5 Best Grouper Sandwiches in St. Petersburg, FL 2019

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The Grouper Sandwich is one of the most popular food items in St. Petersburg, FL, for both locals and tourists alike. There are a myriad of different types of grouper, but the most commonly found type in our area are Red, Black, and Gag. You can't really tell the difference once they're cooked and served up. They are available year-round.

Groupers vary in size and weight but are commonly marketed at 5 to 20 pounds. Florida harvests over 85 percent of all the grouper landed in the United States, and over 75 percent of Florida grouper is landed in Pinellas County. The preferred harvest method is hook-and-line fishing. Commercial fishermen receive a premium price for grouper. - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Grouper can be prepared a number of ways. We had all of ours blackened, except for No Vacancy, which we had deep fried. They do offer it blackened too.

Before we get into the list, an important thing you should be aware of is that there are other publishers of "best of lists" that do not actually go to the establishments, or actually eat the food. (Sounds ridiculous, right?) They just download photos from the internet, or embed Instagram posts from someone else. Instant "Best of ..." list produced without having to leave the house, or even get dressed.

That's NOT how we do it.

We absolutely DO eat all of the food on all of our lists. (How can anyone recommend something they never experienced?)

Unfortunately, we've seen these junk lists a lot—from national and local publishers. We are also aware of a local publisher that offers paid placement in best-of-lists. There is no paid placement here.

I PERSONALLY ATE ALL OF THESE GROUPER SANDWICHES, AND WENT TO ALL OF THESE PLACES, AND THESE ARE ALL ST. PETE FOODIES PHOTOS.

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The order is zip code, then alphabetical by restaurant name.

Best Grouper Sandwiches in St. Pete

1. The Galley
27 4th St North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 575-7071
The Galley Website

The Galley's Grouper Sandwich

The Galley's Grouper Sandwich (Photo: Lori Brown)

The Galley's Grouper Sandwich

The Galley's Grouper Sandwich (Photo: Lori Brown)

St. Pete Grouper Sandwich - grilled, fried or blackened, with fried capers & pickle aioli.

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You can see the capers better in the top photo. The capers and pickle aioli really make a difference to make The Galley's grouper sandwich a standout.

 

2. Paul's Landing
501 5th Ave NE (Inside The Vinoy Resort)
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 824-8007
Paul's Landing Website

Paul's Landing Grouper Sandwich

Paul's Landing Grouper Sandwich (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Paul's Landing Grouper Sandwich Plating

Paul's Landing Grouper Sandwich Plating (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

I like the addition of the raw red onion and the house-made aioli on Paul's. It comes with house-made pickles, and sweet potato tater tots. Paul's has a great fresh seafood selection overall, and nice water views.

 

3. No Vacancy
937 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 308-7878
No Vacancy Website

The Grouper Sandwich "Ladies Man" at No Vacancy

The Grouper Sandwich "Ladies Man" at No Vacancy (Photo: Lori Brown)

The "Ladies Man" Inside is meaty, moist, and juicy

The "Ladies Man" inside is meaty, moist, and juicy (Photo: Lori Brown)

The "Ladies Man" is actually listed on the menu as the fish of the day, but it is usually grouper. The fry on this was nice and crunchy, and not greasy at all. The fish inside was moist and delicious.

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4. Baytenders
4400 4th St North
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 202-6788
Baytender's Website

Baytenders Grouper Sandwich Plating

Baytender's Grouper Sandwich Plating (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Baytenders Grouper Sandwich Assembled

Baytender's Grouper Sandwich Assembled (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Baytender's is actually owned by Sharks Seafood Market, (formerly I.C. Sharks), and all of their grouper is fresh caught that day. If it isn't fresh, they don't have it. We actually had to come back another day, as they didn't have fresh grouper on our first visit.

 

5. Sloppy Joe's
(Located in: Bilmar Beach Resort)
10650 Gulf Blvd
Treasure Island, FL 33706
(727) 367-1600
Sloppy Joe's Website

Sloppy Joe's Grouper Sandwich Plating

Sloppy Joe's Grouper Sandwich Plating (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Sloppy Joes Grouper Sandwich Assembled

Sloppy Joes Grouper Sandwich Assembled (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Sloppy Joe's grouper sandwich is seasoned to perfection, and is tasty, moist and juicy. Sometimes, places at the beach get a bad reputation for catering to tourists, not worrying about repeat business, and serving crap.

Sloppy Joe's Grouper sandwich is made for the locals. (They will allow tourists to order it as well, though.)

Tell us what your favorite grouper sandwich is in the comments below!

5 Best Grouper Sandwiches in St. Petersburg, FL 2019
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The Grouper Sandwich is one of the most popular food items in St. Petersburg, FL for both locals and tourists alike. Here are the five best.

DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, Haley, Lindsey, & Alexia 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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20 Responses

  1. All the fish here looks delicious, I looked at all the French fries because I hate frozen FF and none of them look fresh. Is it cheaper for restaurants to use frozen or is it desirable to most customers? I hope you can sometime do a review on FF. Loved this review on fish sandwiches, thanks
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Rick, thanks for being the first to comment. I think all of these fries are frozen. Interestingly, they were all still pretty good. Of course, they can't compete with well executed fresh ones, and we will have a list coming for french fries soon.
  2. my favorite is at Harvey's 4th Street Grill... always fresh and delicious..
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Thanks for commenting Sandra! We had the one at Harvey's a long time ago, and it was very good. We'll have to get back there soon.
    • Me too! I was wondering why they didn't make the top 5? Did they try the grouper sandwich there when compiling this?
    • Harvey's is always the best and not just the grouper
  3. You missed The Tavern! Their blackened and fried grouper sandwiches are hands down the best in St. Pete. I love the one at The Galley too, but The Tavern is my go-to. The fish is always fresh - you can even see them bringing it in!
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Summer, do you mean The Tavern At Bayboro? We'll get there soon. Thanks.
  4. How could you leave off Harveys 4th St Grill? One of the few restaurants in town that bring in their own whole grouper and filet the fish themselves. And their french fries are also freshly made everyday in the restaurant.
  5. Our favorite grouper sandwich is at FarmTable Cucina! It’s served grilled, with a pickled green tomato (not fried), lettuce, tomato, and caper aioli. You can get it with a side salad (theirs is delish) or duck fat fries. It’s served on a brioche bun. Yum!!!
  6. Hands down Harvey's 4th street grill and the price is what's even better !!! If your gonna do the best, you have to include the best!!
  7. Good list....buy Harvey’s and Tavern at Bayboro are right up there.
  8. Ricky T`s has the best grouper sandwich. It puts loophOles to shame
  9. dockside Daves
  10. Low Res on 22nd Avenue has the best grouper sandwich you have to try
  11. What, no Hurricane? Thank you! I fully expected the venerable Hurricane, it always seems to make these lists, a pleasure to see other actually-food-tasted restaurants there.
  12. The Tavern- -how could you leave them ouT????????
  13. You guys really dropped the ball here dockside Dave's has the best grouper sandwich ever
  14. Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
    Thank you everybody for commenting with your favorites. We will be sure to try all of these soon.

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