December 18, 2020

St. Pete had more new restaurants than anywhere else in Tampa Bay this year, here are 25 you should know

Out of all the Tampa Bay areas, no place witnessed a bigger explosion of new, exciting restaurants in 2020 than St. Petersburg.

We're not sure why that is, but considering how 2020 was arguably the worst year to open a restaurant in recent memory, this is quite an accomplishment. But it wasn't just the sheer volume of new establishments, St. Pete saw everything from new tiki bars, chicken-stuffed waffle cone joints, new wing spots, and even a handful of upscale eateries. This isn't a comprehensive list, but here are a few a new St.Pete restaurants worth keeping on your radar.

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The Lure Ono
685 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 851-9862
Newly opened in December, The Lure Ono is a Hawaiian-inspired grilled cheese and sandwich joint located right on Central Ave, near its sister The Lure. Sandwiches range from $4.50-$9 depending on how elaborate the combination is. The Hayden ($4.50) is made with Kraft singles on white bread and The Krabby Paddy ($9) is made with Maryland crab cake, cheddar and pepper jack. And in true Tampa fashion, the spot has a killer Cuban sando.
Photo via The Lure Ono/Facebook

The Lure Ono

685 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 851-9862
Newly opened in December, The Lure Ono is a Hawaiian-inspired grilled cheese and sandwich joint located right on Central Ave, near its sister The Lure. Sandwiches range from $4.50-$9 depending on how elaborate the combination is. The Hayden ($4.50) is made with Kraft singles on white bread and The Krabby Paddy ($9) is made with Maryland crab cake, cheddar and pepper jack. And in true Tampa fashion, the spot has a killer Cuban sando.
Photo via The Lure Ono/Facebook
Grand Central Brewhouse
2340 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 202-6071
Taking the place of Taco Bus is Grand Central Brewhouse, a microbrewery that opened just last week. The brewery has an open-air courtyard and plenty of brews to sip on including a German Pilsner, The Peninsular (5.2% ABV), which is part of a permanent partnership with Tampa Bay Watch called “Beer for the Bay.”
Photo via Grand Central Brewhouse/Facebook

Grand Central Brewhouse

2340 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 202-6071
Taking the place of Taco Bus is Grand Central Brewhouse, a microbrewery that opened just last week. The brewery has an open-air courtyard and plenty of brews to sip on including a German Pilsner, The Peninsular (5.2% ABV), which is part of a permanent partnership with Tampa Bay Watch called “Beer for the Bay.”
Photo via Grand Central Brewhouse/Facebook
Mad Cow Donuts
2232 5th Ave. S, St. St. Petersburg, (727) 440-8040
Mad Cow Donuts is a concept by former police officer and politician David Shane. Mad Cow's hand-crafted doughnuts are made fresh daily and are delivered throughout the St. Petersburg area seven days a week. The concept's motto is "made fresh daily with love."
Photo via Mad Cow Donuts/Facebook

Mad Cow Donuts

2232 5th Ave. S, St. St. Petersburg, (727) 440-8040
Mad Cow Donuts is a concept by former police officer and politician David Shane. Mad Cow's hand-crafted doughnuts are made fresh daily and are delivered throughout the St. Petersburg area seven days a week. The concept's motto is "made fresh daily with love."
Photo via Mad Cow Donuts/Facebook
On The Fly
4447 4th Street N., St. Petersburg, (727) 325-2973
From popular Tampa Bay restaurant group Ciccio comes On The Fly, a food hall concept containing some of the groups most popular restaurants. Vendors include Sweet Soul, an acai and bowl spot, Fresh Kitchen, a health-conscious build-your-own restaurant, Better Byrd, a chicken-centric concept and Taco Dirty, a Chipotle-esque modern Mexican place.
Photo via On The Fly/Instagram

On The Fly

4447 4th Street N., St. Petersburg, (727) 325-2973
From popular Tampa Bay restaurant group Ciccio comes On The Fly, a food hall concept containing some of the groups most popular restaurants. Vendors include Sweet Soul, an acai and bowl spot, Fresh Kitchen, a health-conscious build-your-own restaurant, Better Byrd, a chicken-centric concept and Taco Dirty, a Chipotle-esque modern Mexican place.
Photo via On The Fly/Instagram
Wild Child Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
2710 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 954-7425
This bistro and cocktail bar has an incredibly diverse seasonal menu, serving tomato and peach salads alongside “KFC” Korean fried chicken sandwiches. The restaurant also features a covered patio area to help you escape the Florida heat.
Photo via Wildchild/Instagram

Wild Child Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

2710 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 954-7425
This bistro and cocktail bar has an incredibly diverse seasonal menu, serving tomato and peach salads alongside “KFC” Korean fried chicken sandwiches. The restaurant also features a covered patio area to help you escape the Florida heat.
Photo via Wildchild/Instagram