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Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, St. Petersburg, FL

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

4.6
4.6
759 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Due to COVID_19 and demand, we are only accepting Walk Ins over the weekend. All Reservations will be for outdoor dining, if you have a preference to sit inside please make a note and we will do our best to accommodate. There are 10 metered boat slips that are city owned. We look forward to serving you!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (727) 894-4429
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Gilberto Bustos Lorenzo
  • Catering
    We offer platters for pickup only for all of your events: Rehearsals, Receptions, Birthdays and more.
  • Private party contact
    Peter Ceruzzi : (612) 716-3136
  • Neighborhood
    St. Petersburg
  • Cross street
    Bayshore and 2nd Ave NE
  • Parking details
    We have 8 restaurant spots for Fresco's Parking. Parking meters are located along Bayshore and 2nd Ave NE. We validate parking for the sundial parking garage, bring your ticket in and park for free! Download the free Nickle Ride Eco-Friendly app and request the free ride to Frescos! Want to come by boat? There are 10 metered boat slips too!
  • Public transit
    St. Pete Trolley
  • Entertainment
    We offer Live Music on Wednesday nights from 6 to 9..bring in a pay-stub and get 40% off if you are in the Service Industry.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 759 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Great for outdoor dining

  • St. Petersburg

    Great for outdoor dining

  • St. Petersburg

    Great for scenic views

759 Reviews
  1. NINAB

    Tallahassee

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time! Emily our server was fabulous and the food was great! Gorgeous view!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We reserved for outdoor seating, but by 6 pm the temp dropped to 64 degrees, and they kindly accommodated us inside , with just a 10 minute wait. Scallops and shrimp tacos were great. Definitely will go again .

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  3. Beachgal

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My favorite place in St Pet due to location and ambiance.

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  4. BrandieH

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and generous wine pours right on the water in Saint Peter. Great atmosphere for an intimate date or a small group.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a little bit uppity, and the servers seem a little bit entitled, not very warm friendly but they do their jobs well

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  6. JenniferD

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great outdoor dining. We will be sorry to see this restaurant go! Great views of the water.

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  7. Sandra

    Pittsburgh

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful scenic area outside! Great service and food. Will become a favorite.

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  8. SusanH

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time diners and loved it. The food was delicious and our server had a great personality and provided excellent service. We ate outside on the deck and had a lovely view of the boats. We would highly recommend dining at Frescos.

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  9. Shilo

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Whenever we’re visiting St Petersburg we like to eat at Fresco’s. The open patio is relaxing overlooking the marina, the waitresses are friendly and the service timely. We enjoy their fish dishes especially the Tacos.

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  10. Tink

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A St Petersburg gem for many years. Great food, service with wonderful waterfront views.

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  11. CynthiaB

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Several children crying and screaming at times. Nice portions. Good presentation.

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  12. PeterC

    Cincinnati

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had seafood pasta. Lots of mixed seafood and nice portion of pasta. Broth was unremarkable.

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  13. AndrewS

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had four of us, two of us had the Poke Ahi Bowl which was excellent, one had Yellowfin Salad, and one had Shrimp Tacos, all of which was enjoyable, very fresh. We also shared the chicken spring rolls which were surprisingly good.

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  14. Chris

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good location overall. Good meal. Good martini. Will continue to come back!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, beautiful location on the water. A little noisy. Excellent service. Pricy.

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  16. Gr8Food

    Orlando

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we had was outstanding, as was the service. Look forward to many returns.

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  17. Skittles

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great waitress, fabulous service, the usual good food. Always 10 out of 10. We have never been disappointed.

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  18. Average

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food! Lobster bisque is the best I’ve ever had. Service, food and location were excellent. Loud country honky tonk music did not fit the rest of the experience.

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  19. RandiM

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LUNCH WITH THE GIRLS! OUR SERVER WAS AWESOME AND ATTENTIVE

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  20. Doug

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been here 3 times in the past couple of years. View overlooking Tampa Bay and marina is really nice (get a table outside). Service is consistently great. I love their berry salad with shrimp. Portions are generous and food is great. I’ll be back!

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  21. TiffanyD

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresco’s is a gem in St Petersburg. Fresco’s is a wonderful addition to the marina and waterfront. Excellent cuisine with options for all (vegetarian,vegan,etc). Always a go to location for lunch, brunch, date night. The stellar views, service and meals…will keep me a regular

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  22. JohnandSteven

    New York City

    268 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    268 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the lobster roll and fries. Great service. Warm night. Peaceful waterfront blended with energetic crowd. Thanks for a great dinner.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lauren was friendly and accommodating. Food was prepared quickly. The free birthday dessert was a surprise! Birds were very intrusive, but the staff made it a point to frequently brush them away.

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  24. SusanG

    Houston

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Wow has Fresco’s really gone down hill!! We return every time we are in St Pete and this trip was bad! Sat outside by dirty rusted railings(they were not like that last year)and the smell of old beer!! Waitress was kind. Food was just ok-no where near as good as last year and not worth what we paid! Daughter’s mahi was not grilled correctly & was mushy along with a ton of mango which overpowered the dish. The cucumber salad looked like they took a cucumber and cut it into quarters. The slices were so thick for a “salad” Although they took the price of the meal off of our bill(which is what should of happened) a manager or an assistant manager never came over to speak with us! That shows that they don’t care and if you don’t care then I don’t care to return. The sad fact was they weren’t that busy! Don’t waste your time or your money at Fresco’s especially when there are so many other seafood restaurants in the area that do care!!

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  25. NancyN

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful outdoor dining on the porch. Very attentive waitress, the food was good, a little pricey.

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  26. MichelaV

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic location with beautiful views of the sea, the port and the yachts! The food was good and the service was very quick. I will definitely go back!

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  27. Cane01

    Atlanta Metro

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I didn’t like French Fries because it tasted not a “ FF “ but , it tasted like a sweet potato fries .

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  28. SusanP

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was too hot for us to sit outside - where the ambiance is wonderful. We were indoors where the ambiance is a bit lacking. I guess in the future, I wouldn't eat here when I can't sit outdoors. But I would definitely not hesitate to eat here again or recommend that others eat here. All 4 of us ordered something different and all were happy with our choices.

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  29. ArthurG

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It is always such a pleasure to eat at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro. I was afraid that it might be too hot as it was an exceptionally warm day in Florida, but the combination of the fans and the cool waterfront breeze kept the temperature down. Overall, it was a very nice experience and then had a wonderful combination lunch was nicely priced at $19.99 for a three-course meal.

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  30. ChrisB

    Cleveland

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our first time to Fresco’s and it was great. Service was truly outstanding!

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  31. MercedesS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Has the perfect vibes, great view and the staff was very nice and accommodating to our needs. Would be one of my fav’s place to go in St Petersburg, we just moved a couple of weeks ago.

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  32. ChristopherW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great Food was amazing ( fish tacos) highly recommend Spring rolls as an appetizer was yummy too

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  33. Babysoft

    Fort Lauderdale

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Shrimp Tacos and Ceviche Mango Habanero was excellent!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was mostly incredible - we had the Shrimp Tacos which were fabulous, the Fresco Bowl which was also fantastic but the Burger was so so & the fries were cold…… Service was very good & the drinks were great. It was very very hot outside bc of the storm coming in & they couldn’t get the fans working? Ambience was perfect “on the water” & over looking the Marina. We all look forward to returning to Frescos in the very near future!

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  35. PhilB

    New York City

    196 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    196 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful location with good to.great seafood. Grouper special was damn good

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  36. JohnandSteven

    New York City

    268 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    268 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional lobster rolls right on the water. Thanks for a great dinner and perfect service. Lobster was fresh and cold, and the fries were hot and perfect texture. Our server was very friendly - so lucky to have run into her twice this week during both of our visits. Thanks to everyone front of house and back of house-it takes a team, and everyone always creates a great visit.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresco’s will not fail you on the friendliest service, most amazing food and ambience . Our favorite server Chelsea was not there and We had Jacey instead. Jacey was just as amazing, funny and now in our top two servers. Can’t wait to go back.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our favorite server Chelsi, who gives the best service ever. The food was amazing as usual.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the best server Chelsi!!!! We sat outside and the atmosphere with everything. Beautiful water, weather and sailboats. The food was so good!

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  40. YvesN

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Fresco's Waterfront Bistro using the Order Online button. Fresco's Waterfront Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 894-4429.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 759 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

300 2nd Ave. Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bayshore and 2nd Ave NE
  • Neighborhood
    St. Petersburg
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We have 8 restaurant spots for Fresco's Parking. Parking meters are located along Bayshore and 2nd Ave NE. We validate parking for the sundial parking garage, bring your ticket in and park for free! Download the free Nickle Ride Eco-Friendly app and request the free ride to Frescos! Want to come by boat? There are 10 metered boat slips too!
  • Public transit
    St. Pete Trolley
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Gilberto Bustos Lorenzo
  • Entertainment
    We offer Live Music on Wednesday nights from 6 to 9..bring in a pay-stub and get 40% off if you are in the Service Industry.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (727) 894-4429
  • Catering
    We offer platters for pickup only for all of your events: Rehearsals, Receptions, Birthdays and more.
  • Private party contact
    Peter Ceruzzi : (612) 716-3136
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