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The 6 Best Ribs Restaurants Near Clearwater

Updated: May 2, 2022

Grab your bibs and arrive hungry because these are the best places for sticky soft ribs in Clearwater! Only Clearwater’s masters have conquered BBQ ribs so we analyzed millions of reviews from top sources for this list. Don’t fill up on mac and cheese save the space for the short ribs and spareribs at these great stores!

Find the perfect Ribs spot

The Little Lamb

New American, $$, ClearwaterNew American, $$Clearwater
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 4.5
  • Tampa Bay Times, 2019

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    Tampa Bay Times, 2019

Clear Sky on Cleveland

American, $$, ClearwaterAmerican, $$Clearwater
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Big Storm Brewery- Clearwater

Brewery, $$, ClearwaterBrewery, $$Clearwater
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

American, $$, ClearwaterAmerican, $$Clearwater
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Q Southern BBQ & Catering

American, $$, DunedinAmerican, $$Dunedin
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

The Dunedin Smokehouse

American, $$, DunedinAmerican, $$Dunedin
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How did these spots get chosen?

Choosing the right spot for Ribs can be tough, especially if you’re exploring new restaurants. We analyzed 7417 Clearwater restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 Clearwater restaurant reviews, and 260 lists and articles – looking closely at what Tampa Bay Times had to say – and applied our boam magic. We cross-referenced with top lists, like Tampa Bay Times - Best burgers in Tampa Bay. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. Ribs connoisseurs and amateurs alike are bound to enjoy this list of the best Clearwater Ribs.

Most common questions

There are 8 rib spots in Clearwater.

Clear Sky on Cleveland, ShnookumsBBQ, and The Little Lamb are the highest-rated rib spots for dinner in Clearwater.

Clear Sky on Cleveland, The Little Lamb, and Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar are the highest-rated ribs spots that are good for groups in Clearwater.

Clear Sky on Cleveland and Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar are the highest-rated ribs spots that are good for a date night in Clearwater.

Clear Sky on Cleveland, ShnookumsBBQ, and Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar are the highest-rated spots for ribs delivery in Clearwater.

Drink pairing tips for Ribs

  • The perfect match for grilled turkey burger

    Experts often pair grilled turkey burger with a glass of Rosé, a popular pink wine.

  • Pair Zinfandel with beef burger

    If your food palns include Barbeque, then you should consider helping it along with some red wine. We find that a Zinfandel, with its hits of spice tones, serves as the best pairing to the dish.

  • Enjoy pork with Pinot Noir

    To elevate your pork experience, we recommend some Pinot Noir to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this red wine highlights the richer flavours of the meat.

Fun facts about Ribs

  • Celebrating Ribs

    Kansas City celebrates American Royal World Series of Barbecue Festival in October, an event you should be sure to visit. Go check out the 5 day barbecue cook-off competition!

  • Ready for 71 ribs of ribs?

    Are you a fan ofribs? The current record for eating the most ribs is 71 ribs! Do you love ribs enough to beat this record?

  • An iconic duo: The Arnold Palmer Cocktail & Southern barbecue

    Experts recommend pairing Southern barbecue with The Arnold Palmer Cocktail to complement the food’s fatty, sweet and smokey flavor with the acidic and tannin-rich flavors of the drink.

Parking information

Clearwateris notorious for tricky parking. To make your life easier, we partnered with SpotHero, an innovative digital parking reservation service, so you can easily and effortlessly find parking near your selected Ribs spot.

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