About Cafe Ponte - Clearwater

13505 Icot Blvd. Suite 214
Clearwater, FL 33760
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Cafe Ponte, Zagat rated #1 in the Tampa Bay/Sarasota area,features outstanding dining in a modern elegant setting. Chef Chris Ponte"s culinary skills draw influences from all corners of the globe to create this American fusion cuisine.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
58th St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(727) 538-5768

Website:
http://www.cafeponte.com/

Entertainment:
Cafe Ponte features live jazz artists on select weekends, throughout the year. Watch for scheduled wine tastings, Chef"s cooking demonstrations, and local cooking competitions with area Chef's.

Catering:
Our full service catering division provides the same award-winning high quality food and service that our guests at Cafe Ponte are accustomed to. From preparing an intimate dinner in your home for you and your friends, to a 500-guest wedding, with the ability to set up a full-service kitchen including tents, equipment, seating, dinnerware, and staff in any setting, Cafe Ponte will exceed your expectations.

Parking Details:
Ample single-level parking.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Ponte

Private Party Facilities:
Our private dining room is the perfect solution for conducting corporate business or celebrating a special event. Room accommodates up to 75 guests, and has audio/visual capability, including a 46" plasma T.V. Let our knowledgeable staff customize the perfect menu for you, along with the appropriate wine parings if you wish. From set up to service, Cafe Ponte is unmatched.

Private Party Contact:
Julie Henderson: 7275385683

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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96% would recommend it to a friend

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Best restaurant in Pinellas County. Food ...

Dined 5 days ago

Best restaurant in Pinellas County. Food is always innovative and delicious. Mushroom soup is to die for

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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THE ONLY 5 STAR BISTRO IN TAMPA BAY.

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Dined 7 days ago

THE ONLY 5 STAR BISTRO IN TAMPA BAY.

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We met an out of town old friend who was ...

Dined on April 25, 2016

We met an out of town old friend who was very pleased with the entire experience as were we

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Tampa Bay's continued finest!

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

Post REH concert dinner was top notch, all made even better by our great waiter, Adam.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
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Special needs = Special food!

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

The people at Cafe Ponte are always gracious and happy to accommodate my weird diet restrictions. My husband definitely enjoyed his meal too. Overall a very nice evening out after a long week.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
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As usual I believe CAFE PONTE to be the ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

As usual I believe CAFE PONTE to be the number one restaurant in Pinellas County. I have enjoyed visiting for many years. I highly recommend visiting for either lunch or dinner.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Cafe Ponte - Worth Every Repeat Visist

Dined on April 20, 2016

Even though we live in Minnesota, it is mandatory for us to dine at Cafe Ponte when we visit the Clearwater, Florida area. We have recommended this fine dining restaurant to friends and business associates who live in the area and they have now become regulars. Every item on the menu is a win, especially their signature mushroom soup. We ordered the Scallops and the Sea Bass during this past visit and they certainly did not disappoint us. I highly recommend the fixed price menu at $35.00 for a four course dinner between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. This option provides great value. The service is par excellence! Our server was Tyler, who is an intelligent, knowledgeable and personable young man. He recommended the Diora Pinot Noir and described this new wine adventure to us perfectly. Take the time to introduce yourself to the lovely general manager Robin, who displays genuine interest in each diner. Both Robin and Tyler were a large part of our wonderful 3 hour dining experience where we were treated more like family, than guests.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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Great dining experience

Dined on April 19, 2016

Great dining experience

food5
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this is an outstanding place. Food, Serv ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

this is an outstanding place. Food, Service everything was top shelf. Only small thing , and seems like many places have the same problem, is getting the check. I don't know what it is but many places seem to forget you when it's over.

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food5
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The food at Cafe Pont is always excellen ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

The food at Cafe Pont is always excellent, always consistent. They offer a $35 price-fixe option that is such a great value. The dishes are beautifully presented and wait staff is top notch!

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Special dinner

Dined on April 15, 2016

We had visited Cafe Ponte years ago and returned on the recommendation of a friend. Very pleased we did. The food -- variety of offerings, quality, andd preparation -- exceeded all expectations. The service was attentive without being intrusive. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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value3

Excellent in all ways!

Dined on April 15, 2016

Just an outstanding restaurant in terms of quality of food, preparation, delivery and service!

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ambience4
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value5

Cafe Ponte does it again!

vip
Dined on April 15, 2016

THis was our third time at Cafe Ponte and we brought along friends who had never dined there before. We all enjoyed the delicious food and the excellent service. Thank you!

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service2

Food excellent as always...waiter a litt ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

Food excellent as always...waiter a little inattentive this time. Might've been new. Not my usual servers (all the rest of them) who know what I order, make suggestions, and add to the experience.

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Consistent Excellent Experience

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Dined on April 12, 2016

The food and the service at Cafe Ponte' are exceptional. You can always count on a great meal with an attentive server. The menu changes pretty regularly, but the favorite items remain. I love their salads topped by fresh fish for lunch. The soups are also superb as are the sandwiches. It's a great spot for those who appreciate healthy as well as decadent as the menu is quite varied.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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Perfect Restaurant!

Dined on April 9, 2016

Cafe Ponte provided the perfect backdrop for my 21st anniversary dinner. Everything was outstanding - the service, the ambiance, the food. I am so glad that we found this gem - we definitely will be going back!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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Great Dining

Dined on April 9, 2016

Cafe Point does not disappoint. The service is great. The food innovative and nicely prepared. It is hard to go wrong with anything on the menu. The butternut gnocchi is wonderful. Love the crab lobster cake. Together they make a wonderful meal.Starting with the cup of soup to the desserts at the end, one feels taken care of. We were in a separate room and the atmosphere was perfect for our group. Other servers besides our server, Morgan, were very attentive. I felt appreciated that were we were there as we were thanked several times for coming. Cafe Pointe is a great dining choice for a special event with friends or romantic date night.

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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Consistently Superb

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Dined on April 9, 2016

Cafe Ponte never disappoints. They are consistently superb in every area. Do not hesitate to order their daily specials, which are always a cut above an already magnificent menu. They are always rated in the top five area annual best ratings for good reason. While they have reason to be haughty the friendliness carries over from arrival until departure. A special place for special occasions.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
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Excellent Dining!

Dined on April 9, 2016

Cafe Ponte is one the great finds and a very memorable dining experience in Tampa bay. Cuisine, waiter, service and ambiance were excellent! Great evening!

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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

I had a party of 7 and we could not stop ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

I had a party of 7 and we could not stop talking about how amazing the food and service was. It was our first time here and it was incredible. Super excited that we found this restaurant and it's so close to our job. Thanks again!!!

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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Loved it!!!

Dined on April 6, 2016

I can't say enough about this place... The atmosphere was great- romantic, but welcoming and cozy! Our server/bartender, Steven, was amazing! Very knowledgable about the food and wine, and paired each of our courses perfectly; it's easy to see that he is passionate about and loves his job! Robin (GM) was also extremely friendly, welcoming, and exactly the type of person a restaurant would want to represent their brand. The food was AMAZING!!! Thank you all for making my husbands 30th birthday dinner a very special one.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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Cafe Ponte Spectacular Again

Dined on April 6, 2016

All aspects of our lunch with visiting friends were superb. Many food choices, every one of which is outstanding. Service by Adam was absolutely perfect. My favorite restaurant in all of Tampa Bay hit a home run again.

Tags: romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Cafe Ponte is always a satisfying experi ...

Dined on April 6, 2016

Cafe Ponte is always a satisfying experience. The food and service were both excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great for Lunch

Dined on April 6, 2016

This is the top rated place to go for lunch! The food is superb! The elegance and service is outstanding. Great place to take customers!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Cafe Ponte, great as always!

vip
Dined on April 4, 2016

Cafe Ponte, great as always! Great food and service, lucky to have it in Pinellas County.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Great food, great value

Dined on April 2, 2016

Most of the menu is seasonal and changes over time, but I highly recommend the following, if available: white asparagus appetizer wild mushroom soup short rib entree Food is really good, but the restaurant is loud.

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food5
ambience5
service5
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Cafe Ponte still consistently great!

Dined on April 2, 2016

Went to Cafe Ponte with friends and had their Chef's Menu. Everything was absolutely delicious and well thought out. Both the fish and the duck were outstanding. Service was friendly and very professional. Perfect place for a special dining experience.

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food5
ambience3
service5
value3

most wonderful

Dined on April 1, 2016

food was spot on , jeff our waiter could not have done a better job... robin the manager checked in on us... martini was a little small but other than that it was a sweet night... food spectacular ...

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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent food with top-notch service

Dined on April 1, 2016

Cafe Ponte is located in a modest strip mall but the food and service are wonderful. The food is New American and done to a very high standard. The beet salad my daughter enjoyed was a joy just to look at. Try to save room for the hot-donut dessert with dipping sauces of dark chocolate and pots de crème. Expect to pay around 75- 100+ per diner depending on your drinks selection.

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food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Cafe Ponte

vip
Dined on March 30, 2016

I have to admit to liking it better each time we go there. At first I was turned off by the prices, but the food and service make it a wonderful place for special occasions. Worth treating yourself for birthdays and anniversaries.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Delicious Food

Dined on March 29, 2016

Cafe Ponte is the best restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. The food is fresh, delicious and the service is outstanding.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Best soup ever...mushroom truffle

Dined on March 29, 2016

Best soup ever...mushroom truffle

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always outstanding!

Dined on March 29, 2016

Cafe Ponte is a treat every time. From Robin greeting you at the front door to the impeccable service, eating at Café Ponte is a sure bet. The food is consistently incredible, the menu is varied and appeals to all tastes... and the martinis are to die for. I highly recommend Café Ponte for business and social occasions.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Various types of dishes.

vip
Dined on March 25, 2016

Various types of dishes.

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Very good

Dined on March 24, 2016

Very good food but it does not compare to Michelin starred restaurants I've been to in Chicago and SanFrancisco. Cafe Ponte was listed in local newspaper's website as top 10 restaurant for Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5

Food and service were outstanding, as u ...

Dined on March 24, 2016

Food and service were outstanding, as usual.

food3
ambience4
service4
value4

Lovely restaurant; portion size is large

Dined on March 22, 2016

There were many, many things we loved about Cafe Ponte, but they should attend to their portion sizes. We'd have been thrilled with a single appetizer and a cheese plate, as the appetizers were as big as many entrees we've had elsewhere. Were they delicious? Absolutely. Excellent preparation and outstanding ingredients. Just a bit much.

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food5
ambience3
service5
value5

Outstanding service, amazing food!

Dined on March 19, 2016

The food and service were simply outstanding. One of our party has complex food allergies, and both the server and the kitchen worked with him to make sure that his dining experience was at least as fine as ours.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Our group of diners is comprised of cook ...

Dined on March 19, 2016

Our group of diners is comprised of cooks and wine lovers.we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.each course came out perfectly from the line.our server allie was expert at her service and also was superb at her abilities as a sommalier. Robin the manager was gracious and welcoming.we will clearly return

food5
ambience5
service5

Cafe Ponte is truly fine dining. The mus ...

Dined on March 19, 2016

Cafe Ponte is truly fine dining. The mushroom soup is 'to die for'. It is always a very very good meal and a delightful experience.

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