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Restaurant in Wesley Chapel area of Tampa

winegal5246 Feb 8, 2012 06:11 PM

Traveling to this area next week and will be looking for a nice dinner on a Friday night. We love local restaurants, not chains, doesn't have to be inexpensive, just worth the money. Nice wine list would be a plus. Any ideas.

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  1. rhnault RE: winegal5246 Feb 9, 2012 05:42 AM

    I have not been yet but have heard good things about Pearl in the Grove in Dade City.

    1. deet13 RE: winegal5246 Feb 9, 2012 04:03 PM

      Yeah, the Pearl, up in Dade City, is good. My wife and her girlfriends eat there at least twice a month.

      Pagelli's on Bruce B Downs and 56 is a solid choice for the Wesley Chapel area.

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        DuffyH RE: deet13 May 13, 2014 11:51 PM

        Wasn't Pagelli the Italian place at Wiregrass? If so, it's now Ciao! Bistro. Different name, same chef (Justin Fleming). Same owners, too, I think. I'm not sure why the name was changed.

        We(party of 6) ate there shortly after the re-vamp and were less than impressed by many of the entrees. Apps were better received, and easy enough to make a meal of them.

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          deet13 RE: DuffyH May 28, 2014 05:15 PM

          Yeah, it's Ciao Bistro now.

          I saw they had changed when I met a few buddies of mine up at the Brass Tap last year.

          Oh, and I agree that the entrees were so-so. IMO, go for appetizers and a couple of drinks.

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        floridaeater RE: winegal5246 Mar 20, 2012 11:21 AM

        Pearl in the grove is a great little place. It is in Dade City a little north of Wesley Chapel. The owner seems to love food and the process of preparing it well. The location is an old building in an orange grove that has a relaxed bistro feel. Great for trying locally grown Southern Florida style dishes.

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          mikesps103 RE: winegal5246 May 13, 2014 11:23 PM

          One unique restaurant that has some creative casual and fine dining options is City Grill in Wesley Chapel. It is not a chain. They have a lot of "one of a kind" recipes and a chef who really knows what he's doing. Definitely worth a try.

          1. DuffyH RE: winegal5246 May 13, 2014 11:32 PM

            For steaks, try Dempsey's at Saddlebrook in Wesley Chapel.

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              mikesps103 RE: winegal5246 May 14, 2014 10:33 AM

              An up and coming place I like in Wesley Chapel is City Grill. They have a pretty creative menu and food that ranges from casual to fine dining. They have a lot of "one of a kind" selections...Definitely not a chain.. It's one of our favorites.

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