179 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cuisine: Seafood upscale
Features: Children's menu
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg
Fabrizio and Ingrid Aielli opened the glamorous second outpost of their Italian seafood extravaganza (the first is in Naples, Fla.) early in 2015. This is traditional fine dining with a deep-pockets/far-reaching wine list and a sumptuously appointed dining room. (Even the ladies' room boasts excellent purse knobs.) True to its name, bread comes with a trio of exotic salts and a cruet of oil. But oyster service is the best thing about Sea Salt. Oysters are pristinely fresh, and they come from British Columbia to Maine and a lot of places in between. Well, where there's water. Served simply on a round metal ice-filled tray with horseradish, cocktail sauce and a lovely mignonette, they are memorably good. The rest of the menu splits between elegantly simple seafood preparations and glamorous spins on traditional pastas. After a rich and smooth tomato bisque and a salad pairing roasted beets with sweet peaches, dive into a gutsy wagyu beef Bolognese, a rosy Jackman Ranch Akaushi tenderloin gussied with cocoa nibs and a foie gras sauce and paired with broccolini ($43), or a textbook black grouper set atop a fava and pea puree. Hours: 4:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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