Tampa is known for its beautiful weather, relaxing beaches, and vacation attractions. The city also has several high-quality restaurants to choose from whether you’re visiting Tampa with your friends, vacationing with family, or taking a trip with your significant other. Casual restaurants that offer delicious classics, fancy eateries that overlook the water and everything in between can be found at the Riverwalk in Tampa. If you’re planning a trip here soon, here are some restaurants you’ll want to add to your list.
1. Eddie and Sam’s NY Pizza
203 E Twiggs St, Tampa, FL 33602
Tampa is home to several New York transplants, so if you’re craving an authentic NY slice of pizza, Eddie and Sam’s is the place to go when you’re searching for restaurants Tampa Riverwalk options. You can opt for a classic pizza with marinara sauce and mozzarella or top your slice with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, or olives. A pizza topped with cured Italian sausage or pepperoni is also a great choice if you’re picking up dinner for your family. The restaurant is also known for its garlic knots and diners come for the lasagna pizza as well. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, you can’t go wrong with the chicken parmesan or wings you can order in a variety of flavors such as BBQ and hot garlic.
2. First Watch
520 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602
If you enjoy breakfast or brunch or want to take someone special on an early date, First Watch is the place to go. You’ll love the crab and avocado toast or the huevos rancheors with crisp corn tortillas. The turkey dill crepegg is a popular dish at the restaurant as well, and if you’re in the mood for something spicy, you’ll love the Hot Shot omelet. First Watch also offers several pancakes and waffles and the banana crunch pancakes are a delicious choice if you’re a fan of banana bread. There are also several savory brunch options to choose from such as the Monterey club sandwich and the chicken salad melt. First Watch also offers healthy Power Bowls packed with flavor and nutrition and featuring ingredients like quinoa, pesto, chicken, and Italian sausage.
3. American Social
601 S Harbour Island Blvd #107, Tampa, FL
If you want to enjoy a casual lunch with friends in a trendy and modern setting, check out American Social while you’re in Tampa. The restaurant is also known for its delicious brunch options and you can purchase pitchers of Bloody Mary’s or mimosas for your table to enjoy with your meal. You can start your meal with delicious appetizers such as deviled eggs with candied bacon or the fruit and yogurt bowl with mixed berries. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, try the hot chicken sliders with buttermilk biscuits or the avocado toast with egg and spicy mayo. American Social also has vegetarian options such as the Beyond Burger so you can enjoy a tasty meat-free burger with avocado and house-made bistro sauce.
4. Zudar’s on Platt
201 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606
Zudar’s is one of the best places on the Riverwalk to get comfort food for lunch or dinner. Start your meal with the delicious blackened shrimp Caesar salad or a hearty bowl of chicken soup with fresh vegetables. The restaurant also has several classic sandwiches to enjoy including the BLT or the restaurant’s original chili cheddar burger. If you’re visiting Zudar’s for breakfast or brunch, try the egg platters that include eggs prepared any way you like with your choice of toast and hash browns. The restaurant also has delicious pancakes that you can enjoy with a side of eggs and your choice of bacon or sausage. Breakfast sandwiches and wraps from Zudar’s include huevos wrap with egg, ham, jalapeño, and black beans, the pressed Reuben with egg and corned beef, and the tomato basil wrap with fresh spinach and red pepper.
5. Maestro’s Restaurant
1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa, FL 33602
Maestro’s Restaurant at the Starz Center is one of the most popular restaurants on the Riverwalk so it’s perfect for a family meal after a day of fun. Elegant appetizers include the cheese board served with fresh fruit and artisan crackers. Or, you can opt for the hummus served with pita chips. There are several gourmet dishes to choose from, including heart of lamb tartare or Korobuto pork belly and scallops. Each dish is presented to you with visually appealing designs and colors that will make your dining experience even more enjoyable. The restaurant offers as variety of paninis and salads which are perfect for a light lunch if you’re visiting Maestro’s earlier in the day. If you’re in the mood for dessert, try the fudge brownies or giant cookies, which are both great for sharing.
6. Oak and Ola
1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
Serving a combination of American and European cuisine for brunch, lunch, and dinner at an incredible location, Oak and Ola is a place you are going to want to try. The inside of the restaurant is a cool mix between industrial architecture and European details. The outside patio is beautiful and has quite the view including the water and city skyline. There are so many good menu options here such as the Dutch Baby Pancakes for brunch or the pork tenderloin for dinner. You don’t want to fill up too quickly though, because for dessert you have to try the lemon-almond cake and some of their classic cocktails like Virginia’s Secret or The Edna.
7. Garrison Tavern
505 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Garrison Tavern is a super modern, comfortable sports and cocktail bar offering good eats, drinks, and good times! There is plenty of space here and tons of TV’s to watch any game that’s on. A really unique feature that Garrison Tavern has is their Topgolf Swing Suites. They’ve got several individual Topgolf suites for you to practice your swing while hanging out and sharing some apps like crispy shrimp, beef barbacoa nachos, or the fresh cut chips with bacon, blue cheese, and avocado dip. For the main event, try a delicious burger or one of the many different sliders. Order a couple beers and you’re in for a good time!
8. Urban Cantina
200 E. Madison St., Tampa, FL 33602
Let’s be real, Taco Tuesday is essentially a national holiday, so why not celebrate it right? Every Tuesday they have awesome deals on tacos, but every other night of the week they still have great prices on tacos, tortas, burritos, you name it. Urban Cantina is right in Downtown Tampa and is a must try if you’re looking for some delicious modern Mexican food. They have a super cool vibe going on with the decorations inside and they have a bar that is half inside, half outside. Pretty convenient, huh? Check out Urban Cantina this Tuesday or next time you get that queso craving.
2208 West Morrison Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
Vibes: immaculate. Cheese: plentiful. Good times: oh you know it. Haven is about to be your new go-to spot for happy hour when you get off work. Wines and cocktails are only five dollars and beer is only three. Bar bites are six dollars during happy hour and include options like crispy artichokes, shellfish dumplings, and the artisanal cheese plate. Order the chef’s board and choose three different cheeses and three meats for the most delicious and filling charcuterie board you’ve ever had. There are so many other great menu items here, you’ll think you’re in heaven instead of Haven!
10. Samaria Cafe
502 N Tampa St., Tampa, FL 33602
Samaria Cafe has an old school diner vibe serving up brunch every day of the week. They’ve got just about anything you might want from eggs benedict and avocado toast to gyros, chicken salad sandwiches, paninis and more. Portions here are plentiful and at great diner prices that you know and love. Next time you’re around Downtown Tampa and everyone in your group is in the mood for something different, check out Samaria cafe and everyone will find something to enjoy and leave happy.
11. Gallito Taqueria
615 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Gallito Taqueria is located just at the end of the Tampa Riverwalk at Sparkman Wharf. So when you get done walking or biking the trail stop here and treat yourself to some tacos! The menu is small but it sure is tasty. Start off, or end your meal, with some of their street corn, queso and chips or churros. For tacos, your choices include the classics with chicken, steak, pork, and veggie. Or try algo diferente, with options like birria tacos, their puffy taco, or nachos. Add some beer or sangria to your order, grab a seat outfront on the lawn and enjoy the beautiful view, some people watching, and your tacos of course.
12. Buddy Brew Coffee
400 N Tampa St Suite 110, Tampa, FL 33602
Buddy Brew is about the halfway point on the Tampa Riverwalk so if you need a pick me up with some coffee or you’re just craving a really good pastry, this is the place to stop. Their coffee is so rich and flavorful and if you really like it, take a bag of your favorite blend home with you. They’ve got all your favorite drinks from matcha to nitro cold brews, and you know what coffee pairs great with? Croissants. Or sandwiches, and biscuits and donuts. Which they have. Try the Hangover breakfast sandwich with oven roasted ham, bacon, muenster cheese, and an egg all between two slices of toasted cracked wheat bread. This is a great spot to meet a friend for coffee or if you’re on the go and just need to grab a coffee and a bite to eat.
13. River’s Edge
200 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
River’s Edge is a part of the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with quite the view. Being right on the water, the main attraction is definitely the ambiance and views that come with dining here. Stop by for lunch after walking the Riverwalk trail and enjoy appetizers like their crispy calamari, blackened beef tips, creole garlic shrimp, and soup du jour. For lunch, some options include flatbreads, sandwiches, lobster mac and cheese, and other tasty choices. Here’s a pro tip: if you dine here for dinner check to see what time the sunset is and book your reservation based on that. There is nothing more delightful than enjoying a meal sitting outside and watching the sun go down. Some of their dinner options include steak and fish meals along with burgers, salads, pasta, and more. End the night relaxing under the moon with a cocktail and you’re set.
14. Four Green Fields
702 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Four Green Fields is in such a perfect location being right in the middle of Curtis Hixon Park and right along the Riverwalk. It’s a great spot to hang out and grab some brews and listen to some live music. Starting with appetizers, they’ve got all that delicious classic Irish food you’re looking for and then some like their reuben rolls, shepherd skins, and guinness meatballs. They’ve got burgers, sandwiches and wraps like the BBQ bacon burger, a fish sandwich with fried cod, and a corned beef and swiss sandwich. Other yummy and classic dishes include their shepherd’s pie and midland’s chicken. Try one of their specialty cocktails or ask for the beer, wine, and whiskey list. Cheers!
510 Water St, Tampa, FL 33602
Turntable is a super fun grab and go concept that you need to see for yourself! Built into the side of the Marriott Hotel, you just walk up to the window and place your order. Quick, easy, delicious! They are serving up some awesome burgers and sandwiches with fries with portion sizes that are just right. Try the Smash Mouth Burger with American cheese, bacon, dill pickles, iceberg lettuce, tomato, onion, and their house sauce all squished between a potato roll. Yum! Or go for the Grilled Cheese Nirvana that has avocado, grilled tomatoes, muenster, sharp cheddar, and pepper jack on potato bread. They’re also serving up some delicious ice cream (which they can turn into a boozy shake) and a few different cocktails. Walk on up, order yourself a good hot meal and sit outside and enjoy!
Editors Note: This article was originally published on June 24, 2021 and last updated on March 25, 2022. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.