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“Salty fish rather than saltwater fish” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Maritana Grille at Loews Don CeSar

The Maritana Grille at Loews Don CeSar
3400 Gulf Blvd, Don CeSar Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 (Formerly The Maritana Grille (Don CeSar Resort))
+1 727-360-1882
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $75
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: Immerse yourself in the most delectable dining experience Tampa Bay has to offer at The Maritana Grille. At this signature restaurant of the beautiful Loews Don CeSar resort, you’re surrounded by 1,500 gallons of salt water aquariums filled with colorful, native Florida fish. You’ll dine on the freshest local seafood prepared with pure, organic ingredients in a New American style. With an extensive wine list and world-class service, it’s no wonder The Maritana Grille was voted one of the Top 10 seafood restaurants in the United States by the Gayot Guide, and has received AAA’s 4-Diamond Rating for the past 15 years. The vibe is casual, no jackets required. The atmosphere is festive yet intimate and the food is incomparably delicious. The Maritana Grille turns every meal into a magical dining experience.
Tampa, Florida
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“Salty fish rather than saltwater fish”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

The service including our waiters and the Maitre D' were exceptional. Specifically, we were initially placed next to a large party and requested to be moved as to avoid the noise. The staff prompty placed as as far away as possible. Additionally, the servers inlcudng our primary waiter Jeff, were professional, unobtrusive, and pleasant, without being chatty. The overall atmosphere of the restaurant is very elegant and pleasant. However the meal for the most part misfired. Both my partner and I enjoyed the Thai-inspired cocounut soup, which was complexed and delicious. We next shared the crab cake appetizer and were disappointed that the only flavor profiled experienced was salt. We notified the waiter about the overly salted appetizer and he immediately informed the kitchen staff. Unfortunately, we were disappointed again with our entrees. Although my Black Grouper was a beautifully white large portion, the only primary taste was salt. In addition, the accompaniments were overly salted. My partner's Halibut was also extreme salty. We ate our meals without complaint but when asked by the staff, informed them about the issue. They recommended that we informed them prior to ordering that we wished "no added salt in our meals". We will try them one more time and incorporate their suggestions. Frankly, an establishment offering meals in this price point should be nearly perfect. I cannot imagine that the chefs tasted their product. Furthermore, I was surprised that the establishment did not offer us another meal or some discount given the situation.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at Loews Don CeSar, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
We really do appreciate you sharing your feedback, positive, and not-so-positive, about your recent experience at Maritana Grille. We take these comments very seriously and are sorry that your overall dining experience was not as memorable as you would have preferred.

While we are delighted that you enjoyed our spicy coconut bisque, we apologize that the rest of your meal was not to your liking. Being a Tampa resident, we know you have many choices to create great dining memories, and we hope that you will allow us the opportunity to welcome you back and that you'll give us another chance, We'll keep the salt in the aquariums!

Thanks for your remarks about Jeff, your server, we'll be sure to let him know that you appreciated his style of service.

When you would like to return, please contact Justin at 727-360-1881, ext 2172 and he'll be happy to assist you with your reservation.

Happy dining!

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Nashville, Tennessee
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Welcoming Elegance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

Very good customer service. For a small dining room they make every customer feel welcome and comfortable. I had the cold seafood platter. The presentation was outstanding, the variety excellent and the taste was wonderful. Be careful of the claims. They are salty.

I had the lobster pasta as my mine dish. The lobster was succulent and the cream sauce is what set the dish apart as well as the made in house pasta.

The server was very attentive but not smothering. He was very knowledgable and creative in fulfilling specific needs.

Ask Tommy the bartender to make natures nectar for you. It's exquisite.

I would definitely come back.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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“Upscale dining adventure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Small portions and interesting dishes, but the waiter brought something else if we didn't like what was served (only happened once). Beautiful decor, and lovely restaurant overall.

Visited April 2013
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at Loews Don CeSar, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear Mobyann!

Thanks for taking the time to share your dining experience in Maritana Grille with everyone here on Tripadvisor! We're glad to hear that you appreciated our beautiful decor and that you were pleased with your server.

We're glad you got "adventurous" and elected to join us for such an upscale culinary night!

We hope to see you back soon!

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Tallahassee, FL
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“Super!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Be sure to make your reservation as soon as you arrive, if not sooner.

Excellent service, wonderful surroundings and food to match makes for a great evening. My wife had the sea scallops and she raved to anyone who would listen. I had the Cobia and it was outstanding. If this place was close by I would work my way through the menu.

Visited August 2013
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at Loews Don CeSar, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Thanks for sharing that we're SUPER! It really means a lot to us! Plus, being that you're in Tallahassee, it means even more (we have a lot of Seminoles around here!).

Our Sea Scallops are quite popular, and I'm glad that after enjoying them you found a way to work through the rest of the menu! I hope you had a chance to try the desserts. If not, be sure to come back, they are just as delicious!

We appreciate you sharing your experience here on Tripadvisor and hope to see you back soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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“Great entree”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Great ambiance in the Don Cesar Hotel.I definitely recommend reservations due to being small.I shared the lobster pasta entree which was outstanding the appetizers are also very good I highly recommend the crab cake.The service was lacking but overall excellent food with average service trumps all in my opinion.

Visited August 2013
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at Loews Don CeSar, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear JonGar6,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at Maritana Grille here on Tripadvisor!

We're thrilled that you were so pleased with the lobster pasta and our crab cakes (they are tasty)! However, we do regret that you found the service to be simply average. Our goal is to consistantly provide service which is just as superb as our cuisine! We look forward to welcoming you back and allowing us the opportunity to show you how our service is among the best on St. Pete Beach.

See you soon!

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar & the Maritana Grille
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