St. Pete Restaurant Renaissance

The Sizzle: A Menu of New Restaurants
in St. Pete

St. Petersburg’s restaurant scene is enjoying a renaissance, with new, locally owned concepts cropping up at a dizzying pace. They run a wide culinary gamut, from traditional German to upscale Asian fusion to farm-to-table pizza.

Most of the new eateries are clustering downtown, but 4th Street — one of the main arteries heading northward from the urban core — is filling out as well. New projects of a more bohemian sort are happening just to the west — in the Edge and Grand Central districts.

Take a pictorial tour of several new restaurants that have debuted in recent weeks and months, and a couple that are coming soon.

1 The Reading Room

The Reading Room serves hand-crafted dishes by individuals with a passion for ingredients. Their menu of eclectic fun food and clever wine cocktails earned them a spot in the ‘Golden Spoon Awards, Best New’ category. Home to a garden that inspires many of the dishes and a philosophy to create a space that unites community with a food culture, you're sure to leave inspired and satisfied. 

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2 Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe

This quirky bar/deli offers a global selection of over 300 beers, 75 wines, and deli offerings crafted in hourse with locally sourced ingredients. Drink in, take away, or do both; that's the easy decision. 

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3 Brick & Mortar

Owned and operated by husband and wife team Hope Montgomery and Jason Ruhe, this tiny gem of a restaurant came to fruition after a decade of running their own catering business - it's a rarity for caterers to launch a brick and mortar restaurant (thus the name) - but, we're so glad they did! Located on Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete, th New American cuisine is always fresh and pushes the envelope ever so slightly. When in doubt, order the Fat Noodles!

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4 The Mill

Located smack in the heart of downtown, The Mill mashes up inventive upscale cuisine — courtesy of rising chef Ted Dorsey — and a heady craft cocktail menu with a lively, pub-style atmosphere. The farm-meets-industrial interior design really catches the eye.

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5 Buya Ramen

Edge District

Do you know how to slurp your way through broth and noodles? Perfect your skills at this classic Izakaya located in St. Pete's Edge District. Find various types of gyoza, kamameshi, and of course, fresh ramen made in-house. They offer up the largest selection of Japanese whisky in the Tampa Bay area - the perfect compliment to your meal!

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6 Souzou

Sleek, modern and sophisticated, Souzou raises the ante for Asian fusion cuisine in St. Pete. Start with uber-fresh sushi, sample steamed buns, sticky meatballs and other creative starters, then explore delectable rice and noodle dishes. Artisan cocktails, craft beers and an extensive sake list rounds out the experience. Souzou is located on the northern edge of downtown and offers easy parking.

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The Reading Room

City: St. Petersburg

Address
6001 Central Avenue
FL

Phone: 727-343-0052

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Brick & Mortar

City: St. Petersburg

Address
539 Central Av
FL

Phone: 727-822-6540

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The Mill Restaurant

City: St. Petersburg

Address
200 Central Av
FL

Phone: 727-317-3930

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Buya Ramen

City: St. Petersburg

Address
911 Central Ave
FL

Phone: 727-202-7010

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Souzou

City: St. Petersburg

Address
435 5th Av N
FL

Phone: 727-823-4050

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