The Tampa Bay Area Restaurants

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  • 1. Bern's Steak House

    $$$$ | Hyde Park | Steakhouse

    With the air of an exclusive club, this is one of—if not the —finest Florida's steak houses. Rich mahogany paneling and ornate chandeliers...Read More

  • 2. The Columbia Restaurant

    $$$ | Ybor City | Spanish

    Make a date for some of the best Latin cuisine in Tampa. A fixture since 1905, this magnificent structure with an Old World air and spacious...Read More

  • 3. Ulele

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Named after a 16th-century Tocobagan princess, this hot spot from the same family behind the historic Columbia restaurant in Ybor City has become...Read More

  • 4. Bella's Italian Café

    $$ | Hyde Park | Italian

    While this popular SoHo (South Howard Avenue) eatery earned its wings by offering crowd-pleasing Italian classics, much of this mainstay's popularity...Read More

  • 5. Bernini

    $$$ | Ybor City | Italian

    Named for the 17th-century Italian baroque sculptor, this trendy restaurant is something of a gallery for copies of his works. In the former...Read More

  • 6. BT

    $$$ | SoHo | Asian

    Local restaurateur B. T. Nguyen has earned quite a following with her modern take on high-style Vietnamese cuisine featuring fresh herbs grown...Read More

  • 7. Byblos Café

    $$ | South Tampa | Mediterranean

    Good grub, a friendly crowd, and belly dancers on weekend evenings make Byblos—named for an ancient city in Phoenicia—a fun addition to almost...Read More

  • 8. Café Dufrain

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    Dogs can tag along if you dine on the front patio at pet-friendly Café Dufrain, an eatery right on the Hillsborough River across from the Amalie...Read More

  • 9. Cappy's Pizza

    $ | Seminole Heights | Pizza

    Chicago may be the first place you think of when you hear the words "deep-dish pizza," which is why the high-quality pies this local chain offers...Read More

  • 10. Datz Tampa

    $$ | SoHo | Eclectic

    Fans of a hearty meal will not be slighted here; the eclectic menu is mostly massive sandwiches and hefty plates (and printed on tabloid paper...Read More

  • 11. Edison Food + Drink Lab

    $$$$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    In the relatively short time this gastropub has been around, it has handily earned a spot at the table of Tampa culinary musts. The internationally...Read More

  • 12. Kojak's House of Ribs

    $ | South Tampa | American

    Few barbecue joints can boast the staying power of this family-owned and -operated pit stop. Located along a shaded stretch in South Tampa,...Read More

  • 13. Mel's Hot Dogs

    $ | Central Tampa | Hot Dog

    Look for the red wiener-mobile parked on the north side of the highway near the theme park, and you'll find this 1950s-style diner that specializes...Read More

  • 14. Mise en Place

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    Known to locals as "Mise" (pronounced meez ), this upscale, modern downtown space is a popular lunch spot for Tampa's political and social...Read More

  • 15. Taco Bus

    $ | Central Tampa | Mexican

    It's a Mexican joint with a simple name in a less-than-magnificent location, but that matters not to anyone who's ever eaten to this legendary...Read More

  • 16. Estela's

    $ | Downtown | Mexican

    On the quaint Davis Islands near Downtown Tampa, Estela's is a favorite among those who enjoy authentic Central American cuisine and Mexico...Read More

  • 17. Pearl in the Grove

    $$ | American

    For those who need a break from the urban sprawl—or who may be just in search of a decent early dinner after a Giraffe Ranch excursion—this...Read More

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