By Gabriela Celi

If walls could talk, this former Howard Johnson’s, has a new story to tell. Selene has raised the bar for beach restaurants. Since their¬†open in January this year, they are catering to the beach crowd, locales as well as seasonal residents and guests.

Owner Nick Skiadiotis achieved an upscale interior by applying Venetian plaster, hanging original art and a cool palette of blues, black and white. They’re going for the “St.Pete downtown vibe” on the beach says General Manager Jessie English.

Chef Nikola sports a permanent smile and it’s quite evident he loves his craft. His cooking style is ” straight-forward, using simple ingredients that speak for themselves.” They’re coining it Mediterranean Fusion. An example: blending fennel, mint and vanilla. Grilled octopus is the signature dish. A European favorite is the grilled whole fish, typically Brazino (sea bass).

The bar area is the first part of the restaurant that you will see upon entry. It’s spacious and bright and stocked! Featuring 14 rotating craft beers, select wines on tap; house-made infused cocktails and music on weekends.

It is a “wheelhouse,” says Jessie. And coming from me, a local “disher,” it’s an absolute must for those seeking honest, quality food and service. It will not disappoint.

4945 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL