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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. Primi Urban Cafe

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 27 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    At the end of 2009, Irene and Arno Waltsleben sold the charming Italian downtown St. Petersburg restaurant to Saverio Macaluso, an Italian from Rome. Macaluso has updated the interior and the menu, added a piano, and recently announced new executive chef Tony Macaroni, along with a full Italian  …

  8. Pat O'Brien's at CityWalk

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

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

  9. 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 …

  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 …