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The Best Brunch Restaurants in Tampa

Narrowing down the best brunches in Tampa can be a difficult feat – mostly due to the diverse culinary offerings stemming from the cigar factory workers that immigrated in the 1880s. They brought the dining tastes of countries like Cuba, Germany, Italy, and Spain right to America’s doorstep, and the city has maintained its varied palate ever since. But where do those with the most demanding taste buds choose to feast in the city? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve spent years compiling information from thousands of restaurants across the country just to discover where OpenTable’s most demanding diners love to frequent. Former Florida restaurants often focused on foods from the bayou, Deep South and Low Country. The 1980s saw a reemergence of Native American, Spanish and the ‘Cracker cuisine’ of would-be cowboys. Try out something special by booking one of these great brunch offerings today!

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The OpenTable Team
20 Restaurants
Updated October 01, 2021
Restaurants:Michael's Grill, The Library, Oxford Exchange
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Seafood, American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Tampa, St. Petersburg
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Michael's Grill

$$$$
Seafood
Tampa
4.8
918 reviews
This bistro-style restaurant can be found in The Main Street Plaza, and while it has daily specials that everyone enjoys, offering some of the best brunch in Tampa is what keeps many guests returning to Michael’s Grill. The appetizers include a wide variety of options ranging from crispy calamari to fried brie. For the main course, many regulars swear by Andrea's Brioche French Toast, filet hash and eggs, the seafood omelet and the crab cake Benedict. It’s tucked away in the plaza, so keep an eye out for the beige awning out front.

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The Library

$$$$
American
St. Petersburg
4.7
2282 reviews
Just a short trip across Old Tampa Bay rests The Library in St. Petersburg. There’s a coffee bar offered throughout the day, and many guests take full advantage of it during Saturday and Sunday brunch hours. Menu options include avocado toast, breakfast burritos, the Peabody Classic, hickory smoked salmon and a variety of salads. Guests are seated among the vintage books and classical paintings one would expect at a historic library. This brings a real sense of community while enjoying some of the best brunch in Tampa.

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Oxford Exchange

$$$$
Contemporary American
Tampa
4.7
4954 reviews
What happens when a co-working space, bookstore, restaurant, design studio and gift store are combined into one? The Oxford Exchange is created. The vintage photos and paintings, distressed brick walls, unique lighting fixtures and classic-style ceiling give this eatery a real feel of history. They also claim some of the best brunch in Tampa with offerings like buttermilk pancakes, fried avocado wedges, fish tacos and several flatbreads. While brunch is only offered Saturday and Sunday, this means that afternoon tea is also available after 3 pm.

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MADE

$$$$
Contemporary American
Sarasota
4.6
1339 reviews
The distressed corrugated sheet metal, vintage paintings and colorful overhead décor isn’t all that defines MADE in Sarasota. The eatery also offers a delicious variety when it comes to brunch in Tampa. They provide American comfort food with an upscale take while dodging an upscale price. Sunday brunch has a delicious selection of cocktails – ranging from the MADE Bloody to The American Dram – but also many delectable dishes like The Elvis, Old Faithful, buttermilk pancakes and pork belly. Passersby won’t miss the large, bright red awning out front.

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PIER 22

$$$$
Contemporary American
Bradenton
4.5
3911 reviews
Anyone who feels like a Sunday drive up I-75 can enjoy the delicious offerings of PIER 22. Located directly on the Manatee River, this eatery offers everything from upscale to casual dining in the ‘best brunch in Tampa’ arena. The Spanish architecture is a callback to Florida’s culinary past. The brunch menu, however, offers a more eclectic variety. This includes smokes salmon crepes, grouper artichoke gratin, shrimp & grits, jambalaya and soft-shell crab sandwiches. While indoor dining is available, how could one not want to sit on the patio?

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Riverhouse Waterfront - Reef & Grill

$$$$
Seafood
Palmetto
4.5
798 reviews
Surrounded by water and offering three separate restaurant and bar concepts, the Riverhouse Waterfront has become a staple of those seeking great food and a good time. While brunch is only offered on Sunday, the Texas French toast, quiche Florentine, sunny egg corned beef hash and huevos rancheros all make it worth the wait. Guests also access to cheap Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Seating areas allow visitors to enjoy a gorgeous view of the Manatee River or take in the nautical décor – including a giant stingray – showcased on the inside.

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The Mill

$$$$
Contemporary American
St. Petersburg
4.6
483 reviews
Award-winning chef Ted Dorsey offers cuisine that's lovingly referred to as 'Rustic Americana' at The Mill in Downtown St. Petersburg. Even surrounded by large buildings, this eatery still manages to stand out in the area thanks to great offerings and some of the best brunch in Tampa. The interior is nothing if not unique. The men's room sink is a tire hanging from chains, and mirrors look as if they're made from reclaimed junk. There are also giant gears adorning the walls. The menu is similarly unique with offerings such as watermelon bruschetta, buttermilk flap jacks, duck confit frittatas, juevos rancheros and southern fried grits & shrimp.

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Rusty Pelican - Tampa

$$$$
Seafood
Tampa
4.4
3464 reviews
Serving Tampa Bay for over a quarter century, the Rusty Pelican offers American cuisine at the southern tip of Pelican Island. The beautiful views of the bay are enough to bring even the most introverted guests to the outside, but the rustic décor inside is also appealing to those who want to feel like they’re relaxing in a countryside cabin. Sunday brunch has complimentary mimosas and champagne, but the raw seafood bar, variety of omelets, seasonal fresh fruit and Belgian Waffles are what really leave guests impressed.

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Chill- Restaurant & Bar

$$$$
Contemporary American
St. Pete Beach
4.2
367 reviews
Anyone seeking made-from-scratch dishes or in need of certain dietary requirements (e.g. vegan, diabetic, gluten free) has to stop in to Chill Restaurant & Bar. In addition to its specialty menus and casual upscale atmosphere, they also offer some of the best brunch in Tampa. They have a variety of avocado toast options, vegan hash, the Philly Scramble, fried green tomato BLTs and the popular Rocky's Bacon Cheeseburger. Add this to the live music and piano bar throughout the week, and this is a great place to relax and enjoy a meal.

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Oystercatchers

$$$$
Seafood
Tampa
4.5
4539 reviews
Located at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay waterfront hotel, Oystercatchers provides a secluded experience nestled 150 yards from the hotel among natural landscapes. This offers gorgeous views of the bay, and there are even chairs out on the sand to relax around the firepit. Those who dine inside will still get crystal clear views of the surrounding nature while also enjoying a break from the occasionally unbearable Florida heat. Brunch is offered on Sunday and includes bottomless mimosas and an endless buffet.

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Cassis St. Pete

$$$$
Continental
Florida
4.4
2132 reviews
Combining American classics with French influences is the way Cassis St. Pete appeals to guests will all palates. The eatery also brings together relaxed American flair with aspects of a traditional European Brasserie for one of the most unique dining experiences enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Come in during holiday seasons to see just how festive this place can be. In the meantime, enjoy some of the best brunch in Tampa with daily offerings that include smoked salmon Benedict, scrambled egg burritos, brioche French toast, a variety of pastries and the Vita-Mini smoothies and fruit salads.

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Noble Crust-Carrollwood

$$$$
Italian
Tampa
4.6
627 reviews
The unique building design and giant ‘N’ upon the top make Noble Crust stand out among its surroundings. Once inside, guests are treated to contemporary decor, unique seating and gorgeous foliage throughout. What lands this eatery on the best brunch in Tampa list, however, is offerings like the Fried Green Tomato BLT, avocado toast, meatball smash and farro bowl. Guests rarely make it out without finishing up with buttermilk creme brûlée, coconut cream pie or one of their other delicious desserts.

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Cask

$$$$
American
Tampa
4.2
905 reviews
Those who frequent Cask often do so for the social experience, but for anyone who simply wants the best brunch in Tampa, it also serves its purpose quite well. The eatery focuses on handcrafted cocktails and new American cuisine. Vintage lighting and rustic décor play an important role in its overall ambiance, and the outdoor giant fork that's as big as its neighboring palm tree is hard to miss. Brunch offerings include the Southern Plate, eggs Benedict, blackened salmon BLT and the mimosa salad.

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Marchand's Bar & Grill

$$$$
American
St. Petersburg
4.2
711 reviews
Located at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, the Marchand's Bar & Grill offers Mediterranean decor that matches up perfectly with its impressive menu. This swanky eatery features comfortable seating, elegant columns, high-end lighting and some of the most eclectic artwork one will ever encounter in a restaurant. This is all on top of having one of the best brunches in Tampa. They have a la carte offerings that include three egg omelets, seared grouper, banana bread pudding and the aptly named Hangover Scramble.

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GROVE

$$$$
American
Bradenton
4.3
2049 reviews
As an offshoot of PIER 22, it's no wonder that GROVE already has an impressive list of awards. The menu is locally inspired and offers contemporary gourmet cuisine. Brunch is held every Sunday, and guests are treated to delectable options that include loaded oatmeal, the Hog Tied sandwich, biscuits & gravy, steak omelets and a savory chicken Panzanella. What’s really unique are the heated tables with small contained fires right in the center, but this is simply an added bonus to the contemporary décor throughout the establishment.

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400 Beach Seafood & Tap House

$$$$
Contemporary American
St. Petersburg
4.4
2336 reviews
A giant blue dolphin sculpture greets guests coming to visit 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, so this restaurant is difficult to miss even on the world-famous Beach Drive. Their coastal cuisine is focused on local and sustainable practices, and this includes fresh local fish and grass-fed beef. Every Sunday, guests are treated to one of the best options for brunch in Tampa. A dessert room, omelette station, and buffet bar that includes Key West pink shrimp, cucumber salad, potato hash and a variety of other brunch favorites are all available.

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Noble Crust - St. Petersburg

$$$$
Italian
St. Petersburg
4.7
1588 reviews
Seasonal Italian with Southern Soul is the slogan of Noble Crust, and this location stays as true to this motto as its Carrollwood counterpart. A variety of unique lighting fixtures combined with simple décor and distinctive seating options makes this experience stand out among others. Noble Crust has to be mentioned at least twice when discussing the best brunch in Tampa. This is thanks to delicious offerings like the Southern Benny, Meatball Smash, spinach + goat cheese frittata, and chicken parm sandwich.

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Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi

$$$$
American
Tampa
4.5
3777 reviews
Opening its doors in 1997, Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi has witnessed the evolving culinary scene in the downtown area firsthand. Even though its waterfront views would undoubtedly be enough to keep guests coming back, it’s the owner’s focus on studying this evolving scene that ensures his eatery stays on the mind of locals and visitors alike. The gorgeous views barely take away from the stylish décor inside, but it’s the best brunch in Tampa that really gets people’s attention. Offerings include continental breakfast, a pasta station, salads, a variety of desserts and the ever-popular sushi station.

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Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue- Sarasota

$$$$
Contemporary American
Sarasota
4.8
566 reviews
The Saks Fifth Avenue brand has forever been linked with quality, and Sophie's in Sarasota manages to maintain this reputation and make the namesake proud. High-end art lines all the walls while unique lighting and upscale seating round out the luxurious ambiance. There’s no devoted brunch menu, but this doesn’t stop them from offering a wide selection of favorites. These include grilled flatbread, chef's daily soups, shrimp rolls, Old Bay crab cakes and Sophie's Salmon. Enjoy all this inside or on the gorgeous outdoor terrace.

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Catches Waterfront Grille

$$$$
Seafood
Port Richey
4.4
706 reviews
Live entertainment, football Sundays, the Rum River and daily drink specials are all part of what makes Catches Waterfront Grille so popular. No one is denying that the giant marlin hanging overhead or boat-style seating may play a part, but this goes to show just how much really stands out in this eatery. Guests enjoy a wide range of options that include a grouper sandwich, oysters Rockefeller, black mussels, the Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich and several wraps to choose from. It easily earns its place among the best brunches in Tampa.

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