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  1. Fetishes Dining & Wine Bar

    South Pinellas beaches : 6305 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    For 18 years it was an outlier on St. Pete Beach, a community more comfortable with flip-flops than flambees. Bruce Caplan's salaciously named Fetishes Fine Dining was a throwback of sorts, a nod to the Continental restaurants of yore. Just eight tables and a menu that boasted tournedos, quenell …

  2. Bently's Restaurant

    Citrus County : 11920 N Florida Ave., Dunnellon, 34434

  3. 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 …

  4. Crystal Dining Room at the Floridan Palace Hotel

    Downtown Tampa : 905 N Florida Ave, Tampa, 33602

    Looking up, it's a visual smorgasbord: shimmering chandeliers, ornate gilded wrought-iron balustrades and immense white and gold-trimmed drapes Scarlett O'Hara could have made a whole wardrobe out of. But the best is the ceiling, hand-painted medallions and cupids and scrolled crests that nearly …

  5. Passports Restaurant

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 1320 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 34606

    Ever-changing menu of international cuisine, ethnic specialties, regional favorites, with different cuisine featured each week.

  6. Good Times Continental Restaurant

    South Pinellas beaches : 1136 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, 33715

  7. Cafe de France

    Winter Park : 526 S Park Ave., Winter Park, 32789

  8. Bijou Cafe

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 1287 First St., Sarasota, 34236

    The Bijou has been a local sparkling jewel since 1986, making everyone's Top 10 list and garnering lots of drippy adjectives from Zagat, Bon Appetit and Gourmet. It's what you'd call Continental-American fare, presided over by chef Jean-Pierre Knaggs and his wife, Shay. Located a couple of block …

  9. Cafe L'Europe

    Sarasota beaches : 431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, 34236

    Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

  10. Chouinard's Cuisine

    St. Petersburg : 9617 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, 33708

    It isn't in a location that you would expect to find fantastic food, but if you make the effort to get there, that is what you'll find. Chef Joseph Chouinard's St. Petersburg dining roots go back to his days as the original chef of then-landmarks Redwoods and Pacific Wave downtown. Now he is goi …

  11. Cassis American Brasserie

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 170 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Few restaurant openings have been as anticipated as Cassis American Brasserie, opened at the base of the Ovation tower on the downtown waterfront. Cementing Beach Drive as the "it" spot in St. Pete, its decor is stunning. Yellow walls, unimpeded sightlines across the generously portion …

  12. Harry's Continental Kitchen

    Manatee beaches : 525 Saint Judes Drive, Longboat Key, 34228

    Includes Harry's Corner Store with produce, hot lunches, pastries, bread, groceries, beer and wine, newspapers.

  13. Bon Appetit Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 148 Marina Plz, Dunedin, 34698

    Tables with bay views and traditional indulgences such as rack of lamb, sweetbreads, escargot and Dover sole. The menu has been updated with pastas, grilled fish, fresh herbs and half-orders, but there are rich sauces and strudels as well. Brunch on Sundays.

  14. Morel Restaurant

    Sarasota : 3809 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 34239

    Chef Fredy Mayer's menu ranges from Chilean sea bass to duck breast.Open beginning at 4:30 p.m. for dinner Tues.-Sat.

  15. Cafe Vienna

    St. Petersburg : 5625 Fourth St. N # 6, St. Petersburg, 33703

    Look around the pretty, forest green dining room, flanked at the front by a bar lined with personalized beer mugs and wine glasses, and it's clear: This place has devoted regulars. They find their mug, have it filled with a Spaten pilsner or Franzikaner weissbier, and then consider — am I  …

  16. Wine Cellar Restaurant

    North Pinellas beaches : 17307 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach, 33708

    It started as a teeny spot in Gulfport. Success brought change, and the Wine Cellar moved to bigger digs in North Redington Beach. Despite the grander 200-seat location, Karl Klumpp, Ted Sonnenshein and Peter Shuckert set about creating the same warmth and intimacy in this moodily lit setting. T …

  17. Cafe European

    South Tampa : 113 S Hyde Park Ave., Tampa, 33606

  18. Budapest Restaurant

    West Pasco : 7411 US Highway 19, New Port Richey, 34652

  19. Skidders Restaurant

    South Pinellas beaches : 5799 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

  20. La Cote Basque French Restaurant

    Gulfport : 3104 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport, 33701

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