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“Best Burgers in St. Pete!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Cap

El Cap
3500 4TH St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704-1310
(727) 521-1314
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Ranked #91 of 745 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
St. Petersburg, Florida
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Best Burgers in St. Pete!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2011

This place has the best burgers I've ever had! It is a typical bar type restaurant and has tv's everywhere, which is good for the sports fan. It does get hot even when sitting inside and fries are sold separately.

  • Visited December 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
St. Petersburg, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Living on reputation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2010

El Cap is a long-time favorite of many in the area. But the restaurant, a genuine throwback to the old days of burger joints, has passed its prime. Besides the no refills on tea and 25 cents for a slice of lemon, the service can be terrible. Not just slow, but incompetent. Not always, but it depends on server. The burgers look good and a lot of people like them, but they have lost some flavor and, I'm sorry to say, basically aren't -- to me -- worth the money and the aggravation anymore. My son and I have been eating here for almost 20 years, and today, giving it another try, other people seemed to enjoy their food, but one couple walked out after waiting 10 or so minutes to be acknowledged, and another man (after his whole party exited) gave up waiting for a check and just put money on the table and left. We had flat draft beer, an average burger, greasier than usual fries, and a 20-minute wait for a check that was wrong (the server added the two beers I walked to the bar and paid for myself as we waited to be served). This was the second or third mediocre meal in a row in a place that for years we couldn't wait to visit and never came away unsatisfied. As you see in the reviews, a lot of people stil like the place, and maybe it's worth a try (sit in the front rooms or outside and maybe the service is better). But the overall experience to us just isn't worth it anymore.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Salami, Believe it or Not”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2010

A burger is a burger. They serve'm on small plates. So what. However, the Salami/Provolone on rye is a bell ringer and so are the onion rings and slaw.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not as great as I was told”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

The food was fine. The area was fine. The service was ok, the waitress we had was kinda rude. The biggest thing that surprised me was the price! Not as cheap as everyone says. A cheeseburger was 5 bucks, includes no fries or a drink. For a burger and fries joint I think it was too much. For 3 adults and 2 kids, we spent 60 bucks. I could have gone to a REAL restaurant for that. Burgers and fries are cheap! Not $5 a pop!

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Past its time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2010

El Cap is terrible. Rude service with so-so food and an extra charge for an ice-tea refill? You have to be kidding me. The bad reviews are not because people expect five stars, its because they expect a modest place to have good food, good service and a family atmosphere. El Cap misses on all three, it USED to be a great place, but it has stunk since being taken over by the original owner's family. I pass El Cap several times a week, it used to be there were people standing around for a table - not anymore. (And, its not the economy, you're going to wait at most places on 4th street for lunch or dinner after 6)

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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