Though you could chain yourself to a taco cart and plummet into the Atlantic Ocean, there’s an easier way to dine on delicious food whilst surrounded by saltwater sea creatures. With today’s Groupon, $20 gets you $50 worth of succulent seafood, pastas, and more at The Maritana Grille, the award-winning seafood restaurant decked with 1,500 gallons of saltwater aquariums full of indigenous Florida fish. Voted one of the Top Ten Tampa Bay Restaurants by Gayot, The Maritana Grille has received AAA/CAA’s Four Diamond Award for the past 16 years.
Nestled in Maritana's cool cocoon of deep-blue aquariums, your adolescent dreams of becoming a marine biologist will merge with your adult palate as you drink in the colorful fish and an equally vibrant menu. An eclectic mix of dishes combine Caribbean cuisine with the home-cooked meals of the American South to form a peninsular portmanteau called Floribbean cuisine. Unlike human-animal hybrids, this combo cuisine suits a wide variety of tastes and poses few, if any, ethical questions.
Maritana Grille offers a delicately earthy roasted portobello mushroom (with vegetable strudel and port glaze, $12) or a rich lobster bisque ($10) to awaken your appetite. Entrees include a range of pasta dishes, such as lobster agnolotti ($15) and spinach gnocchi with white asparagus, broccoli, roasted tomatoes, and wild mushrooms ($12). Delight in a triptych of flavors and textures with horseradish-crusted Atlantic salmon with shrimp and veggie fricassee ($31.50), or indulge in a juicy pan-seared duck breast ($35) or grilled filet mignon ($37.50). Call ahead for reservations.
Maritana Grille is already fully booked for Valentine's Day.
Zagat rates the food, décor, and service of The Maritana Grille as “very good to excellent,” Gayot gives it a 16/20 rating and calls it one of the Top 10 Tampa Bay Restaurants for both food and wine, and the St. Petersburg Times gave The Maritana Grille an Editors Pick and a Best of 2006 award. Despite the price, the paper raves about chef Eric Neri:
- …what makes the hefty price tag palatable is chef Eric Neri's chops. He's a rare bird in the culinary world, having stayed put happily at the Don for the past 16 years. In a career that is notoriously peripatetic, his choice doesn't signal some kind of plodding lack of imagination. Neri once made the U.S. Culinary Olympics team and his work still exhibits an exuberant curiosity about what's going on in the food world. – Laura Reilly, St. Petersburg Times
- With a “can’t-be-beat” location in St. Pete’s Don CeSar Beach Resort, this “classic” will have you feeling Gatsby-esque as you dine amid “elegant surroundings” on “inventive” Floribbean seafood that’s “near perfection” and served by an “excellent” staff; even better, the “romantic”, “special-occasion” “treat” also has “unbelievable” sunset views… – Zagat
- Our dinner in Maritana Grille was one of the best ever.... From the moment we walked in, service was top notch, the food was creative and fresh, perfectly prepared. The wine list was diverse and complemented the cuisine well, really liked the vast selection of half bottles! – Mark, Urbanspoon
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