Sea Porch Restaurant at The Don CeSar

4.3
422 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Scenic View
Enjoy fresh Gulf catch and local comfort food infused with coastal flavors at our seaside dining spot. With indoor and outdoor seating, the Sea Porch Café is the perfect place to gather for a relaxed breakfast, lunch or dinner. Host a private event at Gatsby's, our exclusive upstairs dining space for up to 30 guests. Then join us at the Pink Palace for Sunday Funday with our satisfying Sunday Champagne Brunch, from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The famous Don CeSar brunch offers a traditional menu a la carte menu and an unlimited mimosa bar. Then meet friends at the Rowe Bar for a classic cocktail, Julep or hand-crafted Ade.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Caribbean, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 7am-3pm and 5-10pm
Friday - Saturday: 7am-3pm and 5-11pm

Join us for Brunch on Sundays from 11am-3pm
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Phone number
(727) 360-1884
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Molloy
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Self-parking is available for $10/per car ( Up to 3 hours) when dining in Sea Porch Restaurant.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Alwlays fantastic place to eat with excellent choices in cuisine and wines. Most importantly, the ambience is superb!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Very nice workers who knew what they were doing and the food was also very good. The scenery was very pretty too.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

My husband and I went to dinner there while on vacation. We were very happy with our meals. The server was polite and knowledgeable. Great views! I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Teddy was the absolutely best!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We moved out of town about 9 years ago. We used to visit the Don for Sunday brunch before leaving so decided to do it again while back in town. Sorry to see the room changed from upstairs with the grand brunch to the poolside casual. Selection smaller, as was the price, but the food was still very good.

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2.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The menu seemed scant with not enough selections. In my shrimp and grits, the sausage was dry and mealy and the grits were flavorless. The other guests had fish and short ribs, which they enjoyed . The chowder was very good, as were the desserts (Key Lime Mousse and Apple Cobble). The waiter never offered to refill my iced tea. (Even diners give you refills.)

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We enjoyed a Sunday brunch at Sea Porch for a birthday celebration. Our server, Teddy, was fantastic. We ordered the bottomless mimosas and he kept them flowing. We also opted for entrees off the menu instead of the buffet and was not disappointed. Beach time following our meal was the cherry on top. 100% will be returning.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Awesome place to be!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Beautiful spot to eat. Food was good.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

My boyfriend and I came for Sunday brunch and were blessed with Jeff as our server. We immediately decided on unlimited mimosas and he never left our glass empty. From the attention to detail to the exquisite food selections, I would come back again and again. Amazing brunch experience. My boyfriend even said it was the best omelet he’s ever eaten!

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Not at all what we expected for brunch... according to online there was suppose to be bottomless mimosa and a nice buffet.. the buffet was a continental breakfast plus oatmeal... not worth $29.99 price point.

The website also indicated there would be discounted parking for eating at the restaurant and our server told us they were no longer offering that and it would be the full $25.00 to self park.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great food, fun location on St. Pete Beach, would definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I treated my dad to brunch on Father's Day and we had an issue with the hostess but our server, Patricia, stepped in and took over and from there on we had a great experience. The Bloody Marys, coffee and Lump Crab Eggs Benedict were all delicious. It appeared they offer a great buffet also.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

truly awesome indeed, it was a great ambiance and service and food outstanding

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Service was good but the food for the Sunday Brunch was not good. Other than the omelet station the food on the self serve buffet sat in the warming pots too long and was not very fresh. We drove four hours to do this Sunday Brunch at The Don because my wife had a great experience there 10 years ago and she wanted to go back for our 40th anniversary. Needless to say, it was a big disappointment.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Upon arrival at the host stand, staff acted like they had no idea of what was going on. We were seated and our server greeted us and took our drink order and the four of us opted for the brunch. When we went to buffet second time, the bus person cleared our table of everything, mimosas , oj, iced teas and everything else including one of our guests eyeglasses. Not a very good team effort to restore table to original condition. All in all a very embarrassing situation as these were new friends that we were entertaining.
No offer to compensate for all of the inconvenience. Paid way too much for such a poor experience.
Jeffrey Hogue (859)489-5976

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Sunday bunch delicious, lots to choose from.
Nice place to look around, 5 the floor view was great.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day we had a great time, my wife loved everything about our visit. Price was reasonable. We hung out for the day at the pool and beach, it was perfect. I had a question about the menu a few days prior, when I called the restaurant they told me the manager would return my call. I figured it was just a line, but the Manager called me back within ten minutes and answered my question. The following day I received another call from Don Cesar confirming that all of my concerns had been addressed. Excellent!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We made reservations online via OpenTable for Mother's Day Brunch. At the time of the reservation, we were told it would be $65 per adult, including unlimited champagne. The child's price was discounted. When we arrived at the hotel, there was a considerable amount of confusion, starting with parking (the lots stated that parking would be $25), and there was no street parking in the area. Eventually we were told that the restaurant would validate the parking ticket. Inside the hotel, there was a long line of people who were told to wait to "register." Once we got to the registration desk, we were told we did not have a reservation for the formal Mother's day brunch, but rather "downstairs." We were dressed up for what we thought would be a more formal dining experience. Instead, we were seated in a dining room with no view, surrounded primarily by hotel guests in their very casual wear. The brunch downstairs was a typical hotel breakfast, nothing spectacular and we were then told the price was $29 per person. The manager was very nice, apologized for the mistake, and gave the adults complimentary mimosas. She did offer to try to find us a table "upstairs" but the price was now $85 per person, and it was very crowded so we did not try to move. Although our breakfast was fine, it was nothing special, which is what we were trying to find for Mother's day.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We love dining outside by the pool. The food was great and so was the service.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Don Cesar has lost the Panache it had for years ... A Chick-Filet is classier and way cleaner ...
TOOOOO BADDDDD !

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Birthday dinner

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

1] no draft beers CO2 cartridge out
2] waitress just OK
3] french fries cold returned them and they put the original ones back in fryer and brought them out again
4] mahi mahi on tacos overcooked

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our Mom and Dad have been wintering in Florida for 20 years. My sister and I just discovered that a visit to Don Cesar had been in Moms bucket list! So we surprised her with lunch at the Sea Porch. Our main feedback concerns the pacing of the food service. We ordered cocktails first. Shortly after, Shana-Kay, our waitress, took our order for appetizers and mains. The chowders and salad appetizers arrived so quickly—we had barely started our cocktails! But there were no spoons for the chowder. The napkin rolls contained only a fork and knife. We flagged down our waitress, who promised to bring them, and as the chowder cooled, we tried helping ourselves to other napkin rolls (no luck) and finally diners beside us gave us their teaspoons. Our waitress eventually brought us the soup spoons. Minutes later, chowder bowls still full, the server brought our mains! We had to rearrange all the dishes on the table to accommodate the large plates. Not the best planning on the part of our waitress or the kitchen. Shouldn’t it be the responsibility of the waitress to time when the food is brought to table?
On a positive note, we had a lovely time after lunch visiting the beach and listening to Mitchel sing and play his guitar at the poolside bar. Overall, mission accomplished!

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The short ribs were excellent. The shrimp cocktail was just average!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Extremely mediocre. Service was nice. Menu is light on the fresh fish and the sea in the name of the restaurant is close but not visible. Chilled shrimp were good. Crab and shrimp bisque was gluey with more bacon than seafood flavor. Mahi mahi was fine but bland. Very underwhelming.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Incredible variety of cuisine for the Easter holiday unlimited mimosas, great service!

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Despite its name this is not a good place for local seafood. Also menu doesn't match what is on website. Overpriced and closed in without much view (again opposite to name).

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food quality was so-so. Not what you’d expect from such a nice resort.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Ambiance by the gulf was lovely. Waiter was friendly but forgot to bring the water we requested. My wine pinit grigio was watery and pricey at $14 and the salad was mediocre...tons of greens and very little of everything else...feta cheese, etc. Certainly not worth $34 for lunch. I've had better food at half the price.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Not what you would expect from the Don. Food, service and hostess all not good.
Overall a disappointing experience...

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Excellent service good food. Nice atmosphere
Really enjoy the Don Cesar

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Young female manager was apathetic when I made a suggestion

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Terrible service. We waited 2 hours for our meals. The place is run by people who don't know what they're doing. Lots of 'staff' standing around talking at the reception area. We received our drinks 45 minutes after being seated. We had to ask for an ice bucket for the wine, as the waiter had simply 'plopped' the bottle on the centre of the table. The restaurant was not busy, even though it was Saturday March 17 - St. Patrick's Day. Many, Many other restaurant patrons left without being served. We were told that The hold-up for the food was because the kitchen is under staffed, they are preparing meals for room service and the bar/outdoor area as well as the Sea Porch.My family has been coming to the Don Cesar for many years to dine. It was a tradition to meet family and friends from Toronto Canada here during the March Break. Since under new management, the place is really bad. We will not be returning .

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Well beside fantastic location I do love to come for breakfast or brunch Very attentive service. Never had an issue once. Thank you!! Keep doing a great job!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Great food and service. Had a couple of unique, taste drinks
Not thrilled about the raw oysters

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Patricia was our wait person and she was fantastic. Service at this venue is 5 star plus.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

There was nothing wrong with our experience - I expected to be “wow’d” and was not. My salad was “ok” my braised short ribs were good. Our server was very pleasant but not always available. I expected more from the Don CeSar.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

It was our first experience at the brunch. I would not call it decadent like they say in the advertising but it was very good. Everything we tried on the brunch was good. The setting is very nice. Service was also good. Only hiccup was that they cleaned our table while we were getting food... so coming back to the table our silverware and coffees were gone. But our server made up for it and offered a complimentary mimosa for our inconvenience. Thought it was a very nice attention from our server Patricia who was not the one that took our stuff away but apologized several times for it too. A little pricey but overall we are very happy with our experience and will certainly come back for more

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We sat outside and it was lovely. The short ribs, fish tacos, and tomato bisque were delicious. Service slow but pleasant.

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