the brewmaster steakhouse is a fun moderately priced restaurant located on the intercoastal in indian rocks beach. they offer american fare, steaks, and local seafood. they also have a nice deck that over looks the intercoastal waterway. a fun place to eat and drink in indian rock beach.
sculley's is located in the johns pass shopping area in madeira beach. they offer american fare and local seafood. because of it's location at johns pass it gets a tourist clientelle. a fun place to visit when visiting the johns pass shopping and entertainment area.
the salt rock grill is a very good steak and seafood restaurant located in indian shores. they specialize in crab, shrimp, lobster, and steak. they also offer a raw bar. one of the better seafood restaurants in the st. pete beach area. expensive.
the venue is a combination nightclub and restaurant. at the venue are the takara sushi bar and the viaggio spanish restaurant. the venue is a florida trend golden spoon winner for a hot new restaurant in florida. the viaggio is one of the best tapas restaurants in the state of florida. expensive. reservations recommended.
the maritana grill is located in the don cesar resort hotel on saint petersburg beach. this excellent gourmet restaurant is known for it's florida-caribbean cusine. a florida trend golden spoon winner it is considered one of the best restaurants in florida. they offer steak and florida seafood with a caribbean accent. if you are looking for fine dinning in the saint petersburg area the maritana grill is well worth a visit. expensive. reservations recommended.
I'm originally from New England but have lived in the Tampa Bay area for about 6 years now so when I heard about a restaurant in St. Pete that was similar to local, family owned restaurants in Massachusetts/Rhode Island, I was willing to drive 2 hours just to eat lunch at the Casual Clam.
Here are some pros and cons:
PROS-Indoor decor. There are New England license plates hanging on the walls as well as posters of seafood. Reminds me of home.
-Indoor vs. outdoor seating. Although I usually stay inside due to it being less crowded, the outdoor seating area is nice. If you sit indoors, they leave the door open so you can feel the wonderful breeze.
-Food is great.
-Price. It's really inexpensive to eat here especially considering the amount of food you get.
-Great location. There's plenty of stores and other businesses around so if you're on vacation here, there's quite a bit to do in the surrounding area.
CONS-Although the staff has always been friendly to my family, there have been a few times where they've forgetten us. They tend to run to the outdoor seating area more than the indoor area so if you like to sit indoors, you may not get timely service.
Whenever my family is in the mood for some good food, we take a drive down to St. Pete simply to visit the Casual Clam. Would I recommend this restaurant? If you're a former/current New England resident, you'll be very pleased.
Favorite Dish: I'm not a huge seafood fan so I usually get the chicken basket which comes with fries. I have to say the chicken is the best I've ever tasted in any restaurant I've been to. The rest of my family gets the seafood and they all love the taste and huge portions. The clam chowder is great too as well as the cole slaw. I recently tried the tiger shrimp and although it's a bit spicy, it's really good.
Great restaurant spread over several levels with 3 bars, one on the top of the roof usualy with live guitar player, one with a dance floor and a quieter cocktail bar near the main entrance.
Excellent seafood as you would expect on the Gulf coast.
Favorite Dish: Coconut Shrimp and Yellow Fin Tuna
This is a small place tucked in the buildings that surround the USF campus in downtown St. Petersburg. It's has a laid back atmosphere that you would expect of a place like this. You won't find a 12' video screen playing football on the weekends but they do have a small 20" tube TV mounted up high in a corner that you can request a specific game if you like...more then likely it will have to be put to a vote by everyone there to change the channel. The Tavern has excellent beers on tap! My last trip there they had Leinenkugel!! (At least its one of my favorites) Guinness is one of the normal beers you'll find there as well as a selection from the Dunedin Brewery (local brewery about an hour north of St. Pete). The Sandwiches are awesome! They have daily specials and can make any custom sandwich you want.
Beach Side. Fab Beach View with Picnic table Casual Ambiance meets Fried Food Disaster! Okay I admit: the fried calamari looked fresh prepared, but that's about the only thing. Everything else was either overly deep fried or just uninspired from the Smoked Fish Dip to the bland house salads to the Broiled Bay Scallops (I ordered - trying to be somewhat healthy!) to the undercooked baked potato. Just Pass! You could do better at a 7/11!
Favorite Dish: My Favorite dish? Some of the bus boys, I guess. (Yeah - that's how BAD... Smile...)
Server was sweet (but slow... and yet there were 25 in our party, so I won't even GO THERE!)
In downtown St. Pete, this restaurant has a pub-like atmosphere, with great seafood. It's very casual and popular with locals. They also have a good Sunday brunch.
Favorite Dish: I tried the chicken taco salad and it was pretty good.
Crabby Bills is downright awesome. If I were ever going to own a restaurant I would want it to be exactly like this one. It is a seafood place located right on the beach with great views. They have picnic tables inside that are laminated in plastic to aid in the post-meal wash down of lobster and crab messes. Their menu is simple, on their placemats, and features every imaginable kind of local seafood cooked any way that you want. The prices here are really good, too. Oh, and check it out, they have 2 for 1 draft beers before 6 PM.
Favorite Dish: The conch fritters are really excellent. I was skeptical at first about eating something that is essentially made from giant, slimy snails, but they are really good. The crabs as well as the shrimp are great, too.
Generally, I try and stay away from eatteries with the word "Bistro" in their name. I just think it's weird - I mean, you're not in freaking France, dude.
Anyway, I should have stayed clear of this place. We sat on the patio, the staff was rude to us, and then about half way through our dinner, we noticed something - BUGS. Freaking caterpillars were falling from the tree above us into our food. It was totally disgusting. I would never go back - even though their sign does have a cute hedgehog on it.
Victorian-like on the outside and touristy-trap prices on the inside. Rediculous prices for the quality/quantity of food. Grouper sandwiches should'nt cost +$8 and you gotta pay extra for fries, salad, etc. This was a great place back in the 60's and 70's. Save your money and try the lunch at the Seahorse.
Favorite Dish: Nothing memorable.
Thirsty Marlin, one of the most well known establishments in Palm Harbor, serves an array of typical Floridian/Caribbean foods. The extensive menu is full of tasty seafood dishes like cracked conch and grilled fish. The restaurant's large patio hosts live music 5 days a week, and considering that Florida's weather is usually pleasant at night, it's the perfect place to sit and dine. Oddly enough the restaurant also has a sushi bar, it didn't originally strike me as a place that would serve sushi.
I spent my New Year's Eve here, much to my dismay originally, but I must admit it turned out to be a memorable night after all. The problem is that we ran between about 10 different restaurants before settling at this one about an hour from midnight, and we were all cranky and bickering with each other. The tasty food certainly shut us up.
Favorite Dish: anything with conch, ahi, scallops, grouper (local specialty)
Tampa Bay has become known for it's local specialty "Cuban Sandwiches" - although they're Cuban influenced, I highly doubt they were derived from there.
Tangelo's has an extensive Cuban Sandwich menu, with the original (Roast pork, ham, mayo, mustard, swiss cheese, pickles, on pressed cuban bread) as well as varieties, i.e. chicken cubans, grouper cubans.
Their lunch specials are always a great deal; the cuban of the day as well as side dishes and soup for 6-7 dollars.
Favorite Dish: Cuban sandwich.