Wine Dine and Play: February 2017

725 South

The Bar @ 725
Tampa, Florida, USA
Cuisine Style: American
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 3/5
Dined in December 2016
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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The 725 South is a bar and restaurant attached to the 3-star Westin Harbour Island Hotel, on the edge of a channel inlet to the Hillsborough Bay where the Hillsborough River empties out, leading to the larger Tampa Bay and the Gulf Of Mexico. It is far enough away from the happenings of downtown but close enough to walk. With less than ten minutes you can reach the Henry Plant Museum, The University of Tampa, Amalie Arena, and the Tampa Bay History Center. In this hotel, you have a chic bar and dining room, where my wife and I enjoyed some cocktails and small bites before going to the Amalie for a concert. This is our story of 725…

    • Artisanal Pizza
    • Appetizers
    • Warmth
    • Fresh Salads
    • Sandwiches
    • Main Plates
    • Proteins
    • Sweets
The bar and cocktail lounge to 725 is separate from the main dining room which is only open for the breakfast meal to hotel guests and the dinner meal with open reservation. For lunch, you can enjoy this cocktail area with bar seating or several tables with outstanding views of the channel and Hillsborough Bay. Right afternoon, the sunlight shines into the point where you have to move away from the window it can get so warm, but that does not take away from the ambiance of you're dining experience.
As my wife and I were just having lighter bites and casual fair, between the ambiance, great service, and quality of food we ate, it warranted a future return to the dinner menu. Until that time, trying out a few items that we had would be worthwhile. My wife and I both shared the chop harbour island salad with romaine, field greens, cucumber, tomatoes, Bermuda onions, radish, feta cheese and sunflower seeds. The salad was tossed in a lemon-lime vinaigrette. To go with this salad we had some parmesan truffle French fries. 

Other items of interest on their lunch menu included a beef short rib panini, Florida fish tacos, herb crusted brie, and the cheese flan dessert. They also featured a hamburger from the Big City Burger Company with assorted sides.

Though we did not partake in dessert, they had a few items of interest for the next time we visit such as the cheese flan and cheese platter.

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Final notes, review basics, observations and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give 725 South a 3 out of 5 stars, meaning that they exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Food quality
Plate presentation
Customer service
Alcohol and other beverages
Total regular points awarded
Total percentage - less the Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
Total bonus percentage


Total percentage and bonus for final star rating


Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


Overall Star Rating:
3 of 5 Stars: 
83% Rating with a 1 point “wow” bonus
Exceeded my expectations in a  dining experience
Wine List:
Wine rating:
2 of 10

New World selections: 
Corkage fee’s:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge 
$25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine Style:
American, Bar and Grille, Italian
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Gluten Free, Low Carb, Pescatarian, Vegetarian Options
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual attire
It’s Florida, everybody wears flip-flops!
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Contemporary, Modern, Lounge, Great bar, Scenic views, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Nonsmoking restaurant
Patio or terrace:

Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

**Currencies reflect the world’s major travelers, restaurant, or wine connoisseur’s**

United States Dollar (USD)
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
European Union (EUR)

 Alcohol prices:

$15.00 USD

The Bar @ 725 South:

725 S Harbour Island Blvd
Tampa, Florida 33602

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 813-229-5038
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
Breakfast: Mon-Sun
6:30 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner: Mon-Sun
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Bar and Lounge: 
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Social Media 
Facebook link              

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