When it comes to waterfront dining at Riverhouse Reef & Grill, the views aren't limited to just stunning sunsets over the Manatee River and Tampa Bay. The eatery's dockside seats overlook the scenic mile-wide Manatee River and is surrounding by the Regatta Pointe Marina. Diners can view dolphins playing, manatees napping, and breathtaking sunsets from Tampa Bay. Amid that natural tableau, Riverhouse's cooks bring the freshest catches to their tables, from their signature lobster pot pie, fresh Gulf oysters, local caught grouper and Mahi, and Gulf seafood pasta.
But seafood isn't the only edible draw here. The culinary team also specializes in preparing certified Angus beef, including burgers crowned with cajun crawfish sauce, seasoned sirloins, and house-cut ribeye steaks. Cooks cater to vegetarians too, with dishes such as grilled portabella sandwiches with roasted red peppers and parsley pesto. Meanwhile, their waterfront bar serves up a variety of draft beers including Key West Ale house margaritas, and signature martinis, and features an extensive wine list. Riverhouse also features a daily happy hour and a Sunday brunch menu.
A PGA golf pro with more than 25 years of teaching experience, Pat Walsh helps aspiring par pursuers build their swing and straighten their shot. During the course of two lessons, Pat will cover any and all aspects of the game, tailoring each session to his student's particular needs and teaching vital skills, such as how to sharpen short play, how to increase driving accuracy, or how to evade alligators. He'll also analyze swings using video footage, which allows for a slow-motion understanding of each player's mechanics and bogey face. After each lesson, students will receive an email with a video clip of their swings.
It's hard to say what's more impressive at Gio Fabulous?the decor or the lengths the owners go to to keep their family recipes secret.
In the earth-toned dining room, guests dine at tables and gaze out through the floor-to-ceiling windows at lush palm trees, which are particularly beautiful at twilight, when they're back-dropped by a deep blue sky. Thick red-and-gold drapes hung between the restaurant's various sections offer a sense of privacy but remain far enough apart that the space seems open and airy. Beyond the drapes and set against brick walls, large paintings with bold colors depict classic Italian scenes, such as pasta twirled on a fork.
One thing is?pizza dough. Which is made fresh on a daily basis. Using the freshest ingredients available that day.