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Cafe Ponte - Clearwater

1275 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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The Zagat rated Caf� Ponte in Clearwater takes its name from its chef who has created a distinct fusion cuisine based on American ingredients and an array of global influences. It is an open kitchen establishment that allows each visit to be equal parts viewing and dining pleasure.

Serving lunch and dinner, Caf� Ponte in Clearwater also offers tasting menus and a prix fixe option as well. A fabulous wine list perfectly complements the seasonally based dishes and promises a new experience with each visit. Meals can include sharing plates, appetizers, salads and main courses. Vegetarian as well as meat and seafood dishes are available, desserts are a true delight, featuring options like toffee panna cotta that show the global influences of the Caf� Ponte in Clearwater menu.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(727) 538-5768
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Ponte
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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.
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Private party contact
Julie Henderson: (727) 538-5683
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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.
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Cross street
58th St.
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Parking details
Ample single-level parking.
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.7  based on all time ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDoug (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2017

We always enjoy very special fine dining at Cafe Ponte. Our six-course tasting menu started with delicious, velvety cauliflower bisque. Next, a piquantly seasoned salad of shredded brussel sprouts; then savory cavatelli in tomato-lamb ragu. Our selected entrees included NY Strip steak (spouse) and Faroe Island salmon (me). Both were lovingly prepared to perfection, creatively presented alongside exciting and unique sides. 5th course was a superb selection of cheeses plated w apple butter, honey-almonds, and cherry-crostini. Dessert was heavenly flourless chocolate torte. Service (by Scott) was impeccable and attentive. Several complimentary extras were provided including an amuse-bouche of beet puree, an apricot and passionfruit palate cleanser, and the cafe's wonderful choices of breads. We purchased a lovely Riesling to accompany our dinner.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

We went here for our 10th Anniversary and it was amazing! Staff was very personal and friendly. When we told them that we were celebrating an anniversary, the hostess immediately sent over 2 glasses of champagne and a handwritten card thanking us for celebrating with them. The Chef sent over a sample of the black mushroom soup with truffle. Delicious!! Also highly recommend the asparagus appetizer. Restaurant is quiet and relaxing. Lots of people were there celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. Looking forward to going back again!

Deuteronomy (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

Some selections were excellent (mushroom soup; bananas Foster cheesecake) while others just ok. The crab cake needed seasoning and was served with a mustard "smear" which I did not care for. When I asked for another sauce, the reply was "You have it on your plate." I reply I did not care for it and was brought ranch dressing. Ranch dressing?

LisaH (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

The food is beautifully presented and you can tell that the chef and staff have great pride in their product.

Floridachi (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 15, 2016

My son introduce us to this restaurant some years ago so for either our birthdays or anniversary we go here. The service is great and the food awesome.
It was our anniversary and we were greeted with the hostess wish us happy anniversary then shown to a booth Our waiter was the bartender he was great and always checked to see if we needed anything as he was very busy.At our table we were greeted with 2 glasses of champagne and a very nice note from the staff.You could not ask for more.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2016

It was our first visit and from recommendations and reviews our expectations were quite high. We were not disappointed. Our table was ready, the service was efficient, informative and pleasant. The food was excellent. We intend to go back often and will encourage our friends to do so as well. We have found a new favorite!

MichaelT (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

Perfect as always! One of our favorite restaurants.

vipDucatiboyz (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 1, 2016

Incredible food, the staff is a 5 starts treatment. Best wine list... Chris Ponte is one of the top chefs in the country...

vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on May 31, 2016

I read good reviews, but was surprised to find the restaurant in a nondescript strip mall on busy Ulmerton Road. Hard to find when you pull in as well. But once inside, it looked promising with a pleasent contemporary vibe. The food was excellent (loved the Korean BBQ short rib sandwich), the service competent and a nice, but pricey wine list. All in all,a very positive dining experience.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

My first time at Café Ponte. The food was perfectly prepared and presented. The service was excellent. My waiter recommended an excellent wine to go with my dinner. I couldn't have had a finer dinning experience.

vipOpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2016

We were in town and celebrating our wedding anniversary here for dinner. After being underwhelmed at a couple of other highly regarded restaurants in the area, we were very impressed with the outstanding service and quality of food and presentation. They also went above and beyond by having a "Happy Anniversary" card waiting for us at our table, wishing us well and thanking us for spending our special evening with them. I can't recommend Cafe Ponte highly enough.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on May 24, 2016

Of all the restaurants in the Tampa Bay Area that my group has visited for monthly luncheons over the last five years, none is more universally liked than Cafe Ponte. Great food choices on their extensive lunch menu, beautifully served in a truly first class restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on May 23, 2016

While visiting the area from New York, we wanted to go somewhere nice for our anniversary. The food here is really good. Probably some of the best food we've had in Clearwater during our stay. The service was great. Everything about this place was great. My only criticisms, especially coming from New York, are the location and layout of the dining area.

The restaurant is in a strip mall. Kind of odd for a high end establishment. This should really be a standalone restaurant. Because it's in a strip mall, the place seems kind of small and dark. They won't open the blinds to let light in,'s in a strip mall so people can just look right inside. The restaurants are by the entrance and not tucked away in the back. So now everyone in the place can see who's coming in and out the lavatory. All of this seems very odd. Maybe this is just what happens in Clearwater and I'm spoiled by the high end New York steakhouses.

Overall, the good is great. No complaints whatsoever.

Newbie (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on May 23, 2016

Great food, great service, overall very pleasant luncheon.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

Certainly #1 restaurant in the area and in the top 5 in St. Petersburg! Atmosphere, ambiance , service and the food is devine. Cafe Ponte has catered for myself and two other homes in my neighborhood . Unparalled wislity and service . Thank you!