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Cafe Ponte

13505 Icot Blvd, Ste 214, Clearwater, FL 33760-3730
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Ranked #7 of 575 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 58th St.
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Largo, Florida
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I was a guest of a friend tonight and 2 others for a lovely evening at Café Ponte. I have been there on several other occasions, mostly for lunch and a corporate dinner. The wine menu and pairings is vey extensive and found the waiting staff very knowledgeable and helpful. From the moment we walked in, the staff had excellent... More

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Palm Harbor, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This restaurant is sensational, innovative and consistent. Always in the top three in Tampa Bay. Beautiful, romantic and definitely a special event venue. Owner/chef Chris Ponte is a well trained perfectionist as evidenced by the superb eye appeal and amazing tastes/flavors of his imaginative offerings. A single visit is not enough to sufficiently sample the extent of his ingenuity. Most... More

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Edina, Minnesota, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Deep wine list, limited entree choices but something for every taste. Very high quality food, especially appetizers. Attentive and professional services. I dine here monthly, always reliable when making an impression is important.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Not sure if it technically considered a strip mall, but you get the idea. This place is fabulous. My husband and I have gone there three times for special occasions (once for our anniversary and twice for his birthday) and it had always been a great experience. The ambience is very inviting with nice lighting not too bright, but not... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A surprising little gem hidden in a strip shopping plaza. First time visiting this place and the moment you step inside, you get a feel of warmth and upscale ambience. The Service is very good and the food is delic!! Recommend this place for a romantic night out or a quite business meeting.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Cafe' Ponte is in good company among the very best restaurants in the US. Whenever we visit our condo in Sarasota we make it our mission of driving up to Clearwater to enjoy the marvelous cuisine of Chef Chris Ponte. Among our favorites the velvety mushroom soup, the truffled potato flat bread, the Ponte Hamburger (for lunch) and on and... More

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Im a little embarrassed to admit that I was not expecting to find such an outstanding restaurant in Tampa. We came here as a result of the Zagat rating, since we really didnt know anything about the clearwater area. The menu is beautifully put together..with a wonderful balance of choices, flavors and fusion of different cuisines. Our server was terrific...he... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Tonight my husband and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary at Cafe Ponte! We have been to many wonderful restaurants across the country-this was the worst! The service was pathetic-we sat for awhile before anyone even came over! They sat us near the kitchen, so we could hear all the dishes banging off each other! The waitress was extremely unfriendly.... More

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I would have never expected the elegance, excellence that I found at this strip mall location. We celebrated a retirement/birthday here. I notified them of this when I made the reservation. They added to our celebration with a round of champagne on the house. My friend had the cream of mushroom soup while I enjoyed the Ahi tuna tartar appetizer.... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is my second visit to Cafe Ponte. Both times I've ordered the Tasting Menu and both times I was impressed. The meals are prepared with great skill and care, and you'll realize that at first taste. The portion sizes, presentation and flavor are all top-notch. The service is very good, with professional wait staff bringing you food at the... More

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