340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Features: Outdoor seating
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg
There are some pleasant dishes, but the menu suffers from the kitchen's constraints. Because it is a historic building, it doesn't have a big hood system, which would allow a grill, flat top and other kitchen equipment. Instead, food is produced in space-age Turbo Chef ovens that use impinged air and radiant heat and require no venting. Still, the sidewalk tables have a great view of the boats bobbing on the water and service is warm and attentive. One afternoon's white pizza ($9.99 small, $15.99 large) made a tasty shared nosh, a mantle of mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan hiding garlicky sauteed spinach and a few bits of sun-dried tomato. In general, Gatsby's isn't yet great. It will have to refine the menu a bit to compete effectively with the other successful restaurants along Beach. But certainly F. Scott Fitzgerald himself wouldn't turn his nose up at a sidewalk table here on a lazy afternoon.The bar scene: This is one of the coziest bars in downtown St. Pete. There's not a big crowd most nights, so it's suitable for a before-dinner drink that won't be crowded, or a nightcap that's a perfect spot for some warm conversation.