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“home style Italian”

Cesare's At The Beach
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Ranked #24 of 719 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Sandkey Bridge
Transit: Jolley Trolley, PSTA pick ups in front of restaurant
Description: Both born and raised in Italy, our founders Cesare and Carlo, know what an authentic Italian meal means. Family and friends gathering around to enjoy each others company with a good glass of wine and the perfect dish. Savor Italy's finest flavors including our award winning lasagna and pastas. Real and hard to find Italian specialities such as pappardelle with imported porcini and wild mushrooms, veal ossobuco, filet mignon in a Brandy sauce, fresh fish and seafood, veal classics and homemade desserts. You can dine in or "al fresco" overlooking the water and Sand Key Bridge while being pampered by our professional staff.
Reviewed March 20, 2014

Have seen good reviews of this place and have wanted to try it so we braved the spring break traffic and gave it a try. Cesare greets and makes you feel welcome. The place is not white tablecloth haute cuisine but friendly, casual, well worn and comfortable. Menu is extensive and there are specials every day. Service is just right, quick, not rushed efficient and our server, Nick , was smart, friendly and very professional. Nick is a young man but very confident and poised and capable.
Started with a glass of dry prosecco and bread with an olive oil, basil and garlic dipping sauce. The oil mixture was to die for, good quality full flavored oil. Bread was the only disappointment, kind of soft plain white bread but the oil made it OK. Cesare- go to Felice Italian Deli, get the bread Ciro Mancini uses at his place.

Wife had the sachettini special, little bags of house made pasta stuffed with ricotta and spinach served with prosciutto and peas in a cream sauce. A killer - real, fresh pasta is a treat.

I had the Veal Frank Sinatra, thin sliced veal with scallops, shrimp and crab served in a lemon, butter, caper sauce very good. But I was not going to be denied the fresh pasta so I had a side of house made linguini with ragu - the sauce of Bologna. So very good, that'll be my main course next trip.

All told, this was a very good meal, the service was never too slow or quick, the waiter did not hover and interrupt us. Cesare was gracious and welcoming and the food, except the bread which was made good by the sauce, was terrific.

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Thank comeonbobby
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

Great location, good food. Great service. If chilly outside they will turn on heaters if requested, no problem.

Thank Abney
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

I am of Italian origin and thought that this food was very close to how I cook at home. The bread was soft and delicious and the sauce in my pasta tasted very fresh and homemade. My parent's who were born and lived in Italy, have been to this place at least 5 times and my dad, who is quite picky, loves it. Going back tomorrow night on our last night in Florida. Ciao. Atmosphere can be improved upon however. But don't let that stop you from eating here.

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Reviewed March 10, 2014

We had been to Cesare's once and enjoyed our meal very much. When we needed a quiet place with good food and service to meet our daughter's future in-laws for the first time, we thought of Cesare's immediately. It stands out in Clearwater Beach because it does not attract a Spring Break/Party crowd. The wait staff is attentive and the food is consistent and good quality. Everyone in our group of six enjoyed their meal and you could have conversation without blaring music and TV's on the wall. I was very pleased with this restaurant.

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Thank Moggie48
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

We were at the beach for a birthday weekend and ask our front desk person about local dining ...long story short maybe I should of turned left then right but where we ended up was so good we had dinner both nights at Cesare's. Our first night we did not have a reservation so we got seat at the bar and got to know Brenda, who helped us pick some of the best Italian food we have had in a restaurant. Great flavors and good portion size.
A must is dessert! Even if you take it with you...don't miss out of this place.

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Thank pennhead1
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