Buoy's Waterfront Bar and Grill

4.4
75 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Buoy's Waterfront Bar and Grill provides awe-inspiring views of Blind Pass and the spectacular Gulf of Mexico and is one of the unique places you can enjoy a great day of amazing food and drink. Small town vibes, mingle with the locals, and enjoy chef inspired fare with all local and island inspired ingredients to hand crafted cocktails. The passion to detail and freshness will bring you back time and time again. At Buoy’s our primary goal is to exceed our guest’s expectations for both quality and service. We strive to provide a relaxing, enjoyable dining experience in a friendly, fun and family oriented atmosphere.

All reservations are for indoor dining. Your reservation can be moved to outdoor dining upon arrival, at your request, depending upon availability and weather. Outdoor seating and Walk-in seating are available on a first come basis.
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio overlooking the water. The staff was SO friendly and the food was fantastic. Everything was very fresh. Will definitely be visiting regularly.

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SammieC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing for Christmas dinner we had a quite delicious quaint dinner

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AlisonT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Buoy's on Christmas Day and it far exceeded our expectations. The outside view is wonderful, the service was excellent and food was great! Highly recommend.

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KateW
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful but I did take them in 15 minutes to realize we were sitting at a table ….after that everything was great!!

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CyndiG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We easily got reservations for brunch on Christmas Day. There was no wait and we got to select an outdoor table right on the water. Great food, excellent service and perfect ambience! We will be back again and again! Thank you for making our Christmas special!

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DonS
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Food average

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JasonG
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very attentive server and staff. Good food with a great view. Very generous portions. Would definitely return.

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vipVIJackie
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Had the kimchi Ruben and Hubby had the short rib Benny. Portions are enormous and easily can share…..lots of leftovers but that is OK.

Everything was extremely fresh and as our server said they prepare everything in-house.

Their tropical slaw with mango is awesome. Our server Pam was super nice, attentive and just an overall awesome experience.

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AnnetteF
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I hate leaving a bad review. But it was bad service, bad food, cold food. I do think our server was trying to do multiple jobs, waiter, busser, bartender, so I did feel bad for him..however when we told him the food was cold, he didn't care and just brought a box so we could reheat it later. ?! Kinda wierd. But whatever. It was a Christmas Eve But the atmosphere was lovely..right on the water. I think they were just very understaffed which then made for a bad experience for us.

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Jennie
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Really cute place. Our service was not great nor was the food. Has a lot of potential.

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RainbowEnergy
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The views and decor were a nautical bliss, offering something to enjoy visually
wherever you looked. The music volume was perfect. Service was prompt and friendly, just wish the servers were a bit more relaxed, not rushing from table to table. I am there to dine, not hurry through my meal.

It will be a bit of a challenge to get my hubby to return because even though he enjoyed the ambiance and food, a bar without some beer on draft is not high on his list of must returns.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Brunch with friends

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KristinD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and enjoyed the view! The bartender was friendly and on top of everything. The food was delicious - highly recommend the shrimp and grits and the seafood omelette. Great place!

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vipmemphismary
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Grouper sandwich and tacos yum. Ruben sandwich was delish too ! Can't wait for boat docks to be ready.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Quiet, nice views and good food.

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TeresaH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pork dip sandwich was excellent and the fish tacos that my husband had were the best he's had anywhere according to him. The boursin mashed potatoes and the brussel sprout sides were delicious. The only slight disappointment was the chicken sandwich. The chicken breast was very thin and a bit small for my nephew that was very hungry!

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DonaldF
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable brunch on the water. Our waiter Tino was prompt and attentive. Would recomend.

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vipShellyJ
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a surprisingly good meal. The king pao calamari was the best calamari we’d ever had. Everything was very good except for the poblano caesar which had no poblanos—I guess it was in the dressing. Our waiter, Jack, was great!

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TomV
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Nice patio overlooking the channel

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LoriP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant for a date night.

Nice view from the deck

Excellent, friendly service from everyone from the manager to the waitress to the food runner

Buoy's Waterfront Bar and Grill
Responded on December 7, 2021

Thank you Lori for the kind review. Please return soon for another date night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A little slow but on a lazy Saturday with a beautiful view we had a great time! Be kind to your servers!

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vipBonz
Columbus
49 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had 6 and two in their 80’s. The service and staff were so accommodating. They were amazing. Food was decent but the kind staff made all the difference.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Wonderful food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been here and decided to try it for Thanksgiving Dinner. It was amazing! From Monica to Tino the service was Great!

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FloridaTourist
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great views of inlet to Gulf of Mexico .Upstairs is extremely tranquil . Food was tasty and plenty of parking .
Neighborhood has many old bars and people walking in the streets impaired . Driving must be extremely careful .

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John
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An unusual but welcome change of pace for a family Thanksgiving meal. Wonderful views of the water (and a dolphin!), plus the food was excellent. We’re definitely returning when friends come to town. Brooke was attentive and fun as well.

Buoy's Waterfront Bar and Grill
Responded on December 7, 2021

Thank you John for taking the time to write us such a kind review. We are happy to hear you will visit us again - hope to see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner

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ReneeD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the great service and the most amazing views!

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PatW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for Thanksgiving, service was excellent with very friendly and attentive waitress. Food was good, however, the Kung Pao Calamari was a touch heavy on the kung pao sauce but still good. Would recommend.

Buoy's Waterfront Bar and Grill
Responded on December 7, 2021

Thank you Pat for bringing this to our attention, we appreciate it! We are happy to hear you had an excellent Thanksgiving with us and hope you come back in the future.

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ChristopherW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Funny that a seafood place on the beach would run out of seafood…

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KC1195
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining overlooking water at its best. Prices were fair and service was friendly!

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DickClark
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the best meal we have had in a long time. The sushi appetizer was amazing and the shrimp and grits was outstanding. The grits were fabulous on their own. We drove from Indian Rocks Beach and that was a haul but so worth it. Will definitely be back. Oh and the Bloody Mary was excellent also.

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MB27
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food portions and taste. The cocktails were a mixed bag of quality.

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JulietteW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific time! We made a reservation for Sunday brunch. It was very easy to do online. We were cheerfully greeted and taken to our table overlooking the waterfront. The service was great, and the food and value wonderful. I can’t wait to return.

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JaniceK
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice. The very is spectacular. The grouper sandwich was amazing! The service was also very nice. Highly recommend it!

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vipTravel1
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and our server Abby were outstanding.

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BobA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ahi Tuna appetizer was huge and fantastic. Both our sandwiches were good also. Well worth the visit. We sat on the deck over looking the water.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so surprised by how amazing the food was. Really the best Portobello mushroom sandwich, I still think about it. It was very loud in there but the food was so good we all were not talking much any way lol

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Food2me
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff are friendly and upbeat. We sat on the deck and waved at the people in boats as they came by. The fish tacos were great.

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vipBanjo
Dallas
46 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had reservations for indoor and even their website says indoor only when we arrive at our schedule time only outside was available with the weather winds blowing 15-20 mph. Unapologetic and rude.

FAQs

Buoy's Waterfront Bar and Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 939-2369.

Buoy's Waterfront Bar and Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.