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9246 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-3132
+1 727-576-7414
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery
Description: Babalu is St. Petersburg's neighborhood tavern offering delicious homemade...
Babalu is St. Petersburg's neighborhood tavern offering delicious homemade food and daily specials prepared freshly each day. We offer an extensive menu of freshly made items. From our delicious burgers to jumbo wings, fresh grouper, hand-breaded shrimp, snow crab, hand cut steaks, homemade meatloaf and more, we've got something for everyone.
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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
The restaurant did a good job of correcting a big problem

I visited Babalu today to take advantage of the HHonors Dining program from Hilton. I had a chicken sandwich which was pretty good for the most part. It was really filling and was just about as much mayonnaise as it was chicken. I was presented with a napkin containing silverware consisting of a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Charles M
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Work nearby and order food with some coworkers one day. I got the BLT sandwich and paid $3.00 extra for fries and side of pasta salad. Well pasta salad was tiny (see photo) and the sandwich was mediocre at best. Bread was just basic Great Value brand from Walmart. Hardly any bacon on the sandwich at all. Needless to say... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Oh my goodness, I have not visited in a while but I took another chance. First we were ignored for about 8 minutes, then told "it was a bar table". 2 Hot dogs took 25 minutes. The employees argue with each other and young server was yelling at the others. That was after they played "it's your table not mine".... More 

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Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

I'm really surprised to read this, as it doesn't sound like the Babalu we pride ourselves on! I can definitely talk to our team about this, but if you have any more details, I hope you'll give us a call, as I've never heard feedback like this before. I'm so sorry for whatever happened here and hope we'll get a... More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I visited Babalu today to take advantage of the HHonors Dining program from Hilton. I had a chicken sandwich which was pretty good for the most part. It was really filling and was just about as much mayonnaise as it was chicken. I was presented with a napkin containing silverware consisting of a knife and a fork. I unraveled the... More 

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Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

I want to offer my sincere apologies again for this, Charles! I can assure you that this is a VERY rare occurrence here, and I'm glad we could get that taken care of right away. Thanks again for bringing it to our attention! Safe travels, Chip, Owner More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

They recently suffered a kitchen fire. They are now serving hot food again with the aid of a food truck. Most menu items are now available. They need our patronage while they wait for construction permits. Please help them out by stopping by for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

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Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

Thanks for your support, James! It means a lot to us. And don't worry -- that fire won't keep us down for long. Can't wait to see you again soon! Chip, Owner More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

If you like wings, go here! I get them to go about once a month. They are always cooked perfectly. I get sauce on the side so they won't be soggy, as sitting in sauce can do that. They also deliver which can be great when I'm feeling lazy. Great staff too!

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Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

Glad we can help out when you're in the mood for some tasty wings, Sara! Thanks for all your support. We can't wait to see you again soon! Cheers, Chip, Owner More 

Pinellas Park, Florida
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We'd heard about it for years so we finally decided to check it out. It was hard to pick from the menu but we both enjoyed our choices. The service was good. The ambiance is, well, pretty meh but it doesn't matter when the food is that good! A lot of business people like to go here for lunch, I... More 

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Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

So glad you could stop by and try us out last week! It's awesome to hear how tasty everything was. That's the name of the game here! Hope we'll be seeing you again soon. Take care! Best, Chip, Owner More 

Dunedin, Florida
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82 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I expected some sort of Spanish cuisine - instead got a regular diner-type restaurant (the owner loves "I Love Lucy;" hence the name). I obviously went on the wrong day - the kitchen orders were so backed up even the pleasant waitresses were not happy. I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich to go, and after waiting 25 minutes was happy... More 

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Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

Joe, I'm so sorry to hear that we dropped the ball. Even during a crazy lunch rush, you should expect friendly service and amazing food -- nothing less! I know first impressions tend to stick, but I do hope we'll get another chance in your case to show you what we're really about. We'd love that opportunity. Sincerely, Chip, Owner More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Took my dog to this restaurant for lunch. There were only a few tables outside which overlooked a main road. No frills but the wait staff very friendly and the food great.

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Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

Glad to hear you and the pup had a nice lunch with us, Paula! It sounds like you really enjoyed your meal, so if there's anything we can do to earn those last two stars, I do hope you'll let us know. And we'd love to welcome you both back soon, so don't be a stranger around here! Best, Chip,... More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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138 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We used to eat at Bablu's on a regular basis when we lived in St. Pete before moving to Fort Lauderdale 15 years ago. Now in the process of moving back and glad to see that it still a successful restaurant after all these years. The same owner has not gotten complacent over the years as he reinvests in the... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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122 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This local hot spot was recommended by fellow chef. We have eaten here several times and enjoyed all you can eat fried Mahi Mahi fingers, fish n chips, Rubens, steak fries, club sandwiches,etc. Fast and friendly service, cheap cold beer, and daily specials. Worth a visit in north st Pete near the Gandy Blvd area.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9246 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-3132
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  St. Petersburg
  • Phone Number: +1 727-576-7414

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Description

Babalu is St. Petersburg's neighborhood tavern offering delicious homemade food and daily specials prepared freshly each day. We offer an extensive menu of freshly made items. From our delicious burgers to jumbo wings, fresh grouper, hand-breaded shrimp, snow crab, hand cut steaks, homemade meatloaf and more, we've got something for everyone.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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