ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Library in Downtown St. Pete is a trendy spot to eat, drink and even read a book.
Formerly known as The Peabody, this library-inspired restaurant is based off of the George Peabody Library in Baltimore. More than 600 blue books line the walls to serve a decorative and functional purpose. Guests are welcome to grab a book, sit back and enjoy a coffee at any of the tables tucked away in cozy nooks.
Located on the first floor of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Research and Education building, The Library is all about community. The hospital went to Oxford Exchange, The Library's sister restaurant, to form a partnership to create a restaurant that vibes with the St. Pete community and hospital campus.
"We're a restaurant based off community, just like our sister restaurant, Oxford Exchange," said Executive Chef Rachel Bennet. "When we first opened, we thought it was gonna be all hospital [staff] would just flock us...but for the most part, it's been a lot of the St. Pete community that's come to see us, which is really awesome to see."
The food is new-age American, with a wide variety of dish options to choose from. The Library offers not only lunch and dinner, but serves brunch on the weekends, has a walk-up coffee bar and happy hour on the weekdays. Check out the different menus here.
Can't decide what to order? Here are some of their more popular dishes:
- Noodle Salad with grilled shrimp, red cabbage and kimchi
- Benne Cauliflower with cripsy garlic scallion, spices an chile sauce
- Chicken Ricotta Flatbread with mushrooms, pesto and truffled arugula (gluten free)
- Blackened Fish Tacos with chile glaze and kale slaw
- Espresso Brownie served with milk (gluten free)
The Library is located at 600 5th Street South in Downtown St. Petersburg. Complimentary valet parking is available for all guests. To learn more about The Library, click here.