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Waterside Grill – Tampa Marriott Waterside
Waterside Grill – Tampa Marriott Waterside

Waterside Grill – Tampa Marriott Waterside Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (813) 221-4900
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Randles
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Enjoy the view from our terrace, then enter the private dining room for any special event whether it’s a family gathering or a business outing we can accommodate up to 50 quests.
  • Private Party Contact: Manja Blanchard (813) 204-6313

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Channelside Drive
  • Public Transit: From Tampa International Airport: Take I-275 North for 6 miles to downtown Exit 44. Follow signs to Convention Center & Harbour Island. Hotel is 12 blocks ahead adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center on Old Water Street. Bus service: $11.00 USD (one way) Estimated taxi fare: $22.00 USD (one way)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Discounted valet provided with breakfast/lunch/dinner receipt based on availability. (excluding special event nights at St. Pete Times Forum)
A word from Waterside Grill – Tampa Marriott Waterside
Enjoy our new menu from our Tampa Channelside restaurant’s relaxed settings. Our menu takes inspiration and guidance from the seasons. We pride ourselves on celebrating the local bounty through recognizable favorites with commitment and respect …. That simple! Many of our ingredients are grown in our very own garden. The Waterside Grill is perfect for a casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Located inside the Tampa Marriott Waterside hotel, we offer waterviews and outside patio seating. Also, a private dining room with waterviews for parties of 10 to 50 persons.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Very nice meal. Good cocktails. I would go back. We were attending an event in the hotel and it was very convenient."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've gone here for brunch many times. The selection keeps shrinking but the price does not. There used to be lunch items and desserts at the brunch. Recently there have been only breakfast items. Decent, but not worth the price. Great view of the water and Albert, the waiter, is awesome."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The best French dinning in Tampa, some of which came from the Chief's roof-top garden. Chief Richie has a roof top garden with vegies and will take customers on a tour."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "It was ok, nothing more. Food seemed overcooked and the place was empty."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The Shrimp tacos were excellent. Very nicely done. The food came out quickly, which was great. But the server was very inattentive. We had to hunt him down in the end to pay, and then hunt him down again to get a pen."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We went here since it was convenient to eat here before going to the show at the Tampa Bay forum. However, $16 for three small scallops is outrageous!!!!! And they didn't even taste that great!!! I am so angered by the experience that I vowed never to eat there again. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Very nice location for breakfast buffet. A bit pricey but it is a Marriott. Service was good & view was great."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My family of 4 went to the Waterside for Easter brunch. I had made the reservation about a week out, and was specifically looking for a buffet as we have varied tastes in our family. We were all satisfied with the variety of choices, minus the slight disappointment of no carved meats being available. As with most buffets, the food is not quite as fresh as if prepared to order, but it was pretty good. Mt husband was thrilled with the Italian deli meats, & the fresh omelettes were excellent. The service seemed a little frazzled, & lots of glasses/dishes seemed to be clanging & crashing. We had to step outside to see the view, but it is beautiful. Overall, I would like to try this restaurant again on a non-holiday."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Brunch at the Waterside Grill is placed in a nice setting. Traditional selections, omelets, waffles, nothing fancy; i.e. no carving table or seafood bar. Nice dinning room and the option to sit outside."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We visited this restaurant for lunch before attending an event at the Forum. I chose this spot for it's outdoor dining. No problems getting seated, but waiter was very short & to the point & seemed to want to rush us to order, although the restaurant was very slow, When I asked about a drink menu, he told me there wasn't one. The lunch menu did not offer a lot of choices, but the filet was excellent & cut with a butter knife easily (as no steak knife was offered anyway). Other people at my table enjoyed their hamburgers. Overall, food was excellent. Although server wasn't over friendly, he did take care of our table promptly. I would most likely try the Champions restaurant next time to compare as I wasn't overly wowed by this place."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This was a good experience, not great whether it was the food or the service. The buffet had all the usual selections, including undercooked bacon (non-crispy). The omelet was good but nothing special. That is basically what this place is good -- but nothing special."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We arrived at 7:45 for a party of 10 people. The hotel was busy and two additonal tables of 10 sat down in other areas of the restaurant from the convention. As you guess, it all fell apart and the dinner went from a one hour dinner to three hour dinner and the food was poor. This restaurant is at a hge Marriott resort and they should be prepared for large parties and dinners should move smoothly. Thier excuse was we weren't ready for three tables of 10. Excuse me, I made reservations for a table of 10 and they should have known. Not impressed!!!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The Waterside Grill welcomed my 92 year old mother-in-law with gracious professionalism and she responded with delight and charm. The food was wonderful; the view was fabulous, and a good time was had by all."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I went on valentine day and all they had three choices for food and the worst service ever"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dined with the grill on Valentines Evening. Had Reservation, arrived early, staff accomodated us with no problem! Awesome! Attentive staff, several people checked on us to make sure we were being helped. There were lots of choices on the menu which was a nice surprise as we expected a prix fixed offering due to the holiday. There were several seafood and non seafood offerings. We both ordered the filet and Lobster Combo. Price was a bit on the high side but understanding location and holiday we were ok with price. The steaks were excellent quality with good lean meat and cooked to order. The lobster was only fair. Overall the meal was enjoyable albeit overpriced relative to quality. Choclate tarte tasted cooler burned and was served cold."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had booked the water grill for its waterside view but there were no views available so we looked at the wall.. It took 10 minutes for someone to come take out drink order which then to about 20 minutes to come us along with cold bread. Once we finally got our drinks we asked the waiter about a meal on the menu and he was clueless which I found amazing since the staff should go over that every day. Once we placed our order the food did come faster than the drinks and was pretty amazing. The cocoanut risotto was so good. If your looking for a romantic venue with a view.. Go somewhere else."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good food, good wine selection. Great food and a nice touch for valentines day with a red rose for the ladies."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The restaurant is located in the Marriott Tampa Waterside near the Tampa Bay Times Forum. It is a lovely location by the water. We had a great meal but had to wait 75 minutes to get it. The wine was reasonable and there was a good selection. The seafood and steak entrées were delicious and perfectly prepared. I think the restaurant was understaffed. There was a hockey game and conference going on, so the hotel was full of guests but the restaurant must have underestimated how many guests would dine at the restaurant. I still would recommend the restaurant, but give yourself extra time."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Service was friendly and well timed. Weather was rainy but the view from the inside was great. Good wine and perfect mixed drinks at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We were at the Waterside for their Christmas buffet. The food was really good -- kind of standard fare, but absolutely nothing to complain about (the desserts weren't great, but the rest of the meal was delicious). But the ambience was horrible. We felt like we were eating in a cafeteria rather than in a nice (and fairly expensive) restaurant. The buffet line was set up in a terrible fashion -- desserts first, for example, and a second line had no clear starting point, so it was a mess of people trying to figure out where and how to move through it. The dining area was crowded and noisy, and it was tricky to move around without hitting harried waitstaff or confused diners. Might be different on a "normal" night, but we didn't go back."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "all. a little cramped. for the price we did expect a little seafood, but there was none. desserts were pretty and tasty. service was great."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The food was outstanding, perfect presentation, great floors and big portions! Unfortunately, the services were very friendly, but seamed overwhelmed by two large groups, not enough staff working, this hurt the service score I gave. Great location right on the water with beautiful views of Tampa Bay, and yes I will return here , great food, beautiful setting with a great prices!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great food, great service and a perfect holiday experience for the family."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Staff is very attentive; reasonably priced for good quality food; several dining options available inside and outdoors"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The wait staff was excellent and very attentive for Christmas night buffet. The area where the food is set up is very cramped and it was way too easy for one slow person to hold up the whole process. This was especially difficult because the desert display was set up first, so there was no way to access it independently of the main food line. The green beans were not favorful, the turkey was dry, and overall the choices were very limited for the price. The mother's day brunch is way better."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Our group of 8 dined on Christmas day at 12. It was pretty crowded. We sat in a side room (quieter than the main restaurant). The main buffet line was slow and the food choices were limited. The Prime Rib was awesome...crusted with wonderful herbs. The Butternut Squash soup and Maple Bourbon Bread Pudding were also excellent. The downside was the service. All the server needed to do was refill our drinks and remove used plates. We ended up taking our used plates to the server area ourselves and our drinks were refilled only when we could track down our server and ask. What really irritated is that they added an 18% gratuity for this poor service. If it hadn't been Christmas, we would have asked that they remove the gratuity."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We have been to many buffets in the Tampa area, some really expensive ones and the Waterside just surpassed all of them. It is the first place we have ever had such a wonderful prime rib served cut to order on the buffet line. It was boneless and you could have it well or rare, it was awesome. They had some of the best turkey we have ever had, at home or at a restaurant. The desserts were outstanding and the bread pudding was to die for. Overall the best in the area and we will return. To top all that it was only 24 dollars a person, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "A great time on Christmas Day. Service was great, food was excellent. We will be back next year."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We went for the Christmas Day buffet. Our experience was 5 star. Will definitely go back. Great food, service and atmosphere on the water."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Drink order took at least 15 minutes to be delivered to the table (had to ask 2 times for order). We did the buffet which was good except for dried out macaroni and cheese. Our waitress never cleared plates unless requested. The menu is extremely limited. This is unfortunate as it is a great place to dine prior to concerts at the Forum."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Very disappointed by our first visit, we wanted a place to have a drink and small meal before the show at the Forum so we could walk. We were sat in a booth with glaring light with a "view" of the brightly lit "bar" area. Better tables were available but we were told we couldn't move. This is a hotel restaurant for breakfast dining and offers no ambience in the evening. The service was underwhelming as was the reception by the hostess. The food was "ok" and the menu appeared to be less than what was described online. It is described as a seafood restaurant?? The wine selection was sub par and the pour was off both times. We would never return."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner, lovely views, delicious food, corteous staff"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Dined on Thanksgiving. The food was exceptional. Service was great. Price was great. Will be returning next Thanksgiving."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Although seated immediately, the service was very slow. High traffic because of Buble's concert, but this should not have affected service to the point of only receiving 2 drinks/appetizer in an hour and still would have had to wait for our entree. Manager was kind enough to waive our drinks/appetizer bill as we had to leave. Will probably try it again on a different occasion."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Stopped in for a quick dinner, pre-theater. The place was empty but the ambiance very nice. Our server was attentive, the food was very good and we were out of there pretty quick. Ideal if you are staying at the hotel."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Location made it ideal for a bite before a concert at the TB Forum. Would I go there again? Yes but only before an event at the Forum but don't think I'd go for a special dinner. Too basic for a special dinner out. Menu, for dinner, had a lot of sandwiches. The grilled chicken and spinach salad was delicious and huge; my friend's turkey club was really big and she said it was good, (fries were on the cold side, though)."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Limited menu selection, chicken breast on my Cesar was dry and bland. Convenient location for pre concert meal at Tampa Bay Times Forum"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We arrived for our 6:30 reservation and were promptly seated. We were not greeted by a server for a full 15 minutes UNTIL I called a waitress over to see who was supposed to be waiting on us. She went off to see who was assigned to our table and it took another 10 minutes for that waitress to show up, even though she was waiting on two other tables around us. Marriott's EXCUSE was that they were swamped by people going to the Michael Buble concert next door! UMMMM.........they have concerts there all the time, so my conclusion is that they don't properly staff the kitchen OR wait staff to accommodate what should be a known increase in business. I will NOT be back."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Food was nice, friendly servers, loved the sea food"
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "What a great find having dinner at the Waterside Cafe. Nice view on the water and food was great."
    Dined on 10/1/2013