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

Waterside Grill – Tampa Marriott Waterside

  • 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.
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Waterside Grill – Tampa Marriott Waterside reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)good for groups (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)neighborhood gem (1)romantic (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It is a little pricey so you know that going in, but both the food and service were terrific and certainly lived up to what I would expect for the price range. Additionally, the waiter and chef had no problem handling our special dietary needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a womderful dinner at The Waterside Grill before attending a performance at the Straz Center. My husband ordered the filet, so tender he did not need a knife. I ordered the Mahi, it was delicious. Drinks and dessert were top notch as well. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • American Grill
    foznot
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The menu seemed small, but the food was real good. The hotel was swarming with hotel guests and convention goers. We reserved a table thinking it would be hard to get in, only to find that not many people were dining. Excellent filet mignon. Cooked perfectly!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so accomodating
    eat2live
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    we had a business meeting at breakfast and the restaurant was really terrific. the waitress was so accommodating and efficient. there were 12 different orders with some special requests and she met everyone. the manager had our table ready and they ushered us right in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hotel Class Restaruant - Very Good
    DougG
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Dined for lunch and breakfast a few times during a convention. Reservations were always ready and staff very accommodating when I needed to change times by 30 minutes and add or delete the numer attending. Food was outstanding for a hotel restaruant. Very convenient. Pretty noisy during peak meal times but tolerable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 71 reviews are from the Waterside Grill – Tampa Marriott Waterside reviews archive.
  • Great view and food, but!
    LaVaughan
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great view of the bay and food was great. Filet cooked perfectly. Chicken wing appetizer was enjoyed by all. Flatbread appetizer had a little too much spice(peppers) for your average person. Service was great until other patrons came, then we had to ask other wait staff for refills of water and the check.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The service was good, however it took a long time to get our food. The food was cold, extremely salty, and felt like it was sitting under the warm light for a while. This review is not meant to bash anyone. I've been in the hospitality industry for 30 years. Just a little FYI.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MommaLisa
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very nice meal. Good cocktails. I would go back. We were attending an event in the hotel and it was very convenient.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service but slipping
    DaveLutz
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French Dinning
    ChiefRichie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, mediocre service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't waste your money
    Hiflyn
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • morandcVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Ok
    FOODDUDE23VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was ok, nothing more. Food seemed overcooked and the place was empty.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth another visit
    KareBear
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch on the Tampa Riverfront
    GoodBrunch
    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.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Lunch
    Angie
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • same o same o
    ExploringTampaArea
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor Service for 10
    FamilyskitripVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother-in-law lunch
    Chip
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's ok..
    Foodlover
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I didnt like the place
    ENGMINA
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I went on valentine day and all they had three choices for food and the worst service ever
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Quality fair value
    Autonotions
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • By the water
    Finner01
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but...
    Smwinc
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve dinning
    Joey
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful hotel and restaurant over
    cooleys
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs some help...
    DaveLutz
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, terrible ambience
    reddoggie
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner and a stroll
    Pesce
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Great food, great service and a perfect holiday experience for the family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended: Waterside Grill
    dwsccc
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Staff is very attentive; reasonably priced for good quality food; several dining options available inside and outdoors
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Justme
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    A great time on Christmas Day. Service was great, food was excellent. We will be back next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Buffet
    Shark7
    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas lunch
    busygirl
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service and limited menu
    Yvonne
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hotel eating
    diner
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • doreen
    doreen
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner, lovely views, delicious food, corteous staff
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    tflorida
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Dined on Thanksgiving. The food was exceptional. Service was great. Price was great. Will be returning next Thanksgiving.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.