13079 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
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Bob Spoto opened his latest venture on the site of a restaurant he opened back in 1991. Right out of the gate Grill 131 has done everything right. Attractive without being busy or precious, it's a big restaurant (4,000 square feet and more than 150 seats) that manages to feel intimate. Its adjacent bar is sleek and clubby, easy to imagine filled with stylish hoards. The food is familiar, heavy on the steaks, chops and fillets of fish, but every single dish has a fillip of something unexpected or something au courant. Think thinly pounded beef carpaccio lush with truffle oil and topped with a pouf of microgreens and a sprinkling of smoked sea salt. An Asian accent here, a deep nod to the Mediterranean there, but underneath it all is recognizable food, competently prepared.
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