655 2nd Ave South, St Petersburg, FL | Directions 3370127.7696952819824 -82.6430435180664
M Closed, Tu-Th 5:30pm-10pm, F-Sa 5:30pm-11pm, Su 5:30pm-10pm (Private dining and special event hours may vary.)
Elegant Spanish and Cuban-style restaurant with excellent service, fabulous food and formal setting. – The Scene
At 20-some years, it is still a relative newcomer to the circle of the area's long-established Spanish restaurants, but Tio Pepe has managed to hone its fine Spanish and Cuban dishes into something eminently presentable. Hidden amid the suburban sprawl of Clearwater, it provides a dark, interior with heavy, overstuffed furniture and hearty food. Its formal setting is nice for special occasions and hot dates.
Specialties include boliche, a Spanish-style potroast stuffed with spicy sausage, with a huge mound of black beans and yellow rice as sides. Practically anything you order at Tio Pepe will be fantastic, so don't stint. Particularly wonderful is the Crema Francesa de Chocolate, a chocolate mousse so heavy and rich, it feels as if you're eating chocolate clay.
Plain and simply... – an AWFUL dining experience. Overpriced, supposedly upper class, and average food at best. The best advice I can give is if you are driving to Tio Pepe, keep going onto the Courtney Campbell and go to the Columbia, LaTropicana, etc. in Tampa...it is WELL worth the drive.
Overpriced – Find the food and service not worth the price. The salad was warm. One of the dishes were very salty. The rice was hard (undercooked).
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