Tampa is home to a myriad of different hotels and eateries that help create its steaming pot of different dishes and tastes which are gathered from a multitude of places and cultures all over the world. So, what are the best South Tampa restaurants? Let’s find out!
3601 W Swann Ave Tampa, FL 33609
If you are looking for a great way to weasel back into the social scene, this is a great way to go about that. A restaurant with a great ambiance and seating arrangement, you can take along some friends with you to wine and dine on some good food and drink. One of the most outstanding foods they serve is their blackened scallops that are served on wild risotto. Anyone who has tasted this greatness will tell you how good they make them. You can also try the wagyu carpaccio as an appetizer to kickstart your great night. In case you want a fully vegetarian meal, you are in luck because they can customize popular dishes to give you your own twist. This definitely makes them a winner as one of the tastiest restaurants in South Tampa.
King of the Coop
6607 N Florida Ave Tampa, FL 33604
If you are a foodie, you have probably tasted a lot of chicken in your culinary journey. However, things take a turn for the best at King of The Coop, a chicken joint that has mastered the art of serving delicious chicken. The Dirty Bird is one of the fan favorites, a sandwich full of well-seasoned strips of chicken covered with stringy, melted cheese and house-made sauce. All this is in between a perfectly toasted potato bun. You can also select the spicy options available if you like some heat up in the place.
1200 S Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33629
Sandwiches, cake, and pastries have never tasted so good. When you see the word gourmet, you think something fine and well prepared and we can assure you that is exactly what you get at Wrights. The portions are such a great aspect because even if you are hungry, you will eat to your fill and have some leftovers. The fillings are well portioned out, so biting into each section of the sandwich is a culinary pleasure. All this comes at a reasonable price so even on a budget, you can get a good sandwich. They have limited seating following the directives, so you can take along some friends or family for a bite.
3217 S Macdill Ave Ste C Tampa, FL 33629
This is one for the fans, especially if you followed Mouna from her food truck days to this point where she has a brilliant brick-and-mortar spot. Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, you are going to enjoy the sheer number of items on the menu. From the tasty falafel served with a tangy tahini sauce as a starter to the mezze platter, the butter bean stew, and lentil soup, there is a lot to choose from. One thing to remember is that the owner, Mouna, runs the place by herself, so practice a little patience when your order takes longer than the average wait time.
2616 S MacDill Ave Tampa, FL 33629
Since its establishment in 2009, Datz has been serving variations of American comfort food and craft beers to the people of South Tampa and visitors alike. Their food is so good they have landed on recommendation sites like Travel Choice and even got featured on Good Morning America. From the well-done classic burger, some mac and cheese, and fish tacos that will blow your mind. Take time to taste a few of the craft beers on the selection. If you are a wine lover, they have something for you too.
7th and Grove
1930 E 7th Ave Tampa, FL 33605
If you love Southern food, this is one of the best spots to treat your tastebuds. The first thing you note about this spot is the beautiful interior decor and lighting that will make you want to get your phone out for some good photos. And it’s not just the ambiance that’s good, the food delivers as well. First time there? Try out the famous Rock The Boat which consists of fried catfish, collards, and some grits.
You can also sample some beer as you wait for your food to be served. They are available for both seating or curbside pickup options.
3225 S Macdill Ave Tampa, FL 33629
If you are just visiting the south Tampa area and you are looking for a local spot to mingle with the locals and taste some good food, then this is the place for you. You are going to love the house-made breads for their special pizzas or burgers and serve anything from tasty Italian pasta dishes to seafood and unforgettable crab cakes. The red wine braised boneless short rib and the acorn squash with chicken salad that is crafted in-house are our top picks for those visiting the area for the first time. You are going to love these two.
3218 W Kennedy Blvd Tampa, FL 33609
Asian cuisine is a favorite to many people across the world and in southern Tampa, the foods are available at Soho Sushi, specifically some sushi. This restaurant specializes in making varieties of sushi for anyone who loves or wants to try it out. With the friendliest staff and a selection of highly crafted sushi, you will find yourself driving miles just to taste the goodness. Their selection of sushi ranges from the volcano to the spicy tuna, the red dragon, the candy cane, and even more. Request some extra spice if you can want more heat than they serve. Their in-house ginger dressing is a plus you did not know you needed.
Pure Kitchen Organic Vegan
3214 W Kennedy Blvd Tampa, FL 33609
Some people have this idea that anything vegan is too healthy and tasteless, which can often make you pass by some great eateries in search of better food. Once you taste anything from Pure Kitchen Organic Vegan, you are going to be proved wrong from all angles. They may not have seating areas for now but they serve up to go goodness that will make you come back for more. This includes cold cases that are stuffed with salads, soups, and even desserts that are all vegan. They have house-made kombuchas and teas that have a ton of health benefits. Taste their fruit bowl or their eggs benedict and experience the taste of healthy options.
3215 S MacDill Ave Tampa, FL 33629
Good Italian dishes in a good setting you can enjoy with friends and family. That is bottom-line what you can expect at Osteria Natalina. Their menu is wide and affordably priced for those who want to explore. They have some $22.50 house-made Gnocchi, Linguine with crab and lobster for seafood fanatics, meatballs and so much more. Their $9 tiramisu can only be defined as a gift from the gods. They have some solid meatballs served with spaghetti that will make you question any other you have tasted before. The Cesar salad is an explosive combination of tastes that culminate to light up your mouth. If you want high-quality Italian food, this is where to look.
Some of these restaurants have not yet opened to full capacity since the lockdown. Call ahead and confirm before dropping by. This list is made up of the best South Tampa restaurants serving different tastes of the world and even some American traditional dishes. What’s your experience when you visited them? Is there one that we missed out on? Tell us about it below!