Wine Dine and Play: Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill

St. Petersburg, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Seafood, Chain
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 3/5
Dined in May 2017
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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I have heard people mention that the casual American Restaurant chain Bonefish is a hit or a miss. Every time my wife and I go it is a success, and changes the perceptional belief about certain chain restaurants; that they are trying to get past the stigma attached to them. Bonefish was founded in St Petersburg, Florida in 2000 by Tim Curci and Chris Parker. In October of 2001 Bloomin' Brands, headquartered in Tampa, Florida acquired the restaurant which at the time, had now three locations. Today they have seven franchised restaurants and 151 corporate owned and operated Grills across 28 states. 

The latest articles are talking about downsizing in chain restaurants as they are losing customers. It is correct that the food trends are chaining as people go back to a more local scene, eating sustainable and regional individual restaurants. Bonefish is one of the few chains that has caught on to that concept and are being proactive to customer needs. They have been offering sustainable seafood for some time, and they are moving more towards operating with a supply that is mainly local to the region their restaurant is located. 

My wife had a glass of the Bell Wine Cellars Rosé, while I had a glass of the  Federalist Zinfandel, the same as my last visit, which is near the Lodi AVA, in California. According to the winemaker, it is a blend of Zinfandel and Syrah with robust fruit with bright berry character on the nose with lively acidity and medium tannins on the palette. 

We split a meal on this visit starting with the robust caesar salad, which with chain restaurants has a set recipe to there dressing and other items so that no matter which store you go to, it will not be a different taste. The house-made garlic croutons are always a wonderful addition. Instead of eating fish like we normally do when coming here, we decided to try some of their land options, which was good to see on the menu to show their diversity.

The Bone-in ribeye was new to the menu weighing in at 18 ounces, that had to be taken home even with the two of us munching on it. The grill marks were perfectly seared, the temperature spot on, and the quality of the meat was very good. Not bad for a seafood place, (I hope Longhorn is listening).

The side choice with the steak was the truffle macaroni and cheese; which of course the truffle being an oil with scented truffles and not the real things, as the side dish did not cost $75 to make up for the cost of those expensive damn things. My wife had Sage martini with the entree, and I switched to the Broquel Malbec by Trapiche Vineyards in Argentina. This 100% Malbec is ideal for red meats and pasta dishes. The winemakers' notes indicate that the intense purple red color with ruby hues leads to aromas of fresh red and black fruits, floral notes, and earthy minerals, with an elegant touch of smoke. It is rich and spicy on the palate providing a long pleasant finish.

A pleasant experience yet again, keeping there rating at 3 stars just like the last visit. They have also expanded on their cocktail list since our last visit. Now if they could only get away from those big name wines that everyone serves directly from the huge wine distributor, and move to more smaller boutique and classic wine selections, and hire on a Sommelier to manage it, then that star rating will hit 4 in no time.

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Jack Dusty’s Nautical themed eatery with crafted cocktails and raw bar at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota Florida
Alioto’s Restaurant Historic restaurant serving Sicilian-infused seafood in San Francisco, California
Two Oceans Restaurant Seafood and sushi with panorama views in Cape Point, South Africa
Moshulu New American dining on a restored ship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hyman’s Seafood Enduring southern seafood eatery in Charleston, South Carolina
Jekyll Island Seafood Company, New American Seafood Restaurant, Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, Georgia

See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary

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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Casual pub grub sport bar 
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
A rustic restaurant known for its burgers
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Lively Bar and Grill 
At the Hollander Hotel
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

A Few Florida Favorites:

 Weekly, Organic, Sustainable 
Gulfport, Florida, USA
  Cafe for Phở and Bánh Mì
Pinellas Park, Florida USA
Gourmet organic Taqueria street food
City of Anna Maria, Florida, USA
Vibrant spot for classic Spanish dishes & tapas
Carrollwood, Florida USA
Casual Greek and Mediterranean Dining
Brandon, Florida USA
Presented at the Food and Wine Festival
Key West, Florida, USA

See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary by country

Final notes, review basics, and observations:

Overall from this experience, Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Bonefish Grill a 3 out of 5 stars, meaning that they exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants. The first review score was also 3 of 5 stars, so they have remained consistent since my last visit.
Scores are detailed in the chart below 

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
Max Points Possible:
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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
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Total percentage and bonus for a 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: 
80% Rating with a 2 point “wow” bonus
Exceeded all my expectations
Wine List:
Wine rating:
5 of 10

Old World selections: 

France, Italy

New World selections: 

Argentina, New Zealand, California, Oregon, Australia, Washington State
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, Seafood, Chain

Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Gluten-Free, Pescatarian, Sustainable, Vegetarian
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual attire
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! 
Business parties, Great bar, Rustic, Scenic views, Classy, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Private lot
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)

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Bonefish Grill:

5062 4th St North 
St Petersburg 
Florida 33703

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 727 521 3434
Website contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)

Mon - Thur
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Social Media 
Facebook link                

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