95 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cuisine: Tapas/small plates
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg
That cocktail of marinated fish is only one item on the biggest spread of hot and cold tapas laid out on both sides of the bay. The Tampa location is dark and cozy, St. Pete's open to the embarcadero. Crowds and food are fast and fun: olives, quail, sherried chicken livers and albondigas. The bar scene: Tampa Bay has many fine purveyors of sangria, but Ceviche serves the absolute finest. Both Ceviche locations -- one in South Tampa, one in downtown St. Pete -- make for great first dates. They're intimate, Old World-ish and they feel exactly how Tampa tapas bars ought to. Check out the Flamingo Bar, located in the basement (a rarity in Florida) of the St. Pete location for a late-night drink and live Latin music fix.