MY kitchen extension. Went to Cafe Alma last Friday and had a great meal, our server was indeed very pleasant even when they were so busy you could see they are working hard to take care of the tables. The place was packed. I had the Alma trio, it had steak, their amazing crab cake and shrimp and scallop skewer, started with a half house salad and had a bite sized dessert. It was so good that i almost did not want to finish all my food but take it home to enjoy later. I didn't see my favorite manager christine, she is always delightful and pleasing, instead they had a new guy who was a grump and was more focused busing tables than talking to guests, who was mia most of the time. To sum it up my group had fun and will hope to be back soon and see the little lady Christine. The menu is incredible. Oh they do add gratuity to discounted meals and a party more than 6 especially when everyone requests for split checks, if you come in on Tuesday Tapas night and get a bigger discount since it is half price tapas and wines they will add gratuity where we as customers also need to remember that that is how the servers earn livelihood, let us not forget that we had great food and to top that it is discounted, let us not be greedy.
Beware, 18% gratuity is automaticly added to bill.
Only 2 of us, It was happy hour, so we had 2 for 1 drinks, short glasses with cheap tastless mix,,, ordered appetizers, most were ok,, but the calamari was overcooked and drowned in sauce,, the young waitress had an attitude of indifference,,,then she added a 18% gratuity to herself. Being new in the area we paid it, but will never go back there again, or rec it to anyone.
It should be up to the patron to decide how much to tip, based on service and the dining experience, not the establishment,or wait staff.
Keeps getting better.....
We heard that Cafe Alma had new owners and went to go check it out this past Wed. evening.
We had a warm greeting from one of the new owners named Tony. The food was amazing and so was the service. We were very pleased to find out that Wed.'s were always 2-4-1 drink night. (bonus) After Dinner we sat at the bar and has some great conversations with some other patrons. We give this restaurant 5 stars and plan on returning to give their new Sunday Brunch a taste. We can't wait.
Best Place in Downtown St. Pete. I grew up in St. Pete and I love what is happening in the downtown area. My favorite spot is Cafe Alma. Great food, great service and best of all Saturday Brunch and the bloody mary bar. I have seen many places come and go lately but Cafe Alma is here to stay... they really know how to please.
Wonderful first date place.
very interesting setting with its brick arches and local art adorning its walls. The servers are prompt and quite adept at remebering recurring customers. I've ordered everything from the Fromage to the Filet Mignon and I have not yet had a mediocre experience. At times some of the dishes have been disagreable and when I raised the issue, I have received a comparable dish in exchange. The atmosphere is dark and intimate (though, it can be claustrophobic if one doesn't like enclosed places). Everyone that I have brought to Cafe Alma have been enchanted with it as much as I have and several are now repeat customers. The wine selection is top notch and so is the microbrews. Though, Saturday Brunch deserves special mention with its Build-your-own Bloody Marys and wonderful hollandaise dishes.
Essentially, if you have not been there and are looking for a nice pricey (well, its comparable to Outback) dinner or drinks type place, try it out.
Terrible Customer Service.
Went there for my birthday. As a party of 8 we were not shy to order 4 bottles of wine, liquors and liquor coffees. Along with starters, entres and desserts. the Service- Hey sorry what service was horrific. The little ( I think the once we saw the waitress) we saw of the waitress she had an attitude to boot. Doing us a right royal favour with her presence.
We even ordered more drinks at the bar (the bartender was awesome). The food was fab but service really dismal. Do not go there on a special occasion as it can really put a dampner on your special evening!
Bad food, awful service. I went to Cafe Alma the other day for lunch upon a friend's suggestion. I had heard rave reviews & took a friend with me. It was a week day, 1:00. We got there & were told there'd be a 30 minute wait, but there was hardly any one inside or out of the restaraunt. We were told the problem was a shortage in staff. We turned to leave but the hostess recommended sitting at the bar & we'd get full service, the bar was also empty. We sat & it took 15 minutes to an iced tea. An hour later we were still waiting for our food, a panini and a salad. No explanation from the server. We told him we needed to get back to work as the lunch hour was over. He said he'd be back in a minute with our food. It took another 15 minutes. We got back to work & started to eat our food but the chicken on my sandwich was tough & chewy & the fries were soggy. My friend's slamon salad, the fish was not cooked thoroughly. I would not recommend Cafe Alma to anyone. The food was disgusting and the service even worse. Stay away from this place!
don't waste your time.
We went there for my bday and were highly disappointed. Price and food quality don't match. I don't mind paying but when it's worth it. In our case it was a disaster.
I had sirloin steak from the winter menu - mashed potatoes were hard as a rock, both potatoes and zuccini were cold. The waiter offered to reheat it but there is no excuse why they were cold on the first place. Steak was a little warmer. At the end we got charged for 3 teas instead of 2 and overcharged $2 on martini.
I would not recomend this place to anybody.
Sunset Menu... here I come!. There aren't too many places anywhere that will allow you to get away with salad, dinner, dessert and a glass of sangria for $15. Yeah, thats how I came to find Cafe Alma and their sunset menu that offers a selection of entrees to choose from that include a salad (tossed or ceaser) an entree, dessert and a glass of sangria. Naturally you have to get there between certain hours (5pm- 6:30pm) but if you are just leaving the daily grind in downtown St. Pete and you are looking for a great dinner, this is the place to stop. I have say try the Sirloin Steak with the burgandy demi glace with the mashed potatoes. It is excellent!!!
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors. Trendy downtown St. Petersburg restaurant offers eclectic Mediterranean fare, a full bar and live entertainment.
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