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Oyster Bar, Saint Petersburg, FL

Oyster Bar

4.2
4.2
252 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Conveniently located in the heart of Saint Petersburg’s entertainment district, The Oyster Bar offers a uniquely inspired culinary experience and has been a neighborhood favorite since 1999. We strive to offer the freshest seafood, quality meat and poultry as well as provide friendly and efficient service to create a memorable atmosphere that sets us apart.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (727) 897-9728

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    St. Petersburg

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 252 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • St. Petersburg

    Healthy

  • St. Petersburg

    Great for Lunch

  • St. Petersburg

    Neighborhood Gem

  • St. Petersburg

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband wanted oysters and a beer for Father’s Day! So, we chose to visit (this was our 2nd time). The oysters were fantastic!!! Also, slipped in during “happy hour”…nice!!!
  2. J

    Jack

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was pretty good, but nothing out of the ordinary. An alt hip vibe and the staff were nice but forgot to serve us our starters which ironically were a dozen Oysters and the whole reason we visited. The server knocked off a drink each from a group of two from the bill as compensation but is a pretty big miss. Wouldn't rush back.
  3. l

    lakey

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great prices, great oyster’s, great location!!!! A must try highly recommend
  4. SK

    ShannanK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service!
  5. S

    Steele

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The selection of oysters is amazing AND they have a happy hour with $1 oysters from 3-6 PM every day! The staff is friendly and efficient. I will go back. Soon.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! I highly recommend the Salmon Cakes.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant…however we were not seated at the style table(low table in the very back by the restroom) as our reservation was made for (hightop)…so disappointing in terms of meeting venue expectations.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good and service was great- Terri C was a great server
  9. PB

    PatriciaB

    Naples

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch! Great food and service. Love the variety of oysters!
  10. j

    jjones

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    The boutique oysters were delicious and the mignonette was one of the best I’ve tasted. The service left a lot to be desired. The restaurant wasn’t busy but our server kept disappearing for large chunks of time.
  11. KU

    KimU

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Was busy and got seated right away. Was told to order quickly as there were two large parties that were just seated, so our orders wouldn’t be held up. Food was pretty good. Ordered the grilled fish tacos but fish was fried. Ate it and didn’t bother to complain about it. Guys ordered fish and chips, which they enjoyed. Oysters small but fresh and flavorful. Service was prompt and our waiter was great.
  12. JB

    JarrodB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    You can have bad service and bad food, but you can't have both. Oysters were ok at best. Wife had the Pesto and Balsamic - Oysters were really small and I understand they shrink when cooked, but smaller than a dime. Daughter ordered Ribeye - had no flavor, but weird after taste. Came out almost rare (close to Med Rare, but very rare. Ordered Medium). I ordered the boutique Oysters. Lots of sand/rocks in several of the oysters. Service - drinks went unfilled, no check backs and had to find other servers to bring Ketchup, extra salad dressing, extra cocktail, etc. I was hopeful with the wide range of Oysters on the menu that this would have been a better experience, but I cannot see myself going back.
  13. A

    Ashley

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Food was not good. Had 5 different things and they all failed to meet my standards. $150 meal and we left there and ate again somewhere else for
  14. CE

    ConnieE

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a dozen delicious oysters, really good clam chowder. My husband had a burger and said it was excellent. The fries were some of the best I've had. Love this place. Always a good experience.
  15. K

    elisaK

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place to enjoy “First Friday”. Really nice atmosphere; good food. Nice place to enjoy conversation with friends.
  16. SF

    SFIL

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    On website & menus they advertise Gulf Oysters - but they come from VA. Bad! The Oysters Rockefeller were not fully shucked before baking in the oven. Very difficult to free the oyster from the shell. I do not think the place is very clean! The menus were stained and the menu covers appeared to be very dirty. This restaurant has been taken off our list and for our guests also.
  17. MJ

    MagdalaJ

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We booked for date night to west at the high top and were told that we requested a patio which we didn’t as we wanted to eat inside at a high top which was selected as my girlfriend is a bit taller. The girl up front had an attitude and shrugged her shoulders, not caring. She didn’t seem like she was happy even being there which is off putting. We were seated at a low table near the bathrooms. We ordered a quite a few dishes - the Rockefeller was a bit undercooked because of all the toppings, causing the oyster to be kind slimy; the fried oysters were good but a little over cooked and burnt; the calamari fries had a couple of good bites but some had an odd taste and texture; the steak was good because can’t really mess up a ribeye and great mash potatoes; we ordered the shrimp Alfredo that was lacking in shrimp (4 small ones). One thing I will say were the drinks were good. We both had the rasberry lemon cider which we liked. Overall okay for date night but the experience was drastically different than when I visited my first time. Two times is enough for me unfortunately.
  18. T

    Terry

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Only issue is that we were eating outside under the awning and it rained so hard the awning could not withstand the weight of the water and became dangerous. I would suggest they contact their awning company as the other restaurants with awnings did not seem to have the same issue.
  19. H

    Heather

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Perfect spot for drinks & app’s. Great service! I would go again, but try a different entree
  20. B

    Bigfrench124

    San Diego

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foods great! Our server was super Dalphina. Drinks were fabulous
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great Food…Oysters Fresh. Service was fastest I have ever seen.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    It’s been a few years since we are here but EVERYTHING was very salty.
  23. b

    boxxa

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was great. Food was really good. The only issue was if you are in on a time deadline get to a show or event, it does take a bit to get your food and was around an hour from ordering to actually eating. Other than that, very cool place and some of the best oysters I’ve had.
  24. KL

    KLJO

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Good ambiance and service, the food was just ok in my opinion.
  25. BD

    BearsDateNight

    Tampa

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our service was great 👍 from Steven. Overall food was good, but Gulf Oysters on the small side.
  26. LH

    LauraH

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great server. Oysters and mussels were great!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My birthday dinner was a success thanks to the fresh Louisiana oysters recommended by the shuckers. Worth every penny. And the old fashions were perfect.
  28. EL

    ErikaL

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing! She answered all our questions and always made sure our drinks were full and we had what we needed. The food was well worth the price and the portions were perfect. We got a bunch of oysters and they had plenty of options from both coasts as well as the gulf. We left happy and with full bellies!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We came to celebrate or recent engagement. We had hoped the ambiance wd have been a bit more romantic - but it really IS a bar....tables right up next to each other etc. The food was great and Ryan was a great server!! We'll be back!
  30. DA

    DavidA

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Oysters were phenomenal, they have a wonderful Happy Hour and we had great service. Can’t ask for much more than that!
  31. DG

    DenishaG

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    For the name Oyster Bar... the oysters were okay. Other food was good. Atmosphere was nice. Drinks were okay.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Open table said the restaurant was booked up when I used it to add more people to my reservation We went and there were lots of tables no reservations needed
  33. e

    eplondon

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    I went before a concert around the corner and to be fair on St. Paddy's Day. I had reserved a high top and was seated at a regular table. When asked to move I was told all the high tops are on hold for people that might want to seat there in bigger tables though there was a couple at one. Finally seated at one away from the TV's where we had wanted to see the basketball games. The food took forever as did the drinks. I asked for buffalo shrimp on a house salad but was give a spanish salad that had tomatoes and cucumbers and 4 small shrimp with no buffalo sauce. It was not worse the money nor what I had expected. The burger though I'm told was good the fries were acceptable. The waiter started out grumpy but warmed up except he was overworked with too many tables. Was there for over an hour for just these few items and was late for the show. It will be a long time before we go back again and this was our go to place before any show at Janus.
  34. k

    kb45

    Tampa

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    In spite of it being St. Patricks day and busy; our server was very efficient. We had raw oysters-which were delicious and well shucked. The house salads were large, very fresh and tasty. I had the fried oysters and they were among the best I've eaten. My husband had the buffalo shrimp which he said wasn't great. All in all, good service and food. I'd definitely go back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience4
    Made a reservation specifically for that evening since according to their advertisements and website , they have $1 oysters every Wednesday . However they did not have the special that evening No explanation was given so we paid full price.
  36. JK

    JillianK

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our server was great! The hostess was a bit rude. We stood in front of her a couple of minutes before she acknowledged us. She was doing something like getting napkins or something together, but she didn't even look up to say, "I will be with you in a second." No smile the entire time. We sat outside and watched her. Being in PR myself, she would not be the first impression I'd want representing my restaurant.
  37. TS

    TomSwift

    Salt Lake City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a mini reunion with family from Ohio, Nebraska, São Paulo, and St. Pete! Lots of fun with great food and terrific service.
  38. I

    Ilovefood679

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Angie was amazing! She served us outside on the 12th, impeccable service even though she was busy! I don't know how she does it! Food was amazing, mimosas were great too, love the self serve option! Great place every time!
  39. R

    Ryan

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Appetizer came out after our dinner and was cold. Grouper Risotto was either extremely over cooked or it was not grouper. I’m thinking it was Mahi Mahi. Service was not great at all. Oysters were good. Wouldn’t go back.
  40. CW

    CindyW

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We specifically went for $1 oyster night. Unfortunately, our server told us it would be at least an hour wait to receive those oysters because they were so busy. We all chose to order either fried or baked oysters since those were prepared in the kitchen and not the same wait. They were just "ok", nothing special. Lesson learned, next time we will wait :)

FAQs

Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 897-9728.

Oyster Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 252 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


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Oyster Bar

249 Central Ave Saint Petersburg, FL 33701-3325

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    St. Petersburg

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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