Best Salads in St. Petersburg, FL 2019


I LOVE salad! My mom made a salad every single night to start off dinner, and dinner was always at six. Those were the two constants. Now, the best salads I have at home are made by Lori. She just has a knack. I could make the same salad as her, and it won't taste as good.

Below is a completely biased and opinionated list of my personal favorite salads in St. Pete. I struggled to try to make a nice neat top 10, but ended up with twelve salads and eleven places.

While we're on the subject of salads, there are two new salad-focused places opening late 2019 / early 2020 in downtown St. Pete.

You can read about Toss Salads & Wraps here, and Greenstock here.

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 top 10 list produced without having to leave the house.

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.

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Best Salads Near Me ...(and you, if you're in St. Pete)

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


1. Bacchus St. Pete
124 2nd Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 258-8566
Bacchus Website

Bacchus French Country Salad

Bacchus French Country Salad (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

French Country Salad - roasted asparagus, beets, arugula, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, lemon-dijon vinaigrette. It was super delicious, and huge. The photo is half of a split portion.

Fresh, bursting with bright flavors, and a large portion.


2. The Bier Boutique
465 7th Ave N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 827-2691
The Bier Boutique Website

Bier Boutique House Salad

Bier Boutique House Salad (Photo: Lori Brown)

House Salad - Mixed Greens, Onion, Tomato, Bacon, Feta Cheese, Sunflower Seeds & Chow Mein Noodles - Choose From Ranch, Blue Cheese or Honey Peppercorn Vinaigrette.

Fresh, full of texture and the honey peppercorn vinaigrette is smooth, creamy, bright and light.


3. Brick & Mortar - Kitchen & Wine Bar
539 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-6540
Brick & Mortar Facebook

Brick and Mortar Beet Salad

Brick and Mortar Beet Salad (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

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Beet Salad - fresh baby greens, gold and red beets. Topped with a light citrusy vinaigrette.

The beets are super fresh and have a great, silky mouth feel. We also love watermelon radish, not to mention how pleasing it is on the eye. The salad was balanced with the goat cheese and nuts and topped with a very light salad dressing. Large enough for two. You never knew beets tasted so good.

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4. Gratzzi Italian Grille
211 2nd St South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 623-9037
Gratzzi Website

Gratzzi Caesar Salad

Gratzzi Caesar Salad (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Insalata Caesar - Hearts of romaine, house made Caesar dressing, shaved parmesan and rustic croutons. (The photo is the side salad portion. There is one twice this size as well.)

It may seem simple compared to some of the others on this list, but it is definitely one of my favorites. I like that they give you the full length, stalk-like leaves. The romaine is fresh and bursting with flavor. The crunch of the croutons, and the softer bite of the shaved parmesan, along with the dressing make for perfection in your mouth.


5. The Mill Restaurant
200 Central Ave #100
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 317-3930
The Mill Website

We have two favorites here.

The Mill Southern Belle Salad

The Mill Southern Belle Salad (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Southern Belle Salad - Romaine, Red Onion, Candied Pecans, Sage Derby, Peppadews, Dried Apricots, Honeycup Vinaigrette, Southern Fried Chicken.

The fried chicken makes this one decadent, and a good one to share, or could be a complete meal for one person. It has such a great mix of ingredients that cover the complete flavor spectrum, and it's nice and crunchy.

The Mill Phyllo Feta

The Mill Phyllo Feta (Photo: Lori Brown)

Phyllo Feta - Baby Spinach, Blackberries, Red Onion, Yellow Grape Tomatoes, Bosc Pear, Spiced Walnuts, Blackberry Vinaigrette.

That Phyllo Feta is so craveable. The Feta is wrapped in Phyllo and baked to a golden brown. It is a terrific accompaniment to the spinach salad with blackberries, red onions, yellow grape tomatoes and highlighted with spiced walnuts which hold up well against the sweetness of the Bosc pear and the blackberry vinaigrette dressing.


6. Rococo Steak
655 2nd Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-0999
Rococo Website

Rococo Watermelon Salad

Rococo Watermelon Salad (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Watermelon Salad - Pork Belly, Arugula, Radish, Pickled Watermelon Rind, Feta, Pomegranate Vinaigrette. (Weekend Brunch only)

From Lori: "Watermelon is definitely one of my favorite fruits. Not only is it refreshing, it just has that perfect amount of sweetness and crunchy texture, that it is just perfect for hot climates. Rococo has created a work of art with their watermelon salad. It is made with watermelon, pork belly, arugula, radish, pickled watermelon rind and is topped with feta cheese and a pomegranate vinaigrette dressing. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat with a touch of sweet. All of the components are there and this salad was amazing! I wanted to lick the plate."


7. Stillwaters Tavern
224 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 350-1019
Stillwaters Website

Stillwaters Caesar Salad with Kale and Romaine

Stillwaters Caesar Salad with Kale and Romaine (Photo: Lori Brown)

Caesar Salad - Chopped Romaine & Kale, Parmesan, Harrisa Caesar Dressing, Sourdough Croutons.

Stillwater's Caesar adds kale with the romaine, and it is actually quite delicious, and a nice little twist on the traditional version. I love it.


8. Noble Crust
8300 4th St N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 329-6041
Noble Crust Website

Noble Crust House Salad

Noble Crust House Salad (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

House Salad - Mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, radish, shaved fennel, carrots, croutons, parm, whipped feta, zesty vinaigrette.

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The Noble crust house salad is delicious. It’s a light and bright and then the ricotta cheese adds some depth, and the olives give it some saltiness. These are also my favorite croutons of all.

Noble Crust Closeup

Noble Crust Closeup (Photo: Kevin Godbee)


9. The Burg Bar & Grill
1752 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 894-2874
The Burg Website

Village Salad at The Burg

Horiatiki (Village Salad) at The Burg (Photo: Lori Brown)

Horiatiki (Village Salad) - Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Greek Olives, Feta Cheese, Pepperoncini, Onions, Beets, Green Peppers, Oregano, Olive Oil, Balsamic dressing.

This is one of our favorites that we always order. It's the perfect combination of bright, light, crispy, salty, sweet, and spicy.


10. Baba Restaurant, Bakery & Café
2701 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 954-3406
Baba Website

Baba Village Salad

Baba Village Salad (Photo: Lori Brown)

Village Salad - Tomato, kalamata olive, cucumber, capers, feta.

From Lori: "Kevin humored me because I wanted the Village Salad with just tomato, kalamatas, capers, feta and cucumber. He couldn’t stop raving at how good it was. It’s my favorite type of salad...simple, light and great flavor!"

This one is a simpler version than The Burg's, but the addition of the capers makes a huge difference. The bright saltiness makes you just keep going back for more until it's all gone.


11. Sophia's Cucina & Enoteca
2363 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 440-7764
Sophia's Website

Sophia's Romaine Wedge

Sophia's Romaine Wedge (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Romaine Wedge - Grilled Prosciutto wrapped Baby Romaine, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Watermelon Radish, Corn, Blue Cheese-Buttermilk Dressing.

It's crunchy, sweet, sour, bright, and salty. The baby romaine is a bit softer for a different texture than otherwise.

Please tell us your favorite salads in the comments below.

Best Salads in St. Petersburg, FL 2019
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The different types of salads you can get are endless, some lighter, and some more robust. Here are some of the best local salads in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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5 Responses

  1. A favorite of mine is Bella Brava’s “deconstructed” wedge. Made with heirloom lettuce and tomatoes, bacon, egg and Bleu cheese dressing! Delicious!
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Thanks for commenting Cindy! I'll have to try that one.
  2. Love Middle Grounds Roasted Asparagus Salad.
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Thanks for commenting Regina! I'll have to try that one too.
  3. Kevin, I ate at The Mill yesterday and our server told us that they had just changed their menu - I had the Phyllo Feta salad with its new set of ingredients. I was a big fan of the old version, but I have to say the new one is fantastic too! Arugula, green apples, (looked like) white onions, yellow and red grape tomatoes, candied walnuts, the phyllo wrapped feta, and an apple bourbon vinaigrette dressing. Super good!
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