Wine Dine and Play: Periscope Restaurant

Periscope Restaurant

Grab and Go
St. Petersburg, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: American
Dined: 2015-2017 several times
Article Update in September 2018
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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American cuisine is hard to really define because we think of many things when we see the word. Today it is a melting pot of cuisine from Europe, Africa, and Asia, blending with traditional North American items that were part of the native Indian diets. Periscope restaurant at the Marina Cove Resort is a casual stopover from several of these American favorites overlooking the waterfront and marina to the southern end of the Tampa Bay.

Picture Courtesy of the Magnuson Marina Cove Resort

They are open daily for breakfast and dinner, where you can have a typical American breakfast from omelets and French toast and for dinner a mixture of sandwiches, grilled steaks, fresh seafood, and other regional Florida specialties.

Picture Courtesy of the Magnuson Marina Cove Resort
Periscope / Burger

The Marina cove Resort is located on the near southern end of the St Petersburg Peninsula where on one side is the Tampa Bay, and across the highway is the Gulf of Mexico. The resort has its own private beach where tons of seaweed washes up daily with the tides, and a company plows it all away to one end a few times each week. The seaweed sits and lets off a very bad smell all around the area, and the tide also puts it back in the water, and pushes back over to their beach, having them to repeat the process instead of disposing of it. 

The resort also has a Tiki hut bar where you can order food that comes from the Periscope kitchen. Along the strip where the resort sits there are other condominiums and private homes further down. The road leads to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to cross over the bay to Bradenton. Periscopes are the only restaurant on that Lane, making it a spot where locals and hotel guests alike come to eat and drink. It really is no better or worse than any other casual American eatery, but the fact that it is the only one around, it maintains a steady flow of customers. If they did improve the selections, add a better wine, beer, and liquor list, then it would gain traction and be as busy as the casual spots along the St Pete Beach side are. 

Picture Courtesy of the Magnuson Marina Cove Resort

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A few St. Petersburg restaurant reviews on Wine Dine and Play:

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Rustic New American Fare
 A top 100 on Wine Dine and Play
New American, Southern Twist
Innovative Finer Seafood & Raw Bar 
At the Sundial 
Traditional and classic Italian plates
Cal-Italian Cuisine 
At the Sundial 
Visit the whole list on “Restaurant Reviewed in St Petersburg, Florida”

Other Florida favorites:

Italian-inspired seafood at the Opal Sands Resort
New Smyrna Beach
Old-world classic Italian & Mediterranean
Old School Rustic Tuscan
Native American Cuisine w/Barbacoa Grilling
German Bites in Bavarian-style Tavern
Sanibel Island
Waterfront upscale new American cuisine
Upscale Pan Asian Fare w/sushi
St. Pete Beach
Rooftop Artisan Fusion Bistro
Key West
Landmark bar since 1851, where Jimmy Buffet got his start
Casual curries of North & South with Buffet

St. Augustine
Locally Sourced Café for Southern Grub

Final notes, review basics, and observations:
What is a restaurant review? How does the rating system work? 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. I put you on the table with me, and to be objective. My goal is to be impeccable with my word, being honest in the review, never making assumptions, and to always write to the best of my knowledge. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors with 70 questions broken down by individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, plus a bonus section called 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 Periscope Restaurant a 0.5 out of 5 stars, meaning that they are a very basic dining experience and were not above average to most restaurants, though they were not what I would consider poor or appalling.

Overall Star Rating:
0.5 of 5 Stars: 
A basic Dining Experience
Corkage fee’s:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge $25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Cuisine style:
Seafood, American, Southern, Florida Cuisine, Pescatarian, and Vegetarian
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual attire
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a child’s menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended for children not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. If not then
Hire a Babysitter! 
Lounge, Scenic views, Hole-in-the-wall, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Hotel parking 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, and nonsmoking patio

Periscope Restaurant:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane South 
St. Petersburg, Florida 

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 727-867-1151
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)

Breakfast Mon-Sun
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Dinner: Mon-Sun
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Email or webpage contact:
Social Media 
Facebook link                

“Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, 
But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
-Angelique Arnauld (1591-1661)


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