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Cafe Ponte - Clearwater
Cafe Ponte - Clearwater
  • Address:
    13505 Icot Blvd. Suite 214
    Clearwater, FL 33760
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Cafe Ponte - Clearwater Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeponte.com
  • Email: gm@cafeponte.com
  • Phone: (727) 538-5768
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Ponte
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our full service catering division provides the same award-winning high quality food and service that our guests at Cafe Ponte are accustomed to. From preparing an intimate dinner in your home for you and your friends, to a 500-guest wedding, with the ability to set up a full-service kitchen including tents, equipment, seating, dinnerware, and staff in any setting, Cafe Ponte will exceed your expectations.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room is the perfect solution for conducting corporate business or celebrating a special event. Room accommodates up to 75 guests, and has audio/visual capability, including a 46" plasma T.V. Let our knowledgeable staff customize the perfect menu for you, along with the appropriate wine parings if you wish. From set up to service, Cafe Ponte is unmatched.
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Henderson (727) 538-5683
  • Entertainment: Cafe Ponte features live jazz artists on select weekends, throughout the year. Watch for scheduled wine tastings, Chef"s cooking demonstrations, and local cooking competitions with area Chef's.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 58th St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample single-level parking.
A word from Cafe Ponte - Clearwater
Cafe Ponte, Zagat rated #1 in the Tampa Bay/Sarasota area,features outstanding dining in a modern elegant setting. Chef Chris Ponte"s culinary skills draw influences from all corners of the globe to create this American fusion cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Our waiter was amazing we sat outside, it was great ! He was great! Food was great"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I have never been here before but heard from several people that it is really good. The white asparagus appetizer was excellent. My husband ordered the short ribs and unfortunately they were a little on the dry side. Other than that, we really enjoyed our experience and will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Cafe Ponte stands alone it it's elegance in Pinellas County. The food preparation is superb. The service is excellent and the ambiance, just lovely. We have been there several times now but last week surpassed them all. We were fortunate to catch the goupon that was offered for the 5 course dinner. What a meal and what a deal!!!! There was nothing anyone of the four did not find fabulous. We are hooked! Cafe Ponte is a wonderful dinning experience with all the frills attached. They really know how to do it from welcoming you as you enter to seeing you out as you leave. Go....you will not be disappointed!!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the 6-course Spring Tasting Menu and loved the way all the flavors of each dish unexpectedly meshed so well. It's amazing what they do there. The service was very good. It's one of our favorite spots, if not our favorite, in Tampa Bay."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "An uplifting experience to be among so many animated diners. The food presentation is amazing. And each bite is worthy of being savored. Customers who feel valued, as we did by Marc and the staff, always return."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I go to Cafe Ponte quite often for lunch and just love the food."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary by having the 6 course tasting menu. Turned out to be one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Every course was absolutely delicious. Loved the unusual combination of flavors in many of the foods."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We dined on the six course tasting menu and were very impressed with the quality, taste, and presentation of each course. All courses were very tasty and for the main course, where you had a choice I tried the flat iron steak and my spouse tried the deconstructed lobster pot pie. Both were outstanding. We purchased the six course wine pairing and this was a great compliment to the tasting menu experience. Our server Stephen made the entire evening a memorable one and was very knowledgable about each course and paired wine. Cafe Ponte has an extensive wine menu with some great selections from around the world. Outstanding dining experience and we will definitely add this gem to our "best places to eat" list"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We do our special occasions here and generally sit outside all by ourselves. The Chef's tasting menu with the wine pairings is great. My only suggestion is a list of the wines to have at the table as we keep the menu, too, just to follow along!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Food very good, specifically the filets and flatbreads. Service a little on slow side. Very loud so difficult for conversations."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had the 6 course tasting menu and it was wonderful as was the service. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We did the tasting menu. Each course was so delicious that attempting to name a favorite would be futile effort, but the gnocchi, steak, mushroom soup, butternut squash soup, dessert trio, and amuse were all sensational successes. Just remembering it all for this review makes my mouth water to return. To top it off, our server Michael was a pro. He flawlessly executed a few special requests and took great care of us."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Had the 6 course tasting menu paired with wine. Where do I start. One of the best meals ever. Must pair with the wine. Great choices. Our server Ali was amazing. Knowledgable, personable, paced us perfectly. Thanks to all for doing it right !!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Very nice ,relaxed,casual way to enjoy the evening meal - expertly prepared dishes to suit all tastes, great ambiance, and friendly wait staff."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Had a great time, Server "Steven" was excellent, Food taste/presentation top notch"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Although we have dined at Cafe Ponte several times, this was the best. The tasting menu was exceptional. The waiter was incredible. The recommended wine was beyond compare. We brought friends who had never dined at this restaurant before; these foodies from the North were delighted. They look forward to their next trip to Florida and to Cafe Ponte. Kudos to Chef Ponte and his team for a perfect Tasting Menu and our perfect evening."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at Café Pont. It is by far the best restaurant in the area. I highly recommend it for a special occasion or a very romantic evening out with your special someone."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants I have ever been to and I have been to a lot of restaurants all over the world. The food was a 10. They know how to put together all the elements. Scallops and sole cooked perfectly. Onion foccacai like a pillow of fluff with savory onions. Best broccoli au gratin. just a big yum all around."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Love this place. Have been twice. Last time had the chefs tasting menu. Was wonderful. The wine we wanted was not available and they gave us a different bottle (more expensive, but for the same price), that was wonderful. The food is like art, but very tasty art. The server's were very friendly and knew the food well. Will be back, very soon."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience! As always, delicious! The 6 course tasting menu with the wine pairing was wonderful! Everything was perfectly prepared and paired. I love this option! The staff is attentive but not overbearing and very knowledgeable about each dish. Loved the deconstructed lobster pie! Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Inside the architecture is contemporary in design yet very comfortable. Menu is eclectic and marvelously executed. Service was impeccable and our waiter(Stephen) was knowledgeable and very helpful. Cocktails and wine list were equal to even the most challenging guest.This restaurant would compete well in New York or San Francisco."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Absolutely loved the whole dining experience. The food was delicious and so well presented. We were celebrating my husband's birthday with some friends and we all loved it."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Mushroom soup teaser appetizer with outstanding. All the food provided complex flavor combinations. We all tried the price fixe combination and we're very pleased. It was a most enjoyable dining experience. Service was outstanding, waiter was very passionate about the chef and the food offerings."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I wanted a great place to get something a little better than your normal dinner. This place really fit the bill. The food was excellent, it was very well prepared, cooked just right. Overall the menu was great, definitely will be going back to try more. The service was great."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Convenient to the St Pete airport, this chef-owned place was hopping for lunch. Good-looking pizzas from the wood-fired oven, burgers and a lobster roll that qualifies for Best In Class with lots of lobster in light dressing heaped into a toasted brioche roll. The Mediterranean meat loaf is studded with olives and artichoke bits and is as tender as it is thick. Our waiter said the dinner menu is high-end Italian. Sign me up for that the next time we're in town."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Cafe Ponte never disappoints. I take people here for the first time often and they are always amazed at the menu selection and the flavor combinations. Make sure to try the mushroom soup!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Met with friends at Cafe Ponte recently on a Friday evening. There were 4 of us but one was detained; the waiter was very nice taking care of our table for an hour until our friend arrived. Food and wine were excellent--as always! We appreciate that the menu is not the ordinary steak, chops, fish. Every dish has a special preparation with unique and delicious sauces and accompaniments. The foie gras was superb; the seafood fresh and delicious. Even the bread basket was full of special delights and not the same ol' tired rolls we find in most restaurants. Before we left we were already talking about coming again! Having chefs with this talent and creativity makes all the difference in the world! One of the finest restaurants in our area!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent. Food was outstanding. I had the pumpkin soup and pork chop. Both were excellent. The pork was the best I've had - juicy, tender and cooked to perfection. My husband had the white asparagus and bouillabaisse - again both were excellent. Service was very good and professional. Wine list is very nice and the cocktails were well prepared. We were told that the menu was changing in the next couple of days so it may be different when you attend."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We tried the $85 tasting menu. Chef Ponte has a way with food. From the Amuse through to the salad -- nothing disappointed. My wife didn't like the soup, but I think its a matter of taste. I enjoyed mine. We picked one each of the Flatiron Steak and the De-constructed lobster pot pie. Both were delicious. The cheese was a nice interlude before the desert tasting. We both left stuffed! Try the wine tasting to go along with it... it takes all the guess-work out and their pairings were always very complimentary of the course being served."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Cafe Ponte is rated among the top 10 in the Tampa area for good reasons. Consistently superb food professionally served in a great but sometimes a little noisy environment. We find both lunch & dinner both outstanding & show off our culinary expertise in our area by taking our special friends to Cafe Ponte. Good value on food. Wine a little pricey."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Cafe Ponte is a favorite of ours for special celebrations, and this experience surpassed expectations. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and were surprised when we were seated to find a sweet note and a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Our waiter, Safet, was professional, attentive and helpful. Both the short ribs and sole dinners were outstanding, as was the inventive parmesean asparagus appetizer that we shared. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, a complimentary dessert arrived. Thank you Cafe Ponte, for such a lovely anniversary dinner!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "An all around wonderful experience. The pace was just perfect allowing you to enjoy each and every course without feeling rushed. The food presentation was outstanding and best of all...........it tasted great!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were celebrating my mothers 84th birthday. I can't think of a better dining experience ever. The food was exceptional from the foigras to the sea bass. The service was exceptional. Our server Michelle (from long Island) was attentive, knowledgeable and true professional. The entire experience created a wonderful birthday memory for my mom."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Not our first visit, but it keeps getting better. Service was outstanding and the food was superb, including unique items that were off the chart amazing, like the asparagus appetizer. Great evening."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The way a high class restaurant should be run, with value pricing. We have been there several times, and each one as good as the last. All the meals are skillfully created by Chef Ponte. Delicious, served hot and excellent value. The servers and staff have all been very professional. You will not be dissappointed if you are looking for a classy or special dining experience."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "A true gem in the Clearwater area! Great food and great service. Five stars!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The food was top notch, perfectly prepared and served by knowledgable servers. Overall one of Tampa Bay's best restaurants."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "I cannot recommend Café Ponte enough. I have dined many many times over the years and they never cease to please. Their early bird special is an exceptional value and if you are a Costco member purchase your discount gift cards there and enjoy more value plus an outstanding dining experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day, having wanted to try the restaurant for some time. We had a little difficulty locating the right spot on Ulmerton but it was well worth the effort! Everything was exceptional. We will certainly be returning again and again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "How strange that a restaurant capable of creating such fine food, presented beautifully in a comfortable space quiet enough to have a conversation with dining partners could leave a bad taste for the evening. It happens, I guess. Being presented with a bill 60% higher than the correct -- and ultimately corrected -- billing does sour the experience. Billed for the fixed price three course menu and once again for each entree, we swallowed hard and called for the server. The food was so fine, that we will certainly dine at Cafe Ponte again. You'll spot us in our Sherlock Holmes hats carrying magnifying glasses."
    Dined on 2/28/2014