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  1. Riviera Supper Club

    South Pinellas beaches : 250 75th Ave., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    The owners gussied up a slightly tired space, adding white and burgundy linens, appealing dark wood and warm, amber light throughout. Nice, but still inviting and unfussy (with live music many nights), date-night-appropriate, but nothing with a corsage or a ring box. The menu is a bit of a hodge …

  2. Sapphire Room at the Floridan Palace Hotel

    Downtown Tampa : 905 N Florida Ave, Tampa, 33602

    The Vibe: The reimagining of a historic downtown Tampa hotel bar and lounge, with appetizers, salads and sandwiches and desserts. Specialty cocktail, Between the Sheets with rum and brandy, large wine list, beers on tap.Hours: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Thur.-Sat., closed Sun.-Wed. Closing hours may vary, ca …

  3. Maximo

    Sarasota : 1296 First St., Sarasota, 34236

    Italian and bold South African cuisine including ostrich, with special theater menu offered in season.Hours: 5 p.m. until late Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.- until late Sat.-Sun.

  4. J D's Restaurant & Lounge

    North Pinellas beaches : 125 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

  5. Michael's on East

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 1212 East Ave. S, Sarasota, 34239

    It's won best-of-Florida accolades from nearly everyone since its opening at the beginning of the 1990s — and it's kept up with all the newcomers, consistently pushing the envelope and wowing diners with its "New American' take and opulent decor. During the day it's a power-lunching crowd  …

  6. Gasoline Alley

    Largo : 14046 66th St. N , Largo, 33771

    After settling into its new digs in summer 2008, Gasoline Alley is going strong, boasting a sports bar with dartboards and pool tables, a music hall with a 1,000-square-foot dance floor and a spiffy new black and white piano bar. Sports fans like it for their Rays package and UFC events. Rock fa …

  7. Pat O'Brien's at CityWalk

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    Open daily 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

  8. Seasons 52

    Editor's pick

    Westshore : 204 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33609

    It's a chain concept with no deep fryers, a heavy reliance on seasonal and sustainable ingredients, a commitment to serving no dishes over 475 calories, with any number of subtle strategies for giving diners lots of flavor and drama without a lot of fat and calories. Darden Restaurants — O …

  9. St. Petersburg Yacht Club

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

  10. Max & Sam's Bar & Grill

    South Pinellas beaches : 1700 Park St., St. Petersburg, 33710

    .When space issues necessitated a move from the beach, the crowds followed across the bridge, and brought more friends. Max & Sam's relocated to the Tyrone/Jungle neighborhood in the space that was Saffron's for years, and restored the spot to its speakeasy-era charm. The steaks are the star …