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The Oyster Bar ● Seafood ● Grill ● Tavern

249 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3325
+1 727-897-9728
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“oysters” (156 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
249 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3325
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Firstly want to give a shout out to our server Mike, he was great craic and handled our larger table well, getting involved in the banter. Had a couple mix ups on our orders, appetisers that didn't appear until after the mains, chicken skewers weren't...More

Thank WilfredMacz
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not only are the oysters good, but the Oyster Bar was one of the first restaurants to l open to the public after Irma (with a more limited menu of course) The oysters are very good, and the burgers look fine. This is often my...More

Thank BeSilver241
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of few places open after Hurricane Irma. Had much needed beer/wine with fish spread appetizers. Everything was great, but the staff was the key for why we will return more often. They were swamped but were amazingly accommodating and pleasant. The young lady acting...More

Thank MJsugarmill
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited here prior to attending a play. We did not have a reservation (recommended). There are tables available outside but it was hot so we preferred inside and they graciously accommodated us. We had a wonderful server who was attentive and...More

Thank ultrapilot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had time for one more stop in St Pete before heading home and chose The Oyster Bar for a Sunday brunch. While it was definitely passable it was not as I hoped and not worth the price. We kind of defaulted to the buffet...More

Thank Karl L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Parking is avail on the street or at the Sundial parking garage its just a short walk. We came here to try a new oyster spot. We had a reservation, but one wasn't needed because even at night on the weekend it wasn't very busy....More

Thank airie2011
Reviewed 15 August 2017

The oysters here are super fresh! Delicious with an extensive selection of local beers. Followed that up with the fish tacos and the grouper sandwich. In the world of fish tacos, this place holds it own but the cajun grouper sandwich totally blew me away....More

Thank Clare C
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

A friend and I went here on a whim and it blew my mind I had never been here before! This is a true gem on Central Ave most especially if you enjoy seafood ... I can attest their oysters, tuna and scallops are very...More

Thank mutinyluv
Reviewed 4 August 2017

The Oyster Bar is always great! The service is always great and the food is awesome. Ordered the Smoked Fish Spread, and let me tell you, it was the best I've ever had! Loved the chili sauce and the crackers were fresh, unlike other places....More

Thank flgirl82
Reviewed 3 August 2017

every part of this meal was good. great view , great food, great service . sauteed snapper was what i had and it was well worth the price

Thank Paul H
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20 June 2016|
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Response from oahudrew | Reviewed this property |
I don't know because I don't eat them raw or cooked.
20 September 2015|
Response from J S | Reviewed this property |
It costs us 19 bucks a person. It was a nice brunch. Laid back atmosphere.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3325 (Formerly Central Avenue Oyster Bar)
    (Between 2nd St. N and 3rd St. N.)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  St. Petersburg
  • Phone Number: +1 727-897-9728
  • E-mail
For over 8 years, we have served thousands of satisfied guests in St. Petersburg. We are a full service dining experience, with an emphasis on freshness, and clean flavors. As you may imagine, we go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that the supply line for our delicious Local and Boutique Oysters is always flowing. In most cases, the oyster you eat today was still swimming yesterday! Our prices are outstanding, our service is unmatched, our live entertainment 4 nights a week is the best, and we are environmentally friendly. And, we are a locally owned, family-run business.
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