Brought my wife since the holidays make us so busy that we tend to lose one another in the busyness. We sat in the main dining where the fireplace was. Even though it was busy, because of the acoustics, it never seems too loud. It was very romantic. From sitting down to leaving, it was two hours, but others came and went sooner. We were never rushed.
My wife had steak salad - perfect. I had grilled asparagus, the brussel sprouts hash and tomato caprese salad. The salad dressing was perfectly balanced - not too acidic, yet had just enough to give it an edge. The kalamata olive bread is amazing! We ended with a cheesecake swirl brownie with black raspberry ice cream. We chose to scrape off the cheesecake layer since it took away from the chocolate intensity. It was fantastic. Had one beer. Total was $58, not incl tip.
Our server was Laura and she was great. My wife said she was one of the best servers she has ever had. Super nice and polite, and perfectly paced for us.
1. Use Open Table and make reservations. A must.
2. Outdoor seating overlooks Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in a distance - if the weather is nice, be sure to ask for it when you make reservations.
3. Be strategic with your reservation times - during season (Oct-Apr), it is much easier if you make reservations for 5-5:45pm. At 6-7, things start hopping because people fly here from later time zones and they're used to eating later, which means crowds. Adjust your appetite feeding times and you will spend less time waiting. Same for lunch - 11:30-11:45 eating can alleviate a lot of issues if you don't like waiting. Parking is the challenge with crowds at this restaurant, but we have always been able to find a spot either at the building or across the quiet street at the beach.
4. When you leave the restaurant, drive south until the road dead ends if you want to see some yachts in dry dock and north to see quaint and fancy houses on the water.
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