In ages past when water covered most of what is today called Safety Harbor, our area was heavily lined with water oak trees. And before the Tampa Bay Area became America’s number 1 beach going destination in the United States, members of the Timuca and the Tocobaga tribe settled and developed cherished cultures and systems. These early inhabitants of our land would gather under these massive oak trees after their proud days of hunting, fishing and farming.
They would seek refuge from the hot Florida sun, share meals and would gather their children to tell stories, teach them the ways of the land and create years of lasting legends - under these massive oaks. A massive oak, known as the Baranoff is said to be 500 years old and is steps from our restaurant.
Our family settled in Florida during the Great Depression, right here in Tampa Bay and learned what bounty the local waters and land had to offer. To us, our area is the best among areas to visit or raise families and to gather for great meals. We hope to offer a glimpse back in time at Water Oak to our visitors.