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Fine dining spots worth the splurge in St. Pete

Fine dining spots worth the splurge in St. Pete

interior of a bar. A Flamingo backsplash is visible behind the l-shaped bar
At the beautiful Allelo on Beach Drive in St. Pete | Photo via Allelo (IG)

While St. Petersburg offers dining options for every palate and budget, there’s something special about indulging in a meal that’s worth the splurge. Whether you’re looking for views of the pier or trendy downtown spots, these spots in St. Pete are about more than just eating they’re about creating memories. The next time you’re celebrating a milestone, impressing a date, or treating yourself, follow our list of restaurants where the experience justifies the expense.

interior of a restaurant with vintage picture frames on the wall, and ivy draped over ceiling decor
Inside Il Ritorno’s lovely downtown St. Pete dining room

Il Ritorno

Nestled in the heart of Central Avenue, Il Ritorno stands as a beacon of modern Italian cuisine. Here, Chef Benstock and his team craft dishes that are a nod to Italian tradition yet infused with innovative flavor combinations. The menu is ever evolving with the seasons, though right now, you can pair their Spanish octopus with truffle risotto or the filet mignon. Wash it down with a glass of wine or, if you’re feeling daring, the Negroni Nights is their take on the classic negroni.


449 Central Ave

a vibrant dessert featuring pineapple, and floral garnishments.
Pineapple Panna Cotta at Rococo Steak | Photo via Rococo Steak (FB)

Rococo Steak

Skip meatless Mondays and head to Rococo next time you’re in the mood for steak. This restaurant sets out to redefine the steakhouse experience with a more modern flair, offering a menu that dazzles from their list of starters to the last bite of dessert. With a shellfish and raw bar, those looking for seafood options also have a variety to choose from. The setting here is as sophisticated as the cuisine. Just be sure to leave room for their pineapple panna cotta at the end.

655 2nd Ave S


a plate of tacos with assorted proteins and pickled veggie toppings
The famous wonton tacos at Fortu


Located in the historic Ponce De Leon Hotel, this Pan-Asian restaurant and steakhouse features a menu that is bold in its flavors. Through refined cuisine, Fortu invites diners on a journey through Asia without ever leaving the Sunshine City. Diners can choose from their curated wagyu steak options. If steak isn’t your preference, try their wagyu short rib, Korean fried chicken, or miso black cod. End the meal with a cacao bliss espresso martini to keep the night going. 

97 Central Ave

interior of a cozy bar with rustic features and lush leather couches
Inside Urban Stillhouse’s dreamy, almost Hallmark Movie-esque lounge area

The Urban Stillhouse

Combining classic favorites with a contemporary approach, the Urban Stillhouse celebrates American culinary culture. All food is prepared on a wood-fired grill fueled by wooden staves from bourbon barrels to infuse each dish with the taste of open flame. In the center of the restaurant are two full-service bars that rotate craft cocktails in addition to offering wine, local craft beer, and their impressive bourbon selection. Want to know more about their award-winning Horse Soldier Bourbon? You can book an interactive tasting in their tasting room. 

2232 5th Ave S

three bright cocktails in glasses on a wooden table. One cocktail is bright yellow, the middle one is green, and the cocktail on the right is white with a purple/pink top
Like a Virgin, Bay Got Me Sippin and Make Me Blush mocktails at Allelo


From small plates for the table to larger meals like branzino and striploin, this Mediterranean-inspired gem offers a variety that will leave you wanting to try them all. Allelo’s concept stems from the idea of gathering for a shared meal, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also the perfect spot for two. Order their charcuterie and mezze platter with the rack of lamb for a memorable Mediterranean dining experience. 

300 Beach Drive NE

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