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The Oyster Bar ● Seafood ● Grill ● Tavern

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249 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3325 (Formerly Central Avenue Oyster Bar) (Between 2nd St. N and 3rd St. N.)
+1 727-897-9728
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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Stamford, Connecticut
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is fun, beautifully decorated, and overall excellent. They have a good selection of local beers, good raw bar, and excellent food all around. Everything we ordered was really good, but my husband's steak (sirloin) was just amazing and perfectly cooked all around. Tuna steak and fried calamari were really good too

Thank aaasolo
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We sat at the bar and Kelsey took great care of us. Johnny even came by to give us a sample of new beer in the area. We really enjoyed ourselves except for the note from management staring in our face from "Karen". I forgot my card and Kelsey even left to find me a few doors down. It's a... More 

Thank Chad I
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Justin was great. Most romantic night ever! 10star server!! Perfect! Fooooood amazing .. a-m-a-z-I-n-gggggg

Thank Jordan O
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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188 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Saturday about 5pm party of 5. It's a very busy area , forget finding parking on the street and go to one of the municipal parking garages, it cost us $1. They to take reservations and if you are going later in the night you need to make reservations. Outside seating is on sidewalk, but I am not a fan... More 

Thank bob34280fl
Baltimore, Maryland
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108 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Came here to meet friends. Good drinks. High quality food, but felt a little limited and expensive for what it is. Server Caroline was helpful.

Thank SalErgrapes
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168 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Had the most flavorful and healthy oysters. Had PEI mussels as well and all were excellent. Service was great, nice drinks menu.

Thank Cheritaylor
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773 reviews
572 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The second visit was just like the first. The employees are rude and indifferent almost as if they are trying to ignore you. This time we walked in, were not served and walked out. Last time we did order something standing at the bar. Avoid.

Thank Nancy L
Treasure Island, FL
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

8th visit; oyster items have always been above average. Ditto the service, although I have never seen the same server twice. This time I ordered a lobster roll, take out. Rather than the toasted hoagie roll, I was shocked to find a plain white bread split top hot dog bun with a watery mayonnaise dressing! The amount of lobster meat... More 

Thank OldCabanaGuy
Palatka, FL
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213 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

St. Pete is full of awesome places to eat, drink, chat, mix, nosh and cuddle BUT this spot is really special. The service staff are wonderful from greet to 'check please' and every moment in between. Food is fresh and varied with different items to try and compare. We were celebrating our adult son's birthday, so a few drinks were... More 

Thank gogators52
Asheville, North Carolina
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We were a large party and tried all the different oysters. All of them were delicious. Especially the herb and Parmesan! We were only there for oysters and drinks and we say outside so I cannot really speak to the atmosphere. But we had an awesome server, good food and an attentive manager when one person in our groups order... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?