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“What a find”
Review of Cafe Ponte

Cafe Ponte
Ranked #1 of 695 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 58th St.
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“What a find”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Cafe Ponte recently. The restaurant located in a business park had a beautifully appointed interior. The chef is very talented with impressive credentials. The menu is innovative. I particularly enjoyed the tuna tartar which was one of the best I have had. We were both delighted with this restaurant particularly after the previous night's meal at a higher rated restaurant which was mediocre at best.

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English first
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Cafe Ponte in Clearwater, Florida - Sophisticated Gem”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

Café Ponte was an incredible find in ALL regards, from elegant atmosphere to exceptional food to service that is second to none. I googled their website after our meal (www.cafeponte.com) and found out that they are Zagat rated, received top restaurant awards in 2014, and collaborated with Emeril for a show in 2013. Just walking into the restaurant put me into a wonderful mood with the modern and well appointed room of soft grays, browns and reds. Very sophisticated. The food is incredible and presented artistically. The food pairings are atypical and original, resulting in wonderfully new tastes. I was told that chef/owner Christopher Ponte has a Portuguese heritage, but was culinary trained at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, and has extensive experience at many of New York's top restaurants. You must try his mushroom soup, which is a signature dish for the restaurant. The wait staff pay attention to every detail, including each server's unexpected touch of walking you to the door when you leave to wish you a good evening. The wonderful bar staff (Colleen, Steven and playful Tyler) were a large part of our enjoyment for the evening, engaging in conversations and information. There is a piano bar that was a delight to witness, with the locals and the musician never leaving the area for a full 2 hours or more. The music is soft and unobtrusive. They were having so much fun, you just couldn't help but smile. In conclusion, we are returning to Café Ponte for a second night of adventure in excellent dining and very much look forward to trying other dishes. They are located at 13505 Icot Blvd, Clearwater, Florida (near Largo).

  • Visited March 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Food and Service never disappoints”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Our ladies social luncheon club meets monthly and decided on having lunch at Cafe Ponte. Due to the number of attendees, Cafe Ponte offered us a private room and a limited menu for an amazing price. We were given three entrée options (Kobe beef meatloaf, burger and fries, and grilled salmon) Each of the ladies thoroughly enjoyed their meals. We had two very attentive waiters serving our meals which coupled with the lovely facility only added to the atmosphere we enjoyed. I would not hesitate to go back at any time and recommend it to anyone who loves good food.

Visited February 2014
Review collected in partnership with La Quinta

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Denver, PA
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234 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Always an excellent adventure”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

We always have an excellent adventure in food at Cafe Ponte. Having dined here several times, we can tell you it is a must try! Awesome food and service!

  • Visited February 2014
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Clearwater, Florida, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Fantastic restaurant from beginning to end.”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

We have lived in this area since 1978 and frequented many restaurants from Tampa to St. Petersburg. This has to be the finest restaurant, for everything is wonderful from appetizers, bread, cocktails entrees to desserts. Tonight was probably our fifth time dining and each and every meal always seems better than the last. Presentation and plating of each entree is superb. Chris Ponte and his staff definitely go the distance with everything. Very enjoyable evening. Thanks once again for a fantastic dinner.

  • Visited March 2014
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