Places to Dine in St Petersburg/Clearwater Where You Won't Break the Bank

Let’s face it. Everyone likes to go out to eat. Not only is it often a “social happening,” but sometimes it’s a necessity when we haven’t planned accordingly for the next meal. But, going out to eat can be expensive – unless you have a handle on which restaurants offer value for what they serve and won't break your bank.

Fortunately, St Petersburg and Clearwater have many options where you can get a satisfying meal for under $10. Some are "Mon and Pop," hole-in-the-wall places, which serve ethnic cuisine -  like the wonderful Zaytoon Grille where you can feast on authentic Mediterranean fare.

While you’re taking in one of the area’s best beaches, Paradise Grille and Kooky Coconuts are the perfect solution because not only are you just steps from the shore, you get a tasty, affordable meal to take with you, if you wish.

For something a little fancier, The Frog Pond and Stella’s combine tasty food with reasonable prices and South Pasadena’s Comfort Café offers a cozy neighborhood touch to the dining experience.

The ultimate adventure can be found at Mazzarro Italian Market where you can spend a long time poring over their freshly-made offerings, which can be savored on the premises or packaged up to enjoy at home.

Here's a list of places which offer the perfect blend of value and tasty food.


Indian Rocks Beach
Kooky Coconut
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If 32 flavors of locally made ice cream, served in a variety of "old-fashioned" ways, along with a good selection of burgers and dogs are what you're looking for, then this is your kind of place. Set in a small, funky "shack," along Indian Rocks...  Read More

Paradise Grille Upham Beach
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Set on Upham Beach, one of St Pete Beach's best "swimming holes," this casual, walk-up counter offers an amazing selection of tasty breakfast and lunch treats throughout the day. On weekends, you'll even get live music! Start your day with a...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Taco Bus
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You might not expect to find authentic Mexican food being served from a stationary school bus, but that's exactly what you'll get at this unique Taco Bus. Tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, tortas (typical Mexican sandwiches on freshly baked "telera"...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
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Burgers, beer, sandwiches, seafood and a variety of other "comfort" foods are served starting at 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. in this late-hour, popular St Pete Beach hangout. Popular with locals as well as visitors, it does tend to become rowdy as the...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
Woody's Waterfront
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Sandwiches, burgers, salads, fresh seafood, pizza, wraps and other treats are staples of the Woody's Waterfront dining experience. The price is right, the food is tasty and the drinks are frosty... and flowing. Sitting along Blind Pass with...  Read More

South Pasadena
The Comfort Cafe
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Tasty homemade cooking with priced aimed to please served in a very cozy ambiance is what you'll find in this small South Pasadena restaurant. It doesn't look like much for the outside, but the dining experience is memorable. Open Tuesday –...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
The Frog Pond
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This popular St Pete Beach eatery has been drawing locals as well as residents since it opened in this location in 1982. The casual, family-friendly atmosphere offers a good selection of favorites, at very reasonable prices. Open for breakfast...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Stella's


Located in the charming waterfront town of Gulfport, Stella's is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Known as the "Cheers of Gulfport," the restaurant has been getting rave reviews since it opened in 2009. Breakfast is served throughout...  Read More

Mazzaro Italian Market
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Lose yourself amidst aisles studded with fine wines, cheeses, take-home homemade pasta dishes, decadent pastries, brick-oven-baked breads and more in this heavenly Italian-style market. You can grab something to go, or savor your tasty purchases...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Zaytoon Grill
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Tucked into a small space on Central Avenue, Zaytoon Grille showcases freshly made authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a pleasant, no-frills setting. Open since 2015, this family-owned restaurant treats adventurous palates to homemade specialties...  Read More


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