Maritana Grille, the Don CeSar's four diamond-rated fine dining restaurant on St. Pete Beach, has just unveiled their new menu — a creative take on New American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood.
Named one of the Top 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in the U.S. by Gayot Guide, Maritana Grille offers an abundance of fresh, artfully prepared seafood dishes, as well as meat and vegetarian selections, and an extensive wine list in a very intimate setting — so much so, you'd forget there were other diners present. The new, modern fare keeps with the restaurant's theme of New American cuisine, along with Mediterranean and Floribbean accents, by touting "eco-friendly" and sustainable seafood options. As for the service, the staff is very knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing.
For starters, there are the playfully named "soup-a-tizers," including a Yukon Gold potato bisque with sweet corn and crab, and and an heirloom tomato and beet gazpacho. If you can't choose just one soup, order the tasting and sample three. Other starters include the black pepper-crusted beef carpaccio atop roasted beets and micro green salad with a truffle vinaigrette (pictured) and the Maine lobster agnolotti with wilted leeks and "coral butter" (which is a sauce made with lobster roe and, you guessed it, butter).