This is without a doubt one of my favorite restaurants. The food is delicious and the service is excellent. Whenever I have out of town company, this is the restaurant I take them to. But, I don't reserve visits just for visitors. This is a great 'anytime' restaurant.
The atmosphere is casual and does tend to get rather noisy. That's because it is always so busy. If you want to go when it is not quite so busy, try early afternoon, between 2:00-4:00 p.m.If you plan on going on a Friday or Saturday night, be prepared for a wait.I guarantee the food is worth the wait!
If you are in the mood for an appetizer, my favorite is the Shrimp & Artichoke Dip. I am also partial to the Caesar della Casa (Caesar Salad).
My favorite dish is the Shrimp Portofino, tender, sautéed shrimp with mushrooms, pine nuts and spinach in a tangy lemon butter sauce, served with pasta. My mouth is watering, just writing about it.
I have a friend who can't live without the Penne Rustica, imported penne pasta with shrimp, grilled chicken, and smoked prosciutto baked under a golden crust of Parmesan cheese.
The Twice Baked Lasagna with Meatballs, six layers of tender pasta stuffed with seasoned meatballs, three cheeses and Bolognese sauce, then baked in their brick oven until bubbling is pretty spectacular too.
There is also a children's menu with more than the usual offerings. Ever heard of Grilled Chicken & Broccoli or Fettuccine Alfredo on a kid's menu? Don't worry, there is Mac 'n Cheese, Pizza, and Spaghetti for them too.
If you still have room after dinner, they have some really yummie desserts.
If you are looking for spirits, those are also available.
28795 US Hwy 19 N.
Clearwater, FL 33761-2585 US
Phone: 727-726-6676 • Fax: 727-726-1757
Web Site: http://www.macaronigrill.com/menu/default.asp?Unit_ID=001.009.0073&state=FL
The web site has driving directions and a map. It also has the menus for lunch and dinner.