HAVE A SHELL OF A GOOD TIME WHILE ENJOYING SOME GREAT GRUB AT THE TARPON TURTLE IN TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA.
All puns aside, The Tarpon Turtle restaurant has not only great food, but the location is incredible! The Tarpon Turtle is nestled right on Lake Tarpon. Can we just say, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VIEW! When entering this Veteran owned establishment, be sure to take a picture by the fishing boat that sits out front. If the weather is nice, the Sun Kind of Living team strongly recommends asking for a table on the outdoor patio, right next to the lake. You’ll thank us for the recommendation later.
FREE BOAT AND JETSKI PARKING HERE!
The Tarpon Turtle has its own boat docks that customers visiting the restaurant can use for free. Our Sun Kind of Living team did not pull a floating vessel up to the docks but we sure had fun walking up and down them looking at all of the wildlife that surrounds the establishment. Our team highly recommends not drinking too many adult beverages if you choose to walk down the dock because falling into Lake Tarpon is not a good idea. There is a large gator that was basking in the sun only a short distance away from the dock. Having too many cocktails does not instantly turn you into a Croc Hunter!
WILDLIFE RIGHT BELOW YOUR FEET.
Remember our recommendation to sit on the outside deck overlooking Lake Tarpon? Well, the reason is because if you observe the water down below the deck, you will see turtles and fish happily swimming around right near your table. The Sun Kind of Living team LOVES turtles and seeing them happily residing in their natural environment brings instant happiness to our day. There are also quite a few egrets and herons that love to rest on the docks or wade in the shallow water looking for a midday treat.
MOUTH WATERING FOOD!
Tarpon Turtle not only has the wildlife, but they have the food! The restaurant prides itself in offering its customers locally sourced seafood. Our Sun Kind of Living team tried the Chef’s Special of the Day when we visited and had delicious jumbo lump crab cakes. These were the best crab cakes we have ever had! Simple ingredients, fresh crab and oh-so-delicious! Another meal we highly recommend is the Coconut Shrimp dinner served with two sides of your choosing. We chose the creamy Island Slaw and Onion Straws. Need a drink to wash it down? Reef Donkey is one of our go-to beer options when dining in Florida. This beer was created by Tampa Bay Brewing Company and never disappoints. In need of a sweet treat? Complete your waterfront dining experience with a slice of house-made key lime pie.
COME FOR THE FRESH SEAFOOD, LEAVE WITH A TOP NOTCH DINING EXPERIENCE.
The Tarpon Turtle on Lake Tarpon will continue to be a restaurant that the Sun Kind of Living team frequents. It’s fabulous food, friendly staff and incredible outdoor views keep us coming back for more!