Since 1946, Norwood's Restaurant and Wine Shop has complemented fresh-caught seafood and aged Angus beef entrees with a well-stocked cache of fine wines and drinks. While basking in spacious dining environs that feature rustic wood architecture, diners cure deep-sea cravings with fish dishes that permit a choice of seven different preparations: salmon fillets dressed in mango-salsa disguises ($20) can have their cover blown by prying forks, and hog snapper might get infused with the sweet slathering of a pineapple chutney ($25). The staff serves fish entrees alongside yukon-gold mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley. Diners on a strict pasta-only diet, or in need of an object soft enough to preclude serious repercussions after throwing it at a vice principal, can enjoy the supple shrimp-and-scallop alfredo ($18.50).
Diners at Dolphin View Restaurant often sense that they are being watched. The feeling is far from paranoid or unwelcome, however, as the prying eyes belong to seabirds and jumping dolphins. These creatures are common sights in the waters that border the eatery, where open-air seating affords views of their play. Wooden tables stand on the slats of a dock or the sandy expanse of the beach, framed by cloth canopies and hanging plants. In these environs, guests feast on plates of grilled fish, shrimp, and signature sandwiches, such as the Dolphin burger. The menu also features less ocean-centric options, including burgers, chicken entrees, and glasses of salt-free water.
For an even more immersive mix of food and scenery, guests can reserve spots on one of Dolphin View Restaurant's dinner and river cruises. Each experience begins with an all-you-can-eat buffet at the open-air pavilion. After dinner, passengers embark by boat through the waterway, marveling at the coastal scenery and wildlife as they sip beer or wine.
Guests are never far from the sand or surf at Hidden Treasure Tiki Bar & Grill, where American cuisine meets ocean views. Fittingly, the menu is stuffed to the gills with seafood, from wild gator-tail and crab-cake appetizers to entrees of Maine lobster, stuffed shrimp, and sea scallops. Diners can also chow down on burgers, pasta, and barbecued pork chops. The laid-back spot combines these eats with on-the-water fun by renting out hydrobikes.
Although the 12-ounce Delmonico steak is the house specialty at The Blue Grotto, the baked stuffed flounder is the owner's favorite dish on the menu. Guests have their choice of sitting in the azure dining room, where the decor is inspired by the Blue Grotto sea cave on the island of Capri, or the dog-friendly outdoor deck that overlooks the marina. The venue turns into a nightclub in the late-night hours, with DJs, dancing, and free drinks for manatees.
Experts agree that swimming around the world is probably impossible. Fortunately, no flippers are required to enjoy the globally-inspired, sea-sourced bites at LuLu's Oceanside Grill. The eatery's eclectic menu features such bold dishes as mussels tossed in red curry sauce, fried lobster tacos with mango salsa, and blackened salmon topped with piquant andouille sausage. For those who prefer their plates landlocked, pork- and ham-filled Cuban sandwiches and wings tossed in soy butter basil sauce fit the bill. The wine list is equally well-traveled, boasting reds and whites sourced as far away as Argentina and Germany.
No beach party is complete without entertainment, so LuLu's hosts frequent live music acts and keeps its numerous televisions tuned to sports. The good times are often for good causes—LuLu's monthly 5K FunRun, for instance, supports local charities.
Ocean waves swirl steps from The Beach Bucket's umbrella-littered patio, where white tables groan beneath fried-shrimp baskets and plates of burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Blenders churn frozen libations to the pulse of weekly live music performances, and mixologists also stir sea-inspired drinks such as shipwreck, bay breeze, and water on the rocks. Personable staff and a selection of 28 bottled beers leave sippers grinning as broadly as the exultant shark on The Beach Bucket's souvenir T-shirts.