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Tampa, FL Restaurant Guide

Whether you’re chomping on chorizo in Channelside or binging on bok choy in Ybor, there’s something in Tampa for whatever you’re craving. In fact, Tampa has always been a culinary capital – the Cuban sandwich was invented there, after all. But now, with millions of folks – and flavors – flocking to the gulf coast city, they’re cooking up something good in Cigar City.

Let’s start with the local stuff.  Tampa has some of the best seafood in the Gulf Coast of Florida.  Between Ocean Prime’s prawns, Catch Twenty Three’s Tilapia, and more, you’ll find five-star seafood dining anywhere you go in Tampa. Plus, with great local snow crab and Tampa’s Cuban influences, Tampa has its own local delicacy, the Deviled Crab.  Similar to a crab cake, deviled crab is sprinkled with bread crumbs and baked rather than broiled or fried, for an extra crunchy twist on the classic.  It’s available everywhere in the Tampa area – from great Tampa seafood restaurants to local Cuban bakeries.

Speaking of Cuban bakeries, let’s talk about the Cuban sandwich.  A simple pressed ham and cheese sandwich using freshly baked Cuban bread had been a common lunchtime option going back to the homeland Cubans were emigrating from.  But as Cuban laborers came to Tampa’s Ybor City cigar factories, they meshed with other immigrant communities – specifically Spanish and Italian.  Taking a quick, affordable lunch option from Cuba and spicing it up with roasted pork, ham and salami – along with mustard and Swiss – lead to the Cuban sandwich everyone knows and loves today.  We cover the best Cuban sandwiches in the Tampa area and the best Cuban restaurants in general, for those looking for a little more than a sandwich.

Tampa Karaoke VIP
Velvet Gypsy
Club Prana
Mandarin Heights
EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge
OLIVIA
The Castle
The Cork Room
Babushka’s
Ichicoro Ramen
Luv Child
Soul of Korea
Thee Tree House
On Swann
Riveters
SiX
Rooster & the Till
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Malio's Prime Steakhouse
Council Oak Steaks and Seafood
Bern's Steak House
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Steelbach
King of the Coop
Thee Burger Spot
Flan Factory
Taco Dirty
The Three Coins Diner
Happy Fish
La Segunda Bakery & Café
Riveters Tampa
Yum Yum Hot Pot AYCE
The Boozy Pig
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Coppertail Brewing Co.
7venth Sun Brewery
Magnanimous Brewing
Angry Chair Brewing
Wild Rover Brewing Company
Hidden Springs Ale Works
The Attic Café
M.Bird
Rox Rooftop Bar
EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge
Luna Lounge
Armani’s Lounge Rooftop Terrace
Sal Y Mar
Hampton Station Pizzeria
Tampa Pizza Company
Viva Napoli
Lee's Grocery
Fabrica Woodfired Pizza
Cappy Pizzeria
Gourmet Pizza Company
Skipper's Smokehouse
Ulele
Big Ray's Fish Camp
Heights Seafood
Blue Sea Fish Market and Restaurant
Circles Waterfront Restaurant
Hula Bay
Salt Shack on the Bay
Catch Twenty Three
Rick's On The River
Eddie and Sam's NY Pizza
First Watch
American Social
Zudar's on Platt
Maestro's Restaurant
Oak and Ola
Garrison Tavern
Urban Cantina
Haven
Samaria Cafe
River’s Edge 
Four Green Fields  
Turntable
Buddy Brew Coffee
Gallito Taqueria 
Ulele
Oxford Exchange
Columbia Café
Edison Food + Drink Lab
MISE EN PLACE
Rooster & The Till
Yeoman's Cask & Lion
On Swann
Oak and Ola
Bern's Steak House
American Social 
Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi 
Yolk White & Associates 
Los Chapo’s Tacos
Ocean Prime
Taste of Boston
Catch Twenty Three
Rusty Pelican
Harpoon Harry's Crab House
Charley's Steakhouse and Market Fresh Fish
Skipper's Smokehouse
Big Ray's Fish Camp
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Oystercatchers
Stones Throw
Watervue Grille
Gaspar's Grotto
Ella's Americana Folk Art Café
Ulele
Bon Appetit Restaurant
M. Bird
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Salt Shack on the Bay
Armature Works 
Sparkman Wharf 
Skipper’s Smokehouse
Rick’s on the River
The Boozy Pig
Shula Burger Tampa
Thee Burger Spot
El Cap Restaurant
Daily Eats
Nebraska Mini Mart
Pappy Devil Crabs
Brocato's Sandwich Shop
Aguila Sandwich Shop
La Segunda Central Bakery
Michelle Faedo's
Ricky’s Cuban Restaurant
Carmine's
Cacciatore & Sons
Ocean Prime
Bamboozle
Fresh Kitchen
Queen of Sheba
The Mediterranean Chickpea
Water and Flour
Bella's Italian Cafe
Bernini
Bavaro's
Vino E Pasta
Timpano Italian Chophouse
Ground Foods Cafe
Cena
Donatello Italian Restaurant
Caffé Paradiso
Osteria Natalina 
Oggi Italian 
Buya Ramen
Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Red Mesa Mercado
Urban Comfort Restaurant and Brewery
Teak - St Pete Pier
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Del Frisco's Grille
The Brunchery
Jimbo's Pit BBQ
Capital Grille
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Ulele
Seasons 52
Thinh An Kitchen & Tofu
Restaurant BT
Bamboozle Cafe
Saigon Bay Vietnamese Restaurant
Trang Viet Cuisine
Pho Quyen Vietnamese
Fusion Bowl
Meat Market Tampa
Bulla Gastrobar
Ciro's
Cask Social Kitchen
Gigglewaters
Water + Flour
Haven
Better Byrd
Irish 31
Café Dufrain
Miguelitos Taqueria Y Tequila
Green Lemon
Lolis Mexican Cravings
Lolis Mexican Cravings
Lolis Mexican Cravings
Lolis Mexican Cravings
Bartaco
Besito
Margaritas
Mekenita Cantina
Senor Tequila Mexican Grill
Senor Tequila Mexican Grill
Urban Cantina
Don Julio's Authentic Mexican Cuisine
Taco Bus
Taco Bus
Taco Bus
SoHo Sushi
Kelp Sushi Joint
Kelp Sushi Joint
Water + Flour
Yoko's Japanese Restaurant
Matoi Sushi and Korean Restaurant
Ebisu Sushi Shack
Origami Sushi
Umami Sushi
Shogun Sushi
Olivia
King of the Coop
Wrights Gourmet
Mediterranean Chickpea
Datz
Pane Rustica
Soho Sushi
Pure Kitchen Organic Vegan
Osteria Natalina
Cigar City Brewing
Coppertail Brewing Company
Angry Chair Brewing
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
81 Bay Brewing Company
New Leaf Elementals Cafe
Ground Foods Cafe
Farmacy Vegan Kitchen
Farmacy Vegan Kitchen
Pure Kitchen
Nicki's Omelette and Grill
La Segunda Central Bakery
Daily Eats
Wright's Gourmet House
Datz
Columbia-Ybor City
La Teresita Restaurant
Carmine's
Kuba
Pipo's Restaurant
Gold Ring Cafe
Bern's Steak House
Ciro's
Oystercatchers
Rusty Pelican
Mise en Place
Vino e Pasta
Pane Rustica Bakery and Cafe
Kojak's House of Ribs
First Choice BBQ
Al's Finger Licking Good Barbecue
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Mission BBQ
Jazzy's BBQ
Jimbo's Pit BBQ
Holy Hog Barbecue
Big John's Alabama BBQ
The Deviled Pig
La Segunda Central Bakery
Flan Factory
West Tampa Sandwich Shop
Brocato's Sandwich Shop
Columbia Cafe
Carmine's Ybor
The Floridian
Wright's Gourmet House
Cuban Breezes
Gonzo's Sandwich Shop
Burnin' Barber-Que and More
Food 4 the Soul
Mama's Soul Food Restaurant
Lillie Mae's Southern Cafe
Regan's Delights
Big Daddy's Soul Food
Auntie's Soul Food and More
Mr. B's Cafe
La Teresita
Mama's Kitchen
El Tipico Criollo
Saigon Deli
Mel's Hot Dogs
Fresh Kitchen
Taco Bus
Bahama Breeze
Jackson's Bistro Bar and Sushi
Rick's On the River
Ulele
Columbia Cafe
Tampa Bay Brewing Co
Hula Bay Club
Cafe Dufrain
Armature Works
Miguel's Mexican Seafood
Oxford Exchange
Samaria Cafe
First Watch
Nicki's Omelette and Grill
Datz Tampa
Daily Eats
La Segunda Central Bakery
Psomi
Pinky’s Diner
The Attic Cafe
7th + Grove
Al's Finger Licking Good Soul Food
Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ
Chief's Creole Cafe
Hogg Batch Coffee
Jerk Hut Island Grille and Beach Club
Ray's Vegan Soul
Rush Hour Chicken and Waffles
Island Flavors and Tings
M&R Cafe
Kay's Kitchen
Tampa Karaoke VIP
Club Prana
Mandarin Heights
EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge
The Castle
The Cork Room
Babushka’s
Ichicoro Ramen
Luv Child
Soul of Korea
Thee Tree House
On Swann
Riveters
Rooster & the Till
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Malio's Prime Steakhouse
Council Oak Steaks and Seafood
Bern's Steak House
Steelbach
King of the Coop
Thee Burger Spot
Flan Factory
Taco Dirty
The Three Coins Diner
Happy Fish
La Segunda Bakery & Café
Riveters Tampa
Yum Yum Hot Pot AYCE
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Coppertail Brewing Co.
7venth Sun Brewery
Magnanimous Brewing
Angry Chair Brewing
Wild Rover Brewing Company
Hidden Springs Ale Works
The Attic Café
M.Bird
Rox Rooftop Bar
EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge
Luna Lounge
Armani’s Lounge Rooftop Terrace
Sal Y Mar
Hampton Station Pizzeria
Tampa Pizza Company
Viva Napoli
Lee's Grocery
Fabrica Woodfired Pizza
Cappy Pizzeria
Gourmet Pizza Company
Skipper's Smokehouse
Ulele
Big Ray's Fish Camp
Heights Seafood
Blue Sea Fish Market and Restaurant
Circles Waterfront Restaurant
Hula Bay
Salt Shack on the Bay
Catch Twenty Three
Rick's On The River
Eddie and Sam's NY Pizza
American Social
Zudar's on Platt
Maestro's Restaurant
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Oak and Ola
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Garrison Tavern
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Urban Cantina
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Haven
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Samaria Cafe
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River’s Edge 
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Four Green Fields  
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Buddy Brew Coffee
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Gallito Taqueria 
Ulele
Oxford Exchange
Edison Food + Drink Lab
MISE EN PLACE
Rooster and Till
Rooster & The Till
Yeoman's Cask & Lion
On Swann
On Swann
Oak and Ola
bern's steakhouse
Bern's Steak House
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American Social 
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Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi 
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Yolk White & Associates 
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Los Chapo’s Tacos
Ocean Prime
Taste of Boston
Catch Twenty Three
Rusty Pelican
Harpoon Harry's Crab House
Charley's Steakhouse and Market Fresh Fish
Skipper's Smokehouse
Big Ray's Fish Camp
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Oystercatchers
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Stones Throw
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Watervue Grille
Gaspar's Grotto
Ella's Americana Folk Art Café
Ulele
Bon Appetit Restaurant
M. Bird
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Mad Dogs and Englishmen
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Salt Shack on the Bay
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Armature Works 
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Sparkman Wharf 
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Skipper’s Smokehouse
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Rick’s on the River
The Boozy Pig
Shula Burger Tampa
Thee Burger Spot
El Cap Restaurant
Daily Eats
Nebraska Mini Mart
Pappy Devil Crabs
Brocato's Sandwich Shop
Aguila Sandwich Shop
La Segunda Central Bakery
Michelle Faedo's
Ricky’s Cuban Restaurant
Carmine's
Cacciatore & Sons
Ocean Prime
Fresh Kitchen
Queen of Sheba
The Mediterranean Chickpea
Water and Flour
Bella's Italian Cafe
Bernini
Timpano Italian Chophouse
Ground Foods Cafe
Cena
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Donatello Italian Restaurant
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Caffé Paradiso
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Osteria Natalina 
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Oggi Italian 
Buya Ramen
Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Red Mesa Mercado
Urban Comfort Restaurant and Brewery
Teak - St Pete Pier
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Del Frisco's Grille
The Brunchery
Jimbo's Pit BBQ
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Ulele
Thinh An Kitchen & Tofu
Restaurant BT
Bamboozle Cafe
Saigon Bay Vietnamese Restaurant
Trang Viet Cuisine
Pho Quyen Vietnamese
Meat Market Tampa
Bulla Gastrobar
Ciro's
Cask Social Kitchen
Gigglewaters
Water + Flour
Haven
Better Byrd
Irish 31
Café Dufrain
Miguelitos Taqueria Y Tequila
Green Lemon
Lolis Mexican Cravings
Lolis Mexican Cravings
Lolis Mexican Cravings
Lolis Mexican Cravings
Bartaco
Besito
Margaritas
Mekenita Cantina
Senor Tequila Mexican Grill
Senor Tequila Mexican Grill
Urban Cantina
Don Julio's Authentic Mexican Cuisine
Taco Bus
Taco Bus
Taco Bus
SoHo Sushi
Kelp Sushi Joint
Kelp Sushi Joint
Water + Flour
Yoko's Japanese Restaurant
Matoi Sushi and Korean Restaurant
Ebisu Sushi Shack
Origami Sushi
Umami Sushi
Shogun Sushi
Olivia
King of the Coop
Wrights Gourmet
Mediterranean Chickpea
Datz
Pane Rustica
Soho Sushi
Pure Kitchen Organic Vegan
Osteria Natalina
Cigar City Brewing
Coppertail Brewing Company
Angry Chair Brewing
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
81 Bay Brewing Company
New Leaf Elementals Cafe
Ground Foods Cafe
Farmacy Vegan Kitchen
Farmacy Vegan Kitchen
Nicki's Omelette and Grill
La Segunda Central Bakery
Daily Eats
Wright's Gourmet House
Datz
Columbia-Ybor City
La Teresita Restaurant
Carmine's
Kuba
Pipo's Restaurant
Gold Ring Cafe
Bern's Steak House
Ciro's
Oystercatchers
Rusty Pelican
Mise en Place
Vino e Pasta
Pane Rustica Bakery and Cafe
Kojak's House of Ribs
First Choice BBQ
Al's Finger Licking Good Barbecue
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Mission BBQ
Jazzy's BBQ
Jimbo's Pit BBQ
Holy Hog Barbecue
Big John's Alabama BBQ
The Deviled Pig
La Segunda Central Bakery
Flan Factory
West Tampa Sandwich Shop
Brocato's Sandwich Shop
Carmine's Ybor
The Floridian
Wright's Gourmet House
Cuban Breezes
Gonzo's Sandwich Shop
Burnin' Barber-Que and More
Food 4 the Soul
Mama's Soul Food Restaurant
Lillie Mae's Southern Cafe
Regan's Delights
Auntie's Soul Food and More
Mr. B's Cafe
La Teresita
Mama's Kitchen
El Tipico Criollo
Saigon Deli
Mel's Hot Dogs
Fresh Kitchen
Taco Bus
Bahama Breeze
Jackson's Bistro Bar and Sushi
Rick's On the River
Ulele
Columbia Cafe
Tampa Bay Brewing Co
Hula Bay Club
Cafe Dufrain
Armature Works
Miguel's Mexican Seafood
Oxford Exchange
Samaria Cafe
First Watch
Nicki's Omelette and Grill
Datz Tampa
Daily Eats
La Segunda Central Bakery
Psomi
Pinky’s Diner
The Attic Cafe
7th + Grove
Al's Finger Licking Good Soul Food
Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ
Chief's Creole Cafe
Hogg Batch Coffee
Jerk Hut Island Grille and Beach Club
Ray's Vegan Soul
Rush Hour Chicken and Waffles
Island Flavors and Tings
M&R Cafe
Kay's Kitchen

Tampa itself is divided into six areas – West Tampa, Downtown Tampa, Brooklyn Village, New Tampa, Ybor City and Channel District.  We dig a little deeper, covering neighborhoods like Riverwalk, Hyde Park, South Tampa and more.  Plus as the home of the 2021 Super Bowl Champs in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the home of the perennial playoff team the Tampa Bay Rays, there are great spots to catch when you’re in The Big Guava.  We cover great spots to eat near Raymond James and Tropicana Field in our guide!

You know the saying about Florida – if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.  Yes, there’s a lot of rain in Florida, but there’s a lot of sunshine, too.  That’s why Tampa has incredible outdoor dining options, everything from big complexes like Sparkman Wharf and Armature Works to more modest establishments like Ella’s American Folk Art Cafe and Skipper’s Smokehouse.  Check out our two diffferent guides for outdoor dining.

Before the Jim Crow era, black people made up 50% of Florida’s population, then moved North in the early 20th century to escape race-based persecution as part of the Great Migration.  Now, as part of the second Great Migration, African Americans from the Northeast are heading back down South, and Tampa is no exception to this trend.  We cover the best black-owned restaurants in the Tampa area in our guides.  

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8 Restaurants Perfect for Girl’s Night Out in Tampa, FL

The girlies are going out tonight! What’s the best place in Tampa, FL for a girl’s night out? Tampa offers rooftop bars with music that go all night, posh culinary wonderlands serving up espresso martinis, dark dive bars with surprisingly bright drink menus, and so much more! The city’s strong culinary scene means that you’re rarely choosing between great drinks and great dining. Take a look at the eight best spots for going out with the girls in Tampa, Florida.

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9 Totally Unique Restaurants in Tampa, Florida

Finding a unique place to dine in the Tampa area doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, this coastal town in south Florida has plenty of interesting restaurants to choose from to guarantee your dining experience is memorable as well as tasty. Let’s look at the most unique restaurants to try out next time you are in Tampa and craving something a little bit different. 

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The 7 Absolute Best Steakhouses in Tampa, Florida

Tampa is littered with fabulous places to eat, and one of the types of cuisines they do not fall short on is steakhouses. Everyone loves a good steakhouse dinner for a birthday, anniversary, or any kind of celebration, really. They’re even great to eat at if you just want to treat yourself to a nice dinner out. To help you celebrate someone special or just to treat yourself soon, here’s a list of wonderful steakhouses to check out while in Tampa. 

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10 Meals Under $10 in Tampa, FL

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Tampa’s Top Breweries For Beer Lovers

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Where To Find The Best Nightlife in Tampa

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The Most Gorgeous Rooftop Restaurants in Tampa

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Where To Find The Absolute Best Pizza in Tampa 🍕

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Where To Find The Freshest Grouper Sandwiches In Tampa

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15 Delicious Restaurants Along The Tampa Riverwalk

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15 Restaurants in Downtown Tampa You Definitely Need to Try

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The Ultimate Guide to The Most Incredible Seafood Restaurants in Tampa

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Don’t let the Tampa stereotype trick you – there’s way more than retirement communities and theme parks in Tampa.  With incredible local seafood, one-of-a-kind delicacies, rich Cuban history, diverse communities, wonderful neighborhoods, and great weather, Tampa is a great American city, and one of the best places to visit in Florida.