The Library

4.7
1712 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
At The Library, the familiar aroma of coffee, the promise of a delicious meal, and the anticipation of friendly buzz will offer a reprieve from the daily chaos. It is where the community as a whole comes to refill their cup, both proverbially and, often, quite literally. You will find dining options both inside and outside, as well as at the bar. For walk-up service, our pastry counter offers coffee, tea and pastries throughout the day. We look forward to serving the community, visitors, and hospital staff alike.
George Peabody believed in the power and importance of education in the lives of others; one of his many legacies is The George Peabody Library, built in 1957 in Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins was inspired by his close friend George Peabody to use his great wealth for the public good. The collaboration between these men and the institutions they created is the inspiration for our restaurant, located in the Research & Education Building at the Johns Hopkins All Childr

Experiences

  • Wine Wednesdays

    Multiple dates available

    Come experience half price of all bottles of Wine and Champagne on Wednesday's only.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1712 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and very cool aesthetic! Will definitely be back soon!

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JasonG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being new to St Petersburg, we have tried many new restaurants.. we continue to love the service, the food and the atmosphere the library offers.
We have never had a bad dish or bad service and know the experience is worth any wait without a reservation.
Thank you to the staff for everything they do!

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Kelly
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Our server Christian was wonderful, he was helpful and did a great job but the host was rude and dismissive.

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BaB2015
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Their menu online is slightly different than in restaurant. I ate the fried chicken sandwich. There wasn't much to it for $17. Fried chicken, 3 pickles and light aioli sauce. Cole slaw wasn't fresh and had bits of egg in it which almost seemed like a mistake. I ate here once before and liked their breakfast burrito. Think I'll stick to the brunch menu next time.

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ChrisC
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Came here on Saturday morning for an anniversary brunch. We were sat right where we had requested; the lovely large wingback chairs in a secluded alcove. The ambiance is just stunning. The food however, did not match. I ordered the omelette with spinach and cheese only. I was grateful they made the accommodations for me but the omelette was over cooked and burnt. I don’t like crunchy dried eggs. I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to a savory brunch. I guess for a $20 omelette I expected something better than what I could make at home. The toast was also stale and dry. I couldn’t even eat my toast because it was harder than a crouton. My boyfriend enjoyed his eggs Benedict and the French toast was good. Extremely sweet but it was nice to nibble on.

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vipAndreaA
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Everything here has declined at least for last night. There was a shortage on everything right down to the glasses for drinks. A bit disappointed as we drove 1 hour just to dine here. Was phenomenal in the past. Maybe just a bad night.

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amyw
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in beautiful venue. We are at the bar and it was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, fantastic food and exceptional service!!

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MANDFJK
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully prepared, creative food in a very handsome setting. The service was personal and professional. Will definitely be back

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AndresG
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was amazing (Shannon), congrats to her. Ver nice decoration, and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time here. Excellent food and service. All of the staff were amazing. Highly recommend. We will be back!

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JohnS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Not sure why this is rated as a top restaurant in St Petersburg? I give it two Pepcids. We started with the warm burrata, it was like soup and the bread was hard and drenched in oil. The almost $5 iced teas we had were bland and should of been brewed before hand. The BLT was impossible to eat. It scarred the roof of my mother's mouth. The bread was hard and oily. The bacon was overdone. I took half of her sandwich in trade for my ok, nothing special fish taco. Not coming back on my dime. Waste of 80 some dollars. Watch out for your clothes if dresses nice! Greasy!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for myself a few dear friends/family. Great food as always, all of the flatbreads are bomb! Wish I wasn’t so full from an earlier breakfast that morning, so I could have ate more! what can you do when you wake up from the antics of the night before 🥴 Will always come back to the Library 📚

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LucyH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing; and the cocktails too! I would go back every day if we could!

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JessicaA
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dining experience with attentive service. I ordered the delicious Turkey Club again - upgraded to the truffle fries and fried green tomato, so delicious! My date had the burger and left nothing on his plate. It was his first time and he was impressed and really enjoyed his burger. Great job, thanks again!

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CCAnthony
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good times with the Beautiful Brown Girls Brunch Club. Getting a reservation was difficult. No call backs so I had to book two reservations for our group on Open Table ... that turned out to be a disaster for a larger group ... Anyway, they eventually accommodated us. The food was just okay. Nothing mind-blowing. Everything was fresh, which is a plus. Loved the books and the other decor. A little loud. The waitress was MIA a lot. Loved that the checks are brought out in a book and I signed my name inside. Nice touch. Overall, I liked it. Will be back at some point in the future. CC

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience brunching with a friend! That cinnamon roll was excellent.

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msspfl060714
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Library is one of the best restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner in St. Pete. Both indoor and outdoor seating options are great. They have the best-tasting coffee. The food menu is great too. Their staff members are always nice and friendly. Definitely great place to go for a weekend treat.

My sister and I were there at 11 AM on a Sunday. We had a cappuccino, latte, chicken sandwich and omelet with chicken. Everything tasted amazing and we had a great time. Our waiter was the best. We sat outside. It was a perfect experience.

The Library
Responded 6 days ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed our coffee and varied dining options. We look forward to hosting you again soon! Regards, The Library Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa and Lenny were our servers today. They were nothing short of outstanding. Constantly checking on us, offering tips about the city and recommendations. They treat their patrons with respect and kindness. They are clearly an asset to any company

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time eating here and we have never been disappointed. The food, ambiance, and service are absolutely outstanding!

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AftertheRaysgame
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is the star. Everything we had was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service waitress/bartender Taylor was absolutely phenomenal!! Couldn’t have asked for better service or a better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The Library is such a unique and cool place to eat! The food is amazing! We had reservations for lunch and were seated right away. The server did not come to our table for almost 8 minutes. The food came rather quickly and the server checked on us one time. After that we sat for over 10 minutes waiting to get our bill and take-home boxes. The restaurant was very busy but I was very disappointed in the service.

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Jennie
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent chicken Cobb salad, good service, great atmosphere… but $11 for a Bellini seemed overpriced!

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acpsBrazil
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The food, the ambiance, the service, wonderful experience! Totally recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will literally take anyone who visits me to The Library. The look and feel of the place is amazing and cozy - a little expensive but the portion size and taste is worth it. I've eaten mostly for brunch but their dinner menu was nothing short of fantastic! When they say they're known for their brussel sprouts its no joke. I HIGHLY recommend getting it to start your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the half price wine Wednesday's. Had filet mignon and fried brussel sprouts as an appetizer. Very good food, good service in a unique setting. It's hard to believe this nice of a restaurant is inside a hospital!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was amazing. Portions were very large and very tasty.

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AlineS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our two appetizers, Benne Cauliflower and Marinated Octopus were outstanding. We split the Truffle Mushroom Pasta and it was a gooey, chewy mess...oily and not very tasty. Our server quickly changed it out for crispy salmon and roasted potatoes which were delicious. Service and ambiance were great. Will be back!

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claires
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were both excellent. We were celebrating my friend's birthday and our waitress made it extra special by bring a delicious, warm cookie and ice cream without any charge.

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ThayerG
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SQUID INK PASTA!! Honestly everything we have ever gotten here is amazing. Highly recommend.

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vipRiccardo
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nicely decorated restaurant close to hospital. Good food options.

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AubreeYoung9999999999998
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve had recently, best experience. Server was amazing!! So sweet and offered to try to hook us up with dessert for my bday even though it was lunch. Vege options were 🔥 THANK YOU!!

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JudyH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here. Will definitely go again and try something new. Sparkler in the cake for my friends birthday was so much fun. The scallops were scrumptious!! Get there before six to save during happy hour prices.

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Summer
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to have a nice lunch with a friend. I also had the best grilled cheese and tomato soup I've ever had in my entire life! I've been intending to visit The Library for a while now and was so happy with the location, service, ambience and food! I live close by, so now I have a go to place!

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vipSherm
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our second visit. YOU MUST TRY THE CAULIFLOWER APPETIZER!!!!! It is like nothing you've ever eaten. You will like it.

The NY Strip was very good. The Squid Ink Pasta was excellent. The Halibut was good, but overcooked. Roasted potatoes side was good.

It's a bit pricey, but worth the visit.

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carrie
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails are amazing, always a great experience. Everything is fresh and tasty, eggs Benedict’s are great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely from entrance to exit!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Library using the Order Online button. The Library also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Library also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 369-9969.

The Library is rated 4.7 stars by 1712 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.