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“Food presentation and service not commensurate with prices”

Sea Porch Restaurant
Ranked #68 of 145 Restaurants in St. Pete Beach
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Our Chef de Cuisine ensures fresh catches, comfort food, and local coastal flavors that cater to all appetites. Our seaside location with both indoor and outdoor seating is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Groups can enjoy the upper level, Gatsby's, with sliding doors, a great choice for exclusive, private functions for up to 30 people. Also available is the Sea Porch's creative a la carte brunch served every weekend. The affair features items including chef's famous Cinnamon Monkey Bread, Cuban Bread French Toast, and Chicken and Waffles.
St. Petersburg, Florida
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274 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Food presentation and service not commensurate with prices”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Pricey for casual atmosphere and mediocre service.
Most of the food (appetizers and entrees) was very good/excellent with appealing presentation.
The dessert, fresh fruit (cut up melon with a few berries), was served in a cereal bowl.
Appeared like something from a breakfast buffet.
The appetizers and entrees were "auctioned off" at the table ("who ordered the...").
This type of service is not appropriate - especially at their prices.
Reservations were made in advance but not recognized (no record).

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank traveler1468
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English first
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

The frozen key lime dessert was heaven! The Puerto Rican tapas were delcious too. I don't recommend the pizzas -- was about Little Caesars quality.

Visited March 2013
Thank sueq575
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Acton, Massachusetts
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427 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,678 helpful votes
“Pricey, Pushy, Pretentious”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Sea Porch is located on the lower level of the inimitable Don Carlos hotel, pink, grandiose, in all its glory. Parking was unnervingly across the street in a paid lot – validated by the restaurant we later learned. There was a long delay between our arrival and welcome by our server. After I inquired, it was clear there had been a mix-up, and nobody knew who should serve us. The waitress who finally took our order showed impatience when we asked clarifying questions on the dishes. She didn’t have the time to wait a couple minutes for us even though we had just waited 20 minutes for her. Her demeanor was downright condescending when we dared ask about the size of the Jerk Chicken Quesadilla. “It’s an appetizer just like every other place that serves one”, she announced as if we were imbeciles, when in fact it was she who was spewing misinformation. Their quesadilla was, just like others we’ve eaten, plenty for our son’s main course.

Overall, my Orange Habañero BBQ Gulf Fish (mahi with pineapple salsa) was an eclectic combination of textures and tastes that ultimately failed to impress, especially at $27. The $10 Farmer salad was alright though, and the infamous quesadilla was decent but nothing special. During the dinner, a strong storm developed and blew sand over our food. We moved ourselves inside, but the waitress never offered to help out with the compromised meal. In fact, it took two requests to get our bill and validated parking ticket, and both were preceded by her trying to sell us desert as if we had been forgotten. Finally, after we tendered a Restaurant.com voucher, she took the liberty of giving herself an 18% tip without our consent. It was an obnoxious gesture from a waitress who was at best having an off day, at worse dealing with an attitude problem.

Prices were high, environment was fake. Everything felt snooty. Food wasn’t worth writing home about. Not recommended.

  • Visited April 2013
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11 Thank Cherry_Wonderdog
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Yakima, Washington
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191 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“So much better than expected”
Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

Maybe it is because I had low expectations but my wife and I had a most delightful meal. She had Red Snapper that was great I had short ribs that were good. Great assortment of really good bread and marvelous key line dessert. Our service was outstanding. This is not the fine restaurant in the hotel more the coffee shop so expectations were not high but were exceeded in every way. Great presentation and outstanding food. Try it you will like it.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Robert S
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Food and Views”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Food was very good, priced higher than we prefer however, we had a coupon so it made it a better value. We had breakfast with a beautiful gulf view!

Visited March 2013
Thank Renee R
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