While staying in St Pete Beach we surveyed the local restaurants on Urbanspoon and Tripadvisor that were near our hotel. One of the dining spots that came up located across the street and a very short walk from us was Patrick's Bayside Grill. Most of the reviews were good, the menu looked tempting and they had a decent wine list with good prices. We didn't make reservations but rather just popped in after watching the sunset one night.
The restaurant only has about 15 tables inside and out. Since we didn't have reservations, the host offered us an outside table or a small table for two in the middle of the dining room very close to another table that was just sat. We elected to dine indoors and take the small table even though most of the tables were open. For the record, several larger tables remained available the entire evening. They may want to rethink their seating strategy.
The service seemed to be teamed with one server being the main point of contact. Service was efficient and friendly throughout the dinner. Interestingly the wine is not kept in a temperature controlled area so the server offered to put our bottle of Pinot on ice at the table. We readily accepted the offer and realized the staff has come up with a solution to work around a problem that they know exists.
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I’m not one to make a scene and I tried not to that night. The restaurant is small and the tiny kitchen very near us so when the Chef came out I stepped over and talked to him. He has been in the industry for 30+ years and at Patrick’s for nine years. He works with ownership to create the recipes. I thanked him for doing such a great job and for one of the best duck dishes I’ve ever eaten.
Even with the good, bad and the unusual I recommend Patrick’s Bayside Grill. Make a reservation, have patience with everything else and the food will be your big pay off!
5007 Gulf Blvd.
St Pete Beach, FL 33706