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9246 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-3132
+1 727-576-7414
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10:30 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Babalu is St. Petersburg's neighborhood tavern offering delicious homemade...
Babalu is St. Petersburg's neighborhood tavern offering delicious homemade food and daily specials prepared freshly each day.

We offer an extensive menu of freshly made items. From our delicious burgers to jumbo wings, fresh grouper, hand-breaded shrimp, snow crab, hand cut steaks, homemade meatloaf and more, we've got something for everyone.
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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 14
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Even better after the fire

Some folks in the hood were worried since Babalu had a fire and lost their kitchen but no more cooking out of a food truck. And I personally think they are even better now. The house special wings and the French dip are our personal favs.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Joy J
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some folks in the hood were worried since Babalu had a fire and lost their kitchen but no more cooking out of a food truck. And I personally think they are even better now. The house special wings and the French dip are our personal favs.

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Thank Joy J
St. Petersburg, Florida
Level Contributor
29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are looking for a small town feel in a big city, this restaurant is for you. We go to this restaurant all the time because the food is great as well as the service. They serve breakfast on the weekends and have an awesome bloody Mary bar on Sundays. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Thank HollyDolly99
Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

We couldn't be happier to be your local spot here in St. Pete! We believe in serving up good food with good service to great people and it sounds like this perfectly describes the experiences you've always had with us! Thanks for your continued support and recommendation! Hope to see you in soon, Chip, Owner More 

Tampa, Florida
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20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We have been here over 100 times since 2001 when we started dating. I bought a CL eats deal in Nov 2015 and thought great. The location is great for us because my wife can meet me on my way home from working in Tampa. Great food usually good service but felt insulted for using the stupid certificate which I... More 

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Thank Tim K
Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

While I'm glad our food is still as delicious as your last stop in, it sounds like our service wasn't up to our normal standard. We are happy to honor any promotions that we are currently running and apologize if you feel like this wasn't the case. I hope you'll stop in again so we can show you that we're... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Stopped for lunch. A nice, tasty, perfectly cooked steak, steak fries and Cole slaw and drink 8.50. Can't beat it. Daily specials for lunch and dinner. I'll be back.

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Thank Bam C
Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

We're glad you think our food can't be beat -- we do too! Thanks for stopping by and enjoying a steak with us. The only question that remains is: What will you try next? See you soon, Chip, Owner More 

Thornton, Colorado
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137 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

I have been passing Babalu, since it was an Ice cream shop, back in 89. Our 1st visit was GREAT! Dinner was more than ample and very good. (lunch the next day was covered). Price was in the very believable class. I loved the Meatloaf!! Menu, is very large with an excellent cross selections. I would like a beer offering,... More 

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Thank Dave J
Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

Glad we finally got you to come in for a bite, Dave! Our meatloaf is pretty tasty, and we're glad you thought so too. Feedback is always welcome, so thanks for letting us know where we can improve.That being said we do offer 6 Draft Beers as well as variety of bottled beers and IPA's. We'll make sure to pass... More 

Wisconsin
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We are "snowbirds" and have just gotten back in the area. For years Babalu's has always been our favorite for the Mahi-Mahi fingers on Mondays and Thursdays. Unfortunately, it seems they have changed to a different supplier or fish as it is not at all what it was last spring. The fish is served "all you can eat", but when... More 

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Thank luvthesunWisconsin
Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

Firstly, welcome back! We're glad we've been a favorite spot for so long, but I'm disappointed that your most recent stop in wasn't as great as you remembered. From the service you received to the food you described, it sounds like you caught us on an off day, as we haven't changed anything since your last visit. What do you... More 

Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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120 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Visited this restaurant on a Saturday evening...It was crowded with what seemed like the usual crowd....Wait staff greeting & knowing the diners....Our waitress was not attentive, failing to bring us silverware so we could eat the food she presented....The food was cold... I'm assuming because she was not diligently watching what was coming out of the kitchen...We did not complain... More 

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Thank WinstonA03
Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

It sounds like you caught us on quite the off night. We know that our staff would never purposefully withhold change and think this was simply a case of human error. While we may have been experiencing a dinner rush, that's no excuse for customer service that left you wanting. Hopefully, you'll give us the chance to prove to you... More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Great staff, excellent food, and fantastic specials. Make sure to order the cuban sandwich or the pot roast.

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Thank Todd T
Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

Thanks, Todd! I'll be sure to pass your compliments along to our staff. Looking forward to the next time you stop by -- and we'll be ready to whip up a delicious Cuban sandwich for ya. Cheers, Chip, Owner More 

St. Petersburg, Russia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I am one of those people who believe in supporting the local economy instead of franchises.That said,Babalu in my opininon is one of the best casual restaurant/bars in N.St.Pete Attentive staff, GREAT food,wonderfuful kid friendly atmosphere..5 stars!!

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Thank John W
Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

Thanks for supporting the local guys, John. It means a lot to us! We can't wait to see you and the family again soon! Cheers, Chip, Owner More 

Manassas, Virginia
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

Nice local place with diverse menu. A good choice for brunch on the weweekend. Food is very good, service very friendly and fast. Fresh fish and local atmosphere it is a real good value. Try the Mahi or grouper sandwiches and fish dip if you like local Florida cuisine. Reminds you "old Florida" the way it was years ago.

Helpful?
Thank coyote099
Chip P, Owner at Babalu, responded to this review

I'm glad we've got that old Florida vibe you enjoy so much! We love offering a friendly, down-home atmosphere where folks can come and enjoy great food and great service. We'll look forward to welcoming you back soon! Cheers, Chip, Owner 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: +1 727-576-7414

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Babalu is St. Petersburg's neighborhood tavern offering delicious homemade food and daily specials prepared freshly each day.

We offer an extensive menu of freshly made items. From our delicious burgers to jumbo wings, fresh grouper, hand-breaded shrimp, snow crab, hand cut steaks, homemade meatloaf and more, we've got something for everyone.
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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