400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg
The large-scale Beach Drive restaurant — 9,000 square feet, 300 seats, private dining room for 32, banquet room for 64 — is a collaboration of a number of savvy restaurant people. Steve Westphal and Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill, general manager Rick Steavpack and dining room manager Scott Long make a dense enough concentration of pros to assure that things run smoothly even when the crowd is three-deep at the bar. It's affordable, it's accessible and it comes at seafood from lots of directions: Fish tacos to steamed lobster, filet mignon, oysters, salads, plenty of dishes hovering around $20, and a Sunday Brunch. It's glamorous but not stuffy, a lively place to run into a who's who of St. Petersburg, with lovely nighttime views of lighted trees in North Straub Park and the former Pier location beyond and great sidewalk dining.
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