Local Bites: Ocean Hai at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

by Jennifer Thai in ,


After a recent blogger dinner at Ocean Hai at the Wyndham Grand on Clearwater Beach, I am absolutely blown away by the gorgeous Asian fusion dishes. With most hotel restaurants, at least for me personally, they tend to be a one and done type visit, but I am for sure that I will be returning again and again to experience more of Chef John Capponi's creations. See below for a sneak peek, then continue on for all of the deliciousness!

We started off the evening with cocktails and light bites by the pool, with live music playing, courtesy of country musician Aubrey Wollett. After meeting and mingling with fellow food bloggers and Instagrammers in the Tampa Bay area, we watched the sun set from right outside of the restaurant.

Shrimp Toast with Truffles

Korean BBQ Short Rib Bao with Brussels Slaw

Fried Lemongrass Chicken Wonton

Chef de Cuisine of Ocean Hai, Chef John Capponi

After the sun set and we stepped into the restaurant, a group of us opted to sit community-style in the restaurant, bonding over our mutual love for food over the beautiful, delicious dishes that we ordered.

Moondancers Oysters from Cape Cod | Compass Point Oysters from Washington

Chinese Meatballs

Lobster Fried Rice

Grilled Filet Mignon

Thai Cauliflower Rice

Chocolate Mousse

Creme Brulee

Chef Capponi is doing fantastic things over at Ocean Hai - never have I ever seen such gorgeous plating that makes food so difficult to eat. But the combination of flavors and textures is not one to be missed, and is very much worth digging into each and every bite.

I encourage you to experience it for yourself! I definitely believe that it was worth my 45-minute drive. Ocean Hai is offering a Mother's Day brunch buffet next week - you can view its menu offerings here.

Ocean Hai is located at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, at 100 Coronado Drive in Clearwater. The restaurant is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can view the menus here. To stay updated on the latest happenings at Ocean Hai, follow along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

*Disclosure: The meal featured in this post was provided by Ocean Hai for editorial consideration. This post was written on my own accord, and opinions expressed here are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ocean Hai or Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.