Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine with a modern flair. Restaurant is vegetarian and vegan. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Middle Eastern, Take-out, Delivery
119 2nd St N (1st Ave N)
St Petersburg, Florida 33701
727-498-8627

Open Mon-Thur 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 10am-3pm.

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  • Outdoor seating
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First Review by Nicki
Vegetarian123
Vegetarian123
4

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  • vegetarian

Great vegetarian restaurant!

5 Posted on 08 / 11 / 2014

One of the best vegetarian restaurants I have found, even with traveling the US, Canada and some of Europe. The service was excellent and the food out of this world! Meze 119 is a 50 minute drive for me, but I plan to go back every chance I get. Kudos to the owner, too, for running a clean restaurant, which has a very good inspection rating from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Updated from previous review on Monday August 11, 2014

Pros: Great food, Wonderful service
ActiveCaptain
ActiveCaptain
7

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  • vegan

Fantastic

5 Posted on 01 / 13 / 2014

It was our first time here. We're visiting St Petersburg by boat and just happened to come across Meze 119.

We shared an assortment of appetizers. All were fantastic. There's a nice attention to detail and quality here missing in so many restaurants. Service was the perfect balance of being attentive and not bothering.

We'll only be in town for a week but we'll be back.

Pros: food, service, comfortable atmosphere
myra975
myra975
10

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  • vegan

Excellent Meze 119

5 Posted on 01 / 12 / 2014

Meze 119 serves brunch, Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegan and Vegetarian foods. Thanks to the other great reviews here on Happy Cow, my family and I decided to try this place out and were NOT disappointed! Our server was amazing and took the time to go over the menu with us and very helpful. The vibe at Meze 119 was 'unique' and the music was just right. There were a number of vegan items to choose from and I do agree with the other reviewers - the misspelled words kind of got confusing like "sammies' or "meyn", but we figured it out. The Meze-naide was really a great drink to start the meal. The portions were great and each dish and salad were prepared to perfection. We topped it off with ice cream sandwich (vegan ice cream in between two chocolate cookies) and it was a great way to end the experience. We will be recommending Meze 119 and will be back soon!

Pros: Excellent Food, Excellent Service, Nice Vibe
Ward
Ward
7

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  • vegetarian

Excellent Middle Eastern

5 Posted on 12 / 05 / 2013

Greatest variety of middle eastern dishes. The only problem with the 3-hummus appetizer is picking from the half dozen hummus options. Three different meals, all wonderful. Awarded the owner a Happy Cow window decal.

Pros: Menu variety, Service, Outdoor seating

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Truly
Truly
8

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  • vegetarian

Upscale for Florida?

4 Posted on 08 / 20 / 2013

Meze 119 is probably your most upscale option for a vegetarian or vegan dinner in the Tampa Bay area. It's casual, but nice casual. Fun, hip ambiance, friendly and knowledgeable servers, very good food. Convenient downtown location in St. Pete.

I almost didn't want to go because it sounded like a typical boring Middle Eastern menu that we vegetarians are always getting stuck with when nothing else is available(hummus! baba ghanoush! be still, my beating heart!) But Meze 119 surprised me.

So first of all ... fake meat! I love fake meat! They had fake chicken, tempeh bacon, all sorts of fake stuff. And ... they have plenty of NO FAKE MEAT options for those of you who DON'T like fake meat!

Second - variety! Not just tabbouleh and falafel. Other stuff too. And even the Middle Eastern stuff has some interesting twists, like a Moroccan spiced fava bean hummus.

Third - taste! Everything was tasty! The Cyprus BLT was habit-forming, and the Moroccan BBQ Chikk'n with crispy fried spinach (aka crack) was memorable.

Fourth - liquor license! So you can enjoy a nice drink while you are sampling the meze!

Really only one complaint: the cutesy alternative (and nearly illegible) alternative spellings for the fake meats. Shrrmp? Is that really necessary?

Pros: location, ambiance, variety of options
Cons: annoying spelling!, a little heavy/oily
FlourChild2006
FlourChild2006
3

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  • vegetarian

Fantastic

5 Posted on 08 / 04 / 2013

My friend and I went for brunch today and were very impressed. We really enjoyed our meal. It was just the right serving amount and very delicious. Loved the flavors. The staff was very friendly, the restaurant was clean and comfortable. The prices are great too! We will definitely be going back.

Pros: Prices, Selections
BrendanCC
BrendanCC
1

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  • vegetarian

best vegetarian/vegan friendly in TB

5 Posted on 06 / 25 / 2013

I went here with a friend tonight, after visiting majority of the Vegetarian-Friendly restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, we finally visited Meze 119. We were extremely impressed and very, very happy with our food.

They offered so much variety and a lot of vegan slang play-on style menu. I loved how between the Mediterranean style cuisine, to jewish, to american food like a "stak/steak sandwich" and other varieties of foreign cuisine.

I tried the Stak Sandwich with the Hot and Sour soup. It was extremely tasty, I loved my sandwich especially. I honestly can't say enough on how this is the best vegetarian restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. I've visited vegetarian restarants all over the country and I've only been impressed a handful of times, this is one of those times.

Pros: Nice chic atmosphere/decor, Great Menu Choices, Delicious Food
Cons: Could be bigger, Needs more business, Needs more marketing
teal
teal
2

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  • vegan

The best vegan food I've ever had

5 Posted on 06 / 25 / 2013

I've lived all over the west coast and while the west coast lauds itself in having a plethora of both vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in comparison to the southeast, honestly none are as amazing as Meze 119, nestled in St. Petersburg, FL.

The environment is eclectic and cozy with white furniture against pillows with pretty textured fabrics that are great for the booths and make the dining experience more comfortable, and our waiter was kind, friendly, and informative. He pointed out that the menu shows which foods are specifically vegan with a "V" labeled next to the dish to differentiate between the vegan dishes and the vegetarian dishes; this is so accommodating to everyone's preferences so my vegetarian friend who accompanied me and I (vegan) could both order dishes that suited our individual needs.

As for the food itself, it was amazing in appearance/presentation and in taste, and the menu embraces Middle Eastern cuisine varieties and, in my opinion, really has something for everyone to enjoy on it. I found Meze 119 while being a passenger on a car ride looking for a place to stop and eat on HappyCow and I'm so grateful that I stumbled upon this place. (Thanks, fellow reviewers!) I hadn't any exorbitant expectations coming in and was so delighted and overall wow-ed by the food and environment offered.

I tried the Meze sammie, which was an ideal portion size and left me with some great leftovers in addition, and the falafels were nothing short of epic - I've been to plenty of places in search of that perfect falafel and this one is it; it's not just a flat, boring chickpea flavor but has lots of texture and depth with a slightly crispy and very yummy outside (and inside!), and even a hint of lemon with every bite, it's a pretty falafel too. In speaking of lemon, their crushed mint leaf lemonade was delicious as well, I even got one to go because I wanted to enjoy it after the wonderful experience I had at Meze 119.

I will most definitely be coming here again and hopefully it'll be soon. Next time I'm in St. Petersburg, I'm for sure bringing more people with me to try out this epically delicious place and to share this gem with them. There may not be as many vegetarian/vegan places in the southeast as in my former home of the west coast, but I'd take Meze 119 any day over any of the previous restaurants I've been to that cater to my lifestyle.

To the Meze 119 owners & staff: Thank you for the wonderful food, environment, and service!

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly staff, Wonderful environment
GigglingPixie
GigglingPixie
11

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  • vegan

good vegan food

4 Posted on 06 / 10 / 2013

The vegan food here is good. Atmosphere is cozy. Staff is very friendly. Prices and portions are fair. The teas are very good. Hours are perfect.

Pros: portions & prices are fair, friendly staff, food is good
Cons: would like more vegan options, get rid of the cushions or replace them
Julia36x
Julia36x
1

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  • mostly-vegetarian

NO DELIVERY AVAILABLE

2 Posted on 03 / 22 / 2013

I just called for a delivery order and was told there was none available. They can take cc by phone which seems pretty pointless if they don't deliver. Very disappointed.


Cons: no delivery option available
Moon Panther
Moon Panther
2

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  • mostly-vegetarian

MEZE ROCKS

5 Posted on 03 / 01 / 2013

The best vegetarian restaurant in Saint Pete! Had the veggie lobster and cheese....yummm. Good prices and service.

Pros: World class food.
Cons: Need more tea choices.
hertinkerbell
hertinkerbell
1

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  • vegan

You have to eat here!

5 Posted on 01 / 01 / 2013

This place is fantastic! The food was so good, plenty of variety, and some new, adventurous flavors. The place is small, cozy and decorated beautifully, very modern, with lots of pillows in the booths, and lovely murals on the walls. Our waiter was very helpful, answering all our questions and providing suggestions. We all loved the food. We had the trio of salads and liked all three. Servings are on the small side, so if you eat a lot you may have to order more than at a typical restaurant, but everything is so good here, I was glad to try several different dishes, almost like "tapas" style. Loved it!

Pros: food, ambiance, variety
Nicki
Nicki
14

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  • vegan

Best falafels ever

5 Posted on 07 / 20 / 2011

I'veb een to Meze several times, and my only complaint would be that I wish they had what was vegan or what could be made vegan on the menu. I was told on one visit that the falafel salad was vegan as is, but when I ordered it on another visit it came with yogurt sauce on it. But they were so nice that they re-made it without - I just felt bad that I didn't order it correctly to begin with. But the food is delicious, and you always have the option of getting whole wheat for pita and sandwiches, and everyone there is always really nice.

Pros: Excellent food, Healthy, Friendly and accommodating staff
Cons: Vegan items not clearly marked
Guest
Guest

Fantastic Food!

5 Posted on 06 / 02 / 2011

Meze is a contemporary, creative vegetarian restaurant in St. Petersburg. Open for lunch and dinner you can eat healthy, delicious food whenever you want it. The owners, staff, and chef are friendly and accommodating. Don't miss eating here if you are in St. Petersburg. Definitely worth a drive from the surrounding counties as well. It's like a big city restaurant in the neighborhood!

Pros: interesting healthy food, reasonable prices, all vegetarian

 

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