In 1854, U.S. Navy surveyors were tasked with finding the best site for a seaside railroad depot, accessible to sailing vessels. After searching far and wide, they selected a beautiful spot along the southeastern shore of the Pinellas Peninsula. Here, the survey expedition’s carpenter, William Paul, quickly constructed a small settlement with barracks, a short pier and a smokehouse. This small settlement eventually became known as Paul’s Landing, which would be the future location of the St. Petersburg Downtown Waterfront.
After being discharged from the Navy, Paul returned with his family. Here they enjoyed the beauty of the waterfront for fishing, planted an orchard to grow fragrant Florida oranges, and continued smoking and curing meats. These three things, Citrus – Seafood – Smoke, are the essence of our restaurant.
Our Paul’s Landing holds true to the flavors of old Florida but with a fresh, modern twist. We hope you enjoy your experience that was more than 150 years in the making.