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Restaurant BT
Restaurant BT

Restaurant BT Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantbt.com
  • Phone: (813) 258-1916
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Vietnamese, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: B.T Nguyen-Batley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palmira Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 3 Convenience parking lot around the Hyde Park Village
A word from Restaurant BT
Located In the charming Palma Ceia neighborhood of Tampa, Restaurant B.T. specializes in a modern style of classic French & Vietnamese cuisines. Chef and proprietor B.T Nguyen-Batley lends her own vision to this unique fare. Drawing from her Vietnamese roots as well as her design background, she places an emphasis on presentation & decor. Sleek white plates arrive at your table adorned with edible flowers and fresh herbs accenting simple yet flavorful dishes to be enjoyed in a Zen-like atmosphere. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I decided to try a variety of appetizers and asked the Chef to bring several cold and hot plates. It was absolutely divine. Chef personally served each of these plates and paired it with the perfect wines. Food was exceptional and the service impeccable. I would highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "BT's done it again. From the service to the appetizers and dessert everything was amazing. I loved my snapper dish and everyone at the table loved their meal as well. The chocolate mousse and creme brûlée was perfection!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "First time in Tampa and with no local knowledge relied on Yelp to pinpoint a highly rated restaurant. Location-wise, not the most exclusive of areas and the building was not exactly an architectural masterpiece but once inside, the ambiance, service and food was excellent. A funky fusion of Vietnamese and French cuisine - a good wine-list and choice of beers (no liquor license). Nice touch with valet parking. Would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have been coming to BT's Restaurant for years and it has always been great. She is always there to greet you, the food is superb and the service outstanding. We will continue to go!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We loved this restaurant. Excellent service, spectacular food...beautiful setting. Great night."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We always are pleasantly surprised with the various flavors BT combines!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If only parking weren't such a problem...I'd eat here 7 days a week. Parking on the street was nerve-wracking (signs posted) when the lot shared with an office and a clothes shop was full. I kept popping up to see if a spot was free. The Maitre D' said, "We have valet parking on the weekend..." This visit, I tried the D.L.T. (Duck, lettuce and tomato) on baguette and it was delicious. My friend ordered a delicious salad with grilled shrimp, but no cucumbers. Unfortunately, it came with cukes throughout. When the waiter came around to ask if our lunches pleased, he took back her plate to replace it with a cucumber-free version. Good thing we ordered the soft spring rolls, so that took the edge off my friend's hunger. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "It's hard to choose even two dishes among the offerings at BT. Nothing has disappointed in 4 trips here. Just wish they had enough parking. They look out back in the lot and try to help, but it's always a bit of a hassle. Still the food - both the French and Vietnamese - leaves my mouth excited every time."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food is good, creative presentations. The service was innatentive, we had to constantly flag down a server for everything. IKEA plastic chairs very uncomfortable. While the food was good, the overall experience was not a good value for the high prices."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It was our first time here and it was a birthday dinner for my hubby. They had a personalized bday menu with his name and date and bday greetings. Appetizer was superb which was the escargot & duck burrito, excellent main course which was shaken beef, Kobe beef, pork, and the seafood. They had excellent customer service which included the master chef BT who would go around every table checking everybody. We will definitely come back. Love the complimentary valet!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We went to BT specifically to get her special beef tartare dish. My husband ordered the beef stroganoff. The beef was not cooked consistently. Some pieces medium rare, others well done. Over all the dish's flavor was not appealing and did not provide the comfort normally associated with this dish. The lobster bisque was thin and did not have the creamy, sherry flavor we craved. The server came across as snotty. Despite the restaurant being completely empty when we arrived, he tried to hide us behind a wall and then in a corner. We laughed when the next couple came in and rejected the same tables. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "BT is one of the top two or three restaurants in Tampa. It is costly, but well worth it for a special ocassion or if money is of no concern. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Vietnamese banana tapioca pudding with escargot crepes...the best of Vietnamese and French on our doorstep. I would have chosen literally anything on the menu - it was that enticing. Friendliest service in a long time. BT's daughter was our charming waitress."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent food prepared with fresh ingredients! Menu is a combination of Classic French with a Vietnamese influence, to element Asian and world cuisine. Where else can you get a delicious bowl of Pho and Coq au Vin, both outstanding, at one meal? "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I am not a big fan of this type of food but my customer recommended it. I had the duck burrito and it was awesome!! I will definitely take additional customers in the future."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Amazing meal and outstanding menu. So many great items to choose from. Can't wait to go back and try more items. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dinner, excellent service and an amazing menu- what a great chef. Well worth a visit!!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The food was absolutely excellent. Our bill for 2 with tip was $175, which is more than we typically spend. BT's biggest opportunity is their restaurant's atmosphere, in my opinion. We were underwhelmed by the plastic chairs and general layout of the dining area. Maybe a small water feature (plug in fountain?) or similar would give the place a more tranquil, warmer feel."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I made a reservation on OpenTable for Restaurant BT as I thought that it would be a great place to make up for the fact that I had forgotten my mother's birthday. I included a comment that we would be celebrating a birthday and requested a candle in a dessert if they did such a thing. I received a follow up call for BT's confirming the reservation and asking me if I would like for them to have a special menu printed for my mother, commemorating her special day. I loved the idea! They also suggested that they would have a special dessert prepared for her, their signature chocolate mousse, and would certainly include a candle. The dinner was spectacular and flawless and the staff could not have been more accommodating. Thank you BT's!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food and menu was wonderful. Really some of the best food we had in the Tampa area. We were a little disappointed with the atmosphere. Putting a little additional focus on the outdoor eating area details and interior ambiance would really make this place a go-to for us. Better screening from the main street, removal of cold/industrial uplight fixture under the courtyard canopy, replacing bulbs, leveling the gravel seating would make a huge difference. Nevertheless, all in all a good experience that we would repeat."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Traveled from Orlando for a Rays game and had recently seen Emeril reviewing this "gem". The food and service were outstanding. The wine list was extensive with many selections that require us to return again.The restaranteur visited our table and made feel quite at home. As we were leaving she thanked us for coming and we both agreed that this visit won't be our last."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Fantastic experience all around looking forward to our next meal upon return to Tampa ! Need to try many more of the menu choices!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "First time @ BT since the move to MacDill - was worth the wait! Were seated promptly - the only thing is that the tables were so close to each other that we couldn't have a conversation without opening it all up to the couple sitting @ the next table. Oh well, didn't ruin our evening. Here we go - Tuna Thai Chanh and Green Papaya Salad as apps (salad could have had a little more flavor) and Pumpkin Soup and Scallops as entreés. Wonderful! Finished with out-of-this-world Trio of Crème Bruleé (lemongrass, ginger, keffir lime). All in all, a very nice meal; we'll be back soon."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I discovered Restaurant BT after hearing about it for a long time. I took my date there, we had a great time and the food was absolutely delicious. will be back."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "There are so many gems on the menu - creatively designed and superbly executed. Tampa is very fortunate to have this talented chef creating Magic on MacDill."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Food was very good but pricey considering what it was. Don't mind paying anything if it is worth it. Service was terrible and the noise level in the dining room does NOT make for a relaxing, romantic evening out. When complaining about the service to owner, BT, her response was a blank stare and offered no apology. Will take my business where it is appreciated."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My houseguests have travelled the world, with a focus on food, and declare B.T. the BEST Vietnamese food anywhere!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Enjoyed a delicious lunch with my husband. The dishes were flavorful, healthy, simply outstanding. Elegant presentation, pure eye candy . Service was perfect. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Wherever BT goes, she creates an excellent combination of cuisine and pleasant dining. We are very fortunate that her latest venture is close by."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "BT has been offering some of the best food in town for years. He creative cuisone has unbelievable flavors and is always a great evening. Wine list is very good as well. Snapper is a must and Duck Burrito is amazing. Specials are always great as well."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "one of the best restaurants in tampa, innovative french-asian cuisine."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Simply put this restaurant is at best a one night stand: After experiencing a very Unfriendly attitude by server and owner alike, Tasting the Overpriced overdecorated Uninspiring underserved (small portions with much filler such as rice and edible grasses and weeds) dishes and sitting on Uncomfortable seats made of plastic ( beware narrow armed chairs if you have steatopygia), this culinary stop is not a lasting gustatory or gastronomic memory. If you want a cold shoulder(and I don't mean chops) and barren atmosphere, this is the place for you. I for one will not burden my GPS with this destination."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We attended lunch on a monday. There were only 2 other tables occupied but it took a bit of time to be approached for our drink order. As I have noted with other comments, and agree, the beer/wine is expensive. In fact with 2 appetizers, 4 drinks and 2 entries and tip; our "lunch" was nearly $100. The appetizers were very good - fried spring rolls and the fresh spring rolls with peanut sauce both were very flavorful. I did enjoy BT's recommendation to wrap in lettuce and the fresh herbs. The Coq-a-vin and Beef PHO were just OK--somehow, I was expecting more pizzaz but perhaps it was the wrong choices."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I went with my family to this restaurant.We were totally blown away by the ambiance,service and the food.That they were able to accommodate my vegetarian family was a definite plus.Food is pricey but well worth it. Quite a few patrons seem to be frequent guests and knew the owners well."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food, the service and the ambiance is first rate. You can actually have a conversation and hear each other! I love the fresh ingredients and creative preparation. The snapper paired with an Asian slaw is a winner. No heavy sauces hiding the flavors of the food. Actually, everything we've ever had has been yummy. It's our "go to" restaurant when we want creative, clean, and delicious food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "What a treat it was to enjoy Restaurant BT! The snappy service and innovative menu were a joy to experience. We started with the fried spring rolls, wrapped in lettuce and served with fish sauce; as soon as the flavor hit me, I was back in Saigon. My wife had a delicious beef main course and I enjoyed Snapper a la Saigon. Both of these were simply superb! The owner/chef came by our table and we later engaged her in more conversation. It is so personally rewarding to connect with the chef, as it is to visit this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food was average at best and the service was abysmal. We waited 20 minutes to get served and had to ask twice before that even happened. The saketini drinks were not bad, but yielded barely four or five sips. The seafood special include overlooked shrimp and bland lobster risotto. We had another 20 minute wait after they gave us the dessert menu. Had someone taken a timely dessert order, we probably would have had dessert, but by the time they got back to us, we were ready to leave. Very disappointing, particularly for the prices."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "BT does not just experiment with whatever is out there, she offers sure things, dishes that work. I have tried nearly everything on the menu by now and can say there was nothing I did not enjoy. My favorites are the coq au vin, pumpkin soup, or snapper. The shaken beef is always outstanding, and I wish she would bring back the seafood crepes! An amazing value at lunch also, where I usually get her more traditional Vietnamese dishes like Bun noodles or Pho. Smaller but high quality wine list. Great service. My only critiques are parking and (I know this sounds silly): website (pretty but not functional). For a nice treat just order a series of apps and share."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This evening was my first visit to Restaurant BT and it was AMAZING! The service was attentive, courteous, and helpful. I ordered the Mini Vietnamese Egg Rolls; Shaken Beef; and Coconut Panna Cotta. All dishes were prepared with great care and were all delicious. I cannot wait to visit again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We were very impressed with the décor and ambience in the dining room. Started off with the octopus which was so tender and full of explosive flavors. I had the potato leek soup, which was outstanding. The heirloom tomato salad had a perfect combination of fresh greens and vibrant dressing. The salmon was seared perfectly, it was so tender and flavorful, the shrimp was succulent as well. My husband had the stuffed baby squid which was good, maybe a little more salt? I love red wine and my husband prefers white, so it was nice to be able to order wine by the half bottle. It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary while dining on delicious food. The service was exceptional as well!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014