When it comes to fresh seafood and beach views, you won’t want to miss Palm Pavilion on Clearwater Beach. This open-air waterside bar and grill features a come-as-you-are vibe and deliciously fried gator nibbles and wasabi scallops. For a romantic date night, take BAE to The Restorative—a foodie haven in Dunedin, whose ever-changing menu features seasonal ingredients served in an intimate setting. If you love a delicious Mushroom Bisque and flavorful lobster rolls, then stop by Cafe Ponte in Clearwater, where you can also find a wallet-friendly lunch menu! There’s no shortage of unobstructed waterfront views in St. Pete, but Paul’s Landing at The Vinoy is pretty special. With an easy-going elegance and a menu packed with traditional Floridian flavors, it's a serene way to enjoy fiery sunsets over the water.
For laidback St. Pete vibes, head to Trophy Fish. With saltwater coursing through their veins, the team aims to provide the freshest local fish (brought in daily). Did we mention their nautical inspired craft cocktails are every bit as delicious as they are instagrammable? Along with St. Pete’s seafood craze, there’s plenty of veggie-based goodness available for all. From dairy-free nut mylk shakes or entire plant-based menus, we’ve got all the vegan/veggie delights you need. Enjoy grouper, Florida's favorite fish, any time of year at many local restaurants - but especially during Grouper Week, July 26 - August 4.
Then quench your thirst along the Gulp Coast Craft Beer Trail, featuring more than 35 local breweries. It’s only an hour’s drive (not including the time you’ll spend taste testing stouts, pilsners and IPAs) and runs from Tarpon Springs to St. Pete!
Be sure to explore fun and funky Central Ave. for a truly local vibe (and some amazing independent restaurants and nightclubs). For a slightly different flair of downtown St. Pete’s nightlife, swing by The Canopy at The Birchwood, a rooftop lounge overlooking St. Pete’s waterfront. Casual, yet trendy, guests can enjoy the private cabanas and breathtaking bay views with crisp libations and delectable light fare. Or make your way to Level 11, the area’s hottest new rooftop bar at the Grand Plaza Hotel. Perched atop St. Pete Beach, this artisan bistro bar elevates the rooftop experience with a sophisticated twist, providing globally-inspired small plates and delicious drinks. Did we mention the 360° views of the Gulf and Intracoastal? Finish your jam-packed day and show off your hip dance moves at The Wave at Shephard’s Resort. This lively club even has an outdoor tiki bar with an ocean-side dance floor.
Still not sure what to try? We don’t blame you. St. Pete is experiencing a restaurant renaissance, with new, locally-owned concepts popping up at a dizzying pace. Take a pictorial tour of what’s new or opening soon to choose your next adventure; then get out there, savor the vibe and #LiveAmplified!