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The Maritana Grille at The Don CeSar
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Ranked #15 of 146 Restaurants in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $75
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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.
Lutz, Florida
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Yummy”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

We ate here for our anniversary. It was delicious. Wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. Food was great. Ambiance was lovely. We had to wait to be seated, even though we had reservations.

Visited March 2014
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Surrey
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Mix of good and bad”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

We took two friends for a treat to the Maritana last month while on holiday. We booked a table for 8.00pm and arrived just a couple of minutes early. The girl who greeted us asked us to wait as they were "not quite ready" and directed us to a large bar area in the entrance hall and said she would come and find us in just a moment. 10 minutes later she has not appeared so I went to enquire about our table. Apparently she had "just been coming to get us". She was not especially welcoming. Our waiter however was excellent and really well informed about everything on the menu and very pleasant and helpful. Three of us had the soup (sorry bisque) and one the crab cakes. The food was excellent but not hot enough. The hot soup had been served in cold dishes! The main courses were good but again not served piping hot. Surely it is not too much to ask that a hot meal is actually just that? We did not try the dessert menu. The wine was fine however.
Overall we all thought it rather overpriced for the food, ambience and "greeter". The star was our waiter. We would not go back.

  • Visited May 2014
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north wales
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

I loved the whole atmosphere and dinning experience.
Both had the most sublime crab cakes to start with and I had the rack of Oregan Lamb while my wife had the grouper, some great information supplied on the background of the food, especially the Lamb and we had a surprise course of belly pork served in the most incredible way by Chef Gavin.

Visited May 2014
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
I'm glad to hear you had such a great and memorable dining experience with us in Maritana Grille. We appreciate your feedback.

Chef Gavin and his team are incredible, and we all hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Maritana Grille | Loews Don CeSar
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“Best Culinary Experience of Our Lives”
Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

Our reservation for five was on Friday, May 30th. What we were looking for was an over-the-top experience, and we were not disappointed.

After imbibing with a couple craft cocktails at the lobby bar, we were greeted and seated in a true French style form. We had eight courses, yes eight! Each one as delightful as the next.

I won't bore you with the details of each one, but I must point out a few that were absolutely incredible. The West coast oysters were not only fresh, but possibly the most beautiful oysters I have ever seen, but the star of the appetizer course was certainly the sashimi-style Wahoo. As a local, it astonished me as to the quality of the fish. I never expected to try Wahoo sashimi style but it was meaty, creamy, and beautiful.

A couple other courses stood above and beyond the rest, the local Mote Marine caviar was divine, and the pork belly on truffled grits melted in your mouth.

Although the majority of us had fresh local fish, the real standout on the table was definitely the venison. Everything was cooked to perfection.

If you are getting a dessert course, someone at the table simply must order the green tea cake. The server pours a hot pineapple jus over the white chocolate cover, and it opens up like a lotus flower revealing an incredible dessert inside. Your experience is not only about the food at the Maritana, but it is also about the show.

The service was impeccable. Our server, Brad, not only was able to describe in complete detail every dish, but also lead us in the right direction as far as wines go, especially dessert wines. He did not miss a beat, ladies first, always served from the left, using a marking tray. You can tell that Brad has a true passion for the industry.

The next time I am looking for a true fine dining experience in the Tampa area, there will not be a question as to where My reservation will be. It will be at the Maritana, and I'll be sure to ask for Brad.

Ronnie Wuerdeman
Sommelier Level 1

Visited May 2014
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
I'm so happy that you came to Maritana Grille looking for an over-the-top experience, and that you were not disappointed!

Brad is an excellent server and takes great pride in making sure our guests enjoy a superb dining experience. Together with Chef Gavin and our culinary team, they do a fantastic job in creating very memorable dining experiences.

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us! We look forward to the honor of welcoming you back soon! Here at Maritana Grille, the show never ends!

See you soon.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar | Maritana Grille
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Rogers, Arkansas
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“outstanding”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you want to see how kids menu options should look like, you need to go to the Maritana at Don CeSar. The food was outstanding and intermezzo was pleasantly surprising..

  • Visited April 2014
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Maritana Grille at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Thanks so much for the kind words about our kids menu in Maritana Grille! It's great to hear that you enjoyed the experience and were pleasantly surprised by the intermezzo!

We hope to welcome you back soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel | Maritana Grille
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