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The Moon Under Water

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(37 Reviews)

332 Beach Dr NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

(727) 896-6160

Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Phone: (727) 896-1631

Fax Number: (727) 896-1631

Fax: (727) 896-1631

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North Downtown, Downtown St. Petersburg
Indian Restaurants, Middle Eastern Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Brew Pubs, Bar & Grills, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Brew Pubs, Caterers, Indian, Take Out, Middle Eastern, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Not what it used to be

1st time back after 10 years and was a dissapointment. In short, food was burnt and the server abandoned us. Also, the manager showed no interest to our dissatisfaction.

Seriously folks, don't waste your money. There are better places that this.



Provided by Citysearch - 
$7 for 3 fast food chicken tenders

The environment and location of this restaurant are great. Very nice patio seating, cozy bar, and advertised ""happy hour specials"". We looked at the menu of ""happy hour price specials"" which aside from a few $2-3 items all seemed to be about normal price for appetizers. We ordered the smoked fish dip for 5.50. This item was delicious but was served with packs of crackers wrapped in individual plastics which came off as very weird. Some bread or crustinis without the wrapper would have been a much better it.
We also ordered the buffalo chicken tenders which were $7 and were BEYOND disappointing. We got 4 small, fast food quality chicken tenders in a basket with a cup of buffalo sauce and a cup of ranch, 2 pieces of celery and 2 carrots. We could not believe that this item was priced $7.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Now featuring St. Pete's RUDEST wait staff!

WAS a personal favorite. Charming atmosphere, nice patio to enjoy al fresco dining. Great selection of premium beers on tap and pretty good food with a English colonial theme. Unfortunately, now ruined by a horrible group of wait staff with no training and no manners. Unruly or uncaring when they forget something (often). Long periods where you are forgotten. And a somewhat more senior school-marm in tennis shoes in case you need discipline.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Why is this place still open???

Lousy service. Waited forever to get drinks. Refills were painful. Food was so-so. Very bland. Nasty. Like it sat around stewing in a pot all day. Waitress did not care. Even got an attitude. Just don't understand why this place is still open .....

Kevin E.


Bad food and Bad service

Worst dining experience ever. The Food , food presentation, and service was awful. Do not waste your time or money going to this place. It is not worth it. That is unless you like your food cold and your servers rude.



Provided by Citysearch - 
British Food ???????

British Food ?

Well the owners I here are from the UK. My lass ( Lass=Wife), is from Greater Manchester and I lived there as well. Owning a home in St.Petersburg, Florida, we opted to try the restaurant out. We ordered a typical British favorite, Bangers N' Mash only to find that the Beans were not traditional British Beans as you would find say it the British section of the Grocery store here called ""SweetBay"" in which is in a tomato sauce. The peas were not the traditional mushy peas also found in Sweetbay, the Banger's and Mash was pretty good however.

Thank god they had Stela lagar though a half pint, still an exceptional drink despite receiving the negative name of "" Wife Beater"" within the United Kingdom. Our waiter was not very good on knowledge of the Bangers when asked if they work Pork or Beef and needed to ask the chief. I was offended with the Islamic Flag in the tavern considering that Islam has taken pretty much over England banning for years our traditional St. Georges Flag replacing it with there's. That I find is unacceptable and disgrace to the true British and American people alike living in the area. Prices were high but acceptable with the location and overhead. The portion did not seem very filling, but both of us left full and brought some home.

Lyman Sale


Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food good service

Sat at umbrella covered table in prefect weather. View of the bay waters and boats. Hostess brought menus.
Shortly our drink order was promptly taken by Beth, a hazel-eyed, dual-pigtailed waitress who had an unforced smile and who answered questions we had about menu. She brought out samples of curry sauces for us to try before ordering, which was nice. She waited until drinks were consumed before bringing our food. 2 ordered chicken curry and I had the fish and chips. Very preasant meal, topped with a shared key lime pie. We liked the place.



Provided by Citysearch - 
British Colonial style pub

Nice setting, nice place. But bad service and not very good food spoilt it for me. If I am around one day and need food badly, I may go and try again, but there are many good places to eat in SP that were better.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Curry in town?

I am guessing people who say that have never tasted a good curry, because theirs are terrible! The only reason the place is open is because of its location. If it was down to the fact that it was meant to be an authentic British pub, curry and service, it would have gone down the pan years ago. The staff have always been appalling.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Unacceptable ""Policy!""

Always loved this place and even though the prices went up and food portions AND quality went down, I liked the outside ambiance so continued to eat there a few times a month.
But this is what really ticked me off:
I always carry a water bottle, placed in a very nice thermal cover, that has an over the shoulder strap. It's very convenient when walking around downtown in the heat.
My friend and I were seated in the outside area. I put my water bottle on the table and proceeded to read the menu. The waiter came over to me and told me I would have to put the water bottle on the ground as It was not allowed on the table. I explained that for sanitary reasons, I would not put my water bottle on the ground. I was told that I would not be served If I left the bottle on top of the table. Why is it OK for people put their purses, cameras and what not on the table, but not OK for me to place my water bottle there I asked ?
"" It's just our policy"" he said in a very rude manner.............We both got up and left.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Curry?

The MUW used to be a reasonable downtown pub, but I think it went to their head!! The Curry is not good at all, more like a thin curry soup! I cannot comment on all the servers, but the 3 that have waited on us were not good, one even decided to keep all my change, I guess she worked out her own tip. After the lady in charge came to ask me what was wrong, I eventually got my $15 odd back. That was the end of her tip, and I have never been back!! If you want a real curry, go to India Grill on 1st ave north!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not a ""Treat Yourself"" Kind of Experience

Moon Under Water is a British Colonial Indian restaurant in St. Pete, Florida. It has terrific atmosphere, evoking a sort of clubby Englishness in 19th century India. Gin and tonics all around, what? It has a great reputation. We have had lunch there several times over the past three years. However...

I used to consider going there a Treat Yourself kind of experience, a place one would take guests because after all, they deserve something special that we wouldn't allow ourselves just every day of the week. No more. It is now more a 50% positive experience.

The food is still good, very good, in fact. But it feels like a cost accountant is now running the place. Portions have become smaller. And the menu has become confusing, with base prices for dishes and then additional charges for all sorts of add-ons that had formerly been part of the original dish. For instance, curried chicken $x. Add Tikka Masala sauce, $(x+2). Add naan bread, $2 more. Add chutney, $2 more. It would be far clearer to list two versions of the dish - one plain and one with all the trimmings - at two prices. Period. As it is now, the patron feels like s/he has to ask just exactly what would such and such a combination cost, just to have a sense of what to expect. To mitigate these (quasi-hidden) price increases, the restaurant now offers unlimited servings of rice. That is definitely welcome but does not sufficiently counterbalance the rest.

ALSO, the naan is terrible, which is unforgivable in an Indian restaurant. It tastes like grocery store bought average quality pita - thick, dry and stale. And IT costs $2.75 for a side order of two pieces! (Of course, that is plenty, since you can't eat it anyway.)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Never Again, Waitress Tried To Rip Me Off!

I've been a frequent customer of this establishment for a few years now, since I've been a resident of St. Pete. I come in about once a month, and prior to this have received poor service, but not enough to drive me away as their food truly is astounding. Until last night I had nothing bad to say about this establishment other than to not go if you are not prepared for a wait, and poor customer service. Last night, on my bill totaling $27.xx for two people, I paid with a $50 bill. When the waitress brought my change, she brought back $12.xx, shorting me by $10. I was truly going to leave her a decent tip as she'd gotten the orders correct, and kept up with the drinks fairly well. I was appalled at this, I understand that the economy is tough for everyone but STEALING is not the way to get what you want. This was nothing short of pure thievery as when confronted she gave me a $10 bill right out of her pocket and muttered something about it being a long day. That being said I will never bring my business or recommend this restaurant to another person ever again. Congratulations Moon Under Water, you've finally shown what poor quality of people you hire, and may that be a reflection of your management/ownership. That being said, if you are looking for someone to rip you off, by all means go here, the food is great. But, I'm quite certain if they were of the mind to attempt thievery with a cash consumer, they may steal your credit card information as well.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Curry

After attending the wonderful opening of the new wing of the Fine Arts museum, my daughter and I wanted to eat somplace close. We came upon a very nice woman walking her dog and she highly recommended Moon Under Water. We header over in eager anticipation.
We were seated quickly and the hostess brought us menus and we started to look the choices over. Our waitress was quite a bit on the sullen side. I am not sure why...working on Easter? Bad night with the boyfriend? We didn't let it let her ruin our mom and daughter day.
Once we decided, the Baked Brie was wonderful. We had never had this before and although on the pricy side, it was worth it to a sense. I would actually back off from the price of this a few dollars to make it more reasonable. I had Chicken Curry -medium spicy, it was delcious. It came to our table hot and the rice was also wonderful and I could have as much as I wanted. I was a bit dismayed when asking for a second portion, instead of removing my first dish, the waitress plopped it down into the dirty silver bowl. When I had finished my dinner, she commented on my appetite which I thought was borderline rude. My daughter had Vegie Shepards' Pie, she wasn't really crazy about seemed to need some spice or something.
Over all, I would return, but management, if you happen to read this, please tell your staff that as their job, they should be polite and caring. Fake it if you have to...but this insolence has got to stop. From reading some of the other people's reviews, I would say you have a problem with your rude staff. Even though you have a nice location and been here for a while, even Rome fell. So, step up to the plate and tell your staff to get with it. In this economy, it is a pleasure to eat out that I do not take for granted and neither should your staff.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best curry in town!

We really do enjoy this place. Order the hot curry and it's hot & spicy (the servers will warn you on this too so tender tummies beware) comes with homemade pappadam, mango chutney and pickled onion. YUMM! Have had mixed experiences here though. Have come in for romantic dinners and had spot on service other times stopped by for a pint and crabcakes (baked-not fried) and waited 20 mins to be served. If you do have to wait, it's well worth it! Inside its English colonial with lots of wood and new friends to be made at the bar. Outside has covered patio seating as well as sidewalk seating. I definitely recommend this place!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
One of my favorites, but it all depends on who you get.

Ive been to moon under water several times, and mostly have had a wonderful experience everytime. Some servers are definately better than others. Great fish and chips and samosa's, love the calimari! I love this place mostly because its indigenous and unique. The inside looks like an english pub, trendy/casual. Great beer selection, great cider. Have always had much better service when i sit inside, but outside is nice. , can be romanitic, fun. all around one of my favorite places in downtown.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Genuine people and food is very good

I have been traveling to Tampa for work this year and started staying in St Pete because it felt more real and I liked the people. I found ""Moon Under Water"" based on a recommendation and I wasn't disappointed. The food is very good, great location, but, more importantly, the staff truly care about their customers. There is no better way to enjoy St Pete than by starting, staying, or ending your night on the water at ""The Moon."" Management is great and check in with Fred at the bar. He's the greatest; have him say ""pahhk the cahhh,"" for you.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Snippity hostess, rude bartender and the ""sweet"" servers are aloof and also very rude.

I was denied a plastic cup of ice to take to my dog who was in the car (as there is a park across the street). The server basically insinuated that I was going to ""smuggle"" a 1/3 cup watered down cocktail out of the restaurant with the plastic cup. How insulting! Will never go back again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Unreasonalbe Reaction to Dogs!

We have been going to the ""Moon"" for many years and had always been one of our favorite places. I would have given it a four or five star until now. Yes, the service can be good or bad, but isn't that the case now-a-days in any restaurant? But the ""Moon"" has great fish & chips and curry dishes as well as salads and is one of the few places with character where you can sit outside and still hold a conversation. Now for the reason for the three stars. There is no reason to ban dogs after all these years, it was an ill thought out, unreasonable reaction on thir part. The solution? Take the lead from the airlines and limit the amount allowed on the patio at any one time, post in flyer form a set of doggie rules at the tables, but by all means don't penelize us long term customers by no longer allowing the good ground sitting, quiet dogs. We for one will never be back and have gone out of our way to tell anyone who will listen how bad it is.

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