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Downtown St Petersburg

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  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

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Events:

Restaurants:

  • 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Seafood upscale
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Date night, 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, 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.

  • Ceviche St. Pete


    Cuisine: Tapas/small plates
    Features: Date night, Late-night dining, Live music, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown St. Petersburg: 95 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    That cocktail of marinated fish is only one item on the biggest spread of hot and cold tapas laid out on both sides of the bay. The Tampa location is dark and cozy, St. Pete's open to the embarcadero. Crowds and food are fast and fun: olives, quail, sherried chicken livers and albondigas. The bar scene: Tampa Bay has many fine purveyors of sangria, but Ceviche serves the absolute finest. Both Ceviche locations -- one in South Tampa, one in downtown St. Pete -- make for great first dates. They're intimate, Old World-ish and they feel exactly how Tampa tapas bars ought to. Check out the Flamingo Bar, located in the basement (a rarity in Florida) of the St. Pete location for a late-night drink and live Latin music fix.

Bars:

  • 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Seafood upscale
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Date night, 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


    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, 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, 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, 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.

  • Ceviche St. Pete


    Cuisine: Tapas/small plates
    Features: Date night, Late-night dining, Live music, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown St Petersburg: 95 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    That cocktail of marinated fish is only one item on the biggest spread of hot and cold tapas laid out on both sides of the bay. The Tampa location is dark and cozy, St. Pete's open to the embarcadero. Crowds and food are fast and fun: olives, quail, sherried chicken livers and albondigas. The bar scene: Tampa Bay has many fine purveyors of sangria, but Ceviche serves the absolute finest. Both Ceviche locations -- one in South Tampa, one in downtown St. Pete -- make for great first dates. They're intimate, Old World-ish and they feel exactly how Tampa tapas bars ought to. Check out the Flamingo Bar, located in the basement (a rarity in Florida) of the St. Pete location for a late-night drink and live Latin music fix.