Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

4.4
358 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Come Visit the Only Waterfront Restaurant in Downtown Saint Petersburg!! Beach Drive doesn't have a view like this! We now validate parking for the sundial parking garage! Don't want to walk? Call the free eco-friendly Nickle Ride Cab. Download the app and save on the frustration of finding parking downtown!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(727) 894-4429
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gilberto Bustos Lorenzo
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Catering
We offer catering for all types of events: Rehearsals, Receptions, Birthdays and more. Parties can be booked both inside and outside (covered and uncovered). We have 4 event packages which are sit down seating and open bar options. Buffets are an option for parties over 40 and are suggested for appetizer only and cocktail style events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bayshore and 2nd Ave NE
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Parking details
We have 8 restaurant and 4 Marina shared spots to offer. Parking meters are located along Bayshore and 2nd Ave NE, headed towards the pier. We validate parking for the sundial parking garage, bring your ticket in and park for free! Don't want to walk? Download the free Nickle Ride Eco-Friendly app and request the free ride to Fresco's!
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Public transit
St. Pete Trolley Nickle Ride
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Entertainment
We offer Live Music on Wednesday nights from 6 to 9..bring in a pay-stub and get 40% off if you are in the Service Industry.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 358 People Are Saying
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

I was extremely disappointed with my experience . Went for a girls night out and wanted to try something new on the water . The website Patrice this restaurant as being much nicer than it really is . I got the chicken carbonara two of my friends got the scampi and another girl got the fried chicken sandwich. For chicken carbonara was barely OK the chicken was overcooked and lacked flavor . The scampi was extremely bland which we could tell by looking at it no color to it at all and the shrimp looked like they came straight from the water on to the pain . This scampi was honestly a horrible Dash the best thing was the fried chicken sandwich and even that was mediocre . The lobster bisque was absolutely amazing although it was cold when we first received it and had to get a fresh cup . the drinks from the bar were good as well . I definitely wouldn’t come back Norwood I suggest anyone to down here also. Our server John or David was his name was great nothing at all with his fault and he was the best part of the experience . We dined outside on the water

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MN
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had Sunday Brunch at Fresco's on Sunday, and the food was delicious. I ordered my favorite, Crab and Avocado Eggs Benedict and a Mimosa, and my husband had the Skillet Eggs and a Bloody Mary. We had reservations through Open Table and were seated at a table with a wonderful view.

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AQ
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

second time there. Food was very good, great location, and reasonable

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JC
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good atmosphere. Love the pineapple coleslaw

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RS
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent tater tots, as in, best tots I’ve ever eaten in my life. Salmon was cooked to perfection. Overall, simple, uncomplicated menu, but it’s standard American comfort food done well.

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Miami
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue on a peaceful marina.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I took my family to brunch while I was in town. Food was good but the server accidentally dropped 3 mamosas all down my daughter. I didn't fault her for the mishap as accidents happen but my daughter's dress was soaked and there was glass all over. A manager never came out to discuss and nothing was compensated on the bill. I was surprised by this considering my daughter had to sit in a champagne covered dress through brunch. When the bill came she actually asked the server about why nothing had been comped, as that is very standard practice and the server apparently spoke with the manager and then removed 1 drink from the bill. This was a brunch for 9 ....and now my daughter has to get her dress dry cleaned. I felt this was not handled well.

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DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Fish tacos were very mediocre. Ordered a mohito and it was disgusting. Service was slow. Noisy place too and we sat outside too. Not a fan and will not go back.

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CC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

My sister got sick after eating a ceviche.
My grouper was dry and poorly seasoned.

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WC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is very good with friendly service. Water front view makes for an enjoyable meal. The only problem is it very hard to find parking close by.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and awesome scenery!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there this evening for my birthday and we had a wonderful experience with our friends and dining there the waitress was awesome Looking forward to our next dining experience there

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LS
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely day for lunch by the water and this place fits the bill. Good food. Good service but oh I get so weary of trying to have a conversation with bad music blaring in the background.

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L
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table outside overlooking the water. It was beautiful and peaceful. The blackened salmon carbonara that was suggested by our outstanding server, Kennedy was absolutely delicious. We shared it and it was just the right amount of food. Definitely recommend this restaurant for food, ambiance and service.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

First impression wasn’t good. Looks like somewhere you would be able to get fries fish and chips. My wife and I sat in plastic lawn chairs outside on a deck. The appetizer and my wife’s martini was awful. But I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of steaks and dinner entrees. With all of that said, my wife and I will be back for second try.

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AW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at many Florida Gulf side restaurants. The seafood was excellent as was the service. Excellent waterfront dining with great vibe. That said it was very comfortable for my 95-year-old aunt's birthday. I would highly recommend this place for any age group. I'm a middle-aged New England seafood snob who doesn't usually write comments, if that helps.

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B
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Had reservations for 3 for outdoor sitting, but it rained and tables became very limited. When we arrived the host sat us in a cramped corner of the indoor restaurant. When a few minutes later a table outside became available, we asked to be sat outside, and rather than give us the table, the host gave the table to a couple who arrived after us. Fortunately a nice waiter assisted us in getting a table outside. The host was the worst part of an otherwise nice lunch.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, great location and really tasty food...

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will be returning many times!! Will be returning many times!! Will be returning many times!! Will be returning many times!! Will be returning many times!! Will be returning many times!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Best stop on our visit to the area.

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DA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, lobster dinner was a good choice especially for $28. The martini menu is very creative and the cucumber cilantro one was fabulous! Even my husband who doesn’t like cilantro liked it. The restaurant was a lot more casual than I thought it would be with mostly outdoor seating. I would not recommend this restaurant if you want to sit inside as there are only a few tables and atmosphere is not that nice. Outdoor Tables are close and noise level can be high and parking is difficult so if you come knowing this ahead I think you will enjoy this restaurant.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great lunch by the water. A little buggy but not too big of an issue. Sit back by the fan and enjoy the boats and the breeze. Beautiful.

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RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We dined outside. The flies were brutal. A group came in off the water, sat at the bar and were very obstreperous.

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CR
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual location with a very nice view of the water. Service was quick and brunch is always good.

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DW
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Made reservation to sit inside and the host attempted to take us outside. Once inside we were seated near the door that they are in and out of so the humidity from outside kept coming inside we might as well have sat outside. My wife ordered a steak medium well it came out charbroiled well done. Portion sizes do not match the amount of money they are charging for the food. Had we not sat near the door our server would not have been able to be flagged down because he didn't automatically come back and check on us to the level we expect for the price of your paying. My wife ordered a strawberry Martini it was horrible. When we were able to fly down the server to tell him that we didn't want it he just took it away he didn't even ask if she wanted something different. We eat out 3 times a week that $75 was not worth the trip to drive over from Tampa to sit Waterside.

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Central Texas
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

After dinner arrived, we were overwhelmed by black flies. We were sitting outside by the water, and the waiter brought some hot sauce, which he said would ward them off. It helped somewhat, but overall they ruined the experience.

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Cleveland
71 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great marina seating, although a sea gull dropped a load on my date’s plate! Service and food are excellent! Love the expansive menu selections!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Prime location. Attentive service.

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RW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely waterfront atmosphere. Great beverage selection and plenty of tasty, healthy choices. I highly recommend Fresco's as a great place to enjoy friends and a relaxing meal.

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Cleveland
71 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grouper was excellent, the Snapper very good, but the best was the Salted Carmel Cheesecake for dessert! Great service by John as well!

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KW
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Love the food , view , and drinks. But service is always a hassle.

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KF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, the view was amazing and the food was to die for!

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Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been coming here for over a year. The food, atmosphere and service are always great. Great place for a date night!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rainy day but covered patio to still enjoy the outdoors and the bay. Great location. Food was fresh and well prepared.

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H
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

My family and I actually never ate here because the service and management was so terrible. It took 10 min for waiter to greet us and 20 min for all of us to have our drinks. He brought the table next to us their drinks first even though they arrived after us. Horrible experience for a birthday dinner. When asked to speak to a manager she was rude and arrogant. I heard the food wasn’t that good either. THIS PLACE IS AWFUL. Save your money. The view is nice though.

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CK
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed both the great waterfront view and the exceptional food and service. There is a good selection of local craft beers on tap. My wife said that the raspberry mojito was the best mojito she has ever had. There is a selection of fresh fish on the menu served blackened or grilled with various creative and tasty sauces. I chose the sweet and tangy - Thai style - sauce on blackened red snapper - delicious. My wife had the lobster fra diavolo with a great sriracha-based red sauce over spaghetti with lobster tail, shrimp and muscles - and raved about it. We ended the meal with the triple chocolate cake. Service by Tommy was exceptional. We'll be making Fresco's Waterfront Bistro a regular dining choice in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waiter didn’t smile and looked bored.

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

Good service, great food and great value.

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MC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Fresco’s but definitely will not be our last! The service was friendly and prompt, not just for us but as we noticed, for all other tables around us. Even when they were moderately busy, everything flowed smoothly. We had a reservation through Open Table and our special seating request was granted without issue.

About the food-
We both had the sea bass, blackened. I with the chimichurri and sautéed spinach (easy Keto). Mom with the mango salsa and pineapple coleslaw. Portions were ample & flavors on point- well balanced on all sides. Just enough sweet-salty-acidic. Nothing bland- it all worked!

Only the Caesar salad was “ok”- ingredient quality and flavor was good, but a bit light on the dressing for our taste. However that was easily handled by our super server Katie, who quickly brought some extra.

Prices are fair and you can’t beat the setting- the view of the marina is pleasant no matter what the weather :) Like we said, we’ll be back, and likely often. Thx for being part of a great memory :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their brunch is fantastic

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