Oyster Bar

4.1
166 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Charged $40 for a lobster roll with small amount of meat. The server also never let us know the price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The overall experience was diminished from the start. We had a party of 6. We were seated at a high top with a post separating two seats from the other four. The rest of the restaurant was EMPTY. We asked the hostess who seated us if we could move over two the adjacent table without a post. She told us she couldn’t and couldn’t even go ask the manager because she would get in trouble. My wife walked up and asked the manager. He refused, claiming there were other reservations for that table. We sat for the next TWO HOURS in what was essentially an empty restaurant. They could have easily moved us. But they didn’t. Poor customer service on the part of the manager.

The food was fine. The drinks were fine. The service was fine.

We’d never go back to a place that cared so little about customers that they let us sit with a post dividing us when there were AT LEAST 4 other 6 top tables available and a bunch of two tops they could have pushed together.

Shameful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’ll start this review by saying I completely understand the current labor shortage. However, I do not think it is an excuse for poor communication and overall poor service, especially when a reservation is made. My family and I chose to dine here. While the restaurant was visibly short staffed we watched our server take the orders of multiple tables that came in after us. In fact, one of the those tables received their food, ate and paid their tab all before we received any food at all. Including oyster appetizers that never came. As you can imagine, we went to an oyster bar for oysters, but sadly left without having any. After waiting basically an order and watching or food sit under a light, we asked for our oysters, that we never received, to be taken off. My son’s grilled cheese sandwich come out about 20 mins after the rest of us received our food. To acknowledge the poor service, our server removed the grilled cheese sandwich. No manager came out to apologize or even ask how they could make up for the lack of service. Needless to say, we will not be going back.

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jeng
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Service was good. Not over priced at all.

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JaiJai
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The service was ok, the food sub par. We ordered fried oysters, calamari, buffalo shrimp, and the shucker’s dozen and a couple of cocktails. The fried oysters were the only thing that I would recommend. The rest of the food looked really good but lacked actual flavor. And the shuckers dozen were extremely small but, not much there to really enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was great and the food was cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The raw oysters were fantastic. the cooked oysters came out very cold and bad. i don’t recommend the cooked but i do recommend the raw.

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vipNeenst
Charlotte
38 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Definitely won’t be coming back, especially for a date night. Only thing good about this place are the bottomless mimosas. It’s a typical place for ‘brunch’— is extremely way to loud, crowded, unorganized and the food are for tourist drunk people. Do not recommend for quality.

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vipTokyo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Mussels came out way undercooked, barely open, after we told the server he brought back the same order back after they were cooked more, instead of a fresh order. He took it off the bill since we didn’t want to risk eating them and getting sick. The fish tacos and lemon oysters were tasteless. The drinks were not balanced or good either. First and last time there.

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Helen714
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was very good but too expensive. They were understaffed. Also we ordered a dozen oysters and five of the oysters were average size and the other oysters were extremely small. I mean super small. For a Restuarant called the oyster bar it was not good if you ask me and they cost 18 dollars for crappy small oysters. Really don’t believe we will be going back. also gave us our entree and salad at the same time too fast

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jerid was great. Came back after 10 years and was impressed with the food and service. Recommend!

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Stormie13
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The oyster bar is definitely more of a Bar vibe. We may have been there at a slow time, but it was empty yet playing loud top 40 music.

Food was surprisingly good - as were of course the oysters.

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CassandraD
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and good energy. Nice place in the middle of downtown st pete.

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vipJamesL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Worst service we have ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

We saw multiple rats walking in the ceiling above us.

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vipJudy
Orlando
56 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Happy Hour deals are great. My lobster roll was very expensive -- $40. Though good, it wasn't $40 good. My husband loved his fried seafood sampler.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Very disappointed. I’ve been trying to get my girls out to have brunch here for a couple of weeks. Our server took our drink order and disappeared for awhile. When she came back we ordered oysters, which were very good. We had to request cocktail sauce which came awhile later, I had ordered a lobster roll which was super chewy & over cooked. Ordered beverages again, and had to flag our server down to remember them. My friend asked for an additional small plate for her shrimp tails, she forgot, when it did show up, the server asked if it was solely for her tails, because she had dropped something on the plate - my friend confirmed and she put the dirty plate on the table. Thank goodness no one was a health inspector! Oh and that lobster roll… $40. No joke. Had I known it before the bill came, I definitely would have sent it back! Prob first and last trip.

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vipRJHuss
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Blackened fish platter. Pretty salty and crab cake not good

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DelovesIvet
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Oyster Bar never disappoints! It's a little pricey but the food is really good, and fresh, and a great place to people-watch if you're sitting outside!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice brunch. The oysters Rockefeller and oysters parmesan were excellent. One dozen of the two dozen of the clams on the half shell were rancid. Server took them back and replaced. No problem. The lobster and eggs were delicious… just wish itbwas more food. The cheesy grits with shrimp were served in a large bowl with plenty of perfectly grilled large shrimp. This was our second time there. Last time, I had their crab cakes Benedict. It was just ok. Server said it was real LUMP CRAB meat and almost no filler. Of course, I was disappointed. Mostly filler. I had the New England Clam chowder on my prior visit and was highly pleased thar it had a decent amount of juicy clams. Love those bottomless mimosas!!!

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DianneM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first visit to the Oyster Bar. Everything was really good except the scallops were described as being seared and they were not very seared. The service was EXCELLENT and SOFIA was AWESOME and TOTALLY knows how to take care of customers!! Way to go Sophia!!

Seared Scallops
Herb red petite potatoes, asparagus, smoked bacon, corn chowder sauce.

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vipMichelleO
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great happy hour

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CHERYLC
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oyster Bar always does oysters right! Cold, fresh and perfectly shucked! The horseradish is real and accompanied by cocktail sauce and a red vinegar sauce. Our waiter Ben was outstanding and kept up w our hungry table of 10! Well be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! The food is delicious and the service is top notch.

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Scubachica
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

My husband & I have had some delicious meals at the Oyster Bar in the past, both brunch and dinners. But last night 9/17 was a real disappointment. The fried oysters were tasty but very heavily battered as was the cod in the fish & chips dinner. He picked this off most of his fish. I was excited to order the lobster roll which I’ve had there before because I remembered how delicious it was . Last night my plate was 2/3 French fries and a tiniest lobster tail on a hotdog bun…this plate for $40 ! Was this a new kitchen crew? Or short staffed? We left unsatisfied.

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Arlene
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were great!!! Happy place to dine out at St Pete!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and seafood on point! Love you guys!

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JessicaG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible experience. Waited over 10 minutes for our waitress to actually come to our table when we arrived. Service was horrible she never checked on us. Food was wrong and took forever to come out. Will not recommend

GF
vipGr8Food
Orlando
30 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Though we had some very good experiences at the Oyster Bar over the last few years, last night's dinner was not one of them. Food was mediocre, overcooked (grouper and lobster), and way overpriced for what it was.

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vipjbaum517
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Not a great experience. They started off being out of most of the cocktails on the menu that we ordered. Waitress didnt write down any orders for a group of 6 which obviously led to her missing about 50% of orders (not an exaggeration). Such a silly problem with an easy fix but ultimately waited a long time to eat because none of my order made it to the kitchen. Food was good, not like super braggable, but still gets the job done

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Took almost an hour for cold food to arrive. Plate was 3 times the size of the over cooked poached eggs on the diminutive crab cakes.

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Shell
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great attentive customer service

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JonathonK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

This was our second time here and the Oysters are wonderful, but the food and service were terrible. We waited forever for our food, which was mediocre at best. My salad had wilted lettuce and I sent it back. Our server while friendly was slow and we never had refills on water and diet coke.

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RonnieB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for Cameron! Great service,very entertaining and caring about your dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my husband. Our server was amazing. Looked like John Krazinski. Real cool dude .

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vipToddB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great place for a casual evening. Oysters were the bomb!

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vipAlex
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy and happy place
Good fresh food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service !

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BethG
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent happy hour raw and fried oysters were equally delicious . Lobster roll was outstanding but a bit overpriced at $40. Wedge salad also very tasty. Service also excellent. Location is perfect right in heart of downtown.

FAQs

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

Oyster Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 166 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.