Cafe Ponte

Clearwater

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In a Nutshell

Six courses shaped by seasonal ingredients and cooking techniques from French, Asian, and Italian kitchens

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Aug 20, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required, and will be accepted starting May 20th. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. No substituions permitted. Mandatory 20% service fee (based on full value) not included. Valid for dinner only starting at 5:30pm. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $90 for a six-course summer tasting menu for two, valid for dinner ($180 value)
  • $160 for a six-course summer tasting menu for four, valid for dinner ($360 value)

Reservations are accepted starting at 5:30 p.m.; see menu.

Café Ponte

After graduating Johnson & Wales University in 1991, chef Christopher Ponte began his career at Pepper Mill Restaurant. The chef had been accommodating special requests for one of Pepper Mill Restaurant's picky patrons for many months. It always took extra work to conjure up off-menu items, but Christopher didn't complain. He loved cooking. One day, the customer asked to meet the chef, and Christopher obligingly came to greet him at the table. As conversation casually flowed, the elderly gentleman asked, "What would the young man like to do in the future?" Without hesitation, Christopher said, "Study in France."

Mere months later, thanks to the patronage of one very happy customer and Long Island retiree, Christopher Ponte enrolled at the Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute, one of France's most iconic schools. He made excellent use of his time there—including apprenticing at Paris's Taillevent. Chef Ponte returned stateside to apprentice with Daniel Boulud at his self-titled restaurant, Daniel.

With this wealth of experience, in 2002, Chef Ponte opened Café Ponte. Awarded a Golden Spoon and a Zagat rating as one of the top area restaurants, his unabashedly adventuresome menu sizzles with European and Asian influences. The 250-seat dining room hosts its guests at intimate tabletops or a zigzag bar, which serves seasonal cocktails and fine wines from an eclectic wine list.

Customer Reviews

Outstanding Service - Consistently incredible food
Camille R. · January 21, 2016
Go hungry The Chef's Tasting is a lot of good food
Richard E. · November 1, 2015
Excellently prepared creative dishes, knowledgable thoughtful staff a win in all areas
Shelly R. · August 21, 2015

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