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Z Grille
Z Grille
  • Address:
    104 2nd St. South
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
    Neighborhood:
    St. Petersburg
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Z Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zgrille.net
  • Email: zgrille@gmail.com
  • Phone: (727) 822-9600
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Zack Gross
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st Avenue South
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking available. Several parking garages within less than a block from our front door.
A word from Z Grille
James Beard nominated Chef/Owner Zack Gross has been serving his unique and acclaimed cuisine in Downtown St. Petersburg since 2005. We receive fresh local fish and specialties several times per week for quality and freshness, and make all of our sauces and sides from scratch each day.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We were very pleasantly surprised by the improvement in both the service and the preparation of the food. Everything was just great; the oysters very fresh. the fries very hot and the burger just right. Good job."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Well, upon entering the resteraunt, the decor really stands out. The place has a really modern feel to it. The place looks like something out of the future. The food then follows suit. We had the deviled eggs that everyone seemed to recommend and they did not dissapoint. I'm Not even a big fan of them normally but they were delicious. Then the burger came... We actually split the burger as it is a 1/2 pound. Getting it as recommended which is fully loaded will run you $30 but oh was it worth it. All the ingredients blend perfectly. It was so good, we were talking about it here and there throughout the night. I would highly recommend this resteraunt and we will return"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great bar, great appetizers, soups and salads, outstanding entrees. The chicken & waffles is amazing. LOVED the beet salad with giant goat cheese crouton. Beef brisket enchiladas were unique and drool-worthy. We'll be back for those Dirty D's deviled eggs."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "Awesome food. Kelly is terrific. We had a great dinner..and Omg the chocolate creme Brulee is like sex on a spoon!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A unique menu, clean fresh decor, a bit noisy but you have to try the WTF fries."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We picked a new spot for a family gathering based on the Web site and other reviews. The signature appetizer deviled eggs were great and most of the entrees were very good. The "Z" burger was a little disappointing. The service and the ambience was great and the sound was as pleasant as can be expected in a busy Saturday night trendy spot."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Unique menu options with flair. Chicken and waffles with cheese grits is an interesting, flavorful southern option. The Z burrito combines your eggs, potatoes and jalapeño peppers into a soft shell tortilla with salsa and is a very tasty Mexican style breakfast meal. Portions are plentiful and simple. Specialty cocktails abound, but the spicy Bloody Mary stands out."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Had a wonderful evening with my hubby at Z Grille. This is not a place for the delicate eater. We had their famous deviled eggs ( fabulous), the rib appetizer (perfectly cooked), the beet salad (love the fried chickpeas!). Then mains that would be daunting to mere mortals. The snapper was perfect with lots of roasted veggies. My hubby had the burger, which you must get with everything including the pork belly! Share it if you have too but it is well worth it! Oh,the truffle fries are great! For dessert go out on a limb if you haven't already and get the pastry with bacon & nuts (yes I said bacon!) . Then make plans to work out tomorrow. Service was cheerful & casual. Not for a formal event, but saw lots of folks there for something special."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed dinner at Z Grille; the appetizer ribs were just scrumptious and the fries were the best we ever had. We also liked the lobster sliders. Our waiter was awesome...very attentive and fun! Good place!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We arrived and our table was already waiting so we were seated immediately. I opted for one of their signature drinks, the "El Fuego Loco". This delightful Margarita with muddled jalapeños, alone is worth the trip. For an appetizer we chose their deviled eggs and WTF Fries - both excellent choices. My lady was very pleased with the Chicken and Waffles. I got the decadent sounding, Foie Gras Burger and was sadly disappointed. I was upsold on adding pork belly and a quail egg - bad idea. A chicken egg was substituted for the quail egg, which along with the pork belly added too much bulk to an already HUGE burger - it was a mess and impossible to hold. The final insult was that my medium rare burger was delivered medium well."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Terrific Place! Food was great (Dr Pepper Ribs) Well worth the trip! Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This place is awesome - try the Wtf fries --- fish special always great too"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Was there for a long weekend with a few friends. Best dining experience food-wise! In a funky, hipster neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Awesome brunch at Z-Grille! Upscale chicken and waffles and $3 mimosas for brunch!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We were extremely pleased with the quality and selection on the menu. Tough to choose from all of the tempting dishes. The beet salad was wonderful followed by the Korean cuisine inspired Pork Tenderloin. The Pork Tenderloin was the perfect choice for a combination of flavors and textures. Half off wine bottle before 7 on the weekends. The Tampa Bay area badly needs this type of restaurant and we wish them continued success. The only negatives were the vulgar music lyrics and the failure of the table leg hardware. We will be going back"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had reservations Saturday night for 4 at 6:30. Our waitress was a real turn off. Very loud and referred to me as " Sweetheart", "honey", etc the entire night. It seemed she was annoyed with us at the very beginning when our husbands needed to review the wine list before ordering. Although the food was good, everything we ordered was VERY spicy. A little seasoning goes a long way! I can generally overlook the noise, sometimes the food, and the ambience. But when the server has an attitude, I usually will not return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We've been meaning to try Z-Grille for a while; it keeps showing up on "best of" lists. Now we know why. The atmosphere and service were fine, but similar to what you'll find at dozens of upscale Tampa eateries. The food, however, is exceptional. The $30 burger is worth it (no, really), and the chicken wing confit appetizer (one of the specials that night) might be the best chicken dish I've ever had, period. The wine, beer, & cocktail selections are very good too. I wanted to order just about everything on the menu; it all sounds great. We'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Party of 3 first visit. The menu is creative and current, the food perfect with a dash of shirracha, a warm, youthful, high energy ambiance and a fresh interior design that compliments the menu perfectly. Not one negative-I loved it!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food is absolutely fantastic. The deviled eggs are to die for. Everything we ate tasted delicious and was cooked properly. Wait staff was attentive but not overbearing. My wife and I live in South Tampa, but the 30 minute drive to St. Pete is well worth it."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went for Sunday brunch. The menu was very interesting and tantalizing and we were sorry we were not able to try several of the choices. The flavors of the dishes we ordered were nicely blended and balanced. Huevos Rancheros was a great combination of beans, eggs, queso and avocado with grilled tortillas. Tex-Mex in St Pete. The fried chicken and waffles with sticky, cheese grits was also very good. Cocktails were new wave. The service was the real star however. Impeccable to a fault without being intrusive. Incredible, friendly staff. My only complaint would be our order seemed to be a tad slow coming from the kitchen, although there were several large parties dining at the same time."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I have been wanting to go to Z Grille for some time as it definitely had a positive reputation in St. Pete. I finally did on Saturday night. We made reservations, thankfully, and were seated right away. The complimentary valet parking out front was very helpful! The decor is very modern and my date and I were seated at a two-top table that was a brushed metal -- very cool and we sat side by side looking out at the restaurant. The entire side of the restaurant is all glass looking out to the road behind it... and the decor is sleek and ultra modern but it did not feel clinical. The food was the best part. The flavors were fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A refreshing change from the ordinary menu and great preparation. Will return."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Nice environment and friendly servers. The food was interesting and good. The portions were surprisingly large for a foodie type restaurant like this. While nice, the portions could be smaller with a bit more focus on a balance of flavors. We really had a nice time. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Excellent food! of note is the wine list is half price till 6:30 pm. Wine list has excellent choices. Fresh oysters were to die for! Waiter was very attentive. We had a wonderful dining experience. We will go back again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Foie Gras Pork Belly Burger with white truffled fries was just outstanding albeit a bit sloppy to eat. Spouse's shrimp pasta dish was also very good. First time diners at this somewhat quirky menued restaurant. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed to atmosphere and the wonderful menu. The hors' deuvres are superb!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "If you have not eaten at Z Grille, you are missing one of the best restaurants in St. Petersburg. We enjoy the food and the friendly service."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I've heard soo much about this place, and unfortunately I was let down. I had the pork belly tacos, which were heavily suggested by the waitress, and they were so heavily slathered in what tasted only of Hoison, drowned out any other taste component. The knee thing ones really dissapointed with is the wait staff experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a great food experience and our waitress- Kelly- did a great job. My husband loved the eggs and the truflle mac is wonderful. I do think the decor is lacking and the furnishing are uncomfortable and rather 'cheesy'- too Ikea mets George Jetson. We'll return ..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my wife there for a Valentines dinner and we were not disappointed. We have wanted to eat at Z Grille for a while but never got around to it. Boy were we sorry we waited so long. The food can be described as "eclectic american." Each dish is taken to the next level by some fun ingredient or spice. It makes fine dining fun and palatable, without all the fluff. The chicken and waffles were amazing, and the Z Grille Burger (with foie gras and a fried egg on top) was delicious. We will definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My first time at this restaurant. Nice ambience, but was very pricey for the meal. My girlfriend and I had 2 ribeye dinners, a drink (one specialty and one house wine) with no appetizers or desert and spent $83 to include a $10 tip. Not to mention, the asparagus was 4 thin grilled spears and the mashed potatoes was a ice cream scoop size serving. There are more reasonable places where you could get great quality food for 1/2 the price! I will say that this place was very clean and more personable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The service was fabulous, the hostess was not nice, the valet was absent, and the noise level was deafening. The food was terrific BUT the server informed us that the chef does not like to make substitutions (ie: fries rather than spicy mashed potatoes)... No deviations allowed to ruin the chefs creations. However, for such creations from the chef I was only given a butter knife (instead of a fish knife) to cut my perfectly baked hog fish. Strange a chef feels he can dictate no substitutions, no A1, and no spice modification but you do not get the appropriate flatware to eat the inflexible fare."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My dining companions liked the Z Grille because it was different. Not the same "old" menu one sees everyday. Who would think to put chicken and grits with a waffle? But one of our party loved it! The ribs are to die for and the "Beet it" salad is one of my favorites. All in all a very good dining experience. Judy Feder"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This place was perfect. The seafood Nachos were amazing. I know the two people i was with had the chicken and waffles and loved them. I would eat here again the next time I am in St. Pete."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The seafood salad was delicious and really fresh as was the hogfish. The black truffle fries are to die for. The sweet potato gnochhi could have been better.The decor is a little cold"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "been there many times, always great and have extensive gluten free options very nice staff and very eclectic diners"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We loved everything we ordered, from the deviled eggs to the creative entrees. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I saw the restaurant on a foodie list and had to give it a go. I decided to take my sister for her 28th birthday and what an experience. The decor is modern eclectic with menu options for the gods. Our party ordered several appetizers and entrees including the California deviled eggs, foie slider, truffle fries, the foie burger, Korean tenderloin and chicken and waffles. The food was AHHHHH-mazing! We are still talking about it. My only gripe is that they close at 10:30p on Fridays and valet isn't available until the last customer leaves; we had to pay to park."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Innovative dishes using fresh ingredients. We had a variety of entres and all were excellent. Dessert creation of dark chocolate creame brulle Was equiste."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Wanted a quick dinner prior to Queens of the Stone Age. Great food and service. Once criticism was that both drinks were way too sweet. My son specifically requested no sweeteners in his Jalapeno drink and obviously no one paid attention to his request or made an error. Otherwise, I would have given 5 stars across the board."
    Dined on 2/4/2014