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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
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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..."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This restaurant has never disappointed us. Food is amazing and the service is excellent. The flourlesd chocolate is a must."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Cafe Ponte is one of my favorite spots for dinner. The food is excellent and the service is pleasantly attentive and competent."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed really exceptional service and excellent food here."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My family had a wonderful dining experience at Cafe Ponte and look forward to a return visit soon. The food was delicious and our waiter had so much personality that he made the dining experience even more enjoyable. Cafe Ponte is a special restaurant for all occasions."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have dined here multiple times and it never disappoints. This is a world-class restaurant. Beautiful presentations and impeccable service. Our server, Jeff was both knowledgeable and professional. Marvelous fresh baked bread offering is tempting. The tuna appetizer was outstanding. I normally get the beet salad which is always artistically done. The salmon entree was perfectly cooked. This is a bit of a drive for us, but it is really worth the trip."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This restaurant is by far one of the best you'll find in pinellas county. I have been there about 5-7 times and have never been let down. Wait staff was very in tune to what we needed and food was excellent. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I had heard so much about this restaurant and was looking forward to the dining experience. Unfortunately, we tried the 6 course tasting menu and it was horrible. For $85 a person + plus 20% added to your bill it was one of the worst restaurant experiences I have ever had. They use cheap ingredients and the items were barely bite size. It was an embarrassment to everyone at our table. The famous chef was not there on a Saturday."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service! Our second time dining there, will go back again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Have eaten here several times. Service has been mediocre at best (the last time our waiter was downright rude, we waited for a half hour to get served, could not get bread, and it felt like we might be getting discriminated against. Took more than two hours for dinner, mostly spent waiting) but the food really is unbelievable and makes up for it."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food was ok, not worth the money. Bought a groupon for a 6 course tasting and that is what is was a tasting. The groupon was 85 dollars and we had to tip on 170 dollars? We spent over 150 dollars on a very sub optimal meal. Very disappointed in Cafe Ponte and also groupon."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant - my wife & I dined out alone - will say it was a little louder than I anticipated on a Monday night. Bread basket is awesome idea.Was looking forward to the carpaccio but was somewhat disappointed. The Ahi more than made up for it - should have got two of those. I would recommend the mushroom soup to any and all although our server brought us a demitasse of the curry corn chowder served cold.Neither of us thought we would care for it - wrong!!! It was delicious. The short rib entrée was superb while the sea bass while good just didn't seem to hit the mark.Overall - enjoyable evening and kudos to our server, Jennifer. She did a very good job of answering questions and providing great service without being all over us."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I took three business guests to lunch at Cafe Ponte and everyone really enjoyed their food. The atmosphere was great for a business lunch--not too loud, so we could actually hear each other."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. The restaurant is nicely done, cocktail and wine list extensive, and the food is some of the best I've been able to find in the Tampa Bay Area."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went to celebrate a birthday. The staff were very pleasant and even gave my wife a birthday card. Service overall was very good. The food did not reach the same level. Especially for the price. I had the porterhouse pork which was good. However, the spinach that came with it was over salted. I also had a side of snap peas and green peas. They were undercooked and also way to salty. The grits were excellent and were the highlight of the meal. My wife's meal was also a mixed bag of good and bad. She liked the sea bass, I hated it. We both did not care for the side of Brussels sprouts. Desserts were excellent. I'll likely not be coming back for a long time."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Every course was wonderful. The mushroom soup is particularly good, as is every appetizer. Our entire party was thrilled with everything we ordered. The staff are particularly knowledgable regarding the particulars of every dish. Always a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything was spot on! The service was the best I have ever had. The food was beyond belief. Thank you Chef Ponte!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My client had the filet and I thought he was going to pull a Meg Ryan on me after the first bite! My sea bass was incredible. We both loved our salads and the free mushroom soup before the meal and the amazing bread is always delicious. The other interludes between courses are a nice touch. I love Café Ponte and my clients are always thrilled with the experience. I wish they hadn't dropped the duck from the menu, but the explanation the waiter gave was that they had trouble ensuring the highest level of quality, so they dropped it."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This is one of the top ten restuarants in the US. The summer tasting menu is awesome!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Cafe Ponte is not resting on its laurels. I found the restaurant listed on Golden Spoon's Hall of Fame. It had received several awards over the years from various organizations. We decided to try it on Saturday, June 14, 2014. We were an hour early for our reservation and waited at the bar. The service from Gabe & the bartenders, our dinning room waiter, and support staff, was attentive, fun - perfect. You could tell they enjoyed their jobs which reflects good management. There were 4 of us and we ordered steak and seafood dishes all were excellent. The mushroom soup was superb. It was a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food. Solid wine list, and great atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We really enjoy Café Ponte - it is one of our favorites!! Great food, terrific service and a great manager (Patrick) a super nice guy."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've been wanting to have this forever, since I am from California and this dish is illegal I found my self here on travel and the rest is history. Well it was everything I expected it to be, it was so good I ordered it twice because it was served as and appetizer not a main entre."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We have not been to Cafe Ponte in several years and were completely surprised that the food and service were better that we remembered. There was no rush, food was served one course at a time, and the waitstaff were efficient and prompt. We are looking forward to another delicious meal there. Good job!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Fabulous find...don't be put off by the strip mall location. The ambience inside is very appealing. We arrived for our 6:30 reservation and the manager quickly made an adjustment in our table. We had originally been placed at a table for 2 in the middle of the restaurant. We were seated at a booth in a nice area by the bar. It was perfect, especially as the restaurant filled up...definitely a hot spot in town. The food was fabulous...the mushroom soup which was brought out "from the chef" was out of this world. Could have made a meal of it! We ordered carpaccio and a gem salad...both were done differently than we experienced before and were very good! Followed with lovely entrees...leaving no room for dessert! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Reliable food and generally good service. Nice atmosphere for lunch but even nicer for dinner."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Very nice with very good food. Service is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We LOVE everything Cafe Ponte has to offer. The ambience, food and service are exceptional!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014