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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 - 03:00
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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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Lake Mary, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I went here for oysters, well I wanted oysters they came along. We arrived about 3 on a Sunday, I was a little worried about going during brunch but they had plenty of menu items to choose from. We had great service. The Bloody Marys were good and oysters even better. My kids had a cheeseburger and... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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99 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The dance of the downtown city, a sidewalk syncopate. Traffic and commerce harmonize and synchronize. Nooks and niches with picture window pitches. Fab fiancée had experienced The Oyster Bar with her daughter on a previous occasion. She was eager for a return engagement with yours truly. I had heard ad infinitum about the delectable Seafood Gumbo. So take me, I'm... More 

Thank JBVette74
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a lite bite and enjoyed a nice selection of oysters and other seafood. The house cabernet was pleasant and went well with the smoked fish pate. Definitely worth the visit and reasonably priced.

Thank lewmurray
Shelbyville, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The oysters well cold and fresh. They were quite busy, but the entire staff works together to make your dining time very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Thank Jerry S
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited the day before the 2017 Grand Prix. You would have thought everyone would be on their game. Service was slow. Drinks were good, but the shrimp and grits were not good. It had an (Italian) tasting tomato gravy. It was like they put pizza sauce on the shrimp and grits instead of a cajun tomato gravy. I told our... More 

Thank XCOP
Southlake, Texas, United States
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30 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the raw oysters. They were fresh and tasty. The crowd is a bit rowdy, but fun. Good people watching.

Thank MBS111
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great stop in St Pete with awesome oysters!! Great drinks and great service! .......awesome time... thank you

Thank Kim F
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the vast brunch buffet on an early Sunday afternoon! It was very impressive with an array of options for an discerning taste! Seafood to eggs to a great salad! In addition, the bottomless mimosas and bloody make the experience even more fun! Oyster has a great ambiance and the service we received was fantastic!

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Miami, Florida, United States
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great surroundings, wonderful service, fabulous food. My wife and son and I recently had lunch here - and it was out favorite meal of our mini-vacay. Joann had the blackened grouper sandwich, Gerad and I each got the lobster rolls and we split a bowl of the gumbo to start. Each one was REALLY REALLY REALLY good! ...Oh yes -... More 

Thank Roger S
St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'll come back repeatedly for the rib-eye steak. $26/plate. So worth it. I tried shrimp & grits at different places around town. The Oyster Bar takes 1st spot. Urban Comfort almost could share 1st spot. The loaf of bread with olive oil and seasoning as a side/appetizer was disappointing but the 2 slices that were provided fro free were much... 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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?