Café Ponte


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Courses shaped by seasonal ingredients and cooking techniques from French and Italian cuisine; great for a date night

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Promotional value expires Aug 14, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Valid on or after June 17, 2014. May buy multiple additional as gifts. Not valid for alcohol. Dine-in only. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Limit 3 per party per table. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Not valid on holidays. No substitutions permitted. Mandatory 20% service fee on full value not included. Valid for Dinner only starting at 5:30PM. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $85 for a six-course summer tasting menu for two ($170 value)
  • $150 for a six-course summer tasting menu for four ($340 value)
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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

Amazing experience. 6 course summer tasting menu with wine pairings. A wonderful evening.
Diane J. · September 14, 2014
Try the mushroom bisque soup!
Chrissy R. · September 11, 2014
Love the. Course Tasting!
Donald G. · August 31, 2014
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    13505 Icot Blvd

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    Clearwater, FL 33760


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