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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in St. Petersburg

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in St. Petersburg? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Urban Stillhouse - St. Petersburg restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2561)
$50 and over
American
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
The Urban Stillhouse by Horse Soldier Bourbon is a unique entertainment space featuring American cuisine centered around a wood-fired grill, innovative craft cocktails, and bourbon education.

This 16,000 sq. ft restaurant bar and event space is influenced by the Horse Soldier Bourbon team’s historic background and favorite destinations including Kentucky, Montana, Wyoming, Canada, Scotland, and more.

The leather sofas, wood-burning fireplaces, copper stills, and vast bourbon “library” will transport you.

Dress Code:
The official dress code for The Urban Stillhouse is “smart casual”. Gym clothes, beach attire including flip flops, clothing with holes, non-dressy tank tops and ball caps are not appropriate for the elevated experience our patrons have come to expect from us.
Top review
RichardL
Dined 2 days ago
You can't go wrong if a place has more than 2500 reviews and rates 5 stars. Food is just excellent and I love the variety from beef and chicken to bison and venison and elk. Service was impeccable and the ambience was perfect.
A photo of The Saint restaurant
4.8
4.8 (425)
$50 and over
Speakeasy
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
VALID ID IS REQUIRED (no photos or foreign Drivers License/ID - Passport ONLY). WE ALWAYS ACCEPT WALK-IN PARTIES AND ONLY RESERVE A PORTION OF OUR SPEAKEASY FOR RESERVATIONS. ALL RESERVATIONS ARE BOOKED FOR 1 HR 15 MIN. IF THERE ARE MORE RESERVATIONS TO BE SEATED, YOUR TABLE WILL BE ASKED TO FINISH UP FOR THE NEXT GROUP OF SINNERS. BE SURE TO KNOW THE "SIN TO GET IN."

Lurking behind a discrete, unassuming entryway on a side street in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg, Florida awaits an award winning unrivaled cocktail experience. The Saint invites you in to confess life’s darkest sins, enjoy fine cocktails, tantalizing small bites, decadent desserts and even finer company in one of the sexiest upscale interiors you have ever seen. Join us for Holy Happy Hour (5-7pm) and get 50% off all cocktails 6 days a week!
Top review
JohnnyHotsaucevip
Dined 2 days ago
Loved the ambiance. Loved the menu. Loved the drinks. Just a great experience. The only reason I am giving it 5 stars is because it wont let me give it 6. Taylor the bartender was awesome! Get in there, have her make you some drinks, flirt with her, and then tip her 50% of the bill.
A photo of Stillwaters Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (467)
$30 and under
American
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
Stillwaters Tavern opened in 2015 on Beach Drive offering modern American fare in an inviting post-industrial space. Casual, approachable food with impeccable service are the hallmarks of Stillwaters Tavern. With 20 beers on tap, wines on tap, and original cocktails created in-house, you’ll be able to find the perfect libation to go with your food. Come people watch on Beach Drive and enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Stillwaters Tavern
Top review
MaureenH
Dined 3 days ago
Very nice atmosphere and wait staff were great! Food was fresh and cheese curds were fantastic.
A photo of Mullet's Fish Camp & Market restaurant
4.7
4.7 (430)
$30 and under
Seafood
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
If you live in South St. Pete, you know there are few good restaurants nearby. We’re ready to change that.

Whether you want to treat yourself after a long day or unwind in our backyard tiki bar, Mullet’s is about to be your new favorite spot for flavorful seafood fare and sharing a beer amongst friends (or strangers).

Bring your family, your friends, and your mullet.

Currently we cannot guarantee a specific seating section (indoor or outdoor) nor a specific table preference. All bar seats are held nightly for walk-in diners and all other seating is available to reserve. If you are running late, we hold the table for a grace period of 15 minutes before offering the reservation to our waitlist. Reservations are recommended, but we gladly accept walk-ins. For all reservations of 10 or more, please notify the restaurant.

Guests have a maximum of a 2 hour table time in order for us to accommodate all of our reservations.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great place to go for laid back family friends group. Live music was great just overall fun place. Food and service overall great. Would recommend for locals and visitors.
A photo of Sea Dog Brewing Co. restaurant
4.5
4.5 (96)
$31 to $50
American
Treasure Island
About the restaurant
Local brew pub with gulf inspired food menu, hand crafted cocktails, waterfront views and specialty beers made on location! Boat docks available & dog friendly downstairs.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
The food was good as the previous reviews stated. We were in town for a baseball tournament and wanted to eat by the beach somewhere. This location is on the intercoastal. We set up upstairs so we could see some of the water from the patio. The service was excellent. The only negative is that the parking lot was full and we had to park in a lot across a busy street and then crossover by foot. The grouper nuggets were a good appetizer. I believe my wife got the poke bowl which was filled with tuna and tasted great. She couldn’t finish it so I did. I had linguine and clams. That portion was a little bit on the small side, but it tasted good.
A photo of Buya Ramen restaurant
4.4
4.4 (292)
$31 to $50
Japanese
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
Buya Ramen is a place to experience true socializing in a relaxed and high-spirited environment with friends and strangers alike. An atmosphere that encourages meeting new people and taking life "offline" with house crafted beverages and delectable food.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
We went for a graduation celebration and it was lovely! The food was extraordinary and the service was amazing. The ambience was also overall good, we could all hear each other and speak comfortably. The only issue we had is that it was quite hot inside.
A photo of LALA St.Pete restaurant
4.4
4.4 (416)
$30 and under
French American
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
LALA St. Pete offers a new way to spend your day, evening or night!
Join us to enjoy a unique experience! Our menus offer an elevated approached of French, Mediterranean & Modern American cuisine. Our full bar features delicious Craft Cocktails, Wine & Champagne!
Reserve a table in our dining area, on the patio, the rooftop bar or book a private karaoke room today!
Looking for something fun to do? We offer Open Mic Karaoke in the dining room every Thursday 9pm+ & Friday 10pm+ | Live Music in the Courtyard from Thursday to Sunday 6pm+
LALA St. Pete is destined to become your favorite hotspot.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Eric our server had great recommendations and food was excellent.
A photo of Caddy's John's Pass restaurant
4.4
4.4 (38)
$30 and under
American
Madeira Beach
About the restaurant
Casual Waterfront Dining at it is best in John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk! Come to John’s Pass for our mouth-watering menu, refreshing drinks and enjoy a fun family-friendly atmosphere with breathtaking views of the sunset!
Top review
Love
Dined 3 days ago
Natalie was fantastic. We enjoyed our food, the view was wonderful, and we had quick and attentive service. It was great for our family of 5 with two younger children (6 and 10). There was something for everyone!
A photo of Cane and Barrel restaurant
4.3
4.3 (170)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
We're raising the bar - literally......
The essence of the terrace bar at St. Petersburg’s AC Hotel is derived from the flora and fauna of Florida, infused with the lushness of a Caribbean courtyard, and inspired by Cuban heritage. The signature spirit, rum, is the key narrative – exploring its journey from the cane to the barrel. The interiors reflect the vibrant culture of Havana nights with an old world charm.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Great! Would definitely come back for brunch anytime!
A photo of Bacon Bitch St. Pete restaurant
4.3
4.3 (51)
$30 and under
American
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
Bacon Bitch is a one of a kind dining experience, dismissing the idea that breakfast has to be boring. From the moment you walk up to the host stand, you are in for a fun brunch! The food ranges from bacon, egg,and cheeses to grilled salmon sandwich. You may come for the bacon but you are guaranteed to keep coming back for the bitches.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Food and staff was amazing. They created a very welcoming environment.
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