Garden Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 217 Central Ave

    St Petersburg, FL 33701

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  • 727-896-3800

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DONT EVER GO TO THIS RESTAURANT!! when i went here i got food poisening 2 hours after i ate and i was puking for 3 days... definetly wouldnt recommend it!!

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DONT EVER GO TO THIS RESTAURANT!! when i went here i got food poisening 2 hours after i ate and i was puking for 3 days... definetly wouldnt recommend it!!

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Worst time ever! I've worked in the restaurant industry most of my life and have lived in St. Pete even longer! I love going out to eat and seeing chef's creations and having a chance to be served.. A friends band was playing at the

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Worst time ever! I've worked in the restaurant industry most of my life and have lived in St. Pete even longer! I love going out to eat and seeing chef's creations and having a chance to be served.. A friends band was playing at the

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Avoid at all costs. Menu is inaccurate. Food is horrible. They switched my chicken salad wrap for a chicken curry wrap without even asking me, and claimed I'd ordered it before. I've never visited this establishment, and trust me I will

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★★★★★

Avoid at all costs. Menu is inaccurate. Food is horrible. They switched my chicken salad wrap for a chicken curry wrap without even asking me, and claimed I'd ordered it before. I've never visited this establishment, and trust me I will

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This is one of my favorite places in downtown St. Pete:

The location is fantastic -- I always try to sit outdoors, as the patio area is awesome. Of course the outdoor chairs aren't all that comfortable -- they're all metal (as you would

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This is one of my favorite places in downtown St. Pete:

The location is fantastic -- I always try to sit outdoors, as the patio area is awesome. Of course the outdoor chairs aren't all that comfortable -- they're all metal (as you would

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Have had bad experiences every time I've been to this restaurant since I moved here in 2007. They advertise in the Entertainment Book for the Saint Petersburg area and then when you show up, they refuse to honor the coupons! Talk about

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Have had bad experiences every time I've been to this restaurant since I moved here in 2007. They advertise in the Entertainment Book for the Saint Petersburg area and then when you show up, they refuse to honor the coupons! Talk about

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We went to another restaurant across the street that hadn't published the "times" of their specials. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time; so we wondered! We ended up at the garden and had a lovely time! The grog and the food

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We went to another restaurant across the street that hadn't published the "times" of their specials. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time; so we wondered! We ended up at the garden and had a lovely time! The grog and the food

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OH MY GOD ALL I HAVE BEEN GOING HERE FOR YEARS THEY SUCKED BEFORE NOW THEY HAVE NEW OWNERS AND THEY ARE AMAZING\r
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If you do not go to this resturant at somepoint in your life you wil no be able to exprierence the best resturant in the

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★★★★★

OH MY GOD ALL I HAVE BEEN GOING HERE FOR YEARS THEY SUCKED BEFORE NOW THEY HAVE NEW OWNERS AND THEY ARE AMAZING\r
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If you do not go to this resturant at somepoint in your life you wil no be able to exprierence the best resturant in the

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I ate here about 5 years ago and it was OK. Ate there again a few years ago and it was really bad. The place closed and has now re-opened with new owners and more importantly, a new chef.
The bad thing about keeping the old name is it

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★★★★★

I ate here about 5 years ago and it was OK. Ate there again a few years ago and it was really bad. The place closed and has now re-opened with new owners and more importantly, a new chef.
The bad thing about keeping the old name is it

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Place is a dump!! go explore around the city before here! so many nice place's to eat! the food here not
All the good review's on here are most def. a person who works HERE !!!!! laughing my ass off at the last (GOOD) 5 star review on here. Croc O shizz if you ask me!

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★☆☆☆☆

Place is a dump!! go explore around the city before here! so many nice place's to eat! the food here not
All the good review's on here are most def. a person who works HERE !!!!! laughing my ass off at the last (GOOD) 5 star review on here. Croc O shizz if you ask me!

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My friends and I heard about The Garden and decided to check it out last Saturday night. It was all that we had heard. The food was delicious (I had shrimp scampi, excellent) and priced right. We sat outside to have dinner and listen to the live jazz band. If that wasn't good enough, after dinner we went into The Lobby (which is part of The Garden) for drinks and dancing and never had to move our car!! All in one, that was great. It is a very friendly place, has good food, good music and a great atmosphere. We are going back this Saturday night. What more could you ask for?

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★★★★★

My friends and I heard about The Garden and decided to check it out last Saturday night. It was all that we had heard. The food was delicious (I had shrimp scampi, excellent) and priced right. We sat outside to have dinner and listen to the live jazz band. If that wasn't good enough, after dinner we went into The Lobby (which is part of The Garden) for drinks and dancing and never had to move our car!! All in one, that was great. It is a very friendly place, has good food, good music and a great atmosphere. We are going back this Saturday night. What more could you ask for?

Pros: The Garden has it all

Cons: Can't think of any

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We visited St. Petersburg, during our Spring break, and went to The Garden for dinner. We had been there a few years ago - and what a change in food and service! Now there are new owners, and what a delight. I had a Lollipop Pork Chop dinner that was excellent. My husband had the Tommy Tips steak dinner which was cooked to perfection. There was a live jazz band in the garden where we were sitting, surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees. After dinner we had wine and just relaxed listening to the music. The portions were a good size and the price was right. I loved the friendly, relaxing atmosphere which we have not experienced anywhere else in St. Petersburg. I recommend this restaurant to all, and we will definitely go back on our next trip to St. Petersburg.

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★★★★★

We visited St. Petersburg, during our Spring break, and went to The Garden for dinner. We had been there a few years ago - and what a change in food and service! Now there are new owners, and what a delight. I had a Lollipop Pork Chop dinner that was excellent. My husband had the Tommy Tips steak dinner which was cooked to perfection. There was a live jazz band in the garden where we were sitting, surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees. After dinner we had wine and just relaxed listening to the music. The portions were a good size and the price was right. I loved the friendly, relaxing atmosphere which we have not experienced anywhere else in St. Petersburg. I recommend this restaurant to all, and we will definitely go back on our next trip to St. Petersburg.

Pros: Great Food - New Owners

Cons: Get's crowded - you may have to wait for seating.

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I was surprised to learn there are new owners at the garden as of 2010. I had been there a few years ago. Now the place looks fabulous. The food was fresh and delicious, reasonably priced, service was great, and so was the live jazz band. I sat in the garden enjoyed my dinner, relaxed around beautiful trees and flowers and just mellowed out to the music. There are many sections in this restaurant for all to enjoy, even a nite club called The Lobby which has reggae music on Sunday nites, and hip hop on Fri. and Sat. My friend just had her 40th birthday party there. She couldn't have picked a better place. I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone, any age, who just wants a good dinner and a friendly atmosphere to enjoy. It was a great experience and I will go back for sure!!

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★★★★★

I was surprised to learn there are new owners at the garden as of 2010. I had been there a few years ago. Now the place looks fabulous. The food was fresh and delicious, reasonably priced, service was great, and so was the live jazz band. I sat in the garden enjoyed my dinner, relaxed around beautiful trees and flowers and just mellowed out to the music. There are many sections in this restaurant for all to enjoy, even a nite club called The Lobby which has reggae music on Sunday nites, and hip hop on Fri. and Sat. My friend just had her 40th birthday party there. She couldn't have picked a better place. I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone, any age, who just wants a good dinner and a friendly atmosphere to enjoy. It was a great experience and I will go back for sure!!

Pros: Superb food at average prices, can't beat the Atmosphere!

Cons: Parking is a challenge

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I've live downtown for 4 years and The Garden is easily my favorite restaurant. The food is outstanding, the ambiance unbeatable. Have had nothing but good experiences there. The bad reviews here are very misleading. if you miss this restaurant, you miss out.

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★★★★★

I've live downtown for 4 years and The Garden is easily my favorite restaurant. The food is outstanding, the ambiance unbeatable. Have had nothing but good experiences there. The bad reviews here are very misleading. if you miss this restaurant, you miss out.

Pros: Charming Downtown Garden Dining

Cons: Some of the reviews here

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I presume The Garden is on the way out. I took my family there before the orchestra in St. Pete. The orchestra was wonderful, the Garden was horrible. The tagine (a specialty) was weeks old and served cold. The waitress was, we hope, waiting on her first customers because she forgot things, put her fingers into the wine glasses as she served and spilled the over-dressed arugala salad dressing all over the table when removing the empty (except for a puddle of pure lemon juice dressing) plate. I presume they broke some law by taking money for what has to be described as a fraudulent meal. There are other good choices such as Cafe Alma, etc. and I would recommend that you don't even think of going to The Garden of Evil. Dennis M. Kovach

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★☆☆☆☆

I presume The Garden is on the way out. I took my family there before the orchestra in St. Pete. The orchestra was wonderful, the Garden was horrible. The tagine (a specialty) was weeks old and served cold. The waitress was, we hope, waiting on her first customers because she forgot things, put her fingers into the wine glasses as she served and spilled the over-dressed arugala salad dressing all over the table when removing the empty (except for a puddle of pure lemon juice dressing) plate. I presume they broke some law by taking money for what has to be described as a fraudulent meal. There are other good choices such as Cafe Alma, etc. and I would recommend that you don't even think of going to The Garden of Evil. Dennis M. Kovach

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We live locally and thought we would give this restaurant another shot - as we experienced terrible service about 10 years ago - well not much has changed.
The food was awful, terrible! My husband and I took my 16 yr old and his GF. GF ate none of her salad as it was no nasty. My fish was supposed to be "fresh - like grouper" - no way. It was way overcooked and it was perfectly square like the frozen fish at the supermarket. I was told mine was the special, fresh fish topped with crab stuffing. I honestly cannot identify what was on my fish. It was runny - and seemed like sour coleslaw. My husbands chicken was tough, and overcooked. Our salads... well, I think it was the spring mix out of the bag, usually good - but this had sat and wilted. Also, we asked for Ceasars - apparently they do not know the difference... seriously - that is what the waitress told us.
The sevice was horrible. Our waitress forgot about us for almost 45 minutes, we had to ask twice for our appetizers... no refills on drinks and the food was cold. We are pretty easy to please, but this was just god awful. The icing on the cake was when the server gave herself a 22% tip, and charged it to our account... We asked the manager about it - he just said we can change it if we want...... It was a terrible dinner experience, I was embarrassed that we took my son's girlfriend there... I am going to be sure to tell everyone I know how awful The Garden is - I honestly think Red Lobster was 100 times better than this place....yep, I'm serious..

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★☆☆☆☆

We live locally and thought we would give this restaurant another shot - as we experienced terrible service about 10 years ago - well not much has changed.
The food was awful, terrible! My husband and I took my 16 yr old and his GF. GF ate none of her salad as it was no nasty. My fish was supposed to be "fresh - like grouper" - no way. It was way overcooked and it was perfectly square like the frozen fish at the supermarket. I was told mine was the special, fresh fish topped with crab stuffing. I honestly cannot identify what was on my fish. It was runny - and seemed like sour coleslaw. My husbands chicken was tough, and overcooked. Our salads... well, I think it was the spring mix out of the bag, usually good - but this had sat and wilted. Also, we asked for Ceasars - apparently they do not know the difference... seriously - that is what the waitress told us.
The sevice was horrible. Our waitress forgot about us for almost 45 minutes, we had to ask twice for our appetizers... no refills on drinks and the food was cold. We are pretty easy to please, but this was just god awful. The icing on the cake was when the server gave herself a 22% tip, and charged it to our account... We asked the manager about it - he just said we can change it if we want...... It was a terrible dinner experience, I was embarrassed that we took my son's girlfriend there... I am going to be sure to tell everyone I know how awful The Garden is - I honestly think Red Lobster was 100 times better than this place....yep, I'm serious..

Pros: None

Cons: Overpriced, terrible food, terrible service

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Don't bother. Lunch took way too long. I ordered the Catch of the Day which was flounder with the white wine and shallot sauce and a salad. The fish looked like it was a previously frozen filet, not fresh. The sauce just tasted like salt - nothing else. The salad was some kind of bagged junk that they threw a couple of slices of onion and some nasty canned black olives on. And the white wine dijon vinagrette could have been water for all the flavor it had. What a waste of a lunch hour.

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★☆☆☆☆

Don't bother. Lunch took way too long. I ordered the Catch of the Day which was flounder with the white wine and shallot sauce and a salad. The fish looked like it was a previously frozen filet, not fresh. The sauce just tasted like salt - nothing else. The salad was some kind of bagged junk that they threw a couple of slices of onion and some nasty canned black olives on. And the white wine dijon vinagrette could have been water for all the flavor it had. What a waste of a lunch hour.

Pros: easy to get a seat

Cons: everything else and it smelled funny

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The Garden Restaurant is one of my favorite places to go. You can dine outside in their enclosed patio bordered by lush plants and the trees are strung with tiny lights, that light up at night. While you sip your cocktails, you can enjoy the sounds of one of the many local bands that play there. All this under a canopy of stars. I have gone here several times with a date, very romantic atmosphere. Staff is friendly and efficient.

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★★★★☆

The Garden Restaurant is one of my favorite places to go. You can dine outside in their enclosed patio bordered by lush plants and the trees are strung with tiny lights, that light up at night. While you sip your cocktails, you can enjoy the sounds of one of the many local bands that play there. All this under a canopy of stars. I have gone here several times with a date, very romantic atmosphere. Staff is friendly and efficient.

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I thought the atmosphere was decent. Bar staff was terrible. I waited for a drink and then when i finally got it, it was not what i had ordered. It took equally long to get my correct drink. After that experience i opted to have dinner at the oyster bar down the street. Rather than risk an equally bad dinner experience. Mastrys seemed to be a pretty good bar If that is what you are looking for.

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★☆☆☆☆

I thought the atmosphere was decent. Bar staff was terrible. I waited for a drink and then when i finally got it, it was not what i had ordered. It took equally long to get my correct drink. After that experience i opted to have dinner at the oyster bar down the street. Rather than risk an equally bad dinner experience. Mastrys seemed to be a pretty good bar If that is what you are looking for.

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Unbelievably terrible!
Had a meal wish was good, gave my credit card to the waiter, he misplaces it between the table and the credit card machine. He can't find it anywhere, that's for 1/2H. Talked to manager who was most unhelpful. They comped my diner which is the least they could do. While in the restaurant waiting for my card to reappear, I call my bank to cancel it and it has already been used in the cigar store 2 doors down the street. By then I'm furious but the manager is so not helpful. He never returned my calls for follow up with this problem. I will never return there and will make sure anybody considering going there gets the whole story. I am a concierge in a local hotel and know a lot of other concierges. I will make sure this gets around town !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Unbelievably terrible!
Had a meal wish was good, gave my credit card to the waiter, he misplaces it between the table and the credit card machine. He can't find it anywhere, that's for 1/2H. Talked to manager who was most unhelpful. They comped my diner which is the least they could do. While in the restaurant waiting for my card to reappear, I call my bank to cancel it and it has already been used in the cigar store 2 doors down the street. By then I'm furious but the manager is so not helpful. He never returned my calls for follow up with this problem. I will never return there and will make sure anybody considering going there gets the whole story. I am a concierge in a local hotel and know a lot of other concierges. I will make sure this gets around town !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Come get your 80s on! They are throwing down the best 80s mix I have heard in the bay area. They play everything, stuff I haven't heard in years. They even took some crazy requests. They played pretty much everything from darkwave to pop and rap to rock (no heavy metal but they did play some industrial) We had a blast dancing. This has definately become a required Thursday night hangout! hope to see you there...

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★★★★★

Come get your 80s on! They are throwing down the best 80s mix I have heard in the bay area. They play everything, stuff I haven't heard in years. They even took some crazy requests. They played pretty much everything from darkwave to pop and rap to rock (no heavy metal but they did play some industrial) We had a blast dancing. This has definately become a required Thursday night hangout! hope to see you there...

Pros: all 80s music all night...even obscure requests

Cons: Having to go to work on Friday after dancing my butt off Thursday night! haha

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The Lobby has brought in 2 DJ's that have turned Thursday nights into the best 80's dance party in the Tampa Bay area. From New Wave to Hip Hop, Goth to Pop, Rock to Funk; they welcome the challange of obscure requests! Same great Lobby atmosphere and beautiful people that you are used to seeing on Saturday nights. Best Martini's and $2.00 drink specials every week. As always there is no cover charge. Only 2 blocks away from Bay Walk on Central Ave. Don't miss it, and make sure you bring your rubiks cube & dancing shoes.

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The Lobby has brought in 2 DJ's that have turned Thursday nights into the best 80's dance party in the Tampa Bay area. From New Wave to Hip Hop, Goth to Pop, Rock to Funk; they welcome the challange of obscure requests! Same great Lobby atmosphere and beautiful people that you are used to seeing on Saturday nights. Best Martini's and $2.00 drink specials every week. As always there is no cover charge. Only 2 blocks away from Bay Walk on Central Ave. Don't miss it, and make sure you bring your rubiks cube & dancing shoes.

Pros: 80's Music Thursday, Perfect Martini's, Cool Intimate Atmosphere

Cons: didn't really start to get busy until 9:30 which is normal for most dance clubs

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The Garden is much better than some people seem to think; I've never had any complaints about service or the food - that said, some dishes are better than others. The grilled chicken appetizer is fantastic and large enough for a meal for one; the pesto penne is a very generous, tasty dish, and the daily catch is usually an excellent choice. The atmosphere is unbeatable, but if you don't like crowds avoid the weekends, and especially "First Friday," when it's impossible to even navigate. They do serve a pretty good long island iced tea, too.

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★★★★★

The Garden is much better than some people seem to think; I've never had any complaints about service or the food - that said, some dishes are better than others. The grilled chicken appetizer is fantastic and large enough for a meal for one; the pesto penne is a very generous, tasty dish, and the daily catch is usually an excellent choice. The atmosphere is unbeatable, but if you don't like crowds avoid the weekends, and especially "First Friday," when it's impossible to even navigate. They do serve a pretty good long island iced tea, too.

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Bad place to go, First time the staff was cold and did not smile and food was oily. Second time the waiter was not friendly and we ordered the Special. The fish was broiled but it looked raw to us. We sent the fish back 3 times to broil it some more. (you think it would come back cooked and dry) Well no, it was still slimy. We said forget it we lost our appetite with all the hassle. They did let us have our bread and salad for free, but the food and service are so bad I will not try this place again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Bad place to go, First time the staff was cold and did not smile and food was oily. Second time the waiter was not friendly and we ordered the Special. The fish was broiled but it looked raw to us. We sent the fish back 3 times to broil it some more. (you think it would come back cooked and dry) Well no, it was still slimy. We said forget it we lost our appetite with all the hassle. They did let us have our bread and salad for free, but the food and service are so bad I will not try this place again.

Pros: decor, colors, outdoor setting

Cons: , service, price

 

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