Editor's pick Award winner
13505 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760
(727) 538-5768 Reserve now
Cost range: 20.01-100.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
Cafe Ponte is still a yardstick against which the area's other fine dining restaurants may be measured. The dining room looks positively spruce, its red, sage and black color scheme crisp and stylish; linens and table appointments are top-notch. Servers are courteous and professional even when slammed, their dark trousers and sage shirts rather posh. The kitchen's focus: a New American palate with a few Mediterranean and Asian doodads: a tower of seared foie gras, the signature wild mushroom bisque and a lush entree pairing sweet seared scallops with a ragu of soft-braised shortribs, creamy corn polenta and a caramelized shallot sauce - like some crazy Jenga move, it's a towering flavor profile you can't believe works.