The Originals: St. Pete Gems Revisited VII

As close to Key West as you can get without actually going there.

Back in 1999, Dan and Peggy Wesner opened Fish Tales just south of the Burg’s main downtown area (1500 2nd Street South). When they debuted, the restaurant was just in the main building by the marina. The spot’s popularity amongst St. Pete locals quickly grew, so too did their space. The Wesner’s added an outdoor dining area shortly after opening and a tiki hut shortly thereafter.


18 years of great food and Key West vibes

That’s only the beginning. Over the past 18 years, the couple added a full liquor bar, another outdoor dining area, tore down the old bar and replaced it with large booths, added a new bar by the water and built a dining patio on the marina side.

Fish Tales is the place to go when you’re in need of beach vibes with the Sunshine City’s signature downtown flair. The seafood restaurant offers an exceptional list of craft cocktails along with local beers and wines. The tiki hut and waterfront bar provide premium sunset views.


Dock your boat at the restaurant

The newly refinished dock welcomes boaters to drop anchor and unwind with sautéed mussels, fresh clams, fish tacos and the best damn hush puppies in the Burg. The restaurant staff recommends first time visitors experience the hearty seafood bowl — clams, scallops, corn, mussels and shrimp.


One of Fish Tales’ most popular deals is the Sunday Power Hour. From 11am-noon, enjoy $3 mimosas, $2 domestic drafts, $5 deviled crabs (2), $4 fish spread, $8 grouper sandwiches and more.

You’re also welcome to bring your four-legged friend with you to the restaurant. Fish Tales offers a small puppy menu so your pet can enjoy lunch/dinner while you relax.

The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday, from 11am-10pm, and Friday and Saturday, from 11am-midnight. Follow Fish Tales on Facebook for updates for new specials and deals.


Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: