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Babalu

American, Family Fare
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9246 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-3132
727-576-7414
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9:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great local family restaurant

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
chef2235
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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118 reviews 118 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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New Jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The food was very good. The place looked like it hadn't changed in 50 years, but that added to the homey feeling. Make sure you park in their lot or you could get towed.

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Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Only bit of trouble we had was parking. I had the buffalo chicken wrap which was good, I love their beefsteak fries!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Went for lunch amazing food, cheap drinks. the two of us ate for under $30 and very laid back place to eat.

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We dine at Babalu's quite often and the problem is generally deciding what to choose. I happen to love the French dip but the wings are amazing as well and don't leave off the french fries. And when you order takeout they check your bags making sure you have everything you need. This is definitely a family favorite.

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Largo, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Don't make the mistake of overlooking this local gem -- it's a small place that people often drive past in favor of chain restaurants -- but if you drive past you are missing out big-time. I've frequented Babalu's for decades and have always loved the food and service even when they just had fold out tables and chairs. The food... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

For years I have been visiting St Petersburg and driving past Babalu while traveling down 4th street. This was my mistake, Babalu is fantastic and I should have stopped in sooner. I ordered the Fried Chicken, it was flavorful, juicy and not at all greasy. My wife ordered what they call Italian Meatloaf; a nice slice of homemade meatloaf with... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I feel kind of bad giving the restaurant an overall rating of 2 because the servers are great. However the service doesn't make up for the inconsistent food. We are creatures of habit and tend to stick with something if we like it so we eat the same thing at a place more than once. The review is really coming... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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131 reviews 131 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We have visited twice in the last month and both times were impressed with the food. Shrimp was awesome, wings are even better, and the AYCE fish was remarkable. As an old building the menu is really up to date and has a good variety which I am sure is good top to bottom. From both vists I would say... More 

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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: 727-576-7414

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Family Fare
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?