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The 6 Best Caribbean Restaurants Near St. Petersburg

Updated: November 19, 2021

Are you a lover of jerk chicken or Saltfish? Then you must visit these Caribbean restaurants in St. Petersburg! We analyzed millions of expert and diner reviews for this list of great Caribbean spots in St. Petersburg. If you want great island dining with inviting flavors and tropical cocktails such as a rum swizzle, visit the spots below!

Find the perfect Caribbean restaurant

Smiley's Deli

Latin, $, St. PetersburgLatin, $St. Petersburg, Central Oak Park
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

Caribbean, St. PetersburgCaribbeanSt. Petersburg, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Pipo's The Original Cuban Cafe

Cuban, $, St. PetersburgCuban, $St. Petersburg
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurant

Caribbean, $, St. PetersburgCaribbean, $St. Petersburg, Greater Pinellas Point
Google: 3.8
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Golden Dinosaurs

Cuban, $$, GulfportCuban, $$Gulfport
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Creative Loafing, 2019

    22 Cuban sandwiches in Tampa Bay you should’ve tried by now

    Creative Loafing, 2019
  • Tampa Bay Times, 2019

    Best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tampa Bay

    Tampa Bay Times, 2019

Island Flavors and Tings

Caribbean, $$, GulfportCaribbean, $$Gulfport
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

How did we curate this list?

Figuring out the best Caribbean restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 312 lists and articles from top sources like Tampa Bay Times and Creative Loafing, 7903 St. Petersburg restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. Don’t bother looking for Tampa Bay Times - Best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tampa Bay and Creative Loafing - 22 Cuban sandwiches in Tampa Bay you should’ve tried by nowwe’ve already done so for you and included all you need to know. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. These ten options are sure to delight.

Drink pairing tips

  • A great drink pairing for pork mofongo

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for pork mofongo can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some white wine, particularly a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. This, crisp and acidic, white wine balances the creamy pork mofongo.

  • The perfect match for your ciambotta

    When ordering ciambotta, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Zinfandel, a popular red wine.

  • Pair Tempranillo with arroz con pollo

    A arroz con pollo can be tricky to find a red wine pairing for. We would suggest trying Tempranillo. It will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal thanks to its medium bodied.

Interesting facts

  • A popular dish

    la bandera is a local favorite in Dominican Republic, and it’s so tasty because it’s made with stewed meat!

  • A typical drink from Puerto Rico

    Should you find yourself on the streets of Puerto Rico be sure to sample the local pina colada one of the country's most classic and popular drinks!

Parking information

We’ve all struggled to find good parking near restaurants in St. Petersburg. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Caribbean spot.

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