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May 4, 2009 08:59 PM

Tampa/St.Petersburg restaurants for business

I need recs for Tampa/St. Petersburg area for business dinners the week of May 18. Am planning to stay at Renaissance Vinoy Marriott and need restaurants within the vicinity of the hotel, if possible. Can be anything, whether it's a steakhouse, fish place, italian, etc. as long as it's good. Any suggestions?

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  1. The Columbia Restaurant on the Pier for Spanish cuisine w/ a water view, Ceviche for tapas, Gratzzi in Baywalk for upscale Italian w/ a lovely ambience....all walkable from the Vinoy. For really good steaks, you might have to hop the pond and try Charley's or Bern's in Tampa (just across the Bay in the Westshore area).

    1. z grille, pacific wave both fab within walking distance of the vinoy...savannah's on central too far to walk, but great southern fare

      1. I've always enjoyed Parkshore Grill.

        1. Agree with recs for Pacific Grille and Savanah. Columbia is good for ambiance if you go while the sun's still up (to enjoy the view), but otherwise the food is hit or miss (still, I periodically crave their 1905 salad and Cava sangria). In addition to the other recs here, Bella Brava on Central is probably a little too far to walk, but a good choice as well.