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Lobster Pot Bistro
Lobster Pot Bistro
  • Address:
    478 Mandalay Ave
    Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
    Neighborhood:
    Clearwater
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Lobster Pot Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lobsterpotbistro.com
  • Phone: (727) 446-8809 x302
  • Hours of Operation: 7 DAYS: 11:30 am - close ....... Closed Christmas & NY Day

    We feature live jazz entertainment from local area favorites with special appearances by artists from around the country. Fine dining - resort casual.
    Steak/seafood/pasta & Chicken dishes - large appetizer menu
    Martini Lounge is a delight
    Special event catering onsite or offsite available.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chef Z
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact management for more information. Both Private Parties on-site and off-site catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer Private Banquets and the hottest spot on the beach for Wedding Contact Management for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Sheri (727) 446-8809
  • Entertainment: We feature LIVE MUSIC from local area favorites with special appearances by recording artists from around the country.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Clearwater Beach Restaurant week
    Taste of Clearwater,
    Chalk Walk
    After party location for Clearwater Jazz Holiday and Suncoast Jazz Festivals

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Baymont
  • Public Transit: The Jolly Trolley & PSTA Trolley both stop at our restaurant. Be safe and enjoy the ride! The Jolly Trolley covers all of Clearwater beach from Tarpon Springs, Downtown Clearwater and runs every 20 minutes. Just tell the driver you want to go to The Lobster Pot Bistro and he'll let you know when to get off!
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There are 3 public lots within 2 blocks, plus plenty of street parking, metered until 6 pm. $5 for optional Valet on weekends.
A word from Lobster Pot Bistro
A favorite of the locals, The Lobster Pot Bistro offers a great place for food, and live music & lobsters as we have been voted "BEST ENTREE" (2013) and "BEST APPETIZER" at the Taste of Clearwater & Clearwater Restaurant Week and voted "BEST LOBSTER" by Tampa Bay Magazine. Creative appetizers. From award winning seafood entrees, steak, pasta,and our new flat bread gourmet pizza, something for everyone. Conveniently located adjacent to the Sand Pearl Resort on North Clearwater Beach and walking distance from shopping, beaches and area hotels. Live jazz in the lounge on weekends. Fine dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "The place was extremely loud! Not enjoyable, disorganized, and unpleasant. The server and manager were very intimidating and rude. They stood in close proximity and stared me down while I was signing the check and writing a tip. They would not leave me alone. Just sat there about a foot away from myself and girlfriend. It was very awkward. Never had a manager and a server stand in front of me, in my personal space while staring me down why talking about the tip in an effort to make sure I left a tip to their satisfaction, or ensure I did. Will never go back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was the worst meal I have had in a long time. Run, do not walk away from this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Each step of the process lacked. I was the only customer for lunch and entered to an empty room, with no employee to greet me until I banged on the kitchen door. The waiter provided the lunch menu, containing no lobster. I chose as best I could. When I was almost finished eating, I asked to see the dinner menu and was told then that I could have ordered from it. He seemed to start a conversation, asking me where I came from, and responded to my answer with no follow-up."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I was disappointed to see half of the small the small dining area was blocked off by a black curtain due to a private party. I reserved on line & if I knew a private party would be there, I would have changed the date for a different day. The overall beauty of the restaurant was hidden. In addition our server was not very attentive. My seafood was outstanding HOWEVER when coffee was requested, INSTANT coffee was served vs. fresh brewed...yuck. Paying $3 for a cup of instant coffee in a nice restaurant was very disappointing & I feel that was a hustle to make more $$$ for an inadequate product. It was returned needless to say. The bar area & entertainment was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The lobster was okay, and I was not sure if this was my filet mignon or a tasteless hamburger"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The waiter was friendly, but not overly attentive. The Caesar salads seemed mass-produced with pre-packaged croutons and too much dressing. Our entrees were good, but the seafood selections (lobster pot and lobster tail dinner) were small for the price; sides were nothing special at all, just steamed veggies and mashed potatoes. The chicken Parmesan was overcooked and greasy -- my mother didn't complain but clearly did not enjoy her meal. The best dishes were the lobster mac and cheese and the blue crab manicotti, which were creamy and had good portions of seafood. Things just seemed to be consistently short of excellent, but the check reflected what should have been a spectacular meal."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were looking for a place to eat at about 10:30 PM and OpenTable showed available reservations. When we arrived, they were not serving any food and only the bar was open. Everybody there was dancing. They should change their system to not take dining reservations at this hour."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We went for lunch on Easter and we were the only table for the majority of our time there. That makes for an odd ambiance. The food was good. The majority of the group got lobster rolls which were quite tasty and the fries were delicious. Good shrimp cocktail and mimosas. The lobster flatbread was bland with too much cheese. Fish tacos were good as well. Would like to try again when there's more going on in the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Glad we had reservations because it is small. Not for kids."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "In our estimation, few restaurants provide the quality and diversity of fresh sea food--particularly lobster dishes--that the Lobster Pot Bistro offers. It is superbly prepared and served in a professional manner. The setting compliments the meal."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was our second visit and we were as impressed as the first time. It is on the main road, but a hidden gem. It was not crowded so service was wonderful. Henry was very attentive to us and recommended great items on the menu. all item were fresh, flavorful and cooked to perfection. A must for seafood lovers!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at this awesome spot on a rainy Saturday. Everything was fresh and the lobster sandwich outstanding. The ambience was awesome and Christian our waiter was excellent. Although it was daytime it looked like an excellent place to return too for evening food and entertainment."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "If you decide on this restaurant, you have to order lobster. They know how to make lobster! Everything else is "ok." But with the prices they slap on their menu, you'll be disappointed with the steaks and sad to have spent so much on it. Stick to what they are good at and overload on lobster. You can't go wrong."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We tried this on our 4th visit to Clearwater Beach. You enter the bar which was pretty busy and the dining room is off to the side. We were concerned that the dining room was not crowded but as soon as the food and drink arrived, we knew we had nothing to worry about. The seafood was very fresh and everything tasted great. The wine list was affordable with many options. We will go back the next time we are in town!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our group of 4 wanted to have a nice dinner for our last night out. I made reservations for Lobster Pot in Clearwater Beach based on a previous visit to the Reddington Beach location and remembering how good my dinner had been on that visit, made the recommendation for this trip BOY WAS I DISAPPOINTED. 3 in our party ordered the surf & turf. The South African lobster tails were delicious! But of the 3 steaks, all 3 were overcooded, 2 overcooked to the point of not being able to eat them. Our waiter was par at best. We were not offered bread while waiting for our food. Did not check back once our entree's were served. When he did return he did agree to remove my steak charge. Next time we'll be going to Bob Heilmans."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This was a very nice place for an evening out. The music was great."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Absolutely gorgeous restaurant! Outstanding Food and service! Lobster Mac & Cheese was delicious!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The seating arrangement felt as if I was going to see a fortune teller, service was hard to find, lacked water refills and overall attentiveness"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had been there a year ago and thought it was great. This year, we felt that the prices had gone up, and we weren't that impressed overall. We had to pay extra for salads. That had formerly been included, and added to the overall price. Two of our party were going to order the single lobster tail, which we had had before, and they didn't have any. Then, why is it on the menu. Plus it is very noisy. We're not sure that we will go back again, especially when there are so many restaurants to try."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at this restaurant. My wife's seafood tasted "fishy," apparently not fresh. The salads had much too much dressing. The overall presentation was unappealing. The waiter was inept. He never offered me a second glass of wine; after I finished eating he brought a second glass that I did not request. He said the bartender must have been confused and took the glass away. We were never offered dessert or coffee, just the check after finishing our entrees. We will not return and would not recommend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was good.. Menu selection leave a bit to be desired .. And our service was horrible.. Took us 2 hours to eat..and 20 mins for drinks.. Waiter didn't bring bread with water..I will never recommend this restaurant to anyone and we will never be back.."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Was a bad night overall, wanted to take my wife to a nice Jazz restaurant. Some of the artist were late, took 40 mins to start. We wanted to be seated near the music, but didn't really like the high tables. We were first placed in the corner, but asked to be moved after constantly being bumped by bartender having to squeeze his way through to get drinks. We were highly disappointed, because my wife is pregnant so she's picky on her foods and knew prior to coming what she wanted to order. The menu was only a select menu and there was no type of prior notice of these changes. Drove two hours so we stayed. Issue in the kitchen so the food took around 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Received 5 green beans and 3 carrots for veggies. We made the best of it!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I thought we would try this resturant for Valentine's Day. We arrived 45 minutes early & we had 2 glasses of wine at the bar, we were thrilled with our bartender, the atmosphere and wine choices. We were really looking forward to dinner after our great experience at the bar. Our waiter was slow, it took 30 minutes for bread to come out, 25 minutes for our appetizer and over an hour for our food which was cold upon arrival. I had to ask 3 times for a glass of water, it was never refilled once I finally got it. The whole process was a mess!! I would NEVER eat here again! $200 for food and a bottle of wine was extremely ridiculous in exchange for the service and quality we received. Steer clear!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great Service on a busy Valentine's Day night. Our waitress did a fabulous job and made our evening memorable. Food was very good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I can't review this restaurant, because when we showed up for our late evening reservation, the restaurant was closed, even though the reservation was accepted and confirmed. Please ensure that restaurants give Open Table their correct hours. It was quite late; we were starving after a full day of travel, and driving out to the place we "found" only for it to not be serving was frustrating and disappointing."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I truly enjoyed my evening out with my husband. The music was great and the food was delicious. I had South African Lobster tail and my husband had the salmon. Both were very tasty. The music just made my night. I could sing along with ALL of the songs. It was definitely the best part of my evening."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food was very good. The night we went there were only about a half dozen other people in the restaurant, so the service was very attentive. Tables are close together but have curtains hanging between so you have a little more sense of privacy. The only drawback was the bar with some loud conversations & music that took away from the ambience of the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Had escargot, which was great, and crab cakes, which were good. Beer was ice cold."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Noisy, but not unpleasant due to live bands and lively bar. Great lobster although pricey. I loved the ambiance and would have given higher rating save for three minor drawbacks which may be more important to me than for you. A very average salad was served for an upper scale restaurant, one I could get at a Denny's, and near frozen rock hard butter is served with the rolls. I know this is common but I never understood why restaurants pay so little attention to such a small detail. Server was pleasant but always placed the wrong order in front of the wrong person. Probably wouldn't have noticed if it didn't happen every time he came to the table. I gave one less star than it deserves due to value. For the price I can get more elsewhere."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I would NOT recommend this place. The service was terrible (15 minutes to get addressed by waiter, another 15 to get water, etc.) The overpriced food was mediocre at best. Nothing was remarkable---it was crowded, loud, and our wiater was downright rude (when we could find him). I couldn't wait to leave."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The Lobster Pot Bistro on Mandalay Avenue is simply a disaster. The server seemed to know very little about the selections offered on the menu. We ordered an appetizer and a bottle of wine while we decided on our entrees. When he returned the server asked if we would like more bread and we said yes,but the bread never came. About 15 minutes later the server returned to say that the kitchen had lost the ticket with our order. I refreshed his memory and he again asked if we would like some bread fresh from the oven. I answered yes, it never showed up. Our meals were served finally, and they were average at best. My scallops had almost no flavor except cayenne. The food here is very overpriced for the quality, as it is simply average fare."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My fiancé and I made reservations for a New Year's Eve Dinner. We were greeted by a Valet ($5) and provided a ticket that was good for $5 off the meal. The establishment is very small and tables were lined up against a wall and separated by sheer curtains. Adjacent Dinner conversations quickly overtook ours. Ten to fifteen minutes passed and the Server came over to greet us empty handed, but with a brief apology. Unfortunately, it foreshadowed the slow service experienced during the entire evening. I'll summarize by saying that the Filet Mignon was good. The Scallops were OK. The Wine selections were decent. In summary, very overpriced for the lousy service. Two light meals w/ a glass of wine per person was a slightly under $100."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went there for NYE the service was terrible. 30 minutes for a glass of wine water glass was only refilled 1x. Dinner was a 2 1/2 hour experience for 2. Was also a fixed menu and was not told this."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "we visited this restaurant on Christmas eve for dinner---we were not disappointed--wait staff was excellent-food superb and the entertainment was top notch! would go again if visiting that area again!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "brought mom in for her 85th birthday; she had asked for the best lobster. she loved it and the bananasplit cheesecake was beyond greatness! thanks to Joey who made our service with great sweet attention. all in all we will be back real soon! the Torracas!"
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "We had the best filet in years and a lobster mac and cheese that is amazing. Distinctly top notch food at close to standard fare prices."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Apart from a party of foreign tourists the place was nearly empty. The jazz trio featured on the web site didn't appear. We felt totally rushed with courses arriving the minute we'd finished the previous one. Unless there's a big change I don't think it will be there long."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Food was great, service outstanding, entertainment was a pleasant surprise. Overall, a nice night out. Will definitely go there again."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "3 fillet poppers - they tasted great but not $5 each great. Neptune's pride had a small piece of fish, two shrimp, two scallops and two mussels. Fortunately I asked them to add a lobster tail otherwise I would have definitely left hungry"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Awesome dish that I will definitely be going back for. Also had the spinach salad, which had just enough dressing. My fellow diner loved the lobster roll. Can't wait to try more of the menu!"
    Dined on 10/23/2013