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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 10:00 - 00:00
Sun - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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Durham, North Carolina
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our experience at The Oyster Bar. The service was very good, but the food was amazing! We started out with the parmesan encrusted oysters. They were absolutely amazing! For our meal, we had the oyster stew which was perfect. If you love oysters, I highly recommend both!

Thank Michael D
St. Petersburg, Florida
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here several times and the oysters both local and sampler, are great! The fish spread is delicious and slightly different each time with yummy crackers. Scallops are tasty and the sliders are well seasoned. Espresso and watermelon martinis are great but avoid regular martinis. Sitting outside is fun and the service is always fast and friendly.

Thank Anna D
Tampa, Florida
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here around 11:30pm after finding other bars in the are to crowded. We happily sat at the bar, ordered some drinks and oysters and fries and talked. The atmosphere was chill especially in comparison to other bars in the area. It was easy to speak to each other. The food and drinks were great and we had really... More 

Thank Ghostlightmuse
Clearwater, Florida
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Indoor or outdoor seating the staff is friendly and attentive. Great part of the downtown experience. Oysters were fresh and reasonably priced.

Thank Edward B
Stamford, Connecticut
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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 5 December 2016 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 18 November 2016 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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160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 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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122 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 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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184 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 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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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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
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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St. Petersburg, Florida
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?