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  1. Distance: 0.74mi
  2. Distance: 1.87mi
  3. Distance: 3.09mi
  4. Distance: 3.27mi
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  2. Distance: 1.87mi
  3. Distance: 3.09mi
  4. Distance: 3.27mi

About Permanently Closed - Besa Grill

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Besa Grill is a contemporary American grill with a modern twist of Latin fusion, bringing vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients into the local culinary spotlight. Besa, the Spanish word for “kiss”, demonstrates our passion and flair in our cooking and in everything that we do. From our food which has exceptional flavor and taste to our hand crafted cocktails, unrivaled margaritas and our full line of tequilas, Besa Grill will be a dining experience like no other.

2542 N. McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL 33761
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American, Contemporary American, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Daily: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday 11:30am - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(727) 400-6900

Website:
http://www.besagrill.com/

Executive Chef:
Joe Voller & Eric Lackey

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Besa Grill - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (81)
Late-night Find (44)
Great for Brunch (41)
Kid-friendly (25)
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 24, 2016

It was closed due to failure to pay rent I was suggest removing from OpenTable.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 22, 2016

The restaurant is closed for remodeling. Drove all the way there for nothing. So we had pizza next door at Coldfire. Skip Besa in the future and go to Coldfire

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 22, 2016

When I got to the restaurant (on time), There were signs on the windows saying "Closed for remodeling", and there was a eviction notice attached to the front door. I'm not sure why I was allowed to make a reservation and waste my time going there.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 6, 2016

Arrived on time to find out they "closed for renovation" on June 28! Nice to let Open Table know smh

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 1, 2016

The restaurant has been closed since 6-26
Out of business !!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2016

The restaurant closed!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Very much enjoyed the food and service. My wife hates to be rushed and they were very good about that. I highly recommend the flat bread appetizers....all food was excellent

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 23, 2016

Food was very good as usual. Petit filet (6 oz.) was tender, moist, and perfectly cooked. Blackened redfish was delicious and large. Sides of sauteed veggies nicely seasoned and fresh. Yellow rice was different! App. of Besa Besa shrimp with spicy aioli sauce was delectable. Best of all , bottles of wine were 50% discounted!!! When we questioned this, server told us they were closing soon (yes going out of business!!!). We were shocked as their food and service have always been quite good. We will miss them!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2016

Great dinner. Really enjoyed the red snapper. The service and food was excellent.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on May 31, 2016

First of all, when you go here ask for Dakota to be your waitress.....

This restaurant was very accommodating to our food requests. We had ordered the crab cake appetizer which was good. Then both of us wanted vegetables. We asked it the kitchen could create a vegetable platter for us to share.... What a lovely creation they was prepared for us.

Dakota, our waitress, brought out to platters so artistically prepared....
The first one had 2 serving of a medoly of yellow squash, zucchini, onions, and red pepper that were all sautéed. The send platter, again artistically prepared was steamed asparagus in the center with Sautéed spinach mounds on either side off it....

What a. New wonderful dish the chef created.... We will be back....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 8, 2016

I was extremely disappointed in Besa Grill on Mother's Day. We had a reservation, were promptly, handed a beautiful specially prepared limited menu for the day, then promptly forgotten. After 30 minutes I went to the maitre d' stand and asked who are server was and if we could at least get some water. I had to go to front and ask three times before we even ordered. One waiter was so indifferent when I asked him who was supposed to be taking care of us. And yet, when I asked him his name as we exited, he had time to come out to my car, while I was trying to load my visibly exhausted 87 year old aunt, and ask if he had done something. After the long wait, the food was ok. I know holidays are tough on everyone, but the restaurant took my reservation willingly, prepared a lovely handout with interesting options, and that was the absolute best of it; after receiving the menu it all went downhill from there. This only confirmed what I already know - don't eat out on a holiday. I was trying to create a lovely afternoon for a few older ladies that turned into an exhausting disaster. I have always enjoyed Besa Grill, that's why I chose it, but it will be a long time before I think about going there again. There are just too many lovely places to chose from where you are taken care of properly and in a hospitable manner than to accept mediocrity. Thank you.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Brunch was delicious! We loved the scones that came out before our meal, too. The restaurant was packed, but our service was excellent!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 7, 2016

On Saturday night less than 30% occupied. Service was exceptuonally slow. For table of 3 they gave us 4 tiny pieces of bread after waiting 20 minutes. Adjacent table of 6 left after waiting for 30 min to order. We should have left too. Food was overcooked and calamari like rubber. Pricey and NOT worth half the price.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 5, 2016

Great Flavors, great waitress, great beautiful decor place. Prices high but worth it. Good drinks. Also great wine selection. I'll be back.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on April 7, 2016

Amazing Duck Nachos for an appetizer, and amazing selection of wines.
Rock Star waiters.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 21, 2016

We went to Besa Grill based on the fact that trip advisor listed it as Mexican. There is nothing Mexican about it other than the one taco selection and the appetizer nachos. Not even close to Mexican. Our waiter forgot to bring us five different things. He was gracious about it but we wondered what was wrong with him.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on March 17, 2016

Besa never disappoints! My favorite is the house salad dressing!

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on March 1, 2016

This was our first time here, by chance, for lunch. We ate outside on a beautiful Florida Day. We sat there with our food enjoying every morsel and kept talking about having to come back for dinner some evening. Wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 20, 2016

Great place to meet up with friends and Good selection of menu items. Music on weekends...great drinks...

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 19, 2016

We went to Besa on 2/19 at 6:00. We had a play to see at 8:00 (5 minutes away) and told the waitress this. She was not very attentive. We had to ask multiple times for bread, drinks and our checks. We made the play with 2 minutes to spare.

The food was exceptional. High quality and with unique options. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (London)·Dined on February 17, 2016

A very nice birthday dinner was had including very good $5 margaritas (Margarita Wednesday.) The birthday girl was treated to churros with a candle.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was amazing, I had the ribeye and my wife had the salmon1 both had lots of good flavor and a fare price. However the service was terrible, after I was finished with my salad the waitress did not remove the plate from the table until I asked her to and took about an hour to get the food, after the food came it was very apparent that it was left under the heat lamp for quite some time because the garlic mashed potatoes had formed a dry skin on top of them and ruin the flavor. After my wife and I finished the meal our waitress took approximately 40 minutes to remove our main plates and to ask if we would like desert. after finishing dessert it took the waitress about 30 minutes to bring us the check after all plates were cleared from the table and asked several times for the check. Overall the food was phenomenal however the service was extremely subpar for the image that this faculty portrays. If you have copious amounts of time and are willing to wait for your food and don't mind the poor service it is an amazing restaurant.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2016

What a wonderful place for valentine's diner. Great service an great food nice wine an entertainment highly recommended

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Dinner was wonderful. Greeted by staff at the door with a pink rose. Seated quickly. Attentive wait staff made everything pleasant. The Osso Bucco was tender and delicious.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Our service from the waiter was excellent! The hostess needs to b trained that on Valentine's Day, especially, for a table for 2, to seat those who have reservations at the cozy tables that line the wall (booths) or towards the back, not in the front or middle of the restaurant.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Went there after reading of the great brunch. We were pressed for time bc we had to work. Got there to find out they had limited special menu which in my opinion was over priced. We were the first guests. Saw how every guests that came in and found out there was no brunch, walked away. No apologies from management whatsoever. One server told the table next to us :" what you see is what you get" that was kind of rude. We had planned a nice valentine brunch and was ruined because there was no mention anywhere of special menu, otherwise so many people would not have walked out. In the end we thought we would make the best of it. I give you the fact that food was amazing. When we got the check found we were charged about the same price for appetizer and entrée. The waitress claimed it was a computer glitch. I let it go once it was fixed. I think the least the manager could have done was to come to the table to apologize and or even invite us back. At least thats what I would have done that at my place of employment in hospitality. Very dissapointed and hope they invest in some customer service training on how to handle difficult situations.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Had the salmon flatbread - LOVED it!!! Super yummy! Shrimp and scallop pasta was delicious and the strip steak with lime cilantro marinade--awesome. Large portion of Creme brûlée. Great dessert. Prices are more like $$-$$$. $96 for Pepsi, medium level red wine, flatbread, pasta, steak, and Creme brûlée.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Did a double date for dinner... my wife and I both had the prime rib. Both were excellent! Our waiter, Christian, had a great personality even though they were busy. The other couple with us had a combo tacos - one fish one chicken one steak which she was too crazy about and my brother had a seafood pasta dish which he raved about. Overall it was a very nice experience and hope to return soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Great chef and menu assortment. One of the best duck dishes- and I'm very particular. Great bar and our server was terrific.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 13, 2016

I have dined at Besa Grill on several occasions and find it to be a great place to enjoy a nice dinner in a great atmosphere. It's our "go to" place when we want something nice but not overly priced. This is the place! Will continue going back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Very nice find. Food was very good and we will most definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2016

What a wonderful find in Clearwater! The food was delicious I enjoyed the Cedar Plank salmon and my husband had the Mahi. For dessert the fried banana cheesecake is a must do at least once! Sinful but ohhh so good. Great atmosphere music playing an attentive wait staff made for a great night out! Oh and the bill was the best part not ridiculous :)

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Menu is great, good variety without being overwhelming. Starters lean toward too many seafood options, or not enough non-seafood options. Very nice wine list. Service was very good considering there were 13 of us. And you've got off have dessert!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 5, 2016

Great staff and great food. In the midst of "snow bird" season in FL, we can always get a table here. It's not crazy loud, it's got a very comfortable vibe. I love it!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2016

Excellent dinner

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 29, 2016

I hope this restaurant goes out of business to teach the owner and his staff a hard lesson on how to treat their customers

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 25, 2016

We (three ladies) dined there for the first time. We came early to get the two meals for $30 deal. We ordered then were told that one person could not get that deal. Every place else we go that has a similar deal gives the single person half off. The manager/chef came out and gave us some really illogical reasons why he couldn't do it. We said we would just leave; then he said he would do it just this one time. Certainly very bad customer relations. Even though the food was excellent, we won't be returning to Besa Grill. The waitress was very nice, but disappeared for a good part of the evening.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 24, 2016

Visited for brunch recently - wonderful, friendly service and great food. My only concern during this visit is that there were kids from a nearby table running around circling other tables, including the one I was in and the restaurant staff did nothing about it. Still, I would return.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Service was great and dinner wonderful. The avocado caprese was nicely done. The pork osso bucco was flavorful and tender. Churros for dessert was a nice change. They were light and fried perfectly.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 3, 2016

Excellent food. LOVE the mimosa / Bloody Mary bar however the pitiful service tarnished the experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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