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Immerse yourself in the most delectable dining experience Tampa Bay has to offer at The Maritana Grille. At this signature restaurant of the beautiful Loews Don CeSar resort, you’re surrounded by 1,500 gallons of salt water aquariums filled with colorful, native Florida fish. You’ll dine on the freshest local seafood prepared with pure, organic ingredients in a New American style. With an extensive wine list and world-class service, it’s no wonder The Maritana Grille was voted one of the Top 10 seafood restaurants in the United States by the Gayot Guide, and has received AAA’s 4-Diamond Rating for the past 15 years. The vibe is casual, no jackets required. The atmosphere is festive yet intimate
PRICE RANGE
USD 29 - USD 75
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Jeff was an amazing server. He suggestions on wine and oysters was spot on. The meal was fantastic and desert was sublime. We will return.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Front Desk, General Manager at Maritana at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Tammy, On behalf of our Maritana team, the pleasure of having you was all ours, and we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our friendly staff and delicious wine and food. Please return soon for another fantastic time.

Reviewed 27 June 2022 via mobile

Celebrated with friends for a wedding anniversary. Restaurant has been updated it is nice and has a beach clean vibe. Lots of white with large pillars. Menu is seafood focused but also has nice fillet and lamb chop option. Shared plates are very small portions...and over priced for amount served. The dishes taste good but it is a small plate of food for 2 people to share. Wine list and full liquor bar available. corkage is $25 per bottle. Good option if you stay at the resort.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Front Desk, General Manager at Maritana at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2022

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that our friendly team and our delicious offerings impressed you. Take care, and know that we'd be honored to serve you anytime your plans bring you this way.

Reviewed 25 June 2022

Went to Maritana to celebrate my daughter's birthday. On arrival we were greeted by the receptionist at the restaurant who said he did not know how to check about parking and referred us to the hotel front desk. Dinner service was poor with the waiter...reaching across the table several times when placing and removing food. Environment was noisy and the dress policy of "smart casual" was not maintained with guests eating in athletic shorts. Seafood pasta was over smothered in sauce with only two small shrimp and clams for the seafood. Birthday was recognized with a swirl of whipped cream with a candle stuck in it. Service and food was not up to par for the high priced menu.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Front Desk, General Manager at Maritana at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2022

Thank you for sharing feedback about your recent experience at our restaurant. We're sorry you were disappointed with our cuisine and wait service. While not a typical occurrence for our guests, your comments are important to us, and we will use them as we continually...More

Reviewed 4 June 2022

Upon entering the restaurant I immediately sensed it was noisy... Our service was v good.I had to return part of my main course because the pototas we're not cooked... A replacement was offered, declined. No discount was offered...@ $200 for 2 of us I expected...something impressive., It was not!!!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Front Desk, General Manager at Maritana at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2022

We appreciate you sharing your valuable thoughts. It was a privilege to welcome you to our restaurant, and it's wonderful that our flawless service met your high standards. However, we're sorry you were disappointed with your main course, and we assure you that our culinary...More

Reviewed 22 May 2022 via mobile

Went for my wife’s 50th birthday whilst staying at the Don Cesar. They got my message about this and we were warmly greeted and offered a complementary glass of champagne - very nice. I had the steak and my wife the Red Snapper. Both were...excellent, the portions were not too big and over facing. They were very nicely presented and both delicious. The service was excellent - attentive staff that were friendly and engaging from start to finish. The restaurant itself has a touch of class about it. We sat in one of the booths and enjoyed the ambience. There is a small private dining space in the restaurant (think it was for 8-10 people) and that really looked great. I would definitely eat here again, in fact have booked for a second meal before we leave.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Front Desk, General Manager at Maritana at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2022

Thank you for the wonderful review! We're glad you enjoyed your meal at Maritana and that our friendly staff helped make your wife's birthday special. Please come see us again soon.

Reviewed 13 May 2022 via mobile

This restaurant positions itself as high-end but sadly falls short of the mark. The prices are high-end but when making recommendations the server recommended the most expensive of everything to the point where it was obvious. The food was nice but mostly there were too...many things going on on the plate. We were rushed through our dinner with entrees coming out while we were still finishing our appetisers. We had to push our appetiser plates into the middle of the table for the entree plates to be put down! Our bill was $150 for a shared appetiser, 2x entrée and 2x glasses of wine. Prior to dinner we had a drink in the lobby bar and the bar tender was helpful at selecting the appropriate rum for my old fashioned and gin for my partners martini. She was definitely a 5* employee! We went back to the bar after dinner but it was swamped and not enough bar staff were working to cope with the volume of (quite drunk!) people. We did get a drink and found a lovely quiet spot by the beach to drink them. Our total spend was about €275 including the bar drinks. Overall it’s worth a visit but you won’t be missing out if you don’t.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Front Desk, General Manager at Maritana at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2022

We were honored to welcome you to our restaurant. We take pride in our AAA 4-Diamond rating, so we're distressed to have fallen short of your expectations. Our team strives to provide an exceptional dining experience, and we will certainly use your thoughtful feedback to...More

Reviewed 4 March 2022 via mobile

We honeymooned here >10years ago and have been back several times. We always enjoy the food here and this time took it to a new level. While it seemed a bit out of season to have a “fall” menu, I ordered the butternut salad and...the pork chop. My husband got the crab/caviar ravioli and the seafood pasta. My salad was large enough to share and was deliciously seasoned. Chunks of butternut squash were tossed with delicate and slightly bitter greens with goat cheese. The pork was brined, tender, huge and perfectly done, served over amazing polenta. My husband liked both of his dishes. He thought the amount of seafood on his pasta was rather microscopic for the cost of the meal. We took dessert to go which was a chocolate covered light cheesecake. Delicious! Two meals with 4 glasses of wine was just under $300. Pricey but delicious. One consideration-after remodeling, the place is really loud. I don’t love having to yell to hear my dining partner.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Front Desk, General Manager at Maritana at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2022

We are always honored to welcome back a familiar face, and we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us once again. Thank you for your lovely and detailed review of your meals, and our team will be sure to keep your...More

Reviewed 28 November 2021 via mobile

Excellent food Very good wine Nice venue Service very good. The menu is interesting creative and delicious. The staff very attentive and knowledgeable The venue beautiful albeit noisy Our server made slight mistake on our bill which he graciously apologized for and fixed immediately. Do...check you bill carefully. Valet parking amazing and free when you dine there. Check out the rest of the amazing resort while there. The only downside is the super high price. Ouch. $$$$$$$ expensiveMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Front Desk, General Manager at Maritana at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2021

Dear Clark, It was our pleasure to welcome you to Maritana. We're pleased to read you were impressed with our delicious food, stunning ambiance, and extensive wine list. While we apologize if there was an error on your bill, we're pleased our attentive staff was...More

Reviewed 27 November 2021 via mobile

The food was awful, we ordered the bone marrow came uncooked, we ordered the Ossobuco which was supposed to have been cooked for 20 hrs, it was hard to cut it with a knife never mind it being chewable. Bread basket and it’s spreads were...good. The only part of the night that was fantastic was our 2 servers. Both were performed great. And the dessert was decent.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Front Desk, General Manager at Maritana at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2021

It was our pleasure to welcome you to our restaurant. We appreciate your kind compliments on our amazing servers, and we look forward to sharing your recognition with them. However, we're very sorry that your meals didn't meet your expectations. Rest assured, your comments will...More

Reviewed 9 October 2021

We actually sat by the pool at the beachside bar and it was beautiful outside. Service was good however it comes with sticker shock. For two beer, two margaritas and 1 margherita flatbread it was almost $70.00

Date of visit: September 2021
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Front Desk, General Manager at Maritana at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the bar and that our staff impressed you. However, we apologize for any distress about our costs, as we work hard to keep them competitive. Please come see us again soon.

Reviewed 30 August 2021

Good service and food.Waiters excellent.Busy and pleaseant altough noisy.Wine selection very nice.No complaints

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 31 July 2021

My husband and I had dinner at Maritana in early May. We were here 20 years ago so I was hopeful it was just as good & it was even better!! We go to top restaurants all over & I put this meal in my...top 3 We shared our appetiser's & the venison with braised cabbage was so amazing, I don't even really care for venison but it was cooked & seasoned perfectly & I could have eaten a bowl of the cabbage & that's saying a lot for someone who's not a big veggie eater. We had the duck & steak for our entrees. Everything was excellent. One of the highlights was the bread/butter The brioche was so good & we are still talking about the red bell pepper butter, which sounds iffy but was absolutely amazing. This isn't your average restaurant It's the little things that make it special Also we couldn't decide on desert so we got 3 and took the lemon one home to eat the next day. I've been places where none of the deserts called to me, so Bravo One other really nice thing about the Don Cesar was the lobby bathroom smelled like essential oils. This was so nice. I appreciate the extra steps to making our evening specialMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 20 July 2021 via mobile

My husband and I have dined at and enjoyed Maritana many times over the years, prior to the renovation. This time we went for our anniversary and it was a disappointment. What used to be a beautiful, intimate setting is now stark, brightly lit and...has more of a cafe feel. It appears there is no dress code at all, as it seems anything goes. We spent $250 before tip, including a bottle of wine that was around $70. We ordered the crispy shrimp and it was cold (we were expecting it to be warm since it was “crispy”) - that was 5 shrimp for $24. We had the carrot bisque which was ok but slightly too salty. The gem salad was very good. We both had the halibut which was good but a small portion ($45). It didn’t seem to be prepared as described on the menu. We ordered the bread. If you’re going to charge for bread, that bread should be pretty spectacular. It wasn’t at all. When we had dined at Maritana in the past the bread was amazing (and included). We shared one dessert and it was ok, nothing special. We left hungry. We don’t mind paying those prices if the value is there. In this case it wasn’t and coupled with the lack of ambience it was just disappointing. Service was good, somewhat fast paced. We won’t be back.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 15 July 2021 via mobile

We came here having higher expectations since it was renovated and a higher scale. We left knowing we would probably never come back. The restaurant was beautiful and simple. But, the atmosphere was snotty and stuck up. Some of the menu would fit the place...but I think that some of it wasn’t the quality of food you’d serve at one of those types of places. A few of us got the strip steak and a couple of us got the filet. The food was nothing special at all. Steaks were just steaks. They made the steaks seem sophisticated with a “sauce” that was just A1 in a nice container. Brussels sprouts were completely charred with no flavor. I could definitely have gotten the meals at home, being same quality. Definitely not worth the prices, in my opinion. Staff was nice. Our dinner felt like it was rushed. Wouldn’t go back.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 3 May 2021 via mobile

Any type of dining at the beautiful Don Cesar Hotel would have felt special, but the Maritana exceeded my expectations. The renovations are so beautiful. Service is wonderful, everyone is helpful and knowledgeable (Thank you Don). I had the tuna tartare - so memorable and...excellent. Fresh oysters were great. Followed by the Butter Poached Maine Lobster. One of our party had the halibut and said it almost brought tears to his eyes. Crazy. Dessert was nothing I have ever had before and incredible. We were in town for the Indy Car race and will definitely return.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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