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The Library, St. Petersburg, FL

The Library

4.7
4.7
2505 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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Coffee Bar Daily 9:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (727) 369-9969

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Rachel Bennett

  • Neighborhood

    St. Petersburg

  • Cross street

    5th Street South and 6th Avenue South

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Stop Number 11 on the Downtown Looper Trolley

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Bourbon Thursdays

    Multiple dates available
    All day and night on Thursdays be sure to ask about our new bourbon flights served with a specialty accoutrement board.
  • Wine Wednesdays

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

Popular dishes

What 2,505 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Great for Brunch

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    American

  • St. Petersburg

    Best Overall

  • St. Petersburg

    Best Ambiance

  • St. Petersburg

    Great for Brunch

  • St. Petersburg

    Great for Lunch

  • St. Petersburg

    American

  • St. Petersburg

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    Don’t come here if you’re in a rush, but the food is worth the wait if you can stand an extended dining experience.
  2. MP

    MatthewP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing! The ambience, the food, the drinks and the service were all top notch! Taylor was our server/bartender and she simply could not have been any better! Highly recommended!
  3. DM

    DianeM

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful lunch at the Library. So many great menu choices it was hard to choose. Service was excellent. Definitely will go back for some amazing dishes.
  4. LG

    LisaG

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic - We love going to Oxford Exchange but sometimes it is difficult to have conversations. The Library was perfect. It didn’t feel overwhelming and busy. The food and service were wonderful.
  5. b

    bibo

    Tampa

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Food was mediocre. The manager was rude to us when requesting to sit in a certain area. Manager on duty scolding employees in front of customers about being late. Food took a long time. It's not a good place for kids. There are only three high chairs in the entire place so our 2 year old was in our hands the entire time. (If you know you know) The server was nice. Weird and unwelcoming experience. It's not worth the price. Will not return.
  6. TG

    TimothyG

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Very depressing looking at a building full of sick children.
  7. RB

    RebeccaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our experience last night! Great service, great food!
  8. m

    miravs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the food there and it’s a super cute environment. The food is priced well and didn't leave me hungry after.
  9. C

    Corey

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was beautiful and and the design and atmosphere was very relaxing. The food was amazing and good value!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Host was rude unfortunately. Grilled peaches and burrata and the bread board were fantastic - the flavors were perfectly balanced! Mushroom mafaldine was bland. Truffle fries were good - very crispy and perfectly seasoned! Wait staff was attentive and helpful.
  11. ML

    MariaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing experience! The food was fabulous and the entire staff we interacted with were great! From the hostess to the food runner and especially our waitress! I forgot her name, she has her bridge pierced, but wow! She was so fantastic! I wish more people enjoyed their job and life as much as the staff at this place! Made the experience that much more special! Thank you all and I highly recommend and will be returning!
  12. W

    Wineanddine

    Charlotte

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was spectacular from the minute we arrived. Amazing bar, great drink list and selection. We were seated in the bar area where our service started slow. When we brought it to their attention they immediately had extra servers at our table. We really had a great time. They work really hard and it shows in every aspect. Can’t wait to go back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! Steak was cooked perfectly and everything was flavorful. Service was excellent as well!
  14. BL

    BridgetL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch for a 50th birthday celebration. Food was excellent and service attentive. We enjoyed everything, French toast, grits, noodle bowl, salad. Quantity and quality.
  15. P

    Patrice

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I love this place. Unfortunately, my visit last night had challenges. The Steak Frites were presented cold; the Spinach lacked seasoning and the new menu doesn't compare to the old at all. Service and vibe were still fantastic though.
  16. RB

    RobertB

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere indoors & outdoors. Great staff, but most of all the food was excellent!!
  17. FF

    FutbolFan

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    High quality ingredients, well prepared and perfectly served. Fabulous dinner before the show at Mahaffey.
  18. AA

    AmyA

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Initially, we were seated at the front of the restaurant which had no ambience and no other people present. I felt like I was sent to time out! After we were moved, our waitress took quite a while to bring me my drink and she had zero personality. Not engaging. We received our food and my mothers chicken was extremely dry and had no sauce or flavor to it. The other dishes were quite good, including my scallops. The bread and butter appetizer had an extremely small amount of butter and honeycomb. I just felt that the service and the quality of the food was not worth the price. They need to step up their game especially being in downtown Saint Pete where there are so many other competitive restaurants.
  19. j

    justvisiting

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I love The Library and most experiences there are great. But yesterday the food was underwhelming and the service was similarly disappointing. I’m leaving a private note for management because you can’t fix something if you don’t know it’s broken. And I know The Library is better than yesterday’s service would lead someone to believe. Most experiences are wonderful.
  20. L

    Laine

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, we had the fish tacos and loved them! Would definitely recommend this place to anyone I know!
  21. SS

    StacyS

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t say enough great things about our visit to The Library today! The service was impeccable. The staff was friendly. The manager Ashley came over to say hi and make sure we were doing good. The food was incredible!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice space! Trendy but not pretentious. Eggs Benedict was over cooked (hard egg, tough pork, overcooked fried tomato) but had a lot of potential. Breakfast burrito came with potatoes inside the burrito plus on the side (I thought it was one potato offering not both). The server was great and understanding and brought out properly poached eggs. In hindsight, we should’ve had them remake it. The brunch was a good experience though. I’d dine here again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a birthday brunch. Everything was great from cocktails to the food & decor. It’s oddly next to a hospital & you have to go in the hospital to use the restroom.
  24. RO

    RONALD

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    ALL 4 DINNERS WERE OUTSTANDING BUT MY FILET WAS UNBELIELABLE
  25. LG

    LishaG

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Must try at least once. We highly enjoyed it. When reserving I told them it was for a Birthday. After lunch they surprised the birthday girl with a warm cookie and ice cream. The food was really good, just a little cold, but delicious.
  26. KA

    KarishmaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved The Library! The food quality was great and everyone was so kind.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Waiter was amazing drinks could have been faster, long wait, however waiter kept us informed
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect business meeting location
  29. AL

    AnnetteL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious, selections are limited. It took a while to see the waiter for the first time, but we were early diners and that may have affected their scheduling. Lovely atmosphere, my old eyes might have preferred a bit more lighting at the table. Overall I would recommend.
  30. PH

    PamelaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and delightful servers. Easy to find and lots of parking. I definitely recommended it
  31. r

    rad1

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    service was not good. Didn't get to order coffee because no one came near the table. We were told we could not take a dessert to go?! One person kept trying to grab plates and glasses off the table without asking if it was okay. Do they not train anyone here? The bill comes. I looked at it, gave my cc and get charged for DOUBLE, because she split the check for us without saying anything or asking! Just hire anyone and throw them on the floor. Food was good but not enough to come back with poor service.
  32. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I’ve heard their brunches are better. The outside seating was kind of loud and the table was wobbly. The steak was cold and very tough for a high priced New York Strip. I also never had a steak cut for me served. I probably wouldn’t go back for dinner.
  33. JG

    JmcG

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed an outstanding evening at The Library and will be sure to return again soon. The atmosphere, cuisine, and service were wonderful.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely exceptional. The avocado wedges are a 100% must get. The French toast is drool worthy and worth every bite! Service was incredible!
  35. MF

    MrFoodie

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience and Food was Delicious!! Our waitress was very sweet and kind.
  36. t

    timeflies1

    New York Area

    160 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Its an unusual but lovely setting. They accommodated some special requests without blinking an eye. Service was professional and attentive. One hiccup was truffle fries were served cold. I asked for it to be replaced which they did. But it took awhile and returned when I was almost finishing my steak. Part of our meal was comped which was a professional response. And, oh by the way, they didn't carry either of my preferred gin. Server recommended monkey 47 which was outstanding. We ate inside and noise level was significant even with the restaurant about 75% full. Patio dining might be a good choice on a very busy night. All in all def worth a return trip.
  37. C

    Candace

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maybe this is true for all restaurants these days, but it seemed a bit pricey. That said, we had a great meal and wonderful service.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Handled special requests seamlessly.
  39. V

    Valle

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The Crispy Snapper in Miso broth was exceptional. I had the left overs for dinner the next night and was pleased that the fish and spices still help their wonderful flavor. Amyleigh was our server. She was polite, professional and checked on us several times. My companion had the Osco Bucco Risotto. It was delicious and filling. Ready for another visit soon.
  40. w

    wineanddine

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, love the wine list and such a fun interesting comfortable setting. Cannot wait to go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 2505 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for The Library

600 5th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th Street South and 6th Avenue South

  • Neighborhood

    St. Petersburg

  • Hours of operation

    Coffee Bar Daily 9:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Stop Number 11 on the Downtown Looper Trolley

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rachel Bennett

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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