Eating in downtown St. Petersburg, FL offers so many options to choose from. Our finds include:
Farmtable Kitchen: Located in downtown St. Petersburg at 179 2nd Ave. N., it is a great new addition to the local dining scene. It is located in the Sundial St. Pete shopping center that features an IMAX theater, shops and restaurants. One of the anchors, Locale Market, opened Farmtable Kitchen to focus on “farm-and Gulf-to-table” cuisine. I enjoyed a great dinner with local friends. The black grouper was excellent. It was very crowded, so make sure to book your reservation beforehand.
Next door to Farmtable Kitchen, on the same level, is Sea Salt which is known for its oysters and oyster bar. 183 2nd Ave. N.
Cassis American Brasserie: Located at 2nd and Beach Dr. (170 Beach Drive NE), this is an attractive bistro with a large outdoor seating area. Their happy hour drink specials are very reasonable making it “the” place to go. Their bakery next door is very popular as well for baked goods, pastries and ice cream.
The Mill: This newly opened restaurant from 2015, at 200 Central, is a great spot for lunch or dinner. They offer a farm-to-table menu with craft cocktails and wines. They offer sandwiches, burgers, salads and larger plates. I had a great tuna entree for lunch with a local friend.
Mazzaro’s Italian Market: This is a perfect place to stop for a latte before hitting the highway after touring. It is a popular market with wonderful pastries, biscotti and more where you can grab one and enjoy it over a coffee at their coffee counter. All of their coffee is roasted on site. It is located northwest of downtown at 2909 22nd Ave. N.
The Wooden Rooster: Located downtown at 104 2nd Ave. NE, they feature crepes, sandwiches, salads, soups, coffee, wine and beer. They aksi offer gluten free items.
Other recommended places include Anatta Wine Bar & Restaurant at 300 Beach Drive NE and Brick & Mortar – Kitchen & Wine Bar at 539 Central Ave.
Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro is a perfect spot to eat overlooking the downtown pier and boat harbor. 300 2nd Ave NE.
Craft beer is becoming very popular in the Tampa Bay area. Here you will find over 50 microbreweries. Make sure to check out the Brewery Bay website for their recommended locations and tasting schedules. The Craft Beer Trail website is another great resource for beer lover.
Two downtown St Petersburg breweries worth exploring include:
Cage Brewing at 2001 First Ave. S. in the Grand Central District and Cycle Brewery at 534 Central are good options to try.
Urban Brew and BBQ at 1939 Central, in the Grand Central District, offers their own brews, southern barbecue and comfort food.
Urban Comfort Restaurant and Brewery: At 2601 Central Ave., I loved the feel of this hip, restaurant and brewery located in former gas station.