Whether it is held in an intimate dining room or perched up at a sushi bar across from the chef, a chef’s tasting menus bring out some of the most compelling flavors from talented chefs and the diners seeking out a memorable dining experience. The next time you are craving the absolute best of a chef’s creations, pay a visit to these outstanding Tampa restaurants for their next scheduled chef’s tasting menu events.
Rooster & the Till
6500 N Florida Ave Tampa, FL 33604
This sleek, causal yet upscale spot is a popular place to try new and creative dishes. And guests at the Rooster & the Till can choose to participate in either a chef’s food tasting menu or a chef’s drink tasting menu, or those looking for the ultimate experience can choose both. Along with your whole table, diners are treated to five courses that have included such delicacies as Fava Bessara with English Peas and Pita as well as Coconut Malabi with Pomegranate Orange Blossoms.
Mise En Place
442 W Grand Central Blvd Ste 110 Tampa, FL 33606
This beautifully renovated spot is ideal for romantic date nights as well as celebration dinners, so it’s no surprise that Mis En Place puts on superb chef’s tasting events. Recent menu and wine pairings included a four-course meal and six wine pairings. Chef menu items have been a Cobia Crudo cold salad with passion fruit agua chili and watermelon radish as well as Olive Oil Pistachio Polenta Cake for dessert served with a Poco do Lobo Cabernet Sauvignon.
2909 W Bay To Bay Blvd Ste 100 Tampa, FL 33629
Owned and run by the same master chef in the kitchen as Edison, Counter Culture is an homage to classic counter dining but with bar dining and Bay views. Counter Culture offers a three-course tasting menu with two selections for two of the courses along with a perfectly paired cocktail and wine selection. Reserve the private dining room for a secluded experience at this popular dining destination.
615 Channelside Dr. Ste 112 Tampa, FL 33602
A surprising option can be found at Noble Rice where the chefs here offer an 8-10 course omakase “chef tasting” at this popular Japanese restaurant. Sushi and sashimi are flown in from the Toyoso market in Japan, ensuring that this chef’s tasting experience will be like no other. In addition to seafood, other meat and protein options are offered as well like Noble Rice’s Japanese Wagyu Strip, or the Fried Tofu with Fried Salmon Roe.
3671 S West Shore Blvd Tampa, FL 33629
For an excellent Italian meal picked out by a well-regarded chef, head to the charming Trattoria Pasquale for their special tasting menu. Held weekly, Trattoria Pasquale’s chef’s table dinner serves up seven tasty courses family style. This casual local gem is known for its fresh flavors and authentic Italian dishes like their Gnocchi Italiana, Veal Nonno Pasquale and Eggplant Parmigiana.
The Lounge by Meat Market
1606 W Snow Ave Tampa, FL 33606
The sexy, chic steakhouse Meat Market in swanky Hyde Park has opened an after dinner experience called The Lounge. Tampa diners can reserve a spot at a Chef’s Tasting Menu here for a three-course delight that is sure to be a memorable experience. Recent offerings have included a Crudo Tower overflowing with King Crab and other seafood delicacies as well as a Chef’s Board with Wagyu Tomahawks and Lobster Tail.
2507 S MacDill Ave Tampa, FL 33629
This unique dining experience offers a blend of classic French and Vietnamese food at their South Tampa spot. BT’s Chef’s Tasting Menu is an extension of the beautiful, Zen-like feeling present at this unique, restaurant presided over by a life-size Buddha statue on the patio. Gorgeously styled food is presented on crisp white plates and tablecloths accented by edible florals inside while the outside seating area overflows with lush greenery and intimate seating. The Chef’s Menu varies with current specials and classic offerings but some options have been Tuna Tai Chanh and Coq au Vin.
15405 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33618
With alluring lighting and cozy seating along with a beautiful bar area, Sacred Pepper offers a stellar dining destination for those looking for a Chef’s Table experience in Tampa. At Sacred Pepper, guests are treated to an interactive, five-course dinner with chef James Maita and his staff paired with specially selected wines and cocktails. Guests are encouraged to ask about the seasonal ingredients used in the premium menu offerings making this chef’s dinner unique. Some favorite menu items are the Baked Lobster & Crab Rotolo, the Crab Stuffed Flounder and the Chilean Sea Bass.
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