My husband and I had Sunday brunch here a day after our 21st wedding anniversary. It was a last-minute decison as he was in a meeting and I was not sure if he would make it back to Tampa before the last seating at 1:45 PM. We had reservations for 1:30 P.M. We were lucky to get a table with the view of the bay. Our waiter, Donald Harvery, was friendly, very efficient and knowledgeable. He and my husband attended the same university : Florida State University. There was a big variety of food: fresh seafood, pasta, sushi, different salads (seafood, fruit, vegetable), cheeses, all kinds of meat, smoked salmon,etc. I did not even stop at the pasta station. I started with fresh boiled jumbo shrimp and mussels then went to the cheese station and got a variety of hard cheeses and 3 types of blue cheeses to try. They, also, had 3 types of caviar. Drinks such as mimosas, orange juice, coffee and tea were included in the buffet. The food was fresh and presented in attractive ways. The dessert room was separate from the dining room. Leave enough room for dessert or better yet, start with dessert! They had dessert to die for: creme brulee, flan, different types of pies and cakes, cheese cake, taffy, bananas foster and a lot more. I used to come here regularly and my favorite dessert then was cherries jubilee! My husband and I agreed that the food was even better after this recent renovation.
Reservations are a must. We parked our car ourselves so we could walk and admire the flowers and plants. There was valet parking. The landscape was beautiful. After eating, we walked through the pool, small beach and the dock. The view was fantastic. We saw lots of birds and fish.
The restaurant was surrounded with chalets called "casitas" (Spanish word for "small houses"). Someday, I would like to spend the weekend in one of the "casitas" and have Sunday brunch at the Oystercatchers. The Oystercatchers will not disappoint you. It is a part of the Hyatt Hotel on the causeway near the Tampa International Airport.
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