15 Best Restaurants in Downtown St. Petersburg

  • Peter Arner
  • 08/1/22

Residents and visitors of Downtown St. Petersburg won’t have to travel very far to find a meal that’s highly rated and absolutely delicious. As the Downtown St. Petersburg real estate market continues to thrive, its culinary scene is certainly keeping up. From casual grab-and-go eateries to fine-dining establishments, this neighborhood has a diverse restaurant scene with a wide array of ambiances to accommodate any group. If there’s one neighborhood on Florida’s Gulf Coast that knows how to do food, it’s certainly Downtown St. Petersburg.
With so many options available, you could choose a different venue each time you venture out. The neighborhood has restaurants that serve every variety of international cuisines, and there is a wide array of different ambiances available to choose from that can accommodate any group. To aid in your search, Peter Arner has drawn on his extensive knowledge of the St. Petersburg area to put together a list of the best restaurants in Downtown St. Petersburg.
The next time breakfast, lunch, or dinner rolls around, check out these restaurants and eateries for a memorable meal. Your taste buds will surely thank you!

Social Roost

Whether you’re searching for an intimate dinner with your significant other or an exciting night downtown with friends, Social Roost provides the perfect ambiance to make your meal special. Jason and Rob, both natives of St. Petersburg, teamed up with New York City’s Executive Chef, Susan Burdian, to bring their vision of a scratch kitchen with globally inspired flavors to life. This upmarket cantina serves an eclectic menu of mouthwatering fusion fare with a unique cocktail list to complement. They also offer outdoor seating and host a fabulous weekend brunch.


The upbeat atmosphere and club-like ambiance at Tropez set the mood for a fun evening from the moment visitors walk through the door. Their diverse menu is a fusion of many different flavors, drawing its influence from Italian, Spanish, French, Asian, and American culinary styles. Most items are served in small portions, encouraging visitors to sample a multitude of small plates to share with friends. Their unique craft cocktail list with hand-picked spirits, wines, and beers from around the world perfectly accompanies every meal.

Engine No. 9

For a laid-back meal in a comfortable atmosphere, look no further than Engine No.9. Their juicy burgers are some of the best in town and there are tons of different styles and toppings to choose from. Other popular menu staples include sriracha-crusted hot wings, bluefin tuna sashimi, and fried dill pickle spears. Thanks to the ample television screens on display throughout the restaurant, the place is always buzzing on game night with sports fans eager to cheer on their favorite team.

1200 Chophouse

As the many five-star reviews indicate, 1200 Chophouse is one of the greatest restaurants in St. Petersburg. Owner and Chef Dan Casey pours his culinary passion into each dish and provides impeccable service to each and every group of diners. With a menu of premium cut meats, freshly caught seafood, and innovative American cuisine, this upscale steakhouse leaves each patron eager to come back for more. Patio seating is also available for those who enjoy dinner with a view.

Red Mesa Mercado

Those in search of amazing Mexican cuisine served in a grab-and-go setting will enjoy Red Mesa Mercado. Featuring house-made tortillas to complement the menu, their fresh and authentic dishes with rich flavors are sure to make your mouth water. The eatery is very casual and catered to take-out style, though they do have a large patio area with many tables available for outdoor dining.

Stillwaters Tavern

Best known for its hearty and innovative American fare, Stillwaters Tavern is a staple in the community and it is often packed. Their eclectic menu puts a unique spin on classic comfort food items, with items like the tavern pot pie and fish n’ chips taking center stage. They also have an extensive beer, wine, and spirits list with loads of options available on tap.

The Mill

Classic ingredients are given an artisanal treatment at The Mill. With a creative menu of unique items like watermelon bruschetta and Pablo crusted pickled deviled eggs, your taste buds will surely thank you for the memorable experience. Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, this rustic restaurant is an absolute gem in the neighborhood and has been voted as one of the best new additions to Downtown St. Petersburg.

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House

If cracking open Alaskan king crab legs sounds like a scrumptious excursion, it’s time to head on over to 400 Beach Seafood & Taphouse. This spacious eatery serves only the freshest seafood. In addition to seafood, they have many other options available on the menu, like tasty omelets and healthy salads. They also host a fabulous Sunday brunch buffet that’s without a doubt one of the best brunch destinations in the neighborhood.

Hawkers Asian Street Food

With a menu inspired by flavors found in the streets of Asia, Hawkers Asian Street Food is a scrumptious establishment full of authentic dishes and innovative items. Executive Chef Hector Pagan uses only the finest ingredients to prepare the bold menu. Built in what used to be an underground ballet studio, this upbeat eatery has an industrial-like vibe and rustic decor. Their delectable dim sum options are perfect for sharing, and their craft cocktails are the perfect complement to any meal.


For tasty Italian food with an innovative American twist, BellaBrava is the perfect place to enjoy a crispy pizza or a fresh pasta dish. Owned by the same people as Stillwaters Tavern, this buzzing restaurant is a hotspot among residents and has a lively ambiance. They have an excellent happy hour as well for those looking to enjoy a glass of wine, a craft beer, or a yummy cocktail. For those who enjoy dining in the fresh air, outdoor seating is also available.


Ray Lampe, acclaimed Food Network star, teamed up with the owners of Datz Restaurant Group to give Downtown St. Petersburg the barbeque joint it’s always needed. From brisket to ribs to pulled pork, the best barbecue in the city, and arguably the state, can be found at Dr. BBQ. The ambiance is comfortable and casual, and very upbeat. If you’re a fan of bloody Mary’s, be sure to order one while you’re there.

Sushi Sho Rexley

While there may be a lot of great Japanese restaurants in the area, Sushi Sho Rexley takes omakase to a whole new level. This intimate restaurant has only 10 seats and requires reservations in advance in order to provide the Chef with enough time to prepare your meal. Each piece of sushi is impeccably prepared and will open your taste buds up to a new world of textures and flavors. The sake pairings do a marvelous job complimenting the fish and really bring the dining experience full circle.


One of the most popular places for locals to grab a quick bite to eat is Bodega. This no-frills eatery serves superb Latin street food and always has a line down the block during peak hours. They are best known for their infamous Cuban sandwich that melts in your mouth the moment you bite in. They also serve fresh juices and yummy smoothies for those looking to get their daily fruit serving.

Annata Wine Bar

With a wine list of over 125 varieties as well as craft cocktails and savory tapas on the menu, Annata Wine Bar is an absolutely splendid spot to enjoy a glass of wine over a good conversation with family and friends. Their charcuterie boards are simply divine and make for perfect share plates. The ambiance is upscale yet still inviting, and the service is top-notch. The establishment also hosts live jazz music each week for those who enjoy dinner with a show.

La V

The Vietnamese-fusion fare at its finest is served daily at La V. The modern decor and sidewalk seating draw patrons in, while the rich flavors on the menu keep them coming back for more. This joint is particularly buzzing during the afternoon and attracts flocks of professionals during their lunch break, but it’s still very popular during dinner hours as well. The pho is truly sensational, and the variety of bubble teas available is an added treat.
If you’re considering moving or are interested in investment property in Downtown St. Petersburg, The Arner Group is happy to answer your questions. As an expert in the region with years of professional experience in the real estate industry, Peter Arner and his team can happily answer any questions you have and set you on the path to finding a Downtown St. Petersburg real estate that’s perfect for you.

*Header photo courtesy of Fine Art America

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