The Tampa Bay Area Restaurants

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  • 1. Bijou Café

    $$$ | French

    This 1920s-era gas station–turned–restaurant has been expanded over the years so that it is now a 140-seat restaurant. The enchanting decor...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. 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

  • 5. Birch & Vine

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    Seasonal, locally sourced ingredients work equally well in both the surf and the turf columns at Birch & Vine, which has turned The Birchwood...Read More

  • 6. Bob Heilman's Beachcomber

    $$$ | American

    The Heilman family has fed hungry diners since 1920. Although it's very popular with tourists, you'll also rub shoulders with devoted locals...Read More

  • 7. Boca

    $$$ | American

    One of four locations, this regional chain fits right into downtown Sarasota's hopping dining and shopping scene. The menu is as locally inspired...Read More

  • 8. Bon Appétit

    $$$ | European

    Known for its creative fare, this waterfront restaurant has a menu that changes frequently, offering such entrées as broiled rack of lamb in...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Cassis American Brasserie

    $$$ | Downtown | French

    If you drop in for a drink at one of the best places in St. Petersburg for happy hour, it's worth sticking around for the French-inspired cuisine...Read More

  • 12. Castile

    $$$ | Spanish

    Within the chic Hotel Zamora, this popular dining spot has been getting much praise from local and national press since it opened in 2014. As...Read More

  • 13. Ceviche

    $$$ | Downtown | Spanish

    A choice romantic destination as well as an excellent launchpad for a night out, this tapas bar offers an astonishing spate of pleasant sensations...Read More

  • 14. Michael's on East

    $$$ | American

    Not only do the lounge and piano bar, with their extensive wines and vintage cocktails, lure the after-theater set, but inspired cuisine and...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Rococo

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    Yet another spot inspired by the St. Pete of yesteryear, this happening steak house sits in what was once a historic YWCA building. Possibly...Read More

  • 17. RumFish Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    While the fish served at this upbeat restaurant at the Guy Harvey Outpost resort is deserving of much attention, the ones swimming in the 33...Read More

  • 18. Salt Rock Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    Tourists and locals converge to enjoy a fun and lively waterfront atmosphere, but the rock-solid (if slightly less than imaginative) menu is...Read More

  • 19. Sandbar Restaurant

    $$$ | American

    While their ever-evolving menu features cutting-edge fare for the most sophisticated of palates, the margarita-and-coconut-shrimp crowd will...Read More

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