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“Chef Ponte is the Best!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Ponte

Cafe Ponte
13505 Icot Blvd, Ste 214, Clearwater, FL 33760-3730
727-538-5768
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Ranked #4 of 615 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 58th St.
Tampaa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Chef Ponte is the Best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Chef Chris Ponte and the entire staff at Cafe Ponte in Clearwater are absolutely the best in the business. There are very few places where a fine meal, wonderful atmosphere, and incredible service are virtually a certainty, but that's the case at Cafe Ponte. My wife and I are never disappointed. Treat yourself and visit Cafe Ponte for an unforgettable evening!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Always top notch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Cafe Ponte has never disappointed. Highly recommended. Two of us had the 6 course tasting menu with wine parings. Every course was delicious; full of flavor and beautifully plated. Service is always first rate; served by a knowledgable wait staff

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“A real dining experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I went to Cafe Ponte by myself while on business. I sat at the bar to be a little more casual, although the overall environment seemed pretty laidback for a nicer restaurant. The only reason I docked points on this rating was because I felt like I was ignored for awhile at the bar, while older, wealthier-looking patrons were the center of attention (I waited maybe 15 minutes to get a menu - I considered getting up to get one myself). That being said, I do feel the bartender realized her oversight and was super polite and gracious for the rest of the evening.

Now.... the food... I started with an amuse bouche (which thrilled me in concept alone as I feel it is relatively rare for a restaurant of this scale) of creamy mushroom soup... mmmm :). A waiter came to me with a wide assortment of breads, all of which looked amazing. I chose a slice of parmesan onion foccacia that was so fresh and wonderful, but I had to stop at the one piece in anticipation of the rest. My favorite part of the meal was the appetizer I ordered, which was white asparagus, breaded, topped with an egg and on a bed of bacon. It was one of the better dishes I have ever ordered anywhere - I highly recommend this (it looked like they offered it as a side as well). My entree was the salmon, on top of a potato bacon salad. There was a citrus foam that had to grow on me, but it did. I asked not to see a dessert menu as I felt I would feel compelled to order... but I am sure it was amazing.

This is definitely a special occasion place in that it is an experience - but is affordable and casual enough to visit just because it's a Wednesday also. But... I think they should stock the bar with an extra bartender!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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130 reviews 130 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
“A Hidden gem in clearwater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Cafe Ponte is located in a small mall on Ulmerton Rd. It might be easy to drive by, but hopefully a diner who is looking for an excellent evening, will seek it out.

We dined there on a Saturday night in early June along with our daughter who lives in the area. The restaurant was full with a wonderful ambiance. There is an excellent pianist in the bar who played just loud enough to be enjoyed by the diners in the dining room. The ambiance is wonderful . We were shown to a large comfortable booth where we could see other diners as well as the cook staff.

We ordered 3 appitizers....asparagus, fois gras, and tenderloin carpaccio along with two entrees...tenderloin of beef and another steak dish. The combinations of sauces, and other interesting fresh ingrediants provided a wonderful taste experience. Each bite was delightful.
The wine list was very good and offered a variety of fine choices at all price points.
As this was a special night ( our 45th anniversary) the management brought a complimentary dessert...flourless chocolate cake toped with a meringue biscuit. Although it was small, each bite
was so delicious that we did not require more than a couple of bites each !! In addition, the waiter brought a trio of small bite sized desserts to round off the meal.
This was truely a memorable evening and one that we will repeat again !

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Waverly, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“shopping mall treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Stopped in for lunch while on business in St. Pete area and luckily found this spot. It was packed at lunch time - good sign! There were unique specials and soups. The atmosphere was energized. We ate inside but there was a cute little outdoor space, also. There were plenty of options - something for everyone.

Visited May 2013
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