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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 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.
3400 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Self-parking is available for $10/per car ( Up to 3 hours) when dining in Sea Porch Restaurant.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Sea Porch Restaurant at The Don CeSar Ratings and Reviews
I had salad with added blackened chicken. Chicken breast was dry and over cooked. My husband had grouper bites. If we’re mine, I would have sent back - way to brown. In hindsite I should have called attention to server about over cooked chicken breast. We were guests of our financial planner so I did not feel right in returning chicken. We all ordered the cobbler but were told not available. Too pricey for us but glad we tried. Only three or four tables of 4 at noon on a Wednesday. Not busy.
We reserved a table for two in this reastaurant on Christmas Day, which was my birthday as well. On the website I didn't find any information about buffet, it was saying the average prices, but there was nothing about that u can just have a buffet on that day and the cancellation was 60$ per person so we had to stay and pay 65$ per person for our meal, which wasn't very existing for us. The only good thing was that the champagne was included. The food wasn't that great for that price, not a wide range as well. The oysters to restock were laying down in a bowl without ice (only God knows for how long), so they had a funny smell, we didn't dare to try them. I had to ask my server to refill my drinks. Then they add 18% gratuity in our check, I can't even say for what. I know that the servers don't get paid by hour, but it could be 10%, and then if u really appreciate the service u can add more. They didn't even served the food and rarely cleaned the tables from the plates. The plates were just stocked on the tables that weren't busy with people. Then my boyfriend asked the server if u could do something for my birthday, (idk like light a candle or something) he looked at him like angry and with a little attitude said that u already have everything. That's the worst place I've ever had dinner in. Beautiful view and cozy atmosphere have gotten the stars ✨
This was the worst buffet I ever had. We didn’t enjoy this at all. It seemed to be mass produced and selections were not good. We paid a lot of money per person for this and it was a terrible meal and experience. They should not have buffets if they are not palatable.
The restaurant on the ground floor of the Don Cesar looks out on the patio and is quiet and simply stated. Casual with a small menu ranging from sandwiches to entrees. My Faroe Island salmon fillet was perfectly prepared on a bed of grain and summer squash. Everyone in our party of six enjoyed their dinners as we celebrated Christmas eve. The hotel surroundings are very nice.
The food was lukewarm and the quality ok. The best part was the omelette bar where everything is freshly made. The service was good and the staff very helpful. It was nice to be able to go on the beach afterwards. Not a patch on the Oystercatcher Sunday Brunch at the Hyatt Hotel near Tampa Airport.
The carpet was foul. It smelled like nasty, old cheese. Don't use carpet at all, there are too many people coming in from the pool area wet. I thought that it would be more formal until I saw guests of the hotel sitting there in swim clothes with kids. Could use a different seating area for people underdressed. The food was really good but I found a small piece of plastic bag in my salad. I'm assuming it was a food wrapping and it didn't bother me. But I'm sure there are people who aren't as reasonable, especially considering the cost of our meal. With the tip and no cocktails, just coffee, tea & water, our bill was $80. That's allot for a lunch tab for someone coming from the outside. Self parking for $10 was excessive. The ticket I was given to discount the parking didn't work. I'm not a "cheap" person but the place was almost empty when we were there. Take constructive some criticism and fill your restaurant.
Restaurant was nice but will never return for just lunch. The Don Cesar charges $32.10 for valet parking even just for going to lunch. Our valet parking cost double than my lunch. There are plenty more dining places on the beach that will get my patronage and not have to pay $32.10 plus tip for valet parking.
We enjoyed a phenomenal (though expensive) Thanksgiving buffet, complete with elevated essentials, a raw bar, bottomless champagne, wonderful outdoor seating, and above-and-beyond service from Patricia. It's not our first meal here, and it won't be our last.
Booked a Sunday brunch and Sea Porch changed time of brunch without giving us notice even though we had a reservation! We even arrived 10 mins early only to find out they changed the time of the brunch to being an hour later! Such an inconvenience to everybody’s schedule. Then after we came back an hour later we found out they no longer are doing a buffet brunch which is what we originally made reservations for. It was a horrible experience. Nothing special about going to Sea Porch Grill. Save your $ because it isn’t worth the 15-30$ cost of parking your car there to eat!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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.
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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