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The Library, St. Petersburg, FL

The Library

4.7
4.7
2631 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

9:00 PM


Booked 53 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 2,631 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • St. Petersburg

    Best Ambiance

  • St. Petersburg

    Great for brunch

  • St. Petersburg

    Good for business meals

  • St. Petersburg

    Innovative

  • St. Petersburg

    Healthy

  • St. Petersburg

    American

  • St. Petersburg

    Most Booked

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  1. CG

    ChrisG

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the library, my wife loves it more! Literally she talks about the bolognese in her spare moments! The setting though odd at first is primo and the service second to none. By the way, their bourbon selection is stellar!
  2. K

    Keke

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I arrived for my reservation 30 minutes before time. They didn't see my name but I received a conformation text and email. The host did end up seating us and we ended up having a good dining experience. However Open Table just sent us something saying we missed our reservation. Very odd, especially considering that we had to put credit card info in the system.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch. Good coffee, excellent creative menu.
  4. SF

    SarahF

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Both entrees were bland, nothing to get excited about.
  5. CR

    CandyR

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    If you have an outside table, you have to ask for the warmers to be turned on. They don't offer.
  6. S

    Snickers

    Tampa

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    After the dinner 2 in our party had complaints that they did not share with the staff. One person had ordered the bolognese and said that it was not hot. The other person ordered the pork chop which he said was tough compounded by a dull “ sharp” knife. He did tell the waitress after the fact about the dull knife. She said she would tell her manager.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had breakfast here and it was an AMAZING experience. Our waiter was absolutely perfect, attentive and not overwhelming, knowledgeable about the dishes and it made the whole dining a wonderful time.
  8. D

    Dallas

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance - warm interesting decor, lighting low but not dark and noise level ideal for conversation (many nice restaurants play background music at levels that makes conversation challenging). Food was solid - scallops and pork chop - would order both again. Exceptional service - our meal took a little longer apparently (we did not notice as we like a relaxed longer meal on Friday night) and the waitress and managers came by several times to apologize and gave us a gift card after we paid - which we were not expecting. Will definitely go back!
  9. F

    Florida4now

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We were very disappointed with the new lunch menu introduced on 1/1/2023--everything we really liked was removed. Now it's mostly sandwiches--all with fries. Gone are the small plates, especially the burrata, and the noodle or caesar salad with shrimp and the build your own salad and the charcuterie options. Nothing to attract us any more.
  10. B

    Birthdaygirlon222

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The appetizer, dinner of pork chops with potatoes and scallops with brussel sprouts was absolutely amazing! The cocktails were interestingly fantastic. A new and first class experience. I don't live near but I will make the drive to eat here again!
  11. R

    Rich

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    You broke the cardinal rule of serving a warm dinner on a cold plate. How very disappointing.
  12. ET

    EmilyT

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and quick. Service was top notch as well.
  13. JM

    JudyM

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    My veggie sandwich wasn't very good, but the fries were perfect, everyone else seemed to like their meal, and the cookie was delish. Service and ambience terrific.
  14. MC

    MikeC

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and great service
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic brunch date with my wife and my dog zeppelin! This was our 3rd or 4th trip to the library and we absolutely love this spot! Food and service is always top notch. We will be back soon :)
  16. SS

    ShannonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fun spot to visit in St. Pete for brunch. Drinks are really good and we enjoyed our breakfast options.
  17. HR

    HeatherR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for brunch on a Sunday. Food and service were great!
  18. KK

    KerryK

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Excellent meal. Friendly staff. Lovely ambiance. Only negative is that our small water glasses were never refilled throughout starters and main entree. Otherwise, a wonderful dinner with creative offerings.
  19. L

    Lulu

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very popular restaurant - great design and ambience- waited a long time for our table (yes, we had a reservation!!) and we waited a long time for our food! It was delicious
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took friends there to celebrate a special birthday. I was thrilled that the acting Manager (Ellen) was able to accommodate our request for a quiet table but one that still offered the ambiance of high shelves stacked with fascinating blue bound books. Our service was as outstanding as our meal. Kudos to The Library for another great evening.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere, and service! Definitely recommend!
  24. LI

    LarInPhilly

    Philadelphia

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Always excellent but slipped a bit tonight in table service — had to press three servers for the wine to come with my entree.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible brunch date!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience!! Food was delicious and the ambience was so cool!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Chicken was amazing! Great place, will be back.
  28. TT

    ToddT

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit, and both have been great experiences. My wife ordered a fillet that was cooked to perfection, we discussed wine options with the GM, and he guided us to an outstanding bottle for our meal. We ranked our visit in our top 5 for anywhere in Tampa Bay. We will be back.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything about it was great, the food, ambiance, staff. They were mindful of our special request and seated us in a nice place for our anniversary. Server was nice and friendly. Very similar to Oxford exchange in tampa but a sleeker more open version.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What more can be said. Great food, great service, and the ambience is delightful.
  31. SE

    SarahE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time brunchers and we will definitely be back!
  32. DM

    DaraM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was not hot, coffee could have more flavor. Liked the decor. Waiter was very friendly and helpful with menu suggestions.
  33. BB

    BobB

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here will be going back. The 4 of us all had great meals. The waitress was excellent. Looking forward to going back for brunch
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Terrible food. The steak sandwich tasted like airplane food. My dog wouldn’t even eat the leftovers. Good mimosas and ambience.
  35. KB

    KimB

    Kansas City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in St. Pete. Everything on the menu has been delicious. When we are visiting down here from Kansas City, we go once a week and get our fill until next winter.
  36. R

    Ryan

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lenny is the man!!!!
  37. TY

    TaraY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bread board is easily overlooked but shouldn't be - it's the star! everything else is spot-on.
  38. LK

    LynnK

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    They were very sweet to sit us in the high chairs as it was my birthday. Enjoyed the service and special treat!
  39. MB

    MylittaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the ambience and the food was delicious! Was impressed with how they seamlessly tied the Library theme in each area of the restaurant. Will definitely attend again.
  40. JC

    JimC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Average at best. Nothing special except the decor inside. It’s meant for a business crowd closer to weekends, I believe. It’s dark and spacious with wood, paneling and filled with books. But it lacked any “buzz”. Not the kind of place a woman wants to celebrate her birthday. We went here for my wife’s birthday. It was her request. I made a special point of communicating via Open Table - and by email, since no one answered the phone - that what it was her birthday, and I wanted a special table. I never received a reply. I finally got a hold of a manager the day before my phone. The hostesses were very pleasant. One of them took photos of us at our seat, which was very nice. Our waitress never said a word about it being her birthday till she brought a complimentary dessert cookie and ice cream. She had zero personality, and lacked attention to detail. She also had no help from any bus-people to handle things like cleaning the table of spilled food between Courses or refilling water. She did keep refilling my soft drink as though we were at a fast food restaurant. The octopus appetizer was good. A bit chewy but not bad. The main course - pastas - were lukewarm. We said them back. They came back fairly quickly, but still not hot. At the end of the meal, my wife didn’t wanna wait inside the place any longer than she had to while I took care of the bill, . We told the manager, who said he was never informed that the meals were sent back for being cold. He apologized and gave us a gift card, which was nice but I doubt we’ll ever 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 2631 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 53 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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