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The Maritana Grille at The Don CeSar
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Ranked #16 of 145 Restaurants in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $75
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: Immerse yourself in the most delectable dining experience Tampa Bay has to offer at The Maritana Grille. At this signature restaurant of the beautiful Loews Don CeSar resort, you’re surrounded by 1,500 gallons of salt water aquariums filled with colorful, native Florida fish. You’ll dine on the freshest local seafood prepared with pure, organic ingredients in a New American style. With an extensive wine list and world-class service, it’s no wonder The Maritana Grille was voted one of the Top 10 seafood restaurants in the United States by the Gayot Guide, and has received AAA’s 4-Diamond Rating for the past 15 years. The vibe is casual, no jackets required. The atmosphere is festive yet intimate and the food is incomparably delicious. The Maritana Grille turns every meal into a magical dining experience.
Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“LUNCH at OCEANA -”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

My brother recommended the Resort for Lunch, and we dined in the Oceana Restaurant. We did not have reservations, but our party of 7 were seated quickly. Service was great, and our food came to the table quickly. I had the Chicken Cesar salad which was excellent. The others had a sandwich of some sort, and enjoyed the sandwich bread and various fillings. The sandwiches came with a nice side salad. Our waiter was very attentive, but kept running out of water before he got to my glass twice. I finally caught his attention, and was taken care of immediately. The weather outside was less than ideal, so the restaurant was rather busy that day. Food was excellent and the atmosphere of the resort was wonderful. You may self park or valet. Resort is right on the beach, so take a stroll before or after lunch. I too with my brother will recommend this place for a lovely and delicious meal.

  • Visited February 2014
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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Go if you can!”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

We had two wonderful dinners at Martina Grill, while vacationing last week in St Pete's Beach.

Reservations are a must so book them as soon as you arrive in the area. Leave time to go for a drink at the hotel bar before hand, it is very lively and great place for friendly conversations.

The meal started with delicious bread and flavoured butters plus a surprised bite size appetizer from the chef.

Both times i ordered the Artisan green salad because it had a fantastic mixture of fresh flavours, especially the tomatoes! (It is hard to find a tasty tomato these days!) My husband had the beet salad one night (again great combo of flours with the (real) raspberry dressing drizzled on top) and he also enjoyed the Hears of Romaine. Every ingredient was so fresh!

First night I and the Red snapper with Red Quinoa, zucchini and (real) tomato vinaigrette..it was great! Husband had the lamb chop and he loved it.

The second night I and the grouper and he had the Sea bass, again both are excellent. I have a shell fish allergy and the chef was very attentive to this and gladly altered the grouper as it was suppose to come with Lobster/saffron emulsion. Wish I could have had the emulsion though.

Desserts looked great but we were too full both nights to order it.

They and a nice wine selection and several good wines by the glass.

A delicious after dinner chocolate/raspberry chocolate came with the bill...nice touch.

By far these were the best meals we ate all week, we also went to Mad Fish and Salt Rock Grill, which were good but in comparison, Martina Grill was far superior...in both food quality and service.

Then only thing I wish it had was a better view: an ocean view instead of the parking lot...we are in St Pete's beach, after all! We dined here on our honey moon 30 years ago and the restaurant was on the top floor with a beautiful view of the ocean.

  • Visited February 2014
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, February 13, 2014
Two nights in a row! That's fantastic!

We really do appreciate not only your business, but taking the time to share about your experience at Maritana Grille. Next time, save room for dessert!

We look forward to the opportunity to host you again!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

Hard to believe that TA shows the Maritana as the "24th Ranked Restaurant" in St. Pete Beach! We dined there twice recently and were more than impressed. Excellent, and creative, menu; food beautifully cooked and presented. AMAZING deserts; try the "Ostrich Egg"!!!!!!!!

In my book, five stars!

Visited January 2014
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
That egg, or "Reveal Dessert" as we like to call it, is soooo cool! I'm glad you enjoyed it, as well as your excellent and creative dining experience at Maritana Grille!

Come back and see us again!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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“Very Good.”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

We had the Oceana with the wine pairing Everything was great. No complaints. Enjoyed the whole meal with my wife.

  • Visited January 2014
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, February 7, 2014
Thanks for the review!

I'm glad you enjoyed the Oceana tasting Menu! It's a great way to explore the variety of tastes Chef Gavin and his team prepare in Maritana Grille!

We hope to see you again soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Get the rack of lamb”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Make sure you get a reservation beforehand because the place was packed. Waited at the bar for our table and met some very nice locals waiting to dine as well. Had the squab appetizer and Rack of Lamb with a great Cornerstone Zinfandel. Really wonderful flavors and presentation. Service was very polished but not overbearing.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank John H
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
So glad you had a great experience!

I've had the Rack of Lamb and could not agree with you more! It is incredible! I'm delighted you discovered the many wonderful flavors our chefs create and appreciated our polished service!

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar
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