Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

 Upscale steakhouse overlooking the Sundial courtyard in the heart of downtown, Ruth’s Chris is a respected chain with a dedicated following who come for dependable steaks, chops and seafood specialties.

131 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg

(727) 821-4139;

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400 Beach 

Seafood

& Taphouse 

Locally sourced coastal cuisine on the downtown waterfront. From seafood to steaks, salads and appetizers, a favorite for Sunday brunch and outdoor dining. 

400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 

(727) 896-2400

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Trophy Fish

 Drink Like a Fish is the moniker here, so be prepared for a casual nautical atmosphere, lively crowd and fresh local fish and seafood that changes daily. Dinner only; opens at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

2060 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 258-7883

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American Fine

St Petersburg's Best American Cuisine 

Seafood

St Petersburg's Finest Seafood Restaurants

Parkshore Grill

 Top-notch Beach Drive dining from fresh seafood to steaks, pasta and salads. Lunch, dinner and brunch served Saturdays and Sunday until 3 pm. Chef Tyson Grant is committed to serving local and sustainable meats and seafood and locally grown organic produce.

 

300 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 

(727) 896-9463;

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The Library

 Tucked away in Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital with a distinguished English library setting, The Library is just the ticket for a quiet lunch or dinner or even a romantic night out. The creative menu is overflowing with healthy options such as Osso Bucco Risotto and Squid Ink Pasta with Blackened Shrimp.

600 5th St. S., St. Petersburg

(727) 369-9969;

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Teak

 With a spectacular view of the downtown skyline, Teak, at the tip of the St. Pete Pier, offers elevated casual dining for lunch and dinner. Florida-inspired cuisine runs the gamut from Cubans and paella to pan roasted grouper with citrus risotto and ginger guava BBQ short ribs.

 

800 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg

(727) 513-8325;

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Doc Ford's

Rum & Bar Grille

 Shorts and flip-flops are welcome at this popular waterfront eatery on the St. Pete Pier named after a character in Randy Wayne White novels. Seafood with a Caribbean flair includes crab cakes and fish tacos to entrees like Cedar Plank Salmon and Banana Leaf Snapper.

 

610 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg

(727) 857-8118

 

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Sea Salt

Upscale, urban and known for its raw bar and  impeccably fresh seafood, this is the place to impress while enjoying a sunset over the downtown skyline. Located at Sundial, the airy and sophisticated eatery specializes in seasonal and organic ingredients, an extensive wine collection and craft cocktails.

183 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg

(727) 873-7964;

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Urban Stillhouse

 Bourbon lovers will be in heaven and everyone else will be in awe at this rustic yet sophisticated distillery in the Warehouse Arts District featuring Chef Kenny Tufo’s renowned American modern cuisine. Dinner only Thursday through Saturday, brunch Sunday 11 to 4; reservations a must.  

 

2232 5th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

(727) 440-8040;

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Rococo

 Fine dining in a sophisticated steakhouse with Executive Chef Jordan Buendia offering a chic twist on classic fare. Outstanding wine selection and service.

655 2nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg 

(727) 822-0999;

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Brick & Mortar

 Rustic-chic dining in an intimate atmosphere, local foodies gravitate here for healthy American fare that changes seasonally. Dinner only.

 

539 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

 (727) 822-6540 

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Dr.BBQ

Don’t be surprised if grilling champ and TV food celebrity Ray Lampe (Dr. BBQ) stops by to say hello. His modern American ‘que is some of the best in town, with imaginative twists to house-smoked meats, awesome Southern desserts and finger-lickin’ sauces and sides. 

 

1101 1st St. S., St. Petersburg 

(727) 443-7227;

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Casual tavern and late-night hotspot on Beach Drive offers a variety of classic American fare from steak and shrimp to burgers and chicken; known for a selection of sausages made in-house. 

224 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 

(727) 350-1019;

Stillwaters

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Birch & Vine

 Located in Beach Drive’s Birchwood Hotel, this fine dining spot is helmed by Executive Chef Lee Aquino, known for his unique and globally inspired dishes featuring seasonal, organic and locally sourced foods.

 

340 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg

(727) 896-1080

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 Sauvignon Wine Locker

& American

Trattoria

 Charming wine-centric dining with a top-notch curated menu of seafood, pasta and meats in a lively block of Central Avenue downtown. 

241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 

(727) 827-7896;

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Ford's Garage

 Pull into this garage to find a fun 1920’s service station (don’t miss a stop in the restrooms) with a great selection of prime burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, mac n cheese dishes, 

and craft beers. Indoor or outdoor dining.

 

200 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg 

(727) 295-3673;

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Buya Ramen

Locals favorite for authentic Japanese tapas. Ramen bowls come with meat or soy-based broths, with crispy duck, braised short rib, pork belly or grilled chicken. Seaweed salad, bao buns and vegetable gyoza are starters.

 

911 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 202-7010;

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Italian

St Petersburg's Finest Italian Restaurants

Social Roost

Aptly named for its inviting casual ambiance, the Roost specializes in globally inspired chicken dishes and craft cocktails. Everything is fresh and made from scratch, from chicken samosas to the Peruvian Chicken and Chicken Tangine. 

150 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg 

(727) 202-6113;

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Datz

Hearty and even sinful comfort foods from loaded burgers and fried chicken to pancakes and nachos. Leave your diet at home for the Nashville Chicken Doughnut.

180 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 202-1182;

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22 South Food Hall

A variety of ethnic and American dishes from Spanish Chicken and Rice to Cajun Pasta and Southern Meatloaf are on the menu at St. Pete’s only downtown food hall. Family friendly with kids menu; lively nightspot with music on weekends.

 

642 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 592-1267 

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Alesia

Fresh French and Vietnamese cuisine in a contemporary setting near the beaches. Salads, spring rolls and banh mi, pho bowls, curry and noodle dishes all lovingly made with fresh ingredients.

 

7204 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 

(727) 345-9701 

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American Casual

St Petersburg's Casual American Cuisine 

The Mill

A locals and tourists favorite for American style cuisine with Southern influence. Lively atmosphere, indoor and outdoor dining on a bustling stretch of Central Ave. Excellent craft cocktails and the home of the “Fonzworth Bentley,” a $100

Wagyu beef burger.

 

200 Central Ave UNIT 100, St. Petersburg

(727) 317-3930;

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Hawkers

Asian street food kicked up a notch with craft cocktails and a young vibe at a popular Grand Central hotspot. Small plates and bowls are perfect for sharing.

 

1235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 

(727) 521-7235;

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La V

Healthy Vietnamese fusion café featuring a variety of entrees, salads, noodle bowls and stir frys. Some of the best pho in town, and a broad menu of boba tea. Wines and dessert make this a great place for lunch or dinner.

 

441 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 820-3500

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Cassis

Combining traditional French and American influences for brunch, lunch and dinner, this European-style café is a favorite people-watching spot at sidewalk tables along Beach Drive. Carry-out French pastries and gourmet coffee and tea from the bakery.

170 Beach Dr., St. Petersburg 

(727) 827-2927,

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Chief's Creole Cafe

Downhome Cajun and Creole favorites in a family-run café range from gumbo and jambalaya to red beans and rice, shrimp and grits and etouffee.

 

901 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg 

(727) 498-8979

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Asian Fusion

St Petersburg's Finest Fusion Restaurants

†he Lemon Grass

Immense Asian tapas menu with sushi, rolls, Thai dishes, fried rice, noodles and much more. Popular for carry-out via online ordering.

310 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 894-1111

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Lingr

Highly imaginative Nordic and Asian-inspired menu is reflective of Chef Jeffrey Jew’s heritage. The new eatery is making waves for fresh sustainable seafood with a contemporary flair. Dinner only. 

 

400 6th Street S., St. Petersburg 

(727) 471-6120;

$$$

Red Mesa 

Cantina

Longtime fave for fans of fresh Mexican cuisine in a hip urban setting, come here to sit in the courtyard with a margarita or sangria and indulge in tacos, salads, enchiladas, quesadillas and burritos and bowls.

128 3rd St. S., St. Petersburg

(855) 265-0812

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Left Bank Bistro

Charming setting in the Crescent Lake community, Left Bank offers accessible French-style fare indoors or outdoors. A great late-night stop for dessert and coffee; the intimate bar presents jazz on Thursday evenings; brunch on weekends.

 

1225 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg; 

(727) 256-1691 

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Baba

It’s hard to find more authentic Mediterranean cuisine than at this indoor-outdoor casual dining spot in the heart of Kenwood. Be sure to visit the bakery for some goodies to take home.

 

2701 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 954-3406

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Red Mesa

Not to be confused with the Cantina, the original Red Mesa offers fresh Mexican fare with influences of South and Central America, the Caribbean and beyond. Entrees include Filet Mignon Chimichurri and Ginger Crusted Salmon.

 

4912 4th St. N., St. Petersburg 

(727) 527-8728 

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Grand 

Hacienda

Festive atmosphere and a massive menu of authentic Mexican fare that includes vegetarian and gluten-free. Family friendly, there’s something for everyone including breakfast dishes and a Margarita happy hour Monday through Thursday.

 

399 11th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 

(727) 256-9770

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Ceviche

Since moving to modern new digs on Beach Drive, the Spanish tapas-inspired menu maintains its authentic dishes and creative touches heavily leaning toward seafood and a Spanish-driven wine selection.

 

10 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 

(727) 209-2299

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Renzo's

Argentinian steakhouse with extensive menu of Latin American charcuterie and tapas, grilled meats, prime seafood and traditional pasta dishes, wines and desserts. Casual and group friendly, indoor and outdoor dining.

104 2nd St. S., St. Petersburg

(727) 851-9983

$$$

Studio Public House

Fun and funky dining in an old gas station-turned-recording studio-turned neighborhood English/American pub. Creative sandwiches, flatbreads, vegan and veggie, but you can’t beat the Madras Balti Curry and Dragonfire Vindaloo.

 

2950 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 

(727) 873-6992

$$$

Fado

Authentic Portuguese cuisine and wines heavily leaning toward seafood, meats and sausages in a modern setting. Love octopus? This is the place for you.

435 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

(727) 346-5389

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BellaBrava

Authentic Italian cuisine with urban flair, the New World trattoria is lively and fun with beloved pasta dishes, woodstone oven pizza and great people watching from the sidewalk patio.

 

204 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 

(727) 895-5515

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Ethnic Global

St Petersburg's Most Worldly Restaurants

Gratzzi

Ristorante

Classic Italian cuisine in a warm, friendly environment. Choose from steak and seafood to traditional Italian favorites like Pork Ossobuco and Veal Saltimbocca. Known for their Cavatelli Bada Bing, pasta prepared tableside in a wheel of parmesan cheese. Dinner only.

211 2nd St. S., St. Petersburg

(727) 623-9037

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Il Ritorno

When owner/executive chef David Benstock beat TV chef Bobby Flay in a May 2021 episode, seats at this intimate downtown eatery were hard to come by. It’s still a good idea to make a reservation to discover Benstock’s fresh, modern Italian cuisine that simply brims with love and creativity. Dinner only.

 

449 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 897-5900

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Beau & Mo’s Italian Eating House

Although considered a Chicago-style steakhouse, this family run dining spot has consistently won accolades for traditional Italian specialties like Linguini and Clams and Chicken Marsala. Classy yet casual, a lively atmosphere perfect for groups and families. Dinner only.

2924 5th Ave.N., St. Petersburg

(727) 771-3690 

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Taverna Costale

Coastal Italian dining from celebrity chef Fabio Viviani recently opened in the heart of downtown offers the perfect blend of a rustic Italian eatery, an energetic local tavern, and an upscale modern restaurant. Extensive wine list, craft cocktails and an indoor/ outdoor bar. Dinner only.

 

200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 954-3863

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Healthy Fusion

St Petersburg's Healthiest Restaurants

Love Food

Central

This small neighborhood café serves only vegan and gluten-free sandwiches, soups, salads and the amazing Awesome Burger (beet and black bean patty with an awesome sauce) that will inspire you to eat healthy more often.

2057 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 317-2034

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Craft Kafe

Popular downtown coffeeshop and café specializes in gluten-free artisan pastries, quiches, pizza, salads and soups. Sit on the patio and watch the world go by.

 

200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 256-8587

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Wild Child

Named the Best New Restaurant of 2022 by the Tampa Bay Times, this coral pink neighborhood bistro meets all the requirements with creative cuisine, fresh and seasonal ingredients, and tiki craft cocktails all meticulously prepared and served. Tuna tostadas, jerk octopus, Peruvian seafood chowder are menu highlights. Indoor/outdoor seating; dinner only but open 11 am Sunday for brunch.

2710 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 

(727) 954-7425

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Island Grille & Raw Bar

Expansive waterfront dining focusing on fresh seafood, steaks, pasta, chicken, sandwiches and raw bar. Island Grille attracts a fun crowd of families, boaters and local sun-seekers who gravitate here for the food, tropical drinks and massive outdoor patio.

 

210 Madonna Blvd, Tierra Verde

(727) 767-0020

islandrawbar.com

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Named after the inn's friendly resident ghost, charming Isabelle's embodies classic Old Florida/Southern ambiance and cuisine. Specialties include Shrimp & Grits and Salmon Florentine.  Ask for a seat on the covered verandah or in the lushly landscaped patio. Sunday Brunch is 10 am to 3 pm.

2937 Beach Blvd. S. Gulfport, FL 

(727) 346-9800

isabellesgulfport.com

Isabelle's at the Historic Peninsula Inn

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Sea Dog Cantina

Mexican favorites in a fun atmosphere include tapas, tacos, enchiladas, burgers, shrimp al carbon, fajitas, salads and more. Select from one of several dining rooms, or try to snag a table by the fountain on the patio. Margaritas and sangria are top-notch; a great date night spot.

 

2832 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport

(727) 914-0112

cantina.seadogbrewing.com

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Pia’s Trattoria and Pia’s Veranda

The Trattoria’s romantic  indoor/outdoor dining rooms, excellent service and classic menu, make it one of the top Italian restaurants in the region. Favorites include a classic Beef Carpaccio from grass-fed cattle, Linguini Alla Vongole and Penne Quatro Formaggio al Forno. Across the street, a more casual sister location offers shady outdoor seating  and live music daily. Both locations open at 4 pm.

3054/3038  Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport

(727) 327-2190

piastrattoria.com

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Golden Dinosaur

Voted Best Vegan Restaurant in Tampa Bay, The Dino serves an impressive menu of salads, sandwiches, tacos, Cubans and reubens, even chili, French dips and Beyond burgers, all made with meat substitutes. Betcha can’t tell the difference. Open 11 am to 7 pm daily; popular for carry-outs. 

 

2930 Beach Blvd., Gulfport.

Online orders at goldendinosaurs.com

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The Dewey at Berkeley Beach Club

Sophisticated yet casual dining in Pass-A-Grille with a curated menu of reimagined beach cuisine, outstanding wine and craft cocktails. Downstairs is the main dining area; but for the ultimate sunset views head to the rooftop bar for an expansive oyster menu and selection of appetizers. 1

 

09 8th Avenue, St. Pete Beach

(727) 228-1000;

berkeleybeachclub.com

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