New Restaurants in St. Pete/Clearwater

Exciting new dining spots are popping up all over in St. Pete/Clearwater.

a man and a woman at the bar inside Dirty Laundry in St. Pete under blue and yellow lights

Dirty Laundry is a fun new cafe and speakeasy in St. Pete.

Whether you’re looking for an upscale wine bar, a speakeasy hidden in an unassuming laundromat, or a farm-to-table menu, this bumper crop of new dining concepts will suit any mood.

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2D Café, St. Pete

Two restaurant owners smiling inside of their art-inspired 2D Café in St. Pete.

Blow your mind at St. Pete's 2D Café, both visually and tastefully.

At this unique St. Pete hot spot, you'll step out of our colorful, three-dimensional world and into a black-and-white two-dimensional reality at the mind-bending 2D Café. This social media-friendly café, part of a global trend of two-dimensional restaurants, uses innovative, hand-drawn design to trick the eye – while the no-color aesthetic allows the café’s global cuisine and pastries to shine. 2105 Central Ave., St. Pete

2D Cafe
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3 Daughters Brewing, Clearwater Beach

A hand holding a cold pint of craft beer from the balcony of 3 Daughters Brewing in Clearwater Beach on a sunny afternoon.

Grab a cold craft beer from 3 Daughters Brewing in Clearwater Beach.

Take in panoramic views of Pier 60 and Clearwater Harbor while sipping a Beach Blonde Ale at this new rooftop tasting room, the Clearwater Beach outpost of St. Pete's popular 3 Daughters Brewing. Fan-favorite brews will flow at the location, as will some new, exclusive creations, thanks to on-site brewing equipment. Munch on rotating “Beach Bites” menu items to compliment the craft beers, hard ciders and seltzers while enjoying live music performances. 381 Mandalay Ave., 3rd floor, Clearwater Beach, 727-485-6002

3 Daughters
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Bin 6 South, St. Pete

Veteran chef-owner Bren K. Ankrum brings an upscale dining experience to St. Pete in Bin 6 South. The intimate wine cellar offers a tasting program paired with seasonal dishes that highlight local growers. If you stop by at lunchtime, you’ll find a light menu. At dinner, choose a chef-curated tasting menu or an inventive a la carte options such as tea-smoked duck or quail egg with enoki pork fu nest. 330 6th St. S., St. Pete

Bin 6 South
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Creative Grape Wine Bar, St. Pete

Looking for a new spot to relax and chat with friends? Unpretentious and inviting Creative Grape is the place. Enjoy live music and share some shrimp ceviche while sipping a crisp sauvignon blanc and admiring the paintings at this family-owned wine bar and art gallery at The Shoppes at Kenwood. Craft beer lovers will find a small offering of local brews, too. 3100 3rd Ave. N., St. Pete, 727-803-6004

Creative Grape
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Crypto Street Restaurant, Clearwater Beach

One of the buzziest new forms of currency is now a buzzy new restaurant. Crypto Street Restaurant is themed around the digital money known as cryptocurrency and, of course, accepts it as payment for dishes like wings with “cryptomild” or “cryptomedium” sauces or the “DeFi Ceasar” salad. 309 Coronado Dr., Clearwater Beach, 727-477-3443 

Crypto Street
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Dirty Laundry, St. Pete

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Stephen Schrutt, creator of concepts such as No Vacancy, The Avenue and Park & Rec, is back at it with speakeasy-style Dirty Laundry. This isn’t any ordinary laundromat, though it may look that way at first. But pick up the pay phone’s receiver (under the glowing neon sign that says, “Talk Dirty to Me”) on evenings and weekends and you’ll be given the secret code to go behind the washing machines to a Havana Nights-esque club. Grab a mojito and a Cuban sandwich and expect a fun evening. During the day, the café offers baked goods and breakfast sandwiches. 1742 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-493-0040

Dirty Laundry
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FLocale, Seminole Heights

What do you get when you combine the Nashville hot chicken of King of the Coop with the cheesesteaks, wings and pizzas of Westshore Pizza; plus local beer and craft cocktails from Rock Brothers Brewing? You get FLocale, a lively new restaurant-nightclub hybrid that features live music, colorful murals and plenty of TVs to watch the big games. The founders say they want it to be a casual community gathering spot. 5910 N. Florida Ave., Tampa

FLocale
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Freya’s Diner, St. Pete

The savory sister of St. Pete’s Valhalla Bakery and Valkyrie Doughnuts offers up an all-vegan menu of comfort-food classics and other creative fare at Freya’s Diner in the Grand Central District. Try a plant-based version of the trendy Nashville hot chicken sandwich or dig into a Jerk Oyster Mushroom Bowl with charred mango aioli and chopped sweet plantain. A garden bed next to the building grows ultra-fresh herbs, microgreens and more to supplement the restaurant. 2462 Central Ave., St. Pete 

Freya's Diner
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Heavy’s Restaurant, St. Pete

The popular soul food truck and catering service, Heavy’s, now has a brick-and-mortar location. Be sure to show up hungry because the offerings are worth loosening your belt for. Try the BBQ sampler with ribs, brisket, pulled pork, mac & cheese and baked beans. On the slim chance you've saved room for dessert - the banana pudding is worth the calories (take some home for a midnight snack if you're too full). Heavy’s food truck has long been known for serving up plentiful portions at a good price, and happy diners will find the restaurant location is no different. 911 22nd St. S., St. Pete, 727-280-3651

Heavy's
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House of Vegano, St. Pete

Sushi may not typically be considered a vegan delight, but the owners of Vegano are hoping to change that with a menu full of plant-based sushi rolls and ramen. The concept started in Tampa as a delivery and catering operation and has now gotten very popular amongst locals. Try a spicy (and beautiful) Volcano Roll filled with avocado and cucumber. Topped with vegan caviar, Spicy Seafood Dynamite, panko crumbs, eel sauce and green onions topped with a spicy mayo sriracha sauce. 655 31st St. S., St. Pete

House of Vegano
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In Between Days, St. Pete

It’s easy to miss the unassuming dark blue house in the Grand Central District that’s home to In Between Days, touted as the first “listening bar” in Florida (an audio-centric concept popular in Japan and other parts of the world). With high-end audio equipment, diners can treat their ears to great music while sipping craft sake and natural wines and nibbling on Asian-inspired small plates such as milk bread, bao buns and soba noodles. At press time, the restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday evenings. 2340 1st Ave. S., St. Pete

In Between Days
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Jay Luigi, St. Pete

Image of a personal pizza pie at Jay Luigi restaurant in St. Pete with various cheeses and topped with fresh greens.

Travel to Italy through fresh flavors and authentic dishes at Jay Luigi restaurant in St. Pete.

The team from Ciccio Restaurant Group (On the Fly Food Hall, Green Lemon, Daily Eats and more) has joined forces with the co-founder of Forbici Modern Italian to create something new on the pizza scene in St. Pete. Jay Luigi specializes in two styles of pizza: Roman-style pizza al taglio (known for being cut into pieces with scissors) and a naturally fermented New York-style pie. The casual restaurant also serves fresh pastas, sandwiches and salads. 3201 4th St. N., St. Pete, 727-390-8883

Jay Luigi
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LALA St. Pete

two black women smile while singing karaoke at LALA in St. Pete while two friends watch while seated

LALA St. Pete is a creative new concept - a restaurant and karaoke bar all-in-one.

Do you carpool karaoke? Sing in the shower? Want to compete on American Idol? LALA St. Pete is your kind of place. Yes, you can eat, drink and sing at this restaurant and rooftop bar that also features seven private, themed karaoke rooms for added fun. Share a charcuterie & cheese board with friends or dig into a plate of beef carpaccio with baby arugula salad and a craft cocktail or two before taking the mic to perform one of thousands of song choices. Looking for even more entertainment? Head to the Activity Garden that offers group games like table tennis and cornhole. 2324 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-329-9455

LALA
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Lingr Restaurant, St. Pete

Lingr, the old Norse word for “belonging to” and “descending from,” is a fitting name for the first solo restaurant from “Top Chef” alumnus Chef Jeffrey Jew. The upscale-casual spot features a menu that blends Nordic and Asian cuisines, an homage to Jew’s background, with dishes such as hamachi crudo with citrus buttermilk and whole roasted chicken with sweet potato lefse and plum sauce. 400 6th St. S, St. Pete, 727-471-6120

Lingr
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Mangosteen, St. Pete

Head to the tropics at Mangosteen, a lush, green space specializing in Asian-inspired dishes such as yakitori – Japanese skewered, grilled meats – along with tacos, sushi, tapas and stir-fries. Sip a Blood Moon cocktail while you try the signature Mangosteen sushi roll with tuna, snapper, white tuna, crab, asparagus, cream cheese, tobiko, scallion and teriyaki. The restaurant also offers seating at a tropical bar. 656 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-954-3381

Mangosteen
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Olde Florida Brewing Company, Largo

Order a pint of amber ale and settle in on the outside patio to enjoy the relaxed and retro ambiance at Olde Florida Brewing Company. On the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, the taproom hosts musical bingo, as well as other activities like yoga and local food truck events. Beers are available in half-pint, pint, and flight sizes for those who want to sample a variety. 1158 7th St. NW., Largo 

Olde Florida Brewing Co.
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Pop Goes the Waffle, Gulfport

A woman holds up two waffles covered with fruit, whipped cream and other toppings

Sara Fludd is the master-chef behind the Pop Goes The Waffle food truck, a sweet staple of the St. Pete/Clearwater food-truck scene.

What started as a popular bright blue food truck is now a sunny brick-and-mortar destination in Gulfport: Pop Goes the Waffle. Savory and sweet Liege waffles (known for their smaller size and rounded edges, compared to their Belgian counterparts) are the star here, with flavors such as Biscuit Waffle with Sausage Gravy, Guava & Cream Cheese, Chili-Mango and many more. 5004 Tangerine Ave. S., Gulfport

Pop Goes the Waffle
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RoyalTea, Pinellas Park

a young woman with a French manicure holds up a cup of iced tea from RoyalTea in Pinellas Park, the cup has a face with a mustache on it

RoyalTea in Pinellas Park is a great spot to stop in for a refreshing bubble tea or cheese mousse tea.

Chinese chain RoyalTea is bringing its made-to-order bubble teas, fruit teas and cheese mousse teas to the United States, including a new location in Pinellas Park. The drinks are as beautiful as they are refreshing, made with colorful fruit and flecked with boba pearls. Customize your beverage with toppings such as black boba, rainbow jelly, chia seed and more. 7241 49th St. N., Pinellas Park, 727-289-9385

RoyalTea
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Social Roost, St. Pete

two delicious looking dishes of Latin inspired cuisine including plaintains and black beans at Social Roost in St. Pete

Social Roost's menu allows diners to sample flavors from around the world.

Global travels inspire the menu at Social Roost, where the interior is as sparkling as the plates from the kitchen. Grab a table near the eye-popping golden wall and order one of the many craft cocktails, such as the cucumber-jalapeno Goddess. Try a globe-trotting appetizer such as chicken samosas or honey-Siracha Tokyo shrimp. Or throw dietary caution to the wind and order the delicious chicken and waffles studded with bacon butter. 150 1st Ave. N., St. Pete, 727-202-6113

Social Roost
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Taverna Costale, St. Pete

“Top Chef” contestant Fabio Viviani is the creative force behind Taverna Costale, an upscale-rustic restaurant that spotlights local fish and other seafood. Share a flavorful cast iron-baked focaccia while deciding what to order next – perhaps the squid ink paccheri with heirloom tomatoes or grilled swordfish piccata. Traveling with your pup? The restaurant features an outdoor patio with a dog-friendly menu. 200 Central Ave., Ste. 165, St. Pete, 727-954-3863

Taverna Costale
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Two Graces, St. Pete

Image of food dish at Two Graces restaurant in St. Pete. Featuring a bowl with fried balls in a red sauce and greens on top.

Two Graces offers a farm-to-table menu and a beautiful outdoor setting in St. Pete.

Farm-to-table takes on new meaning here at Two Graces, where many of the ingredients are sourced from the restaurant’s on-site garden. Plan a special evening here, dining al fresco, surrounded by flowers, herbs and vegetables. Seasonal menus include items such as oxtail tortelloni with garden vegetables, beet and burrata salad, and cocktails infused with blueberry-lavender shrub, rhubarb bitters and sage. 6001 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-803-6050

Two Graces
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Where’s Jubes, St. Pete

Man pouring a glass of draft beer for a customer at Where's Jubes Australian brewery in St. Pete.

Where's Jubes is a new haven for beer lovers in downtown St. Pete.

Now open on Central Ave. in downtown St. Pete, Where’s Jubes is an Aussie brewpub featuring repurposed poplar from Australia, an extensive menu and a large outside lounge area. Try the premium meat cuts, Aussie-inspired cocktails and local beers on tap. We’ve been told that the Bong Bong IPA or the Spanker Knob Pale Ale are some very tasty brews to try at this new local hub. 277 Central Ave., St. Pete

Where's Jubes