A local institution. Ted Peter's is a St Pete institution and rightfully so. It has some of the best smoked fish around. The fish spread and even the burgers are also excellent. Try some good old fashioned root beer, too. The potato salad is German style and very tasty. Sometimes you might have to wait to get seated, but it is well worth it.
St. Pete Beach - Surf 'n Turf. Absolutely amazing - my family's been eating here for over 40 years - one of the best burgers, the most amazing smoked fish and oh my goodness the fish spread is a must - a gotta do when on SPB!!!
Was not impressed. I have lived in this area for almost 30 yrs. I always remembered it being great. Not the case now. Prices for a burger were ridiculous and your charged for lettuce, toms, pickles and whatever else. No sides come with anything unless you want to pay at least $2.00 for potato salad. Three people with burgers with all the trimmings, no sides, fish spread, two sodas, one beer was equivalent to a night at Outback. I've had better fish spread, also. I think they let the fame of being on DDD go to their heads. We will not return.
I guess I'm one of those locals that frequents Ted Peters and I have done so for 58 yrs. The food is always top drawer even though changes have taken place over the years. The menu is short and simple by design. A simple change such as a chicken sandwich can take a decade to manifest itself. Their is nothing cavalier about their management of what has become a trip down memory lane for many customers. The basis for this is the quality of the food. The ambiance may be Florida 50's but that is Florida at its best. I miss mom's apple pies and cookies but times do change. Thank goodness the hamburgers, cheese burgers, hot dogs, fish spread, clam chowder, cold root beer and smoked fish haven't.
They say you can never go home, well at Ted Peters it's the next best thing.
smoked mullet. have lived here 25 years and have been to Ted Peters many times always take northen folk here they as well as myself have really enjoyed the pleasant outdoor setting and the smoked mullet and fish spreads are wonderful. what is really nice still feels like old florida which is hard to find. have to stop in a least once
Fish was fantastic, but the place is not well-maintained or clean.
My husband saw this place featured on TV so he took the family there over Christmas break. I was quite surprised by how dirty it was and how poorly they maintain the restaurant. Despite this, I decided to stay for him to see if the food was worth it. Surprisingly, the smoked Mahi Mahi was absolutely amazing. I got the lunch portion, which is 3/4 of a pound, although I think they must have given me at least a pound of fish. The lunch portion does not include sides like dinner, so I didn't get the potato salad or baked beans, but I did get a quartered pickle, giant tomato slice, giant onion slice, and a couple of lemon wedges. I also used a bit of hot sauce. Along with the sliced tomato and lemon the flavor was outstanding- simply the best smoked fish I've ever eaten. For under $10 for lunch, I was quite pleased. I also saw other diners eating the smoked fish sandwiches which looked very good.
We also got the fish spread with saltines, which is very similar to tuna fish, but perhaps a little better. For dessert I had an excellent slice of key lime pie! Wow, it was great. If this place could just find a newer, more modern location they would have lines out the door. The food really is that good.
All of our forks came out dirty from the kitchen with food still on them, so we had to send them back, and since we sat by the kitchen I noticed how badly they need to replace the kitchen door.
Would I go back? I probably would but I'm not overly impressed with the service and cleanliness.
BEST LITTLE SHACK EVER!!!!!. I have been to Ted Peter's every time I have gone to Florida and have NEVER been disappointed!!!! I can't wait until Feb. 2009 because I just got married and I am taking my husband to get the BEST smoked fish you could ever have. Thanks Ted Peter's for your fantastic little place, it wouldn't be the same without you!!!!!
The Best!. I've been going to Ted Peter's for 40 years. The service is always the same as is the food. EXCELLENT! Those ladies are incredible to work such long hours in the heat. They may have a bad day but don't we all. I LOVE the smoked fish, spread and potato salad. When my son was 5 years old he had a cheeseburger and told me that it was "The best cheeseburger that God ever made". It doesn't get better than that! The first trip my husband made he thought I was crazy when I told him to order the cheeseburger and we'd get fish to go. He is now eating like the locals. We LOVE it and when we make it to Florida we go there. If I have friends coming up to visit they bring me a care package. I LOVE IT!
Glad we ignored the negative.
We went on a Sunday afternoon and had a fabulous meal and great service (from Ruthie, our waitress). We'd read all the bad reviews and still decided to give the place a try on a trip down to Tampa. The FoodTV show looked so appealing and we love Fish!..Well, we weren't disappointed. Hey, try buying a pound of fresh quality salmon from a seafood market (not the grey stuff from the grocery stores), take the time to smoke it yourself and then add all the side dishes....Duh, $18 is cheap!! And try smiling and being friendly to the wait staff! It's just amazing how people respond when you're nice to them.
Thank you Ruthie and thank you Ted Peter's for a memorable occasion.
Great smoked Fish and the service was very good as well..
I read most of the reviews and was surprised to see so many negative comments after hearing good things about this place for years. Almost decided not to go.... but I did and was very pleased with my visit to Ted Peters.
Most of the negative reviews had to do with poor service. My waitress was excellent... very attentive.. she made good recommendations and was very prompt... We had the smoked fish dip and true to the waitress advice it was great with hot sauce. Me and my wife split a smoked salmon dinner (cost $21) and it was more than we could eat.... at least a pound of incredibly fresh salmon... I noted some other complaints about price in some reviews..... I told my wife that good salmon costs about the same as this dish...
All in all my service was prompt and attentive, the food was great, and the cost was reasonable.
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