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Please help... need to bring out the big guns for mother-in-law's visit!

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I haven't been back to Tampa/St Pete in a couple of years, so I am completely out of the loop when it comes to good restaurants. My MIL is visiting on Sunday, and I need a good restaurant that serves great lunch! I'm thinking seafood, French, or any standard American fare around the Tampa bay area. I really liked the view at Castaways on Courtney Campbell a few years ago, but I don't remember being wowed by the food. Can you please help an anxious daughter-in-law out and suggest something "classy"(for lack of a better term)? Thanks so much!!

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  1. Heilman's beachcomber for a very good traditional dinner with excellent service.
    see reviews:
    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/30/342392...

    1. You could always take her to the Columbia...it's almost always a crowd-pleaser. The one in Ybor is gorgeous, and the two others (on Sand Key and the St. Pete Pier) have water views if that's what you're looking for.

      http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/

      Parkshore Grill in downtown St. Pete has that "classy" flair you seek, with mainstream taste appeal.

      http://www.parkshoregrill.com/lunch.html

      If you really want to pull out the big guns, the food at Mise en Place in Tampa is always wonderful and beautifully presented...and both venue and menu have a "fancy" feel.

      http://miseo

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      Parkshore Grill
      300 Beach Drive NE Ste 104, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

      1. Consider Cafe Dufrain on Harbor Island. Lovely view of the channel and downtown, especially if you sit outside, and a nice seasonal menu.
        http://www.cafedufrain.com/
        Good luck!