There is no place like the white sandy beaches of St. Petersburg, Florida. Come find your happy place while you soak up the Florida sun and splash around in the refreshing Gulf of Mexico. With such a long stretch of beaches, bars, and restaurants, it may be difficult to find the best places to visit for your vacation or even just a day off. From weathered beach bars to romantic seafood restaurants, we have got your back covered in the best of the best of this 35-mile stretch of paradise.
The Island Grille and Raw Bar
You’re on island time now! Located at the Tierra Verde Resort Marina with a waterfront view, The Island Grille and Raw Bar gives a relaxing and beachy vibe. Their menu is of full variety featuring everything from seafood, to chicken, to pasta. Delicious, fresh oysters and clams that are served daily go hand in hand with their beachy atmosphere. So go ahead and take a seat on their massive patio while you sip on specialty cocktails and enjoy their fresh selection of seafood.
Sea Critters Cafe
This Pass-A-Grille bar is located directly on the water and it has it all! Guests can drive their boat straight up to the bar and dock it for free right before they enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail. You can also sit along the water while you watch the boat traffic and the memorizing sunset to make for a relaxing experience. Sea Critters features an abundance of boat-fresh fish that patrons are known to love and continue coming back for. While this casual cafe already has everything that one can ask for in such a historic location, they are also known for the catfish that dance around the dock for guests to watch while they dine.
Do you ever wonder where all the locals hang out? Well, here it is! Also located in Pass-A-Grille, The Wharf is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Their open-air, wood bar features 21 different taps, a full liquor bar, and frozen drinks to go alongside the beautiful waterway and the many TV’s to watch the game. The Wharf’s reasonably priced menu has something for everyone from prime rib to grilled cheese sandwiches.
Selene Fresh Fare and Bar
If you are looking for a more upscale restaurant as opposed to all of the laidback beach bars, this is the place to go. Selene has fresh, quality ingredients, exquisite food, and an extensive wine selection to produce a lovely fine dining experience. Try the filet which is drizzled with a perfectly prepared, tangy bearnaise sauce and cooked exactly as requested, or go bold and order the grilled octopus. Coated in olive oil and red wine vinegar and topped with capers and red onions, this peculiar entree turns out to be an extremely flavorful and delicious dish. Selene is a great spot to take a date to or celebrate a special occasion.
Don’t let the outside casual diner vibe of this restaurant fool you. This intimate seafood restaurant and steakhouse is a phenomenal gem located on St. Pete Beach. Each and every entree is full of exotic flavors. Seared swordfish steaks, twin cold lobster tails, aged filet mignon, and Chilean sea bass are just the beginning of this creative gourmet menu. Pair one of their amazing entrees with one of the wines off of their extensive wine list and you have yourself a meal to remember on St. Pete beach.
Sirata Beach Resort
There are few things that are better than sticking your toes in the sand and sipping a fruity cocktail at Sirata Beach Resort! This resort has prime real estate on St. Pete Beach with its marvelous view and many bars and restaurants to choose from. Stop by Rum Runners to bury your toes in the white sand while you enjoy your meal, or maybe go to Harry’s Beach Bar to devour some delicious bar food and sit by a cozy firepit. Either way, you can’t go wrong with these resort bars and their terrific music, amazing atmospheres, and tasty food.
Guy Harvey Outpost
If you have been to St. Petersburg Beach, you have probably heard of this resort, but have you taken the time to pay a visit? Stop by the Flying Bridge to enjoy a bloody mary topped with bacon, olives, celery, lemons, limes and concocted from the homemade recipe they have been using for years. Salty’s Tiki Bar is just a few steps away from the beach so you won’t have to miss a second of sunshine while you grab your refreshing strawberry daiquiri. The Sharktooth Tavern is the best pirate-themed spot you will ever come across. Not only is the resort everything you could ask for, but so are these unique bars and restaurants.
This is a locally owned bar located directly on the white sand of St. Petersburg Beach which homes both an inside sports bar and an outside beach bar. Toasted Monkey is known to have the best breakfast on the beach! From corned beef hash, to three cheese omelets, to mimosas, you can’t go wrong. Sit outside on their deck to watch the two volleyball courts on the beach and listen to their live music to top off your beach day.
Treat yourself to some tasty breakfast tacos in the morning or island muscles alongside a smoked old fashioned in the evening. The world-famous PCI bar contains a little bit of that historic Florida vibe that all of the locals and tourists love and adore. Cool off inside with some classic beach fare, or soak up the sun and enjoy a cocktail in the warm Florida sun at the beach bar outside. The choice is yours!
This place knows what seafood is all about. They also know what good customer service is all about. Be prepared to enjoy the finest ingredients and be treated just the way you deserve. This family owned restaurant focuses on their quality food and service rather than high prices and a fancy atmosphere. Order the shrimp pasta or the grilled grouper with fresh veggies and Shells will be your new go-to place for seafood, hands down.