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Oystercatchers

2900 Bayport Dr. Send to Phone
813-207-6815 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
The service and menu remain topnotch at this restaurant hidden among a natural landscape.
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Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Dining room at Oystercatchers, Tampa, FL

Oystercatchers Restaurant Review

: Situated on the shores of Old Tampa Bay, just behind the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Oystercatchers is about as upscale as a fish house can get. The dress is resort casual, the 35-acre setting in a nature preserve offers some of the area's best views of the bay, and the food is on target in terms of preparation and freshness. As the name implies, there are oysters on the menu year-round. One word of advice: don't make the mistake of ordering anything but seafood. While the steaks, pastas and poultry are perfectly fine, it's the seafood that rises above our expectations. And like that famous TV jingle, you can have it your way. Select your fish, whether it is grouper, salmon or snapper, then have it prepared one of five different ways: blackened, poached, mesquite-grilled, to name a few. Top it off with the seasonal sauce of your choice, such as the mango chutney. If mosquitoes are at bay, dine outside on the outdoor patio or deck, and try to plan your visit around sunset when the pinks, purples and oranges of the Florida sun melt into the Bay's shimmering water. Sunday brunch buffets, while pricey, are some of the best Tampa has to offer.

User Ratings & Reviews for Oystercatchers
Average rating    3
Reviews 1 - 3 of 31
Overpriced, underdelivered...don't make this mistake please
by sail6382 on Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:06 am
 
So disappointed. Went for dinner on Friday night. It a very posh venue with beautiful views, but that is where my positives end. We would have done better by going to McDonalds. In fact, one of the sauces tasted like Big Mac Sauce that you would take from the packets and squeeze into a delightfully pretty bowl for show. My Swordfish was way overcooked and all sauces were brought on the side for tasting. This meant that the fish itself had no flavor and you had to work to make it taste good. When I am paying that much for a meal I expect it to be prepared for me. Another in the party ordered the Filet which tasted, no joke, like licking a campfire. The smoke flavor was so overpowering that you could not taste the meat. Had we been alone, we would have complained but with the company it was inappropriate. Honestly, I have had better fish and steak at places like Applebees. The crab cakes were edible but as an appetizer we were told was sufficient for four people, much too small. Also, we were told that the sides would be served family style, but they arrived on the plate so we did not share them. So incredibly dissapointed and it sucks that it was $150.00 for two people and a meal we hated.
 
Yeah Right
by mdavis on Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:25 am
 
Three star at best. It's a bit pricey for yet mediocre food. I had the wild caught salmon. My date had the scallops. We thought the same for the $$ there should have been more food. The ambience is lovely over looking Tampa Bay at sunset. The service is great. The food had seen better days. I have had much better food at one of the local chain restaurants. I guess I expected a lot more for my buck. Good luck, I hear better things of Armani’s on the top of the Hyatt.
 
Oystercatchers Restaurant Wine Tastings!!!
by winelover13 on Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:15 pm
 
Oystercatchers Restaurant in Tampa has added Wine Tastings to their already impressive restaurant! I attended the most recent one "Tour of Tuscany" and it was absolutely amazing! It is held in their private dining room overlooking Tampa Bay - what a treat! It is hosted by Thomas DeLuca who is one of the managers and is the wine specialist for the restaurant. He pairs the wines (which have a different theme every week) with the most delicious cheeses I have ever tasted! He answered all of my questions and the questions of all the other guests with knowledge and experience! What a great time! We stayed for dinner after the tasting and found out that in doing so, we received 10% off of our dinner bill...
I WILL be returning for the next tastings!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The classes are Friday nights in August starting at 6:00PM... You have to check this out!!!
 
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