10 Best Romantic Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL 2018

Best Restaurants for Valentine's Day
& Other Romantic Jaunts

Whether you're a guy or a gal, it never hurts to have a handy list of romantic restaurants at your fingertips. Valentine's Day is one of the biggies, but there are also anniversaries, birthdays, Mother's Day, and other holidays.

What makes a restaurant romantic? For our detailed answer, see our Romantic Restaurants in St. Pete 2017 intro.

In general, it's obviously the overall ambience. One of the important things to note is that many of the best restaurants in the St. Pete area do get noisy when busy. Normally, we would disqualify a loud place from being romantic, except if we did this, we would have a top two list and be missing some great places. So, for most of these you may have to bear with a certain degree of discord to the occasional full on cacophony. That's just the way it is around here. (On this list Rococo and Selene are the most quiet.)

In case you're wondering, Valentine's Day is on a Wednesday this year. All of the restaurants on the list offer outdoor seating, which can still be nice in February. We recommend reservations for all of these, especially for Valentine's Day, so pick one from the following list and reserve it now.

The 10 Best Romantic Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL for 2018

1. Rococo Steak

Rococo Steak

Rococo Steak

In a 1920s manse, this baroque-chic steakhouse serves grass-fed beef, seafood, small plates & wine.

Although it has "steak" in its name, and the steaks are great, the seafood is excellent as well. Some of our favorite items include; Shrimp Cocktail, Country Salad, Dry Aged Cowboy Ribeye, Raw Oysters, the Seafood Platter, a side of Mushrooms, and Creamless Corn Mash.

Rococo also does a lot of hosts many weddings in their elegant, grand setting, and they are one of the only restaurants on the list that rarely gets noisy.

Rococo Steak
655 2nd Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-0999
http://www.rococosteak.com/

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2. IL Ritorno

IL Ritorno - Kevin and Lori enjoying the Mushroom Tagliatelle

Kevin and Lori enjoying the Mushroom Tagliatelle at IL Ritorno

(Photo by Davis Jasmin)

IL Ritorno recently re-opened after a remodel that doubled its size and qualified it for a liquor license. They have some small batch wines from Italy that you can't get elsewhere, and have always provided us with excellent pairing suggestions.

The restaurant has an intimate setting with rustic brick walls and a view of the park across the street that will one day be a new high-rise. The setting and the amazing food remind us of being in Manhattan. The service is impeccable and you won't find food like this anywhere else. The Caprese, Tagliatelle, Short Rib Mezzaluna, Cappelini Nero, and Pan Seared Chicken are a few of our favorites.

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IL Ritorno's unique style of old country Northern Italian with a modern twist is one of our favorites, and we go here for most of our special occasions.

IL Ritorno
449 Central Ave #101
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 897-5900
http://www.ilritornodowntown.com/

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3. Annata Restaurant & Wine Bar

Annata

Annata Restaurant Wine Bar

Annata is another restaurant that reminds us of New York City for it's brick walls and long narrow shape, plus the elegance of their small plates and impeccable service. They have excellent cheese and charcuterie, pastas, tapas, and full entrées. They offer exquisite wines from California, Italy, and France. Annata does not take reservations, but they will take your number down, and send you a text message when a table becomes available.

Annata Restaurant & Wine Bar
300 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
http://www.annatawine.com

4. Sea Salt

Sea Salt St. Pete

Sea Salt St. Pete

Sea Salt St. Pete is one of the grand anchor tenants of Sun Dial Shops in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. They are an excellent 5-star gourmet restaurant with the freshest fish (most of it local), largest selection of oysters, and great steaks with several dishes having unique eclectic twists that us foodies love.

Sea Salt
183 2nd Ave North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 873-7964
http://seasaltstpete.com/

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5. Grace Restaurant

Grace Restaurant has four rooms, including the bar.

Grace Restaurant is the only fine dining in Pass-a-Grille, and only one of four elegant eateries with gourmet quality food in the St. Pete Beach area. Grace is an upscale yet laid-back, modern American dining experience. They offer New American, Greek/Mediterranean, and Seafood near the popular 8th Avenue area on Pass-A-Grille Beach. They are an oasis of splendid epicurean creations at the beach.

Grace Restaurant
120 8th Ave
Pass-a-Grille Beach, FL 33706
(727) 317-4770
http://gracestpete.com

6. Ceviche

Ceviche St Pete

Ceviche, Downtown St. Pete

Located in a renovated 100 year old building, stepping into Ceviche is like stepping into the charm and ambiance of Spain. They had a complete makeover about a year ago, and also revamped their menu to be the most authentic and freshest Spanish food in town.  The building has old-world charm, and  downstairs there is a Latin-themed lounge called Ché with live music and dancing.

Ceviche
10 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 209-2299
http://www.ceviche.com/st-petersburg/

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7. Gratzzi Italian Grille

Gratzzi Italian Grille

Gratzzi Italian Grille

Who knows food and romance like the Italians? Gratzzi Italian Grille is a long established favorite right in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. The owners, Tony and Domenic, are both from Italy. Gratzzi is so popular that on nights that other restaurants have half of their tables empty, Gratzzi has a wait for tables.

They have something for everyone with all the Italian classics covered, to exotic specials like Gambas, (Gigantic Mediterranean Prawns that could beat up a lobster - their lobster dishes are amazing too), Rack of Elk, and the Veal Ossobuco is to die for! Mama mia!

Gratzzi Italian Grille
211 2nd St South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 623-9037
http://gratzzigrille.com/

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8. Parkshore Grill

Parkshore Grill

Parkshore Grill

Parkshore Grill is another long-established favorite that was here long before the restaurant boom and still stands tall with excellent cuisine, professional service and an elegant setting in the scenic heart of Beach Drive.

Try the Beef Wellington, The Parkshore Filet Mignon & Lobster Tail, Parkshore Salad, and the Blue Cheese Stuffed Meatballs. The Parkshore Martini is a favorite as well. The inside space is refined, and the outdoor patio provides great people watching on Beach Drive.

Parkshore Grill
300 Beach Dr Northeast
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 896-9463
http://www.parkshoregrill.com/

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9. Selene Restaurant

Selene Restaurant

Selene Restaurant

Selene is another one of the rare standouts on the beach. Everything is fresh, of the utmost quality, and expertly prepared. Recommended dishes are Lobster Linguini, Scallops and Shrimp Risotto, 1/2 Chicken with spaghetti squash and maple bacon Brussels sprouts, Airline Chicken sous vide with pureed fennel and roasted mixed vegetables, Branzino, fresh catch, and just about anything really. When you make your reservation, ask to be seated in the back room, which is more cozy and quiet.

Selene Restaurant
4945 Gulf Blvd
St Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 317-2064
http://www.selenerestaurant.com

10. Pia's Trattoria

Pia's Trattoria

Pia's Trattoria

Pia's Trattoria in Gulfport is a staple that's been around for 13-years. The ambience brings you back to the rustic Italian countryside. It almost feels like you are in the cozy comfort of someone's home. Perfect for Italian comfort food made from scratch. The shaded courtyard feels friendly and warm as well. They use family recipes from Pia's mother.

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Pia's Trattoria
3054 Beach Blvd S
Gulfport, FL 33707
(727) 327-2190
https://www.facebook.com/Pias-Trattoria-137241772999359/

 

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DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Gina, & Abby do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner.

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  1. I would nominate The Good Times Continental Restaurant on the Island of Tierra Verde as the most Romantic. Been there 40 years. Everything is home made. Check out their FB Page.
  2. Thanks for the recommendation, John!

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