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The Best Burgers in Tampa

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated February 26, 2020

From exciting theme parks like Busch Gardens to fantastic art and cultural events, Tampa has a little something for everyone. The same goes for the town’s dining scene, which features a range of cuisines that appeal to both the locals who live in Tampa and the visitors who flock to its beaches all year-round. From the authentic Mexican spots of Ybor City to the mom-and-pop Indian Eateries of North Tampa, the city has it all. Tampa especially shines when it comes to burgers, and this coastal city has both casual mom-and-pop burger joints and world-class burgers at sophisticated bistros. Check out our Tastemaker list to find out where OpenTable’s expert, seasoned diners like to go for the best burger in Tampa. Your stomach and your taste buds will thank you.

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4.2
4.2 (272)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Art Ovation Hotel’s signature restaurants are always impeccably decorated and Overture in Sarasota is no exception. Wood floors and chairs, floor-to-ceiling windows, electric green booths lining the walls and cool modern art on the walls make this place a popular choice with locals and visitors alike. The menu debuts new curated culinary experiences and artistically inspired American Classics. Every dish features the freshest and finest ingredients, and the burger is no exception. Try one of the creative cocktails or carefully curated American wines with your meal.
Top review
DianaSvip
Dined 5 days ago
The dining room was very comfortable and we felt there as at home. The food was great, we certainly will come back
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4.6
4.6 (2123)
$30 and under
American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
In nearby Siesta Key (located off Sarasota) is Clayton’s, a local casual favorite for unforgettable burgers. Clayton’s has a dive bar atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. But the food is anything but sloppy, with plenty of seafood options to choose from as well as their premium quality burgers. Clayton’s is a family favorite because of its bustling and friendly environment, and all the fried dishes are sure to please the palettes of even the pickiest eaters.
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MarshaS
Dined 7 days ago
Always a good meal.every time we come! The service and ambience are always enjoyable.
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4.7
4.7 (910)
$30 and under
American
Tampa
About the restaurant
Doc B’s Restaurant and Bar, located on Bay Street at the International Plaza, serves an eclectic variety of food made from scratch daily. Their dishes feature the highest quality ingredients and the menu offers a variety of entree-sized salads, “very special” entrees, incredible burgers and sandwiches, signature Wok Out Bowls and more. They also have an extensive craft beer, wine, and spirits selection as well as signature cocktails. Come enjoy their signature burger and take your pick of seating options, between the vibrant outdoor patio, cozy dining room or expansive bar area.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Friends birthday dinner. Food was good and good environment. Hard to find location based on maps tho.
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4.7
4.7 (3970)
$31 to $50
American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
The Rosemary & Thyme, located on Orange Avenue in the Rosemary District of Sarasota, is an American Bistro-style restaurant that locals adore. They serve traditional and contemporary dishes with a focus on healthy options and local ingredients. Their lunch menu includes all kinds of delights, like a Rosemary Roasted Chicken Salad, a Snapper BLT and a Cuban sandwich. But the real star of the menu is The Rosemary Burger. It features 8 oz of grass-fed ground beef, lettuce, tomato, and red onion and a choice of toppings galore! Choose from Mushrooms, Jalapenos, Bacon, Sauteed Sweet Red Pepper, cheese and a fried egg!
Top review
Johnsonwvip
Dined 5 days ago
Service was great. Jeff is always on top of things. Benjamin, your bartender , was great and very attentive. As always the food was spectacular. My wife said her Halibut was hands down the best she ever had.
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4.6
4.6 (3259)
$31 to $50
American
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
The Library, located on 5th Street South in St. Petersburg, is a casual dining American restaurant. It’s a gorgeous, stately establishment with dining options both inside in the handsome dining room and outside on the patio. You can also grab a seat at the bar for a more casual meal. For walk-up service, the pastry counter offers coffee, tea, and pastries throughout the day. But after you’re caffeinated, sit and enjoy the house burger, which features a double patty, sliced American cheese, lettuce tomato, and their famous Peabody sauce.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
A great neal and excellent service. We would definitely go back.
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4.4
4.4 (6456)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
St. Pete Beach
About the restaurant
If you’re looking for a spectacular restaurant that is certain to impress your date, check out Spinner’s Rooftop Revolving Bistro and Lounge! This casual elegant American restaurant features awe-inspiring panoramic views from the dining room, which slowly revolves 360 degrees. Located on the 12th floor of the hotel, Spinners is the only revolving restaurant in the entire state of Florida. And it’s great because every table has an awesome view. The menu features fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks and signature pasta dishes as well as tasty sandwiches, salads, and their famous Beachside Burger.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Jared was an exceptional waiter. Attentive to us, and great attention to detail!
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4.8
4.8 (13682)
$31 to $50
American
Tampa
About the restaurant
Ulele, located on Highland Avenue near the Water Works Park, celebrates the fusion of local ingredients from Florida waters and land that were once home to many Native Americans, including the legendary princess Ulele. The restaurant is just 400 yards from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and makes a great stopping point for dinner before you catch a show! They feature indoor and outdoor waterfront dining and a number of craft beers from Ulele Spring Brewery on tap. They offer a classic burger as well as the Ulele Burger, made with ground short rib, brisket and chuck blend with grilled vegetables on top.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Food was excellent. Service was perfect. Always a favorite when we are attending events downtown! :)
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4.5
4.5 (4807)
$30 and under
Seafood
Tampa
About the restaurant
For an upscale dining experience nestled along the shore of Old Tampa Bay, head to the Rusty Pelican. It’s a fine dining oasis where locals love to hang out and tourists flock to from all over the world. They feature elegant cuisine including American classics, seafood, and steak. It’s located at the southernmost tip of Pelican Island and offers a quiet respite from downtown Tampa. Try the All-American Cheddar Burger, which features a blend of short rib, chuck, and brisket.
Top review
adhockeymom
Dined 3 days ago
View of the water. Excellent service by Casey!! Food was yum!!
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4.5
4.5 (2245)
$30 and under
American
Brandon
About the restaurant
Stonewood Grill & Tavern offers a casual dining experience on Bloomingdale Avenue in Brandon, Florida. They promise to make your night out extraordinary by preparing a feast for both your eyes and your palate! They oak-grill steaks to enhance natural flavors and use only the freshest seafood available, prepared by their gourmet chefs. They offer a selection of burgers, including the Oak Grilled Cheeseburger and the Bistro Burger, that regulars love. Try one along with a glass of wine from their innovative list!
Top review
Cruiseboysvip
Dined 2 days ago
Exceptional service and food tonight. The Fried Green Tomato appetizer is not to be missed. Get it before it’s gone. The new Chicken with tortellini entree is really delicious. Stonewood Brandon is definitely a bright star on the Brandon/Riverview restaurant scene.
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4.5
4.5 (2244)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Tampa
About the restaurant
Head to Northwest Tampa to try the delectable burger at Del Frisco’s Grille. It’s a stylish, modern restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere where you can bring friends, family or a date to celebrate. The menu features American classic infused with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Locals love the hand-cut steaks and shareable dishes like the Cheesesteak Eggrolls. But the burgers are the real highlights. Try Quinn’s Filet Burger, a 6 oz. House-ground Filet Mignon served with bacon onion jam, arugula, blue cheese, gruyere, and grain mustard.
Top review
EarlC
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Hostess was thoughtful Made great suggestions Packed our leftovers And walked us out and thanked us for coming in
A photo of Seasons 52 - Tampa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (7297)
$31 to $50
American
Tampa
About the restaurant
This stylish, fresh grill and wine bar offers a refreshing approach to delicious contemporary American cuisine where guests can feel confident that every dish is delicious! The menu changes seasonally to feature ingredients at their peak, including the whole produce that arrives and is super fresh. They have 52 world-class wines by the glass as well as signature cocktails! Try one of their scrumptious burgers or other delectable sandwiches along with a pour of your favorite vino!
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Always a wonderful experience here! The hostess was extra helpful this evening and arranged a great seat in the house for us!
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