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About Sea Porch Restaurant at The Don CeSar

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, made to order omelets, custom carving stations, fresh salads and delectable desserts. Then meet friends at the Rowe Bar for a classic cocktail, Julep or hand-crafted Ade.

The Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Blvd.
3400 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Caribbean, Seafood

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(727) 360-1884

Website:
http://www.doncesar.com/dining/sea-porch-cafe.aspx

Parking Details:
Self-parking is available for $10/per car ( Up to 3 hours) when dining in Sea Porch Restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Michael Molloy

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

Special Events & Promotions:

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Join us for this Thanksgiving in Sea Porch, Maritana Grille or our King Charles Holiday Brunch

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Join us for Christmas Day in our Sea Porch Restaurant, Maritana Grille or King Charles Holiday Brunch at the Don CeSar

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Ring in the New Year with us at the Don Cesar!

Sea Porch Restaurant at The Don CeSar Ratings and Reviews

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3.6

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3.8

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2.9

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60% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have been coming to the Don CeSar for over 30 years. Last year I had an excellent lunch at Sea Porch, so thought I would repeat the experience. Bad decision!! I was seated in a booth where the seat leather was ripped, faded and tatty. NOT DON CESAR standards. I then ordered the Shrimp and Clam Chowder. Disaster!! Absolutely no shrimp or clam to be found, it was all potato and sweet corn. This was not acceptable.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Thought we'd get a good tasting meal at the Don Cesar. I knew we were in trouble as the rolls served were day old and dry. Calamari wasn't the best. I ordered chicken/risotta/asparagus for $23....it sounded good but chicken dry and no flavor to any of the meal. Was really disappointed. Didn't notice the poor reviews till after our meal - wish I had looked first. Wish the manager had looked at them too and talked to the chef so as not to have those type of reviews.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Hotel is beautiful. Food was fair. Expected much more considering the prices. Disappointed and hopefully the restaurant will up their game.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

You would think a place called The Sea Porch would have a porch and a view of the sea. But that would be wrong. This restaurant is on the lower level of the resort, so if you are sitting indoors there is no view and if you are sitting outdoors, you are looking up at a sand dune. We were there for lunch with my mother-in-law. Service was indifferent, and there is no bread service. I ordered a glass of Chardonnay and my mother had a single--not the bottomless-Mimosa. My husband just had water. My MIL and I both ordered artisanal greens salads with grilled shrimp. The salad was unremarkable. There were not that many shrimp and they were pretty small. The greens were not shredded thoroughly. They were on the large side. My husband had the Caribbean eggs Benedict and said it was OK, but nothing special and not spicy. We had an order of fries to share. This meal was $115 with tip. That would not bother me if this place had a great view and ambience and great service. But this was mundane food in a mundane setting. I've had better meals at Panera.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 27, 2017

2@Brunch:
20min for sever to get to us. .......Server was not trained on menu or menu pricing.
Coffee cold, Mimosa mostly OJ, Shrimp n Grits recipe had changed and was weak at best.....grits not cheesy w/tomato sauce(??), shrimp smaller and overcooked.
Mahi Ruben was OK.
Service continued to be lacking even after speaking to a 'MGR'(?).
$60.00 later, very disappointing. It was not busy & now I know why.
Am local so am familiar w/the 'Don Cesar' , it used to be good but will not go back or recommend to anyone until I know it has improved.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great beach front restaurant with outside patio seating allowing for a tremendous view of the sunset! Great wine selection by the glass. The calamari appetizer was delicious, lightly battered and a generous portion! Entree of lobster macaroni was truly awesome, very creamy & lots of lobster chuncks. Definitely will be back, overall a great dinner experience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Was so.............disappointed with the Sunday Brunch!!! Booked this occasion with Friends for a get together. Meal available for Sunday brunch WAS NOT on the open table site review!!! I have stayed at the facilities over the years.....must be under new management , and what a disappointment for such an iconic Hotel. Only breakfast "bar" was available and the quality was just not there....something offered at your local hotel to guests, if thT!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 10, 2017

This was probably one of the worst meals we have ever had. The calamari was over cooked and my wife's entrée was undercooked the prices were ridiculous and the cost of self parking was outrageous. The website is completely out of date in their advertising appetizers and entrées that they no longer serve. We used to be regulars at the sea porch but haven't been in quite some time and will definitely never return.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Always great! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Always very good to excellent.
Always very good to excellent.

Tags: Quick Bite, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on July 2, 2017

The food was good. Service was fine. View is great. The problem I have is that in the last couple of years, the price for the breakfast/brunch buffet has about doubled. You are now asked to pay $45 PER PERSON for the meal. This is uncalled for, over the top and to be honest, ridiculous.
While the food is good, the food is nowhere near $45 a head good. While the service is average, it of course is nowhere near $45 per person good.
My wife and I enjoyed visiting this establishment many times over the last several years, however, we will NOT be going back. It is unfortunate, but honestly, there are many other places in the Bay Area that offer better or just as good good for cheaper prices.
Thank you, but no thank you :)

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 (Louisville)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Gre at place for brunch!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

They could not find the reservation that I made through OpenTable. They even called me to confirm ahead of time.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Seriously over priced for the food selection. More seafood would be great, like a cold bar. Regular breakfast items, and 3 meats for $50+ per adult...? I get that you are paying for location but make it worth it.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I read some reviews that made me think twice about doing this for Father's Day. I am glad we went. Most of the food was very good. The rib eye was way undercooked and the desserts were a little childish looking. I am not a fan of root beer but if I was, I would have had a root beer float as they had a create your own station that looked pretty good. My biggest complaint is with the lack of service. I know it is a buffet but for the amount we paid we should not have had to flag down our server EVERY time we needed a drink refill.

Tags: Great for Brunch, People Watching
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Food was good and everyone was pleasant but the service was extremely slow and restaurant understaffed. We went 4 times during our stay and had issues with the slow service each time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 4, 2017

After reading many negative reviews my daughter and I still decided to try the Sea Porch--I mean it's in the Don Cesar it had to be good, right? Wrong! Wish we would've heeded the advice of the previous reviews. We went for Sunday brunch, we felt the buffet was lacking in choices. I was excited to see an omelet station, but the whole time we were there there was no one manning the station. The french toast was so old it was rock hard on the bottom, couldn't even cut it with a knife. The scrambled eggs and waffles were decent in my opinion, my daughter did not care for them. The dessert table looked wonderful. We decided to make the best of it and indulge in the delicious looking desserts. This part is sad....They all tasted awful! And believe me, between the two of us we tried them all! The bread pudding was burnt and foul tasting, all the cakes were hard and dry. Even the coffee tasted burnt and bitter. Our waiter took note of how little we ate and tried to have mercy on us by only charging for one adult meal and one child's meal, but the bill still came up to $76 without tip! I honestly don't mind spending a good amount of money on a decent meal with good ambiance, we do it quite often, but this was so ridiculous we were just shaking our heads and laughing! What a disappointment!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Excellent. Comfortable.

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 (Naples)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great outdoor dining! Best risotto I have ever had! Great service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Brunch. Sat inside...well it was actually in the bar area which is open. It was actually nicer than the real inside. It took quite some time for the waitress to come over. She didn't quite explain how the buffet worked, we had to ask. The hot foods were quite ordinary and considering they were sitting in heating trays the chicken and fish was dry and rubbery. The sliced meats were very good and worth a try. No eggs Benedict, really? The made to order omelettes were quite good and well executed. The rest of the breakfast selections were good: charcuterie board with a lot of meats but no cheeses, the scrambled eggs were moist and apple smoked bacon excellent. There should have been a better selection of breads. Anyway, considering the Cost $54pp, we expected more and better quality. Our other peeve is the parking situation. It took 15 minutes to find a spot in the lot and squeeze into it. Worse is that I had to pay for parking. After spending $210.00 for breakfast, parking should be free. If we return we'll sit at the bar and order ala carte.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 14, 2017

It was a nice experience and they kindly accommodated my many food allergies, thanks

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Everything was just kind of "meh". We were really hoping to have something memorable from our experience considering it is the Don Cesar, but it was really just average.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I've been in Tampa for nearly 20 years and have been coming to the property off and on during that time with varying degrees of success. You want to love this place as it is in the Don Cesar and its on the beach, but it is really just crappy hotel food. Server was very friendly but all our food...apps/entrees were delivered at the same time...oysters were shucked terribly and no understanding of what kind they were or where they were from..."west coast"...$20 Wagyu burger was way over cooked and of questionable quality...'craft' cocktails were not well balanced...fish tacos with the fish over cooked, dry and not great flavor...that said, grilled octopus was very good and lobster roll was good...if we hadn't had spa services we would have been hit with a nearly $35 valet fee even though the property had no non-hotel guest parking available...was hoping new ownership would have been an improvement with food quality/service, but not the case thus far...if we had gone to a standard beach bar, expectations would have been different, but the standards should be much higher from such a local institution...much better ways to spend $175 for lunch for 3 in the area!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great salads with generous protein portions added on. Loved the signature drink menu. Sea Angels were perfect for a warm May afternoon. Glad that I'm local ... Just need to get to the Don more frequently!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

lobster roll & lamb lollipops both delish!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We were told we could not make a reservation for outdoor seating which is not unusual. We took our chances and headed over. When we arrived, we were told there was one table available. We took it and saw multiple tables available. When a couple with infant and small son asked for a table, they were told the empty tables were for reservations. When the husband pressed on the policy of no reservation for outdoor tables, the couple was told it was for a private party. Not sure how that differs from a reservation. We were also very surprised that outdoor seating is not water view. There is a raised private deck that blocks the view to the beach and water. Your dinner view is of butts in chairs/couches above you. When we inquired about sitting there for dinner we were told it was for a private party. Ambiance was not going to be the draw and we hoped for a great meal. We ordered a number of lite bites all of which were ok. This one is not worth a trip back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

I was disappointed by the smell of old beer and general uncleanliness of the restaurant, especially given the price and location.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 21, 2017

House rose was undrinkable. Fish tacos were just okay

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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Parking in lot across the bridge from bldg cost $32. 1 1/2 hours. WWHHAATT?

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Very disappointed!!! My family went there for Easter brunch and the buffet was disgusting! They did not put fresh food out the whole time we were there and what was left was scraps.not one item we had on our plates were warm. I will never go there ever again. The worst part was getting the bill after the disgusting brunch we had. $275.00 for 3of us and we all had water 😡 Don't go there

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 9, 2017

We went for what was supposed to be a sunday brunch and had a reservation. It was busy, but there seemed to be a lot of confusion at the hostess station. We were seated 20 min after our reservation only to see 7-10 empty tables in the outdoor seating area. Food was average, nothing to justify the price. The best part was the bottomless mimosas.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 26, 2017

The restaurant was fine. Crusted snapper was fresh and well prepared. No complaints there.

After dinner, we went to the outdoor bar for some wine and to watch the sunset. The place was filthy. They were out of chardonnay and vodka. Pretty nasty scene.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

A short walk to the beach and right off the swimming pool, it was a great place to eat. Light breezes cool the afternoon temperatures and the relaxed environment provide the perfect place to enjoy the excellent food at the Sea Porch. I enjoyed the Mahi-mahi Fish & Chips and my wife had the Shrimp Crab Bisque & half turkey sandwich. Everything was delicious and we finished with a nice piece of cake. Wonderful experience!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 23, 2017

disappointed..made reservation & was unable to sit on the patio when there was several empty tables. absolutely loved our server Evan.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Very good food and service with a wonderful sunset view.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Excellent table under the awning on the water. It was a beautiful night to be enjoying and outdoor dinner with friends. Service was great and food was great.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Place did not seem crowded, but we still stood at the front for about five minutes with no one seating us or the other group. Once we were seated all was going fine. Got our drinks, bread and placed our order. Then we waited, and waited, and waited. The waiter stopped only once during the first hour to tell us they were behind due to a large party. We grabbed a Manager, who was walking through and he said he would take care of it. Good was out within minutes. Grouper sandwich, salads, kids cheeseburger were all very good. The corn & crab chowder was mostly potatoes and heavy cream. To their credit, 30% of our bill was discounted.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Several "disconnects" with service. Most noticeable was my daughter's entree - her plate did not come with her requested side dish so he took her plate away and did not come back for 15 minutes. All she asked for was green beans!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 10, 2017

3rd time going. The food was great the first two nights but this night we had some issues with the filet mignon being over cpoked and tough as well as the new York strip not being cooked right. We took my parents there for their anniversary that night and so that was disappointing .

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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