A small group of my favorite Yelpers joined me at Sea Salt restaurant, located up on the second level of Sundial St. Pete (formerly known as BayWalk). The restaurant is quite elegant, and a real classy date-night type of place. Since the weather cooperated, our group decided to sit outside under their covered patio, and that was just perfect. When you walk into the main restaurant you'll immediately see an open-air display of whole fish and shellfish sitting on ice off to your right, and a large bar area off to your left. We gave our name to the hostess, and they sent a server outside to seat us and hand out the menus. After taking our drink order, our server was back to present us with a little amuse bouche tasting while we contemplated all of the choices. (Where was Jeremy Stoppelman when we needed him?) Along with our drinks we were treated to a bread basket, and a community plate of different types of exotic salt to mix with the olive oil and bread. Yeah baby, we be fancy now! We ordered a few appetizers to sample, and then placed the orders for our main entrées and shared side dishes. My favorite appetizer was the warm, marinated octopus, sliced thinly and served with smoked paprika, beluga lentils, chorizo sausage, and a tomato marmalade. We also tried a sampling of fresh oysters while laughing about the evening's antics. For my entrée, I ordered the grilled black grouper over a bed of fava beans, smoked fingerling potatoes, edamame and oyster mushrooms. That was superb! Since our group is not shy about eating, we also ordered a couple of different side dishes to share, including their broccoli ricotta cheese gratin, and brussels sprouts, grilled with pancetta bacon, and drizzled with a bit of maple syrup. Seriously good eats! I know that the four of us stuffed ourselves silly, but it was a very delicious meal, shared with really excellent company under the starlit Tampa Bay skies. If you're in the downtown St. Pete area and looking for a very fresh and unique seafood meal for lunch or dinner, then I highly recommend you give Sea Salt a try!
Steve E. on Jan 21, 2016