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Downtown St Petersburg

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

Restaurants:

  • 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Seafood upscale
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Date night, Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Downtown St. Petersburg: 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The large-scale Beach Drive restaurant — 9,000 square feet, 300 seats, private dining room for 32, banquet room for 64 — is a collaboration of a number of savvy restaurant people. Steve Westphal and Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill, general manager Rick Steavpack and dining room manager Scott Long make a dense enough concentration of pros to assure that things run smoothly even when the crowd is three-deep at the bar. It's affordable, it's accessible and it comes at seafood from lots of directions: Fish tacos to steamed lobster, filet mignon, oysters, salads, plenty of dishes hovering around $20, and a Sunday Brunch. It's glamorous but not stuffy, a lively place to run into a who's who of St. Petersburg, with lovely nighttime views of lighted trees in North Straub Park and the former Pier location beyond and great sidewalk dining.

    Read the full review.

  • 9 Bangkok Restaurant


    Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi, Thai

    Downtown St. Petersburg: 571 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    This mainstay of downtown St. Petersburg's dining scene for more than a decade offers dependable Thai and sushi dishes. The decor inside is no-frills, but the food is anything but. And lunchtime always features a special.

  • BellaBrava


    Cuisine: American upscale, Italian, Pizza
    Features: Catering, Children's menu, Dog-friendly, Happy hour, Late-night dining

    Downtown St. Petersburg: 204 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    With its location along Beach Drive, it offers a hip yet affordable contemporary Italian menu that leans heavily on wood-fired pizzas (note especially the one with the fried egg on top) and boldly flavored and rustic pastas. Sidewalk seating expands the seating options, and a lively bar keep it among downtown's most active nighttime scenes.

    The bar scene: Definitely a must-stop for those seeking a great place to visit with friends for happy hour or to share a cocktail before hitting a concert. Bartenders are knowledgeable and are brimming with ideas for assorted specialty drinks. In its new space, the horseshoe-shaped bar has become the focal point of BellaBrava. It offers a cozy setting for dining there as you catch a game on one of the flat-screen TVs dotting the high walls. Already, regulars are claiming different tables along the bar's southern wall -- perfect spots for people watching or saying hi to friends as they head back to dinner.

    Here's a virtual tour of the restaurant, courtesy of Bella Brava.

  • Alfresco


    Cuisine: American casual, Caribbean, Seafood casual
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Downtown St. Petersburg: 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This member of the Vinoy resort's restaurants features a fresh Floribbean menu. This small and casual spot is a little hard to find back by the pool, but when you do, you'll appreciate the great service and the opportunity to eat outside on a beautiful day. A favorite is the sweet potato fries that come with wraps and sandwiches. But if you're being good, there's always fresh fruit.

  • Angie's Cafe


    Cuisine: American casual

    Downtown St. Petersburg: 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

Bars:

  • 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Seafood upscale
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Date night, Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Downtown St Petersburg: 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The large-scale Beach Drive restaurant — 9,000 square feet, 300 seats, private dining room for 32, banquet room for 64 — is a collaboration of a number of savvy restaurant people. Steve Westphal and Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill, general manager Rick Steavpack and dining room manager Scott Long make a dense enough concentration of pros to assure that things run smoothly even when the crowd is three-deep at the bar. It's affordable, it's accessible and it comes at seafood from lots of directions: Fish tacos to steamed lobster, filet mignon, oysters, salads, plenty of dishes hovering around $20, and a Sunday Brunch. It's glamorous but not stuffy, a lively place to run into a who's who of St. Petersburg, with lovely nighttime views of lighted trees in North Straub Park and the former Pier location beyond and great sidewalk dining.

    Read the full review.

  • Marchand's Bar & Grill at the Renaissance Vinoy


    Cuisine: American upscale, Breakfast or brunch, Fine dining, Mediterranean
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Jazz/Blues, Live music, Upscale

    Downtown St Petersburg: 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The central Vinoy Bar shows off a small wine cellar room that provides an enviably intimate dining space for four, with a seafood focus, and dishes that reflect a stylish and loosely Mediterranean sensibility with saucing and garniture.

    The bar scene: It feels like something out of The Great Gatsby; the space is airy and clean. Kick back with a drink as the band serenades you with easy listening. There's also a jazz brunch Sundays starting at 10:30 a.m., plus a classical jazz pianist in the lobby weekday evenings. Fridays are your best bet; the band offers pure jazz until around 10 p.m., then mixes in some R&B.

    You can also take it outdoors at the Vinoy -- on the spacious veranda with its wicker furniture and ceiling fans, or in the courtyard just in front of the hotel, with outdoor heaters and a fire pit for chilly Florida winter nights.

  • Moon Under Water


    Cuisine: British, Indian, Pub
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Big-screen TVs, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Downtown St Petersburg: 332 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Since 1996, its calling card has been a loose and ethnically diverse array of pub grub, all able accompaniments to a delicious, foam-capped black and tan. The signature dish is chicken tikka masala (said to be "Britain's true national dish"), and even Moon Under Water's walls are deep red tinged a slight curry color, against which assorted flags and Brit-obilia pop.

    The regular chicken curry is something of a party, arriving with a hot metal bowl of saffron-hued basmati, another of dusky curry, a crisp, peppery pappadam, an oblong of warm naan, and if you're in the mood to splurge a few bucks extra, little bowls of mango chutney, onion pickle and cuke-spiked yogurt.

    The bar scene: What's not to like about drinking a pint of Harp with a beautiful view of the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront? There is front patio seating available, and the competition for a table can be pretty fierce during prime dining hours, but it thins out late in the evening. If you prefer indoors, you'll love the beery-cozy pub side of the restaurant, with its excellent selection of British beers on tap.

  • BellaBrava


    Cuisine: American upscale, Italian, Pizza
    Features: Catering, Children's menu, Dog-friendly, Happy hour, Late-night dining

    Downtown St Petersburg: 204 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    With its location along Beach Drive, it offers a hip yet affordable contemporary Italian menu that leans heavily on wood-fired pizzas (note especially the one with the fried egg on top) and boldly flavored and rustic pastas. Sidewalk seating expands the seating options, and a lively bar keep it among downtown's most active nighttime scenes.

    The bar scene: Definitely a must-stop for those seeking a great place to visit with friends for happy hour or to share a cocktail before hitting a concert. Bartenders are knowledgeable and are brimming with ideas for assorted specialty drinks. In its new space, the horseshoe-shaped bar has become the focal point of BellaBrava. It offers a cozy setting for dining there as you catch a game on one of the flat-screen TVs dotting the high walls. Already, regulars are claiming different tables along the bar's southern wall -- perfect spots for people watching or saying hi to friends as they head back to dinner.

    Here's a virtual tour of the restaurant, courtesy of Bella Brava.

  • A Taste for Wine


    Features: Date night, Gay-friendly, Import specialist, Live music, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown St Petersburg: 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Bern's may have the better wine list, but many of us would rather hang out at A Taste for Wine. The wrought-iron balcony offers a great view of Central Avenue in St. Pete. Inside, there's art on the walls from JJ Watts gallery, and live music on weekends: jazz, folk, flamenco, pop, etc. They also serve a great selection of microbrews and specialty beer, if wine's too fancy for you (just don't ask for a Miller Lite). An expansion in recent years has opened a new area with plenty of seating that's perfect for birthday parties or small corporate events.

Attractions:

  • 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Seafood upscale
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Date night, Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Downtown St Petersburg: 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The large-scale Beach Drive restaurant — 9,000 square feet, 300 seats, private dining room for 32, banquet room for 64 — is a collaboration of a number of savvy restaurant people. Steve Westphal and Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill, general manager Rick Steavpack and dining room manager Scott Long make a dense enough concentration of pros to assure that things run smoothly even when the crowd is three-deep at the bar. It's affordable, it's accessible and it comes at seafood from lots of directions: Fish tacos to steamed lobster, filet mignon, oysters, salads, plenty of dishes hovering around $20, and a Sunday Brunch. It's glamorous but not stuffy, a lively place to run into a who's who of St. Petersburg, with lovely nighttime views of lighted trees in North Straub Park and the former Pier location beyond and great sidewalk dining.

    Read the full review.

  • 9 Bangkok Restaurant


    Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi, Thai

    Downtown St Petersburg: 571 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    This mainstay of downtown St. Petersburg's dining scene for more than a decade offers dependable Thai and sushi dishes. The decor inside is no-frills, but the food is anything but. And lunchtime always features a special.

  • BellaBrava


    Cuisine: American upscale, Italian, Pizza
    Features: Catering, Children's menu, Dog-friendly, Happy hour, Late-night dining

    Downtown St Petersburg: 204 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    With its location along Beach Drive, it offers a hip yet affordable contemporary Italian menu that leans heavily on wood-fired pizzas (note especially the one with the fried egg on top) and boldly flavored and rustic pastas. Sidewalk seating expands the seating options, and a lively bar keep it among downtown's most active nighttime scenes.

    The bar scene: Definitely a must-stop for those seeking a great place to visit with friends for happy hour or to share a cocktail before hitting a concert. Bartenders are knowledgeable and are brimming with ideas for assorted specialty drinks. In its new space, the horseshoe-shaped bar has become the focal point of BellaBrava. It offers a cozy setting for dining there as you catch a game on one of the flat-screen TVs dotting the high walls. Already, regulars are claiming different tables along the bar's southern wall -- perfect spots for people watching or saying hi to friends as they head back to dinner.

    Here's a virtual tour of the restaurant, courtesy of Bella Brava.

  • Alfresco


    Cuisine: American casual, Caribbean, Seafood casual
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Downtown St Petersburg: 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This member of the Vinoy resort's restaurants features a fresh Floribbean menu. This small and casual spot is a little hard to find back by the pool, but when you do, you'll appreciate the great service and the opportunity to eat outside on a beautiful day. A favorite is the sweet potato fries that come with wraps and sandwiches. But if you're being good, there's always fresh fruit.

  • Angie's Cafe


    Cuisine: American casual

    Downtown St Petersburg: 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701