Our favorite restaurants for a date in Dunedin

Just west of Tampa is the quaint little beach town of Dunedin. The historic, pedestrianized city center is full of shops, brasseries and restaurants. There are tons of options for the perfect evening (or day!) date, from romantic to casual to waterfront. We’ve rounded up our favorite must-visit restaurants in Dunedin for the ultimate dining experience.

315 Main St Dunedin, FL 34698
French and New American
Since 1996, The Black Pearl has been a Dunedin staple for fine dining. It’s in a space built in 1905 that was originally a barbershop and then the mayor’s office until it was renovated in 1946. The cozy space is filled with just 12 tables, so reservations are highly recommended. The menu features weekly specials as well as French-inspired dishes such as white truffle lobster risotto, escargot, pappardelle bolognese and New Zealand rack of lamb.

The Dunedin Black Pearl
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516 Grant St. Dunedin, FL 34698
Hawaiian inspired
This casual, contemporary restaurant serves creative island-style dishes. The menu is filled with Polynesian cuisine with a twist of Hawaiian classics such as PuPu Platter, Ahi Poke, Coconut Green Curry and Chimichurri Chicken. Adults 21 and older can also enjoy the Polynesian Honu tiki bar serving craft and classic tiki cocktails. It’s also the perfect place to bring your four-legged friend who can enjoy Honu’s dog menu, which includes dog chicken sweet potatoes, dog tacos and dog muffins. Are you looking to organize an event? Their 20-seat private dining room and outdoor spaces are perfect for partying.

The Honu Dunedin
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319 Main St Dunedin, FL 34698
modern american
Crown & Bull offers home-cooked meals using local, responsibly sourced, seasonal ingredients. Known for their amazing brunch, they have a fantastic full menu and bar. Breakfast and brunch items include their famous Bennies, a variety of Eggs Benedict, omelets, bowls, and pocket paraphernalia such as smoked salmon bagels and breakfast burritos. For lunch and dinner, you can enjoy mussels in coconut curry, nut-stuffed peppers, osso busco, kimchi-fried chicken, and kale and berry salad. On days when the weather is perfect, you can dine on the large outdoor terrace. Crown & Bull also prides itself on making ‘green’ decisions like using biodegradable take-out boxes and eco-friendly wine bags.

Crown and Bull
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941 Huntley Ave. Dunedin, FL 34698
Lucky Lobster offers diners a New England-style dining experience. The laid-back, casual spot offers indoor and outdoor dining and serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. Although their Maine lobster is the star of the show, their menu offers an array of freshly prepared items. Some must-try dishes are their scallops wrapped in prosciutto, grilled octopus salad, Blue Point oysters, and classics such as burgers, tacos, pizza, and grilled fish. Be sure to check out their calendar for their live music program.

Lucky Lobster Dunedin
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344 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698
You’ll feel like you’re dining alfresco on Cafe Alfresco’s beautiful air-conditioned terrace. Since 1995, guests have found it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a quiet meal. The menu features upscale comfort food such as Maryland crab cakes, eggplant parmesan, chicken and smoked sausage gumbo, and sesame-crusted salmon. This is the perfect place to dine when the weather permits. Their patio is also pet-friendly, so you can bring Fido with you for the experience.

Cafe Alfresco Dunedin
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51 Main St Dunedin, FL 34698
Louisiana style
This casual spot is perfect for waterside dining. Set along a marina, Olde Bay serves local Gulf seafood specialties. Sit by the water and enjoy the Olde Bay Peel & Eat Shrimp, Smoked Fish Spread, Mushroom Brie Bisque, Blackened Scallop Wrap or Seafood Sampler. They also offer a fresh catch of the day and an extensive menu of local Florida craft beers. It’s a great place to take in unique views of Dunedin Harbor and watch the Florida sun set over the water.

Old bay cafe
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680 Main Street Dunedin, FL 34698
American pub
Clear Sky offers a range of craft beers and serves fresh ‘pub grub’. Awesome Avocado Fries, Hush Lobster Puppies, Haus Smoked Brisket, Florentine Grouper, Cajun Shrimp Pasta, and Sesame Chicken are some of their standout dishes. There is also a wide selection of burgers, noodle bowls and salads. On Wednesday evenings, you can check out Wine Wednesdays for a selection of half price bottles of wine. Some nights you can play trivia games or listen to live music.

Clear skies Dunedin
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365 Main St Dunedin, FL 34698
This family restaurant serves fresh, healthy and authentic Mexican cuisine. All of their sauces, rice and beans are vegetarian with no additives. Start your meal with an order of fresh Ceviche and follow it with one of their special dishes such as Mole Poblano, Pescado a la Veracruzana, Duck Sopes and Rajas Tamales. You can also check out their Facebook page for events such as Cinco de Mayo, Anniversary Fiesta and Dia de los Muertos. Make sure you don’t leave without trying one of their homemade margaritas.

Casa Tina Dunedin
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799 Highland Ave. Dunedin, FL 34698
Pisces Sushi is a modern, casual fine dining restaurant offering globally inspired dishes and freshly rolled sushi. Guests can dine in their main dining room or in a beautifully lit sushi bar. Popular rolls include their Aloha Broha, Dunedin’s Dream and the Jaloscream. Other notable dishes you must try are Lobster Rangoon, Pisces Chicken Fried Rice, Chili Ball Soup, and Pork Gyoza. Don’t forget to finish your meal with a creme brulee or mochi ice cream.

Fish Sushi and Global Bistro
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