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Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

Categories: Restaurant, Bar

Cuisine: Breakfast or brunch, Cajun/Creole, Italian, Seafood casual

Features: Beach/Waterfront, Big-screen TVs, Date night, Dog-friendly, Live music

Cost range: 20.01-100.00

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Full bar

Parking: Lot

More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg

This restaurant at the base of the St. Petersburg Pier offers the kind of quality cooking seldom found on the local waterfront. The menu is long on seafood and chops, but every dish gets extra touches of herbs, pine nuts, fine sauces and other evidence of authenticity and imagination that are the signs of a good chef. Pasta is simple, but right.

The bar scene: A wonderfully relaxing spot to have a cocktail on the water, Fresco's can also pulse with a lot of energy on a late Saturday afternoon. Be careful, though. Many of the tables on the outside deck are reserved for diners, so be sure to elbow your way into some of the limited seating at the bar. The view out toward the marina is worth it.

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Fresco's Waterfront Bistro - Downtown St. Petersburg