3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: South Pinellas beaches
Hotel Zamora, the stylish 72-room boutique hotel now managed by Klimpton Hotels and Restaurants, is not on the beach side of Gulf Boulevard, but uses its bayou-side setting to best effect with a ravishing waterside pool and patio, and the 21 and older, 360 Rooftop full bar has water views on both sides. The color scheme is a vivacious deep mango and teal with lots of natural woods and design elements reminiscent of Bermuda or Antigua. It feels exotic, and what chef Ted Dorsey is doing at its marquee restaurant Castile follows suit. The menu has strong ties to Spain, with a small plate/tapas approach and lots of smoked paprika and cheeses like Cabrales. But then you encounter Latin elements like a zappy Argentine chimichurri sauce on a tender culotte steak or house-smoked chicharrons; and if you're paying attention coconut lemongrass sticky rice or the tomatillo lychee salsa on a tuna poke will take you in a different direction entirely. What stays consistent is Dorsey's attention to detail and commitment to making just about everything in-house. Castile hours: 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m. to midnight on weeknights, until 1 a.m. on weekends. 360 Rooftop hours: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri., 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Sat., 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Sun.
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