Cafe Ponte - Clearwater
Cafe Ponte - Clearwater

Cafe Ponte - Clearwater

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeponte.com/
  • Phone: 7275385768
  • 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: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • 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 7275385683
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe Ponte - Clearwater reviews from OpenTable diners
200 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (141)fit for foodies (138)romantic (90)great for lunch (73)notable wine list (70)neighborhood gem (54)good for groups (48)hot spot (29)great for outdoor dining (16)great for brunch (8)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I wanted to take my husband someplace nice for his 40th Birthday and. Friend recommended this place. We have driven by countless times and never tried it. From the moment we sat down everything was very personal and our waiter was great. The food was phenomenal! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DOES NOT DISAPPOINT
    Coach
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Recently had lunch, which was delicious with quick and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb dining experience
    RaggyMom
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We arrived early but there was ample seating @ the bar as well as a piano player. Nice ambiance. Wine list lacks for palatable whites but nice reds. We started w/ the tuna tartare, very delicious, fresh & light. My husband had the short ribs, which were amazing. Very tender and flavorful. I had the scallop dish, which was very good also. My only complaint was the scallops could have been seared a few mins longer. The restaurant was busy that evening & there was a slight delay with beverage service. Not something we complained about but apparently something the manager noticed. So without any complaint on our part, the restaurant served us their amazing chocolate cake and 2 glasses of champagne on the house. What a class act place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dining Experience
    Missy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were lucky enough to celebrate our anniversary at Café Ponte. We were made to feel incredibly special as they acknowledged the occasion as soon as we sat down. The food was exquisite and service was impeccable. It was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had...and we dine out frequently. It was a great overall experience from start to finish. We love the creativity of the menu and the quality of food is second to none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant is one of the best in the area. The service is exceptional and the menu is absolutely fantastic. The Groupon special is excellent value for what you get. We will be going back many more times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our special occasion place
    joananddavid
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dine at Ponte's a couple times a year with another couple. It is our special occasion place and it has never disappointed. Changing menu with seasonal choices is a plus. Consistent quality of food and service keeps us coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try!
    Robert
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is the ultimate romantic spot for a cozy dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Misskes
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a groupon for a six course food tasting. The service was a little slow we were there almost 3 hours. The food was pretty tasty. We will definitely go back to try their regular menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The presentation and quality of the food is always excellent. The creativity of the kitchen is very high. Service meets expectations on a consistent basis. I have never been disappointed at Cafe Ponte and go back time after time and recieve what I came for-fine food, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    fpbnice
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food and service at Café Ponte is outstanding and suitable for the most critical palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunshine
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent Always a great time. Service is well rounded. tables are spotless Food you dont need any added spices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was a good place. My wife and I were not cultured enough to fully enjoy the food. A good experience though Cool atmosphere The waitress was killing it (in a good way); dominating all of the drink orders for all of the tables while still hosting the bar and a few tables herself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Salmon Burger
    Angelina
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have been a customer of the Café Ponte's since they opened. The food has always been amazing along with the service and atmosphere. I was very disappointed to see they had removed their salmon burger from the menu. HOWEVER, this past Tuesday I was lucky enough to be there for lunch when the Salmon Burger was on the Special's menu. I must say-I was a happy woman that day. PLEASE BRING THE SALMON BURGER BACK!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A True Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Plan your evening at Cafe Ponte, because dinner will take two luxurious hours of pampering and beautifully prepared food. The prix fixe 3 course meal makes dinner here especially affordable. Cafe Ponte is a treasure, and if you love great food this is the place to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!!
    LHAM
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had a wonderful dinner with my lady friend. We had the 'summer tasting menu' and it was delicious!!! There was a table near us that was a bit 'over served' and loud but the staff did a great job keeping them under control...overall, a great evening!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    JIDITI
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've been to Cafe Ponte many times and have never been disappointed... Each time the food, service and atmosphere was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Josh
    Maro
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was great. My husband and I had the sea bass which was absolutely delicious, as well as the mixed salad and salmon appetizer. Wine was also great. We'll be back for sure. Our server was very knowledgable and very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beth
    Gourmet11VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great food, great service! We'll be back soon! The Summer Tasting menu is terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints, always excellent
    stpetefoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The service and food is always great. We enjoyed the 6-course tasting menu and loved every course. We've also been here for lunch and the regular dinner menu. It never disappoints and the food is excellent. We love coming here for any occasion, or just a nice meal out! This is a place where you know you are paying for great food and service, and not the location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will be back..
    Iwillbeback
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As always, the food was amazing. Service professional even in the face of having the kitchen back up because of a private party. We llok forward to coming back every season for the new menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • With Friends
    TheDonVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Another great visit to one of our most favorite restaurants. Ranked in top 10 in Tampa area for good reason. Three course special a great value but must place order prior to 6:30 PM. Service as always impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place to eat in Clearwater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had some important people in from Jacksonville and recommended we eat dinner there. They were very impressed and LOVED the food. I am sure they will be back for dinner there when they are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • repeat visit - best yet
    BradVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our 4th visit to Café Pont. Food and service were spot on. Waiter was French Canadian and both pleasant and capable. He confidently recommended the rib eye and the short ribs, and both were excellent. If you like chocolate, the flourless chocolate cake is terrific and enough for sharing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    dtgflorida
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first time and we will definitely be visiting again....and again. We opted for the 6 course Summer Tasting Menu and weren't disappointed. The wait staff was extremely knowledgeable on every course. The Chef sent out several small appetizers that were amazing. The wild mushroom soup with truffle cream was our favorite. Dinner lasted over two hours and we enjoyed every minute. Café Ponte is a hidden gem in the Largo/Clearwater area. You probably won't be able to afford dining there every week, but every special occasion in your life will bring to mind this dining option.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Always
    NoneVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We go here for every major celebration: birthdays & anniversary. Because it is in Florida we almost always eat outside where we usually have the patio to ourselves. We do the Chef's Tasting Menu with the Wine Pairings and have never had anything we did not like. On 7/28 was the first time I ever liked peas! The service is pleasant and excellent. We will keep coming back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything great except?
    Pamie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were there for the tasting menu. This was our third time and was the least memorable. Entree choices of fish or shellfish / short rib combo was weak. Shortribs were emulsified to almost the point of purée. Nice taste but I didn't have a straw handy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a treat
    Excellent
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant has never disappointed us. Food is amazing and the service is excellent. The flourlesd chocolate is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Pleasure
    Jimbo49
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Cafe Ponte is one of my favorite spots for dinner. The food is excellent and the service is pleasantly attentive and competent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    WG727
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is my second visit to Cafe Ponte. Both times I've ordered the Tasting Menu and both times I was impressed. The meals are prepared with great skill and care, and you'll realize that at first taste. The service is very good, with professional wait staff bringing you food at the appropriate times and to all members of the table at the same time. New silverware is provided after courses and the crumbs removed from the table before dessert. A truly great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Menu
    PLEASED
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I thought Café Ponte was excellent for me and my party. Everyone was very satisfied at the end of dinner. The array of appetizers, main courses, desserts and wine list was spectacular and there was something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodiedivas
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had invited friends to celebrate the selling of our rental house. My husband had never dined there, and I had many years ago. He was very impressed and we had a marvelous evening! We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great again
    FLAvatar
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Made reservations at the earliest opportunity once the summer tasting menu was rolled out. Everything was delicious and interesting, and we enjoyed the usual impeccable service. Will be back for more, and can hardly wait for fall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Six Course Tasting
    cfsutt
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My husband and I love the 6 course tasting menu. We've done two tastings (Spring and Summer) and both were outstanding. Our last server was very good and knew her wines which was nice since we also got the wine pairing. She customized the wine pairing for a couple of courses based on if we prefer whites or reds. The food is amazing and beautifully presented. We ate here for lunch once and it was also delicious. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    MunchkinVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This chef owned find is a real gem. The cheese board pairs cheese with accompaniments so it's easy to punch up your cheese experience. Incredible 41 day dry aged strip steak is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This is a perfect spot for a business lunch. The food is excellent. The service is great. The setting is comfortable and ideal for discussion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anne
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    had a wonderful time with the tasting menu, used a groupon made it more affordable. The service was great and the restaurant even brought out a dessert with a candle for my friend's birthday. what a great touch. everyting was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is our 5-6 time this year at Cafe Ponte. We love the food and atomsphere. We did bring a new couple with us this time and was slightly disappointed in the main dish amount of food- very little (we did the tasting) however all in all a wonderful evening. Waitress Michelle is the absolute best.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Service
    SJB1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Enjoyed really exceptional service and excellent food here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, some unpleasant surprize
    maryontheroad
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I had something off the prix fixe menu and was annoyed that just about everything had a "plus up" factor. Why call if Prix Fixe if everything (good) costs more? Not a real complaint, just an annoyance. Had Kale Salad -good but bitter. Sea bass was beautifully presented but had an undertone of something absolutely awful. The chocolate cake was fabulous - the high point of my meal. In Florida the ONLY local seafood / fish was gulf shrimp - disappointing and unimaginative if local cannot be incorporated. My prix fixe best value meal with tip (~20%) came to $55. (no drinks no alcohol) It was nice once but looking at cost and other menu choices; I will probably not return.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I use to love this restaurant and the food but I had a luncheon meeting last week there and the chicken salad I ordered was really bad. It had three tiny pieces of chicken (super dry) lots of lettuce but nothing really special. Waitress recommended it so I was really disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic