Recently Opened Restaurants & Bars
Hungry right now? Here are some recently-opened restaurants you can add to your immediate must-try list.
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📍6445 4th Street North
Taking pride in their “island cuisine,” Rumba has an expansive food menu of seafood-forward appetizers, hefty sandwiches, rice bowls, meaty favorites from the fire pit, and fresh-catch seafood direct from their own fleet of dayboats or flown-in fish. Rumba also offers a daytime lunch menu, kids menu, extensive list of sides, and flavorful salads. Read the full story!
📍501 1st Avenue North
Maine lobster, meet the Florida gulf. Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, which already has an outpost in Fort Myers, is now open! To state the obvious, the northeast-based chain specializes in Maine lobster rolls, as well as the appropriate accoutrements. Read the full story!
📍13090 Gandy Blvd N
St. Pete’s newest waterfront bar won’t be opening its doors any time soon, but that’s just because it doesn’t have any. La Cabana is set to debut its open air bar and lounge on January 6 on Gandy Boulevard, bringing decadent cocktails, cigars, desserts and more to the Tampa Bay waterfront.
📍2420 Central Avenue
Hunger Thirst Group, one of St. Pete’s biggest hospitality enterprises, has opened its newest concept, and perhaps its most unique one, as well. Lost & Found St. Pete, a vintage cocktail bar & lounge, is now open in the Grand Central District.
📍2180 1st Ave North
Porchettoni is St. Pete’s newest food truck, and it has a story unlike any other in the Burg. The truck, open in Grand Central from 11:30 am – 8:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday at 2180 1st Ave N, dishes up traditional Roman street food, with a specialty in housemade, old school porchetta.
📍1201 4th St South
As St. Pete’s 4th Street South corridor continues to grow, a new cigar bar and lounge has jumped into the mix as one of the area’s newest businesses. The Estate Cigars and Social had its Grand Opening this December, and is now open Monday-Friday at 1201 4th St South.
📍4351 4th Street North
Oaks on 4th is a chef-driven concept opening at 4351 4th Street North in the former Quickie’s BBQ location, and limited spots are now available for weekend dining as part of the soft opening.
📍1003 4th St N
One of the Tampa Bay area’s most popular donut shops recently opened its first St. Pete location. Five-O Donut is now open and serving “arrestingly good” donuts in the former home of Uptown Snowballs. Five-O makes cake, yeast-raised, and even croissant-style donuts, rolling them out in flavors both classic and unique.
📍657 Central Avenue
A smoothie and juice bar is the newest member of the beloved 600 Block of Central Avenue, as The Juice Shack announced its opening at 657 Central Avenue. The healthy eatery opens at 11 am on weekdays, and 9 am on Saturday and Sunday.
📍1176 11th Avenue North
A celebrated pair of local chefs are showcasing their skills with a quesabirria taco food truck concept called Te Invito, now open Wednesday- Saturday at The Brutalist Brewing. The neighborhood brewery is located at 1176 11th Avenue North, and Te Invito will be on-site from 4-10 pm every Wednesday-Saturday.
📍2245 Central Avenue
One of St. Pete’s most highly-anticipated restaurants has finally opened its doors, welcoming locals in for food, drink and fun all day and nigh. Zoie’s, described on its website as “a place for everyone,” showcases southern comfort food alongside a full bar and live entertainment.
📍3063 Central Avenue North
Grand Central’s newest restaurant is also, in many ways, the first of its kind in the neighborhood. 31 Grand Sports Bar is now open at 3063 Central Avenue North in the former Punky’s space.
📍8790 Bay Pines Blvd
The Doc Ford’s waterfront restaurants are known for their Caribbean-inspired dishes, tropical drinks and, of course, rum collections. The menu, open for lunch and dinner, places an emphasis on fresh seafood, including a shellfish bar.
📍5281 Park Street North
Fire Chicken Latin Grill recently opened at 5281 Park Street North, and despite not having so much as a website or even a facebook page, the new restaurant is already receiving rave reviews and developing a devoted following in only a few weeks of business.
📍111 2nd Avenue NE, Suite 103
The Yard Milkshake Bar, which rose to fame thanks to its appearance on Shark Tank, is now open in the plaza that is also home to favorites like Ale and the Witch, Dracula’s Legacy, and Paradeco.
📍601 Central Avenue
Bonu Taverna is a Sicilian-inspired neighborhood restaurant and bar, bringing a laid-back neighborhood vibe for lunch and dinner. The seasonal Italian menu offers a wide variety of appetizers, pasta, “pinsa” and a bar menu featuring Italian-inspired cocktails and wine. I Love the Burg
📍5530 4th Street North
Offering artisan ice cream and “bakery quality” desserts like cookies and brownies, Small Batch Creamery is an eclectic, funky and welcoming spot. Ice cream is available by the scoop, bowl or in cones, and their variety of flavors provide something for every palate.
📍229 62nd Avenue North
There’s nothing like homemade spaghetti, and Pasghetti is bringing exactly that to 4th Street. The new casual dining concept showcases the family spaghetti recipe alongside other Italian favorites. Read the full story!
📍 17 3rd Street North
The concept promises to bring back simple, old school burgers to the downtown dining scene. Prep your taste buds for thin and crispy smash burgers. The concept has had a pair of preview nights and is expected to open in August or September. Read the full story!
📍 6832 49th Street North
A sprawling market and cafe is now open in Pinellas Park. Specializing in imported Italian goods, fresh pastas and produce, bakery items, sweets, and prepared meals, DeCosmo brings us an entire world (well, country) of delicacies and delights. The market includes a sit-down cafe/restaurant for sandwiches, gelato, coffee and more. Read the full story!
📍685 Central Avenue
Bringing Canadian-fusion desserts to downtown, the sweets parlor and churreria is known for customizable milkshakes filled with various toppings, frozen fruit slushes, and of course, fresh churros with dipping sauces. Chiki Churros also offers a variety of coffee-based beverages. Read the full story!
📍260 1st Avenue South
The team behind Dirty Laundry, The Avenue, No Vacancy, and Park & Rec are opening a new asian fusion restaurant and cocktail bar on the ground floor of Station House St. Pete. The new spot will have a sushi bar, small plates, karaoke, and extensive selections of Japanese whiskey and sake. Read the full story!
Restaurants Coming Soon Near St. Pete
Here are some of the best upcoming St. Pete restaurants you need to keep on your radar.
📍5133 Gulfport Blvd South
Good news for those who live or work around Gulfport – quick, convenient, and local coffee is on its way. Annex Coffee House is opening soon at 5133 Gulfport Blvd South, bringing drive-thru java to one of the neighborhood’s busier corridors. Read the full story!
📍575 Central Avenue
A new fun dining experience is coming to downtown St. Pete, as ‘The Crane’ announced a January 2022 opening at 575 Central Avenue. The steak and seafood concept is being opened by the owners of Mangosteen, which has proved to be massively popular since it opened earlier in 2022. Read the full story!
📍7402 49th Street North, Pinellas Park
Five Bucks Drinkery is a staple of the 200 Block of Central Avenue. The locally owned hub has been a part of my St. Pete experience since I was a senior at Eckerd College back in 2013. Over the course of more than 12 years, Five Bucks has become that spot people start their First Fridays and end their weekend. Soon our friends in Pinellas Park will get the St. Pete bar experience. Read the full story!
📍95 Central Ave, St. Pete
One of downtown St. Pete’s most historic buildings will soon be home to an upscale restaurant to match it. Fortu, an “elevated Pan-Asian steakhouse experience,” is opening this fall on the first floor of the Ponce de Leon Hotel in the former home of Ceviche. Read the full story!
📍3000 Dr. MLK Jr St N
St. Pete’s Magnolia Heights neighborhood is set to get its first craft brewery later this spring. Golden Isles Brewing Co. has begun buildout of its family (and dog) friendly brewery at 3000 Dr. MLK Jr St N, converting the one-time gas station into a bright and open space for locals to gather. Read the full story!
📍2450 5th Ave S, St. Petersburg FL
Tampa Bay’s beloved HaleLife Bakery announced that it will be opening HaleLife Bistro in the Warehouse Arts District this summer, what they are touting as the first gluten-free and vegan bistro in Tampa Bay.
In addition to their popular baked goods, the bistro is expected to have a full dining menu of gluten-free and vegan dishes. Additionally, HaleLife said in the announcement that the new concept will also have gluten-free alcohol for guests to enjoy. Read the full story!
📍6623 4th Street North, St. Petersburg
In a project that’s been in the works for more than two years, hometown favorite Kahwa Coffee is opening a first-of-its-kind café in St. Pete. This new café will not only feature a drive-thru, but it will be constructed entirely from repurposed shipping containers. Read the full story!
📍1650 Central Avenue
From the owners of Noble Crust and Fat Beet Farm, this will be a mashup of the two concepts, creating a craft cocktail bar, taking the atmosphere of an old world tavern, and wrapping it into a modern design. It will take over the ground floor of the new Tru by Hilton in the Grand Central District. Read the full story!
📍St. Pete Pier – 335 2nd Ave NE
The St. Petersburg Museum of History announced today that the local Seed & Feed Hospitality Group is opening Perry’s Porch as part of the museum’s expansion. The indoor/outdoor concept will be a restaurant and coffee bar situated to the west of the museum’s main building. Read the full story!
📍231 Central Avenue
The star of the new concept coming to the old Caddy’s on Central is the New York-style pizza which is made from family recipes for the dough and sauce that have been passed down for generations since its patriarch moved from Italy and perfected the recipes in NYC. It will also feature a hefty lineup of a local craft beer, as well as burgers and sandwiches. Read the full story!
📍6001 Central Avenue
One of our favorite downtown spots for tasty Mexican eats is about to open a west side location. Red Mesa Group announced today that Red Mesa Mercado is debuting a second location in the Pasadena area, at 6001 Central Avenue in St. Pete. Read the full story!
Sesh by Mad Beach Brewing Co
📍2221 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL
The popular beach brewery Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company – featuring a massive list of creative beers and one of the most inventive kitchens around – is bringing its flavor and personality to the ‘Burg. The new concept called ‘Sesh’ will be located in the historic Earl Gresh cottage, most recently the home of The Melting Pot. Read the full story!