Tryst - St Petersburg

4.3
278 reviews
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Take Dining to New Heights at Tryst Downtown St. Petersburg. Across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts, you’ll find a different kind of artistic masterpiece. Discover divine culinary works of art within the realm of Tryst, designed to delight your gastronomical senses. Standing apart from the other upscale eateries on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg, this award-winning dining destination brings eclectic dishes to the table and pours on the charm with a full bar featuring a dazzling menu of uniquely-designed signature cocktails.
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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was Valentines Day. The prix fixe menu had great options, and everything we ordered was excellent. The live music was lovely. We sat at an outside table, and we were lucky because the weather was perfect. The server was sufficient with a good attitude, but drinks took a while, and they were a little inconsistent in flavor. If I’m spending $10 on a drink that barely has one shot of liquor in it, it better taste amazing. Overall, though, it was a lovely dining experience.

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Tampa
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for Valentines with another couple. We sat outside on a cool night with the heater. The Prix Fixe dinner menu gave a variety of choices. Everyone in our party was happy with their food. The ambiance was enhanced with the performance of a young singer/guitarist named Conor. We were still able to carry on a conversation with her great music not overwhelming us with volume.

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JL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This is the first time I've tried this place. We went on Valentine's day, and was not aware that there was a limited menu (more expensive than the usual menu). I ordered the steak, medium well, and it came out almost raw (and room temperature). When our waitress saw it, she immediately took it back and apologized. It came back (the same steak), and while parts were better, there were still sections that were rare, at best. I would say I ate about 10% of the steak, after my wife had already finished her meal while I was waiting for my steak to be recooked.

I'm not an expert, but I can't imagine that re-cooking a room-temperature steak can ever really work.

The meal itself was $50 (not including $9-ish beers that were lukewarm), and the waitress took $7 off my bill. I didn't argue, because what's the point? I won't be going back. Completely and utterly unimpressed.

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Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

In the past I have enjoyed Tryst unfortunately the Red Snapper order last night was not good. You could tell the moment it got to the table it should not have been served. The waiter really didn’t seem to care at all that it was not good. This was a go to place for a casual dinner but it is now off my list.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good overall.

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j
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good but it was difficult to have conversation because it was so loud

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Veggie Sliders and Sweet Potato Hummus were excellent. Grilled Romaine Salad was limp and tasteless. Our first time dining here because they allow smoking in their outdoor seating in front of the restaurant and it's usually nasty to walk by, especially if someone is smoking a cigar; this night was really windy so we didn't worry about the cigarette smoke blowing into the restaurant. However, the crowd was too LOUD inside as was the music, so it was not a relaxed meal. Too bad, as there are some interesting items on the menu that I'd like to go back and try.

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O
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints! I took my coworkers here after a long day of CE lectures and it was just the right place. The DJ who plays outside the restaurant is awesome and the food/cocktails are delicious! They even have hot warmers for outside seating. When I visit St Pete, this is my place.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

the acoustics are absolutely horrible. Please add sound absorbing materials.
it will make the customer happy and your staff will benefit as well.
I could not have a normal conversation due to the noise from other tables and conversations.
it is a shame...great food, friendly staff good location.

to the surveyors: PLEASE change the options und Noise level.....duhh
Hans

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I ordered cocktails and an appetizer (ginger chicken lettuce wraps with sweet coconut rice), both were excellent. For dinner I had the NY strip, which was good, but my wife got the gnocchi, and it was the best either of us had either had. It was a trusty exceptional dish, so good that after we finished our entrees we ordered another plate of gnocchi for “dessert”. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and music

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Made reservations and table wasn’t ready. Extremely small portions and didn’t taste good. 2 people. She had to drinks and I had water. $ 129.00. I don’t mine paying for good food as long as portions are decent. I tried to contact manager and never got response.

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Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cool place to sit outside in downtown St Pete. Food is pretty consistent and the staff is very friendly. I had to contact Open Table to get me the points as the hostess/host sometimes does not acknowledge that you had a reservation.

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location on Beach Drive right in the middle of everything. Outdoor dining was very comfortable and the people watching was amazing. Food and service worth a the four star rating. Will definitely eat there again!

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B
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took dad there for Christmas dinner. Requested inside seating when I made the reservation. Got there and they had a high top reserved for us. Dad is 94 and not able to sit at a high top. Ended up sitting outside and wasn’t uncomfortably cold. Food was great. Server was very nice. Chicken cordon bleu was very good.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Christmas Dinner at Tryst was wonderful. Ambience was great, Food was perfect, and waiter was outstanding. Couldn’t ask for more!

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was. Our waiter was very good as was the service with our drinks and delivery time of the food. Food quality was just not as good as expected. Our roasted beet & arugula salad was good. For our mains we ordered Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos and The Pan Seared Snapper, which were a disappointment. The taco filling was fine, but the corn tortilla was stale and without taste, while the snapper was tough and overcooked.

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NA
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This place was a pleasant find, with abundant sidewalk seating, and good live music (too bad the noise ordinance prevents live music after 9pm). The menu was adequate, the food was tasty. The only problem was the waiter who, while attentive enough, was one of those who seems to have pride in his ability to be able to remember the order without writing anything down, but who then forgets some things -- dressing on the side, no bacon; he did admit to his mistakes -- didn't try to blame the kitchen. But he needs to write it all down.

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TM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Made reservation due to online reviews. When we got there we found out it is very small and most of space taken up by the bar. Definitely not what we had in mind. VERY loud and crowded so we left before ordering anything. Hostess did recommend a nearby restaurant which was great. If you looking for a bar, this is it. If however you are expecting a nice dinner definitely go elsewhere.

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E
Tampa
48 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

WE ARRIVED AT 6:45 BEFORE IT REALLY GETS NOISY. THE FOOD WAS GOOD AND THE BURGERS WERE AWESOME. OUR SERVER WAS NOT THE BEST AND HE SCREWED UP OUR BILLS. IF YOU LOVE A LOUD RESTAURANT DINE AFTER 8.

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C
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were exceptional. Outside seating available which is a plus for a nice evening.

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S
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was lack-luster for the price. Needs more flavor - even salt and pepper.

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

GREAT FOOD BUT WAAAAAAYYYY TO LOUD FOR FAMILY DINNER - NO CONVERSATION POSSIBLE.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our server wasn’t familiar with the menu. I had the Gnocchi and added “Black Angus Steak”. This gives the impression it would be pieces of steak but what was added was ground beef. Still tasted good just should be what’s advertised especially considering the price. $6 to add ground beef to my dish is insane.

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P
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their brunch !

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and drink selection. Food is ok but the service and ambiance compensated for the standard food. This place get very lively in the evening and it’s a good place to be seen and people watch.

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Naples
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very limited menu. Very noisy. Best for a young group out for drinks

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AH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Came here early for dinner one evening with my spouse, but even coming in early before the EXCESSIVELY LOUD bar crowd arrives, the service was somewhat slow, the front doors are left open so flies were everywhere (gross!), and the food is just average, despite how well they present it on the plates. More of a bar, so don't go here for a meal if you want to hear the person you're talking to and enjoy a meal.

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l
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dined at the bar rather than a table inside because it was our preference. The bartender was excellent in explaining Tryst's take on menu items and citing the chef's credentials. Loved the beet and arugula salad with goat cheese. Gnocchi is one of our favorites and this version was outstanding and available with optional protein. The atmosphere was very friendly. Live entertainment out front caught the attention of outdoor patrons and passers-by (the restaurant should definitely air that music inside as well so patrons there can appreciate it too). Will definitely dine here again!

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LB
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Rainy day in St Pete made better by a great lunch at this restaurant. Excellent bar service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch. Lots of choices for specialty cocktails. Great service.

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g
Tampa
107 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I haven't been to Tryst in awhile, glad I went back. The food was great and the service was excellent. I had the Cobia, it was cooked just right and the side wee very tasty.

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JB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Service was good. It's more of a bar than a restaurant . Grilled octopus was delicious but the carbonara was not very good.

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CH
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Food was amazing! Service was wonderful. Atmosphere was perfect. Great wine list. Highly recommend Tryst!

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PV
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. I gave food and service 4/5 because when I asked to switch out the mixed greens, for brussel sprouts which are also on their menu, I received a definite no.
This inability/willingness to accommodate a simple preference seems a bit extreme for this restaurant. This would make me consider returning.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience and delicious food!

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CS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great brunch! The drinks were fun, food was good and the service was great. Will be back:)

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BF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food and service were fine. We sat outside and they had dj playing music. Way too loud for the space. Made it hard to talk. We asked if they could turn down just a bit but to no avail. Probably would not go back if dj on duty.

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B
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal at "half-price wine night" at Tryst (Tuesdays), ordering one of my favorite Oregon wines (a Four Graces' pinot noir). But our food was first rate too: we ordered only small plates and appetizers and can recommend everything we ordered. Particularly good were the tuna poke and the octopus.

I chose Tryst as it was one of the few St. Petersburg restaurants that accepted the full value of my $50 Open Table certificate. But I am certainly glad I tried it. Our server (who had a name much like "Tryst" but I am sorry that I just can't remember it) was an excellent server--enthusiastic with spot-on recommendations, and she seemed appreciative of our ordering a good wine and just the right appetizers to go with it. We will be back!

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B
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good expensive

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