Dining in Downtown Clearwater (and beyond)

Dining Guide

Downtown Clearwater has undergone significant improvements in the past decade, and is still growing thanks to the proactive efforts of the city and the community. There are many hidden treasures to discover, with more on the way. Here are some of the culinary treasures in the Cleveland Street district worth checking out, plus a few more just outside the area that deserve a mention.

ANGIE'S RESTAURANT 725 Cleveland St., 727-461-2880, angiesgrill.com. A Downtown Clearwater staple since 1965. Serving breakfast all day and a hearty lunch selection, Angie's is a cut above the average standard diner fare.

BOGIE'S FOOD AND FLICKS 33 N. Garden Ave., Suite 140, 727-724-4246. Catch a random flick while dining in for breakfast or lunch Monday through Friday. Located inside Station Square Park.

CAFE 421 421 Cleveland St., 727-442-8680, cafe421.com. Open five days until 3 p.m., Cafe 421 has quickly — and deservedly — become one of the hottest and busiest lunch counters in town. The hearty burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches, along with Caribbean fare and breakfast options, keep 'em coming back for more.

CAFE MILANO 105 N. Ft. Harrison Ave., 727-444-4504, bestcafemilano.com. Authentic Italian pizza made fresh to order with ingredients imported from Italy and baked in a brick oven.

CALI YOGURT 519 Cleveland St., 727-442-2254, caliyogurt.biz. Caliyogurt offers Pinkberry-esque low-fat frozen yogurt with an array of toppings, smoothies and a wide selection of teas.

CASANOVA 811 Cleveland St., 727-733-5449, restaurantcasanova.com. After Bellini's in Downtown Dunedin closed, it was reincarnated as Casanova in Downtown Clearwater. Same chef, same Italian menu, but in a better-looking building. Complimentary valet parking and outdoor seating.

CHANG MAI 415 Cleveland St., 727-461-0414, changmaithaiandsushi.com. A longtime staple of the downtown area, this Thai and sushi restaurant is located a couple doors down from the Capitol Theatre.

CLEVELAND STREET CAFE 615 Cleveland St., 727-462-5340, clevelandstreetcafe.com. Offering a simple menu of breakfast items and sandwiches on housemade bread, Monday through Friday.

EL MAGUEY HIDALGUENSE 530 Park St., 727-798-4974. Serving up standard Mexican fare in Downtown Clearwater. Grab some handmade tortillas to go.

EMILY'S RESTAURANT 101 S. Garden Ave., 727-443-5351. Another breakfast- and lunch-only diner downtown, Emily's offers a huge menu, as well as homemade crepes and soups. They deliver, too!

GRAHAME'S GOURMET CAFE 601 Cleveland St., Suite 140, 727-210-3072. Serving the business crowd for breakfast and lunch in the atrium of the Sun Trust building. Offering fresh sandwiches, salads, wraps, smoothies and catering services.

GREEKTOWN GRILLE 1230 Cleveland St., 727-447-7800, greektowngrille.com. Offering some of the best traditional Greek food south of Tarpon Springs. Great food, great prices and an all-around great time to be had.

GREEN ORGANIX 424 Cleveland St., 727-462-5770, greenorganix.com. Fresh, organic, locally sourced and totally gluten-free fare served here. Plenty of greens, cold and hot entrees and vegan options — they do brunch, too!

HISPANIA TAPAS BAR & CAFE 34 N. Fort Harrison Ave., 727-474-1477, myhispania.com. Start your day at Hispania with a cup of coffee and a Spanish omelet, freshly baked chocolate croissant or any one of their mouthwatering pastries. At lunch or dinner, graze on an array of tapas, paella or "montaditos" — small sandwiches made with homemade bread, filled with Serrano ham and Manchego cheese or other combinations of artisan meats and cheeses.

HOTSPOT CAFE 627 Cleveland St., 727-415-8492. Great for a study or work spot, grab a sandwich, smoothie, pastry or tea and take advantage of the complimentary wi-fi. Also offering iMac work stations if you're sans laptop.

LA CACHETTE 635 Cleveland St., 727-596-5439, lacachetteflorida.com. This Indian Rocks Beach favorite relocated to Downtown Clearwater last year. Classic French cuisine and "fine dining the old-fashioned way." Your tongue may not be able to pronounce the menu items, but your taste buds will appreciate whatever you end up ordering. No wine corkage fee.

NAUTI-NANCY'S FOOD SHACK & CROW'S NEST PUB 700 Eldridge St., 727-446-3717, nautinancys.com. It may not be the fanciest of eateries, but Nancy's makes up for it with good food and great service. Standard seafood dishes, raw oysters, barbecue and more than a few sandwiches to choose from.

PICKLES PLUS TOO 320 Cleveland St., 727-447-0500, picklesplus.com. The Harborview Center may be closed, but Pickles Plus is definitely open. Offering deli foods and home-style cooking with patio seating and a beautiful view of the new boat slips and waterfront.

THE OLIVE TREE RESTAURANT 528 Cleveland St., 727-216-7601, theolivetreeclearwater.com. Gourmet, Mediterranean Basin-inspired fare with an array of fresh seafood dishes, sandwiches and standard Greek offerings. Great lunch specials, early bird deals (4-6 p.m.) and complimentary h'ors doeuvres at the daily happy hour (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) at the full-service bar.

TIN CAN CAFE 307 S. Myrtle Ave., 727-446-3354. A quaint eatery known for tasty diner fare and reasonable prices. The daily specials keep the locals coming back regularly. You can't beat $4.99 for steak and eggs.

TONY'S PIZZERIA RISTORANTE 428 Cleveland St., 727-441-2226, tonyspizzaclearwater.com. The family-owned pizza parlor recently moved into a newly renovated, much larger location on the corner of Cleveland Street and Fort Harrison Avenue. Same great slices, big and beautiful new space.


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