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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.  - CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS -

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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MadFish

Look for the refurbished train dining car on Gulf  Boulevard in St. Pete Beach and you’ve found MadFish, known for fresh seafood including oysters, mussels,  Chilean Sea Bass, group, salmon and lobster tail. The casual diner is open for dinner only. 

5200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach

(727) 360-9200  madfishonline.com

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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

 

8790 Bay Pines Blvd; St. Petersburg

(727) 290-9578

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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 helmed by renowned Executive Chef David Blackmon offering a chic twist on classic fare. Outstanding wine selection and service.  Dinner only. 

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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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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Good Fortune

Trendy dining and high-octane night spot with top-notch Asian-Fusion cuisine and cocktails, Good Fortune replaces the former Ichicoro Ane below the Station House. Small sharable plates and bowls, an extensive sushi bar and a late night menu that brings out the bao combine for an adventurous evening out.

 

260 1st Avenue S. St. Petersburg

(727) 287-3881;

goodfortunestpete.com

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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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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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Sonata at

the Mahaffey

The new restaurant on the second level of The Mahaffey Theater offers diners a curated menu of coastal cuisine rooted in Southern tradition with creative flair. Stealing the show is a massive lighted moon installation and views of the downtown waterfront. Dinner hours only, with lunch and brunch expected to be added later this year.  

400 First St. N, St. Petersburg

(727) 892-5857

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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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Oaks on 4th

The chic new eatery on 4th Street N. gets rave reviews for its sophisticated ambiance, curated menu of steaks and seafood, and signature craft cocktails. Open for lunch (Tuesday through Friday) and dinner, with an exquisite brunch menu and top-notch service, choose indoor or outdoor seating and relax.

You’re in for a treat.

4351 4th Street N., St. Petersburg (727) 502-0060;

 oakson4th.com

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American Casual

St Petersburg's Casual American Cuisine 

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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Allelo

Sophisticated Mediterranean-Aegean theme restaurant specializes in seafood, pastas, and sharable appetizer plates and charcuterie boards.  An extensive wine list and curated cocktails offer a perfect sip at the elegant marble bar inside or on the  patio facing the downtown waterfront.

300 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg;

(727) 851-9582; 

allelostpete.com

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Bin 6 South

This tiny wine cellar/restaurant brings intimate dining to a new level with only one 6-top table and bar seating for a total of 12.  Fine dining with a chef-driven global menu and sommelier service gets raves from those lucky enough to nab a seat. Reservations a must; not for the shy.

 

330 6th Street S., St. Petersburg (727) 498-6735; 

bin6south.com 

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Asian Fusion

St Petersburg's Finest Fusion Restaurants

Eat, Art, Love

Intimate café in the Warehouse Arts District focused on weekend brunch (no dinner hours), as well as helping emerging artists get noticed by providing exhibit space. Chef Mario Brugnoli brings soul-warming dishes to the 25-seat restaurant with a short menu that touches on Southern/Creole with dishes like a confit duck leg with grits, fried chicken sandwich and classic egg dishes. Wine available; limited days and hours. 

 

589 22nd St S St. Petersburg

(727) 289-1713 

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†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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The Pearl

Moving recently to Gulfport from its longtime location on Treasure Island, the Mediterranean/Moroccan fine dining restaurant with chef/owner Karim Chiadmi at the helm offers a wide variety from steaks and seafood,  pastas, veal  and lamb. Dinner only from Tuesday through Saturday. 5802

 

28th Avenue S., Gulfport

(727) 360-9151;

 thepearlfinedining.com

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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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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

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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

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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

This popular steakhouse offers casual Chicago-style ambiance and a selection of USDA Prime and Australian Wagyu steaks, a 42-ounce Tomahawk ribeye, New Zealand lamb chops, seafood and Italian specialties. 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

Good Intentions

Creative vegan/vegetarian eatery combines healthful entrees and appetizers with a solid wine list and craft cocktails. Come in for coffee and dessert to knock your socks off; brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

 

1900 1st Avenue S. St. Petersburg;

(727) 280-6068;

 goodintentionsfl.com

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Fortu

Fortu - A sophisticated Pan-Asian steakhouse in the historic Ponce de Leon Hotel offers elevated dining influenced by Japan, China, Korea and Vietnam, curated cocktail and saki menus, and an elegant atmosphere. Dinner only.

 95 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg;

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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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Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle -  Mexican food goes trendy in this tropical oasis that’s bright, airy and boisterous. Have a seat in the lush tropical dining room to order shared plates, flatbreads, burgers and salads and a shot from the specialty tequila and mezcal menu.

475 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 475-5440;

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Restaurant Guide