind Trophy Fish are also set to open another restaurant, Perry’s Porch, at the St. Pete Museum of History along the St. Pete Pier later in the year. We are all here for locals expanding their footprint and elevating the culinary scene.

Trophy Fish’s famous fish spread | Photo via Seed & Feed Hospitality

Trophy Fish launched in St. Pete in 6 years ago

Founded in 2017 by Ryan Griffin and partners Blake Thompson and Bill Griffin, Trophy Fish was created  out of love for local, fresh seafood and to support the local fishing industry. Their mission was to simply  provide guests with the freshest fish possible while enjoying a refreshing cocktail or beverage. Trophy  offers an indoor-outdoor, casual, nautical atmosphere with a “bait shop chic” design. 


The Seminole Heights’ location has plans to bring the same relaxed, beach-escape inspired ambiance to the 2,000 square foot space which shares the building with its sister craft cocktail concept, Mandarin Heights, just next door. 

Grouper Herb Crusted Sandwich | Photo via Trophy Fish

Joining Mandarin Heights in Seminole Heights

Tampa Bay native and co-founder Ryan Griffin explains, “we were originally drawn to the Seminole Heights area because of the unique and amazing community that exists here. Seminole Heights is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood with a vibrant entrepreneurial culture that is present everywhere you go. We believe that Trophy Fish will add another unique dining experience to the already thriving Seminole Heights’ culinary scene.” 

“We’re thrilled to be bringing our unique brand of fresh, delicious seafood and “boat drinks” to the Tampa community,” says Griffin. “Our goal was to create a one-of-a kind relaxed atmosphere where our patrons can sit back, relax, escape the busy city-life, and enjoy great food with their family and friends.”

Visitors to Seminole Heights’ new seafood spot will be able to enjoy fresh fish from the Gulf of Mexico that changes daily based on what is locally caught. Executive chef, Jon Robben, of Seed & Feed Hospitality, will captain the restaurant bringing his highly curated menu of fish (and some non-seafood) creations. 

Fresh oysters at Trophy Fish | Photo via Seed and Feed Hospitality

“We give our guests a creative and delicious education in Gulf seafood with the best locally sourced ingredients available,” states Robben. Morgan Zuch, Director of Spirits, also with Seed & Feed Hospitality, will be at the helm of the cocktail program and continuing to deliver elevated craft cocktails that intrigue all senses. 

Follow Trophy Fish on Instagram for more teasers ahead of its debut.

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