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Babalu

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9246 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-3132
727-576-7414
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
Most recent review
Lunch was busy but great!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
Natalie J
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Orlando, Florida
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Delivery
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60 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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
21 helpful votes 21 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
51 helpful votes 51 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

For nearly 20 years, I have dined at Babalu's, everytime I visited Florida I have dreamed about their Smoked Fish Spread. I am very sad to say that since they changed their menu and changed their recipes that they are a terrible representation of what I used to crave. Their iconic smoked fish spread is now a bland, tangy, boring... More 

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Odessa, Fl
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We met friends here for lunch on a Sunday, only to arrive at noon, and discover that breakfast only is served till 1pm. This on top of trying to find a place to park. Very limited parking. Although they do have valet parking, which I never use. The menu was a little confusing to me also, but maybe I was... More 

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Largo, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Friends told us this place was great. Other friends told us to skip this place. So we tried it and discovered a really good affordable lunch spot. It is not upscale but it is clean and the food while not remarkable was definitely worth the trip. Service was personable although not quick but not to slow either. All in all... 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?