Wine Dine and Play: May 2018

Iberian Rooster
















March 2018 review  /  October 2017 review  /  May 2017 review

Craft Cocktails and Desserts
St Petersburg, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Portugese, Tapas
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 5/5
Dined in: March 2018
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Iberian Rooster Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Restaurant Iberian Rooster is named in a USA Today article as a restaurant that makes St. Petersburg one of the "Five Underrated Food Cities on the East Coast." This is my wife and I’s third visit together to Iberian Rooster, bringing family along with us. We had dined for lunch at the Hofbräuhaus down the street, and wanted to enjoy a few cocktails. My wife recommended the Iberian Rooster as the previous times we had enjoyed some excellent craft cocktails. 



Menu:
    • Small Plates
    • Bowls and Salads
    • Large Plates
    • Desserts
    • Kids
More menus:
    • Brunch
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Speakeasy Sub-Central Menu
    • On-site Catering
With us were my father and stepmother, who lived in Brandon which is forty minute drive from St. Petersburg, and my wife's sister and brother-in-law, who were visiting from Oregon. Between the group we enjoyed the following cocktails. My stepmother had the Moscow Mule which is a cocktail made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice, garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. It is a type of buck and therefore sometimes known as a vodka buck. The Moscow mule is popularly served in a copper mug. 




I tried a new cocktail called the Frenchman on 5th which was mixed with Lot 40 Canadian rye, Solerno Liqueur, Osborne fino Sherry, Angostura, star anise, and finished with a splash of atomized peat monster blended scotch whisky. This was a very tasty cocktail. I have been impressed with every cocktail I have had in the many visits, plus the wine list cannot be forgotten either.



My wife and sister-in-law had the Expresso Joey Kick cocktail with Absolut Elyx vodka, cocoa powder, kahlua, and black crow espresso, from the Black Crow Coffee Company in St Petersburg. I had a sip of this drink on our last visit when my wife ordered it, and it is like most other coffee martini’s with an extra kick of the local made coffee as the name states.


Finally, my brother-in-law who stayed to a non-alcoholic drink ordered an eight-layer Spanish-style cake with cream frosting, that I took one bight of for the wild sugar rush, like other desserts we have had here in the past. My brother-in-law was also impressed with the Sub-Central Speakeasy downstairs which we had not been to yet, but look forward to visiting one day. As we enjoyed out drinks we talked about how good the Iberian Rooster was and some of the items we have eaten on previous trips.


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Other Noteworthy Spanish and Tapas Cuisine Articles & Restaurants:
Castile Restaurant Med-Latin & tapas café with 360 views at the Hotel Zamora, in St. Pete Beach, Florida
Chill Restaurant & Bar New American Cuisine, tapas, and exotic cocktails in St. Pete Beach
Columbia Restaurant Traditional Spanish & Cuban chain since 1905; reviewed in Sarasota Florida
Nine One Five Globally accented tapas with innovative American fare in Key West, Florida 
Table 9 Stylish modern Spanish and global cuisine at the Hilton Dubai Creek in Deira Dubai, UAE
Tapas 218 Cozy tavern severing traditional Spanish small plate cuisine in Canton, Ohio
The Lemon Grass Casual fusion of Thai and Japanese with tapas portions in St Petersburg, Florida
Vizacaya Restaurante and Tapas Bar Vibrant spot for classic Spanish dishes & tapas in Tampa, Florida

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


Other St. Petersburg restaurants and articles on Wine Dine and Play:

Old-school English-American Eatery
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Casual British cuisine and some Scottish favorites
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Contemporary Chain with a seafood-centric menu
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA



A Few Florida Favorites:

Laid-back bar with cocktails, wine, & Cigars
Key West, Florida, USA
 Weekly, Organic, Sustainable 
Gulfport, Florida, USA
A Star Trek Music Experience with dinner
Clearwater / Beach, Florida USA

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





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 Iberian a 5 out of 5 stars, meaning that they not only exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants, but they surpassed outstanding and were extraordinary. The first two review scores were also 5 of 5 stars, so they have maintained there outstanding levels of service from my last visits.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Ambiance
10
10
0
Food quality
11
9
1
Plate presentation
8
8
0
Customer service
8
6
2
Alcohol and other beverages
10
7
3
Total regular points awarded
46
40
5.5
Total percentage Before Bonus

0.880434782608696

“Wow” factor BONUS
5
3
0
Total bonus percentage

0.0652173913043478

Total percentage plus bonus for final star rating

0.941252173913043

Stars Awarded (see chart below)
0 - 5
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.**



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Overall Star Rating:
5 of 5 Stars: 
94% Rating with a 3 point “wow” bonus
An Extraordinary Dining Experience
Wine List:
Wine rating:
6 of 10
Old World selections: 
France, Italy, Portugal, Spain

New World selections: 
Argentina, California, Washington State
Corkage fees:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge 
$25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine Style:
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tapas
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Farm to Fork, Gluten Free, Grass Fed, Local, Organic, Pescatarian, Sustainable, Vegetarian Options
Reservations:
Not Required, But Recommended
Walk-Ins:
Accepted, but not guaranteed
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! 
Experiences:
Place for foodies, Contemporary, Modern, Hotspot, Great bar, Good for special occasions, Classy, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Payments:
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Parking:
Street meter parking
Wifi
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:
Medium
Smoking:
Nonsmoking restaurant
Patio or terrace:
No





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**

Currency:
Price
United States Dollar (USD)
$$
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
£££££
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
$$$
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
¥¥¥¥¥
European Union (EUR)
€€€€€



Iberian Rooster:

475 Central Avenue North 
Suite 100 
St. Petersburg, Florida 
33701



Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 727-258-8753
Online reservations
Web Contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)

Mon-Wed:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thur-Sat:
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Sunday:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Social Media 
Accolades:
Facebook link       





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The worlds best restaurants is a subjective list of who is writing it and changes on a regular basis. The Wine Dine and Play best experiences are based on my highest rated stared restaurants, meaning that the visit was an outstanding or extraordinary experience. From cafés, chains, mom + pops, hole in the walls, to fine dining including a few Michelin spots. Visit the Top 100 page to see the entire list.


A few to tease you with…
Farm-to-fork new American fare
Sonoma, California, USA

Country style market & café w/craft beer
Dundee, Oregon, USA
Refined eatery with Lowcountry fare and Southern Brunch
Charleston, South Carolina, USA





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

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