The Best Bars for Foodies in Tampa

The OpenTable Team

As one of the American South's greatest cities, Tampa, Florida boasts a fun and sunshine-splashed center for commerce, culture, and cuisine. The best bars in the Tampa supply the fuel for the exciting nightlife of the city, delivering live music, multicultural eats, and craft drinks to locals and visitors alike. But where are the city's smartest, savviest diners headed out to when in search of the best bars in Tampa? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. Here, we've gathered information from the city's in-the-know diners and good-time partiers to put together this comprehensive list of the best bars in Tampa. From local favorites and dive bars to exciting sports bars and cocktail joints, the best bars in Tampa have something for every crowd. Grab a table (and a drink) tonight!

Restaurants:Renzo's-St Pete, Ocean Prime - Tampa, Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Argentinean, Seafood, Contemporary Italian
Neighborhoods:St. Petersburg, Tampa

Renzo's-St Pete

$$$$·Argentinean·
St. Petersburg
195 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
This slice of Argentina in the middle of the city is one of the best bars in Tampa. With a classically colorful Southern American atmosphere, Renzo's delivers plenty of fun and claRead more
87% recommended
Notable Wine List in St. Petersburg

Ocean Prime - Tampa

$$$$·Seafood·
Tampa
7,208 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
The local outpost of this nationally-renowned chain is one of the best bars in Tampa. Looking out over the water with an electrically colorful exterior, this welcoming spot is a loRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Tampa / Central Florida West

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Tampa
491 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
A classic Italian spot in the middle of Hyde Park Village, Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant is one of the best bars in Tampa. It's the perfect spot to head into for a hearty meal Read more
95% recommended
Great for Lunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Chill- Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
St. Pete Beach
367 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Live Music
  • Casual
Right in the heart of St. Petersburg's lively beach scene, Chill Restaurant and Bar is one of the more exciting spots in all of Tampa. Every Friday and Saturday night, head in to lRead more
86% recommended
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The Hall on Franklin

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
158 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
Full of plenty of European and International styles in the heart of Tampa, the Hall on Tampa is an unforgettable dining experience. Head out to the different eateries to try some oRead more
88% recommended
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Green Lemon

$$$$·Mexican·
Tampa
363 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
This colorful, exciting modern Mexican restaurant is the perfect spot for a hangout with a group of friends. Start off with one of the restaurant's signature margaritas. Available Read more
97% recommended
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The C House

$$$$·American·
Tampa
656 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
The C House has an extremely distinct vibe in the Tampa restaurant scene. Located in a former transmission repair shop, this modern and open local favorite boasts a creative and enRead more
96% recommended
Hot Spot in Tampa

Bulla Gastrobar - Tampa

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Tampa
650 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Amid the hustle and bustle of the SoHo and Hyde Park sections, Bulla is one of the more stylish restaurants in Tampa Bay. The Tampa version of this Southern chain features a wide sRead more
95% recommended

Ulele

$$$$·American·
Tampa
8,675 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
A relaxed water-front spot close to the Tampa Rialto Theater, Ulele is one of the best bars in Tampa. There's a fun and engaging atmosphere in Ulele. Stop in for some of the restauRead more
96% recommended
American in Tampa / Central Florida West

American Social Bar & Kitchen-Tampa

$$$$·American·
Tampa
608 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
For some of the best sports bar action in Tampa, American Social is the place to go. This exciting and colorful Tampa hot spot is one of the best bars in Tampa. Filled with classicRead more
84% recommended
Good for Groups in Tampa / Central Florida West

Flavio Downtown Sarasota

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
647 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
A stylish family pizza spot in the middle of town, Beulah is one of the best bars in Tampa. Stop into this lively spot for some excellent cocktails and beers along with some classiRead more
96% recommended

Haven

$$$$·American·
Tampa
1,151 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Right in the heart of Hyde Park, Haven is an elegant spot that is one of the best bars in Tampa. The food menu includes a wide selection of small plates perfect for group dining. TRead more
97% recommended
American in Tampa / Central Florida West

Sophia's Cucina + Enoteca

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
St. Petersburg
220 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Excellent Italian cuisine and creative atmosphere make Sophia's Cucina + Enoteca one of the best bars in Tampa. Grab a selection from Sophia's prime wine menu to go along with a quRead more
95% recommended
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Riviera Dunes Dockside

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Palmetto
308 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
For water-side drinking fun and good times, the Riviera Dunes in Palmetto is one of the best options in Tampa. Grab a seat outside to enjoy the many yachts and boats that sail by aRead more
98% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sarasota / Bradenton

Clasico Italian Chophouse Sarasota

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
287 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
A prime main street spot for fine dining and good times, Clasico is one of the best bars in Tampa. In the heart of Sarasota, this lively drinking spot features a great wine list anRead more
89% recommended
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Veronica Fish & Oyster

$$$$·Oyster Bar·
Sarasota
1,202 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
One of the most modern and welcoming spots in the Tampa area. This Sarasota hot spot is one of the best fish joints in Florida. It's also among the best bars in Tampa, with an exciRead more
95% recommended
Best Service in Sarasota / Bradenton

Overture Restaurant-Art Ovation Hotel

$$$$·Cuban·
Sarasota
207 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This sleek and welcoming bar in the Sarasota Art Ovation Hotel is a hip spot for some drinks and a few bar bites with friends. The Overture's signature cocktail menu is full of favRead more
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Castile Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
St. Pete Beach
913 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Exceptional views are on the menu at the Castile Restaurant, one of the best bars in Tampa. Head into the Hotel Zamora to enjoy the cocktails and Mediterranean Latin cuisine at thiRead more
86% recommended
Outdoor Dining in St. Petersburg

Osteria Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
560 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Classic Italian cuisine and inventive cocktails are the specialties at this stylish spot in the heart of Tampa. Locals and visitors can grab a seat at this upscale but welcoming spRead more
83% recommended
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Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg - Permanently Closed

$$$$·German·
St. Petersburg
551 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Kid-friendly
  • Creative Cuisine
The Waterfront area is home to the Hofbrauhaus, one of the best bars in Tampa and one of the city's most famous drinking establishments. This authentic German beer-hall has all theRead more
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