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Chill Restaurant & Bar
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $18
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Chill is so much more than just a beach restaurant with amazing food... we offer Saturday & Sunday brunch buffet AND a full menu, Monday night all you can eat seafood buffet including crab legs :) with full menu ($27.95) Chill offers live music, Carl's Piano Bar Thurs Fri & Sat beginning at 6:30. Wed night is Skyway Jazz on our outdoor patio. We offer small plates and full entrees, plenty of GF, vegetarian and vegan choices as well as a full espresso bar and liquor with expert craft cocktails. We have a private party room that accommodates up to 50 guests, expert service staff and as of 11/2016 a new management team 100% focused entirely on guest experience. We invite you to the new Chill, relocated from the original Gulf Blvd spot into beautiful downtown St. Pete Beach in the heart of our little downtown shopping district. See you soon :)
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Walked into Chill around 5 PM on a Wednesday evening. The dining room was sparsely populated with elderly locals. We were immediately seated by Carl. Good looking guy. Part waiter, part game show host. Totally professional.

Softly lit, comfortable interior. While my wife found the ladies room to be immaculate I thought that the mens' room could have done with a wipe.

We put ourselves in Carl's capable hands and went with his recommendations. For appetizers we had the black stuffed olives. These are filled with garlic and served warm. Very good. We also had the goat cheese tapenade. This dish appeared to have been made earlier in the day and then refrigerated. When the plate hit the table the tapenade was cold. So much so that the flavors were lost to the chill. We set it aside and tucked into it about 10 minutes later. What a difference! Complex flavors complimented by fig and Kalamata.
We also had the Tuna Tetaki. This one threw us a bit. A martini glass arrived containing cubed, raw tuna riding on a bed of shredded cucumber and ginger. A soy reduction is drizzled over the tuna. The glass is a cute idea but sometimes less is more. The dish possesses good flavors. While the cucumber 'spaghetti' was crisp and fresh, the tuna, by comparison, was a tiny bit mealy. We brought this to Carl's attention, finished the tuna and soon forgot about it.

For entree's we ordered the duck breast and the espresso/ cocoa rubbed beef tips. The duck was flat out, the best we've ever eaten. Crisp, caramelized skin clinging to a perfectly cooked duck breast. This was the highlight of the meal and I would come back here again for the duck alone. The beef tips were served with garlic mashed potatoes. Cut with your fork tender beef. Great, robust flavors. A real winner.

Chill has an intelligently assembled wine list. Bottles are priced between #23 and $59. A glass will run you $5 to $11. My wife had the 'Rioja Vega'. ($7) She said that it was one of the best Riojas she had ever drunk and as much time as we've spent in Northern Spain that's saying a lot. This Rioja was a perfect match to the food we ordered.

Throughout the meal Carl watched from afar and quietly swooped in to fill a glass, remove a plate and inquire as to our satisfaction. When our bill arrived I noted that Carl had quietly removed the charge for the tuna. And this is after we had consumed the entire appetizer. Classy move on the part of Chill and Carl.

Chill is adjacent to a coffee cafe called Steam. There seems to be some relationship between the two operations. There is also a bakery operated by the restaurant. The bakery is located directly behind Chill.

Chill serves food that is a leap above St. Pete beach fare. Nice to know that nestled in the chaos of St. Pete strip malls, Taco Bells and IHOPs Carl waits for you. With that marvelous duck.

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3  Thank Michael R
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Ruthie B, Owner at Chill Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

Noahs Dad...
Thank you! My only regret is that I didn't get to meet you! Carl was pleased to wait on you and so grateful for your kind words.
See you soon?

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

What a fun find at St Pete. It is a fun and unique way of dining. Friendly and helpful staff. If you are at St. Pete and want a excellent dining experience try Chill you won't be disappointed.

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1  Thank SunDog78
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Great little spot near shops. Local hangout with
Great coffee! Great choices for breakfast!
So good we went back twice!

1  Thank warmwind
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We were SO very pleased with our first experience at Chill restaurant. We were visiting for a conference and looking for nicer places to eat. The night before we left St. Pete Chill was recommend to us, so we decided to try it out. The experience was impressive and delicious, from start to finish. The food was amazing. We had the Stuffed Olives, the Goat Cheese Tapenade Terrine, the Filet Mignon with Crab and blue cheese and a Grouper dish. The dishes were generous portions for tapas style, and each dish was impressive and delicious. We ordered the Chai Sangria, which was great as well. Our waiter was prompt, very knowledgable about the menu and very pleasant. The atmosphere was nice, there was live music playing that was enjoyable but not overwhelming. Before we left we met the restaurant proprietor Ruthie, who was very friendly and pleasant to talk with. We wish that we had discovered this restaurant earlier during our stay, we definitely would have returned for another meal (or two). We HIGHLY recommend checking out Chill, we will definitely be back when we return to the area!

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4  Thank JohnsonFam_6
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

The decor's ust a bit funky but the food's flavor, and diversity of choice, make this a creative wonder. We visit at least 3x a month for breakfast or dinner. Great cappucino, worth-copying oatmeal, creative entrees..., this is a winner.

1  Thank DaisyDiva07
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