Wine Dine and Play: Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill is part of the Bloomin Brands restaurant chain with over 150 stores in 28 states

Turf At A Surf
St. Petersburg, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Seafood, Chain
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 3/5
Dined: May 2017
Article Updated: December 2019

By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Bonefish Grill 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 three locations. Today they have seven franchised restaurants and 151 corporate-owned and operated Grills across 28 states. 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.

This is my wife and I’s second visit and review on Wine Dine and Play to our two Bonefish Saint Petersburg locations. On the previous visit, our group had the bang-bang shrimp, stone crab claws, saucy shrimp appetizer, the six-ounce filet, and the stone crab claws to name a few. The latest food articles being published are talking about the 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 is 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.

Bonefish Grill Menu:
Starters + Sharing
Soups + Greens
Grilled Fish
Wood-Grilled Steaks + Chops
Sautéed, Baked + Steamed
Fresh Sides
Deluxe Sides

My wife started with 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 a bright berry character on the nose with lively acidity and medium tannins on the palate. The Federalist wine was named after the old American Federalist movement, today they are known by my political party affiliation, the Libertarians.

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).

Bonefish Grill is more than just seafood with a large 18-ounce ribeye steak
Bonefish Grill / Ribeye Steak

The side choice with the steak was the truffle macaroni and cheese; which of course the truffle being 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 side of macaroni and cheese at the Bonefish Grill restaurant in St Petersburg, Florida
Bonefish Grill / Macaroni and Cheese

A pleasant experience yet again, and 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 the overall star rating will move up in no time.

We did not have dessert during this visit however the Jen's Jamaican Coconut Pie™ did look of interest on our next visit with creamy coconut custard, Myers's Rum sauce, and fresh whipped cream.

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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 ambience, 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 Bonefish a 3 out of 5 stars, meaning that they not only exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants. The other four visits review scores were also 3 of 5 stars, so they have remained at the same excellence as my previous visits.

Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings for Bonefish Grill
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 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 0 point “wow” bonus
Exceeded My Expectations in a Dining Experience
Wine List:
Bonefish Grill Wine rating:
5 of 10
Old World selections: 
France, Italy

New World selections: 
Argentina, New Zealand, California, Oregon, Australia, Washington State
Corkage fees:
Bonefish charges $10.00 per bottle, and the wine you bring in cannot be on their wine list. See the wine list link above before bringing your own bottle.
Casual dining
Cuisine Style at Bonefish Grill:
American, Chain, Seafood
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Low Carb Choices, Pescatarian, Sustainable, 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! 
Bonefish Grill Experiences:
Modern, Business parties, Great bar, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Bonefish Grill has a public 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:
Bonefish Grill is a non-smoking 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 (pricey)
$£€¥ 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

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
Fri - Sat
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Social Media 
Accolades for Bonefish Grill:
Bonefish Facebook link                

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But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
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