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Sea Porch Restaurant at The Don CeSar

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400 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
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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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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mom at the Don Cesar. Our Mother’s Day brunch buffet offerings will surprise and delight. Seating is available 11 AM through 3 PM. The price for adults is $65 & includes unlimited champagne. Children 5 – 12 years old will be $26 & 5 and under are complimentary.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 400 People Are Saying
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4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.3
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

HORRIBLE SERVICE! Had a waitress from Dayton, Ohio. I did not catch her name. We were a Party of 5. Had to contact the Hostess Desk to get plates cleared, more water, new silverware, etc., etc. The Hostess Desk was crowded with three staff members engaged in conversation. When I asked for assistance they asked me what table number I was seated at. HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT? It appeeared they were ready to leave thier shift and counting the minutes.

Food was OK. Short ribs were dry, Champagne was good. Bacon was good.

Totally CLUELESS staff. No Manger to be seen anywhere.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Reception area staffing was Very Poor. Right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. A reservation didn’t help the situation. Our waitress was the bright spot of our visit. Fish tacos were poor. Cobb salad with chicken on top was dry. Drinks were expensive as can be predicted for this hotel, but the food was disappointing.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The parking situation is a travesty;no signs of where to park, the hotel valet had nothing to do with the restaurant, it would cost $25 to park if you parked in their lot for more than two hours. Fortunately, we found on street, metered parking by a boat launch. The food was pretty good but they were slammed and two servers called off and it was slow. Overall it was okay but I don’t think I would go back, there are too many places that offer excellent food and service every time we’ve gone there

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Beautiful scenic and historic site and restaurant. Appreciated complimentary parking. Good food and surroundings. Great time to share with friends.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Service was awful. We waited 45 minutes before bread and salad was brought to the table.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

The service was terrible. A group of four left after an hour. We ate but complained. Another table was given their meal free due to bad service. Long waits.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very nice ambiance good food with wide range of choices braised short ribs particularly good

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Still love and recommend the Don and this restaurant but service was a little off this time. We were served drinks and dinner in a very reasonable time and a manager and server followed up shortly to check all was to our liking and then no further attention such as checking for another drink or a dessert menu after dinner. After dinner we finally had to flag some one down to please get us our check at least 20 mins after they cleared our table. The manager apologized and comped our one drink so they did make an effort to make amends which is very commendable. We would have certainly had another cocktail or two and dessert but it was still a lovely evening.

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Noisy poor service wanted a table outside but sat inside. Poor value for the price

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The restaurant and the food were good. Expensive, but very good. However, our experience was marred by the parking situation. We pulled into the parking lot and took a ticket. There was no sign that said anything about a time limit. We assumed that the ticket would be validated at the restaurant and there would be no charge. Turns out, the parking is free for two hours only. We didn't know that. We stamped out literally at two hours and five minutes. Five minutes extra! and were charged $26.95! After paying for an extremely expensive meal. We will not be going back and do not recommend this restaurant or hotel.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Specialty cocktail ( blueberry infused bourbon Julie) was excellent
Waiter informative, helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating for our separate checks request
The food was very slow in arriving. It would have helped if there were bread or crackers served while waiting. Very surprised that there wasn't at least something while we waited!
My salad ( cranberries, pecans, feta cheese) didn't have enough dressing.
The garlic fries were good.

Bottom line: Expected much better from this high end resort hotel restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend the smoked trout spread. Wonderful place to dine!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

A lovely place to enjoy breakfast outdoors!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Service excellent ambiance lovely
Food great Possibly could have more lunch choices in Brunch menu. Lots of breakfast dished

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1.0Dined on February 4, 2018

So disappointed with this place and we were looking forward to it. The server was good and very sweet but the food was mediocre at best. Got a foul smelling stone crab on a shellfish plate. We were a party of 5 and 18% gratuity was added without comment which seemed a little underhanded. The valet at $25 was the biggest ripoff and a very long wait in a very poorly run driveway. Again was really hoping for a better Sunday brunch experience.

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2.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We were treated to Brunch while visiting from out of town. Disappointed, to put it mildly. Long wait for server to notice us, poor quality Mimosa, small selection of food for an outrageous price, no carving station. Could go on and on, but not necessary! Hotel was beautiful and well appointed as advertised!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent Sunday brunch. Service is outstanding. Thank you

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Great birthday luncheon. Food was excellent & our waiter even called bday girl by name 😊😊

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

We had visitors and brought them over to experience the Don. Food was good. The calamari was way too crispy for my taste

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

We really appreciated our waiter's going out of his way to ensure that our vegan son was well taken care of and to make sure that there was no chili (I am allergic to it) in my tomato soup.

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner buffet was clearly leftovers from the brunch buffet.

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