Maritana Grille at Don CeSar

4.4
1226 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Immerse yourself in the most delectable dining experience Tampa Bay has to offer at The Maritana Grille. The signature restaurant at the The Don CeSar, you’re surrounded by 1,500 gallons of salt water aquariums filled with colorful, native Florida fish. Dine on the freshest local seafood prepared with pure, organic ingredients. With an extensive wine list and world-class service, it’s no wonder The Maritana Grille was voted one of the Top 10 seafood restaurants in the United States by the Gayot Guide, and has received AAA’s 4-Diamond Rating. The vibe is casual-chic, no jackets required. The atmosphere is festive yet intimate.

Before dinner, enjoy cool libations including local beers and craft cocktails at our newest addition, The Rowe Bar (located on the Garden Level), where southern hospitality meets the modern bar. The Rowe Bar offers great views of the sunsets St. Pete Beach is famous for.
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Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Service was exceptional

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t
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food. we had stone crab claws which very small and pricy. the steak was great. dessert was awesome. great place but not a $400 value for 2 people. be prepared

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s
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The cobia fish was awful, couldn't finish the meal. disappointing experience for the price tag

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OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent presentation and flavor. Service was very good.

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B
Miami
55 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Service was professional and friendly. Food was outstanding. Mussels and buffalo were two of my personal favorites. Great wines, some we brought and some we bought.

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ED
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When the fish entrees are north of $40 I call that a little pricey. Nevertheless the setting is elegant, service is polished and the food very good. Onion soup is deconstructed into something healthy, the big gob of cheese on top replaced by a cheese-flavored cracker. Cornish game hen is meaty and tender. Very good dessert: a pomegranate gelee wrapped in chocolate. It was a special occasion and they did come through.

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JB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

New menu is uninspiring. The first time in 14 years I’ve had a mediocre meal at Maritana

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AA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

First we were sat in a corner where the waiter said the lighting failed earlier. We could barely read the menus. Next, the service was very poor. I ordered a white wine and after 15 minutes and was almost finished with dinner was delivered a red wine. My salad was totally overdressed. My wife’s fish was over cooked . Our friend’s filet was well done when ordered medium rare. The waiter told us the fois Gras was not a mouse and it was slices. It arrived and was a mouse. We don’t mind paying for an expensive dinner. This experience was a very poor representation of Dan CeSar’s reputation. We would not return to this restaurant and would eat in the casual bar cafe instead. Management needs to address this mess.
Al Knezevich

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RD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Janet, was wonderful and very professional. Grest food. I had the red snapper and my husband loved the lobster. My sister and b-in-l split a filet and said it was prepared as ordered and delicious.
Thank you for the magnificent experience!

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PW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening! The cuisine was quite innovative and delicious giving us a fantastic dining experience. I would recommend the Don to anyone wanting to give the best of St. Pete experience. We will return.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent foods, service and ambiance. Pricey but worthwhile.

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating 3 birthdays, so it was a special event for us. We had a great time, tried a lot of new foods and they made it really memorable. Great ambiance. Loved the giant moray eel.

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M
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Don CeSar. Dinner was excellent, as was the setting and service. Everything was delicious. We shared everything. Now, I want to go back!

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D
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant will go above and beyond for anniversaries.

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ED
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Truly friendly staff who offer great service. Even had a visit from Chef Emily Ferrari. Bartender and waiter, both names Geoff, were very helpful and attentive.

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GB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Service was great. I'd go back.

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S
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary meal and excellent service

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Was one of my favorite. Food was very disappointing for what they charge. Will not return or recommend. Used to be a five star restaurant. Very poor food. Menu choices very limited. Seafood choice very poor. Was much better 5 years ago. I think you need a new chef/ Dining room manager. We stayed at the hotel. Wifes birthday. Hotel service was great. I felt we got ripped off with the food service. Will not return until assured that changes.......

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m
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grille continues to be consistently excellent across all evaluation categories. Make sure you say hello to the eel in the fish tank when you dine. However, I do miss the mood pebbles that used to be placed by the dinnerware at the table. Maybe that tradition can be reintroduced.

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LS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Unfortunately I must give our experience a very poor rating. My friend has food allergies and with no bartender on duty our waitress had to figure out what drinks had what ingredients and had to make the drinks. Not a great start. She never told us the specials (which we later overheard from a waiter at another table—too late). My friend had scallops that were so salty that they were inedible. My fish was beyond dried out. And finally, the banquet we sat on was worn out and threadbare. At this price point, or for that matter any price point, they need a reset. We are from out of town, so a wasted evening.

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LV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a nice finish to our vacation .Evert thing,food,service, and atmosphere was perfect

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RR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s birthday and maritana was up to the occasion. Fabulous food, wine and service. I recommend highly.
Ray

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K
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overpriced. Underwhelming. Chef wants to do good stuff...but execution is poor. Oysters? When we’re these shucked? Gem salad? Good...but very small...like 6 small leaves of lettuce. Coffee rubbed filet? Sanka flavored meat puck. Whole butter poached lobster? 3oz, stringy, nearly flavorless. Dessert? How do you make chocolate bland?

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our waiter, Jeff was very inattentive, did not check on our food or tell us about getting parking validated. Disappointing.

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SD
Louisville
78 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Weak performance by Mariana! Fish was over cooked and dry, lobster was supposed to be Maine but more the size of a Caribbean lobster and again over cooked and lacking flavor. This was a New Year’s Eve dinner and understand the hectic nature but repeatedly the Mariana continues to disappoint!

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CZ
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I was very disappointed in the wine we ordered. The list said Caymus 2013, when the bottle came out, it was 2016. When I complained to our waitress, she left and said she talked with the manager and he would take care of us. I trusted your establishment and low and behold, you gave us a free dessert to share! Are you kidding me? You could have at least charged me for the cost. They sell for 89.00 at total wine, you charged me 175.00, not real happy.

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L
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here twice in one week because the food was so delicious and the service was so warm and welcoming. Highly recommend, but it is pricy.

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PS
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must for sure! The entire dining experience was top notch and the food amazing!

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AK
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The pre fixe menu was fun, service excellent. Nice way to enjoy an upscale Christmas dinner.

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RW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It would be a big mistake to renovate the restaurant. I would tell many friends not to go there. You have enough problems in that hotel. Why create another unnecessarily. 6153004771. Robert

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PB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife there for her birthday. First time we had visited there. Food was wonderful; exceeded only by the great service.

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D
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were greeted warmly at the entrance. There seemed to be some confusion where to seat us even though we arrived at our reservation time. We were seated at a round table for 6 with a party of three. It was awkward at first. Don, our server, was excellent. He explained the specials, how other meals were prepared and answered any questions. The flow of the food was good in its timing on a busy Christmas Eve. My mom, her first time, thoroughly enjoyed the meal. It was my friend and myself second time. Always, a special treat!!

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l
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was not good. Food was average
No value here. Won’t be back

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L
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food & service so much that we’re going back tonight! The octopus appetizer is delicious! Scallops & Copia were perfectly prepared. The chocolate dessert was sinfully good. Our waitress (originally from Michigan) was a delight!

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding. And Caesar the Moray eel provides a conversation starter, as he watches his tank mates.

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c
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for special occasions

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RS
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Don Cesar is the primo, primo hotel resort on the St. Pete Beach. Their restaurant is expected to be top notch and it is. However, like the hotel it is overpriced. Expect to pay a hefty premium just to dine there. The cuisine is for foodies and the wait persons describe each dish in gushing detail. The food is good but you're paying for it.

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b
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service come at a steep price convenient in hotel location

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R
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at The Don and recommend the Maritana. The staff, overall, is friendly and eager to help. The menu was inventive and the food delicious. We were lucky enough to be seated next to the fish tank that housed the eel, Cesar, who got his dinner just after we finished. It was great fun. My only hesitation in giving my rating was the seriousness of our waiter who joylessly waited on us with the attitude that our questions were moronic and that this restaurant was his domain, the other staff and customers were his subjects. Overbearing and snobbish may be called for in Paris or New York, but not at a beach resort, even at as nice a hotel as the Don.

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B
Miami
56 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality professional service, lovely food offerings and a classy setting make this restaurant one of our favorites. The Octopus appetizer is one of my favorites. Several nights a week they have a nice jazz band in the hotel lobby bar for an after dinner drink!

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