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Tiki Docks opens in St. Petersburg’s Skyway Marina District

A second location of the Polynesian-themed bar and grill will open in Riverview this fall.
A watermelon margarita is served at Tiki Docks, now open in St. Petersburg's Maximo Marina.
A watermelon margarita is served at Tiki Docks, now open in St. Petersburg's Maximo Marina. [ HELEN FREUND | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Aug. 10, 2020

Tiki Docks, a new Polynesian-themed bar and grill, is now open in St. Petersburg’s Skyway Marina District.

The sprawling indoor-outdoor restaurant opened inside the Maximo Marina on July 28 and takes over the space formerly occupied by the short-lived second location of the Getaway, which closed last August.

The new spot is the first of two sister concepts from 23 Restaurants Services, the parent company and restaurant group that also runs Ford’s Garage and Yeoman’s Cask & Lion.

A much larger location of Tiki Docks was slated to open in Riverview first, but the $8 million project, which has been underway since 2018, is now scheduled to open later this year, likely in September, said Tara Matheny, the vice president of brand development.

Cod, pork belly and shrimp tacos served at Tiki Docks in St. Petersburg.
Cod, pork belly and shrimp tacos served at Tiki Docks in St. Petersburg. [ HELEN FREUND | Tampa Bay Times ]

Since the St. Petersburg location features an open-air theme similar to the Getaway, revamping the building for the new business didn’t require a lot of construction and only took about three months, Matheny said.

The 5,000-square-foot spot includes an indoor dining area with retractable doors leading out to a large outdoor space that consists of two sprawling patios and a bar overlooking the marina.

Cocktails play strongly with the tiki theme (many are served in tiki head glassware) and include several classics of the genre, including painkillers, zombies and sea birds. Other drinks include a watermelon margarita, a selection of frozen cocktails, including a mango margarita and a pina colada, and a list of house cocktails on tap, all of which are served in 16-ounce drink pouches.

The food menu is divided into First Bites (appetizers), Dockwiches (sandwiches), Dishes (entrees) and a raw bar. The seafood focus is heavy, with dishes running the gamut from smoked fish spread to raw oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, fish sandwiches and crab cakes. Other menu items include the Alafia tacos, with a choice of pork belly, cod, shrimp or avocado, all topped with a Hawaiian slaw, queso fresco, key lime mustard and cilantro; the Weeki Wachee Watermelon, where slices of fresh watermelon get topped with a jalapeno and cilantro aioli, queso fresco and cilantro; and the Riverview Ribs, which come brushed with a tiki glaze and are served with fries and a Hawaiian slaw.

Tiki Docks is open Monday through Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m to 10 p.m.

3769 50th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 810-8454. tikidocks.com.