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restaurants in St. Pete in or near the Vinoy

LilMsFoodie Mar 12, 2008 01:06 PM

I'm going to be at a conference next month at the Vinoy in St. Petersburg. I'd like to try a few different places, preferably a stroll away. I like almost all cuisines and atmosphere is also important to me unless the food is so fabulous as to render the location irrelevant.

Not much info seems to be available about the Vinoy's restaurants. Any input is appreciated.


  1. steakman55 Apr 17, 2008 06:23 PM

    While not cheap, the Vinoy restaurants themselves are quiet good.

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      debbed Mar 13, 2008 11:02 AM

      We really like the Parkshore Grill on Beach Drive, about a block from the Vinoy.

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      1. re: debbed
        LilMsFoodie Apr 17, 2008 09:25 AM

        We stayed at the Vinoy last weekend for our conference. Most of the meals were within the hotel, which did an excellent job of catering. We did have a lovely evening at Parkshore Grill, sitting outside and watching the street scene. It was lively with some blues festival nearby. We walked down to the Pier and decided that it would be better to keep the original Columbia in our memory rather than do the one there. Tried to have drinks at Cha Cha Coconuts (which I believe is owned by The Columbia) but it was so filthy, we decided to pass and had a drink at Moon Under Water. Thanks for everyone's input. LMF

        1. re: LilMsFoodie
          joan Apr 17, 2008 10:20 AM

          Uh Oh!
          I just recommend Cha Cha Coconuts for a group of 20 college students...well maybe it will still be cleaner than their dorm rooms!

          Glad you enjoyed Parkshore, I've only had apps there and it was very good, pretty place.

          Didn't know Cha Cha was owned by the columbia. There's a Cha Cha on Armand Circle down in Sarasota too...

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        laurie Mar 12, 2008 07:06 PM

        My current favorite in downtown St. Pete is Savannah on Central Ave. Great nouveau Southern. This is a bit of a trek from the Vinoy.

        1. scubadoo97 Mar 12, 2008 02:04 PM

          My wife had a conference there last year and we had dinner at Pacific Wave which is a couple of minutes by car or a nice stroll like 9 blocks away.


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            horvath42 Mar 12, 2008 01:48 PM

            Ceviche Tapas Bar is close and also Bella Brava on Central. Good eating.

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