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The Best Cheap Eats in Tampa

The OpenTable Team

Tampa offers a laid-back, urban epicenter along Florida’s Gulf Coast and has become one of the most popular vacation spots in the United States. Blue skies and sunshine overlook sparkly waterfront views with ample family fun and culture all in one place! Whether you’re enjoying the rides at Busch Gardens, visiting historic Ybor City, the “Cigar Capital of the World,” or heading to the pristine Gulf of Mexico waters for a day of sun and surf, Tampa has a little something for everyone. The same goes for the town’s dining scene, which contains a huge range of cuisines and types of restaurants that appeal to both the locals who live in Tampa and the visitors who flock to its beaches year after year. Tampa is a town for foodies, from the authentic Mexican spots of Ybor City to the mom-and-pop Indian Eateries of North Tampa. If you’re wondering how you can enjoy a fantastic meal in Tampa that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, check out our Tastemaker 20 list of the best cheap eats Tampa has to offer.

Restaurants:Clasico Sarasota, Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass, Riverhouse Waterfront - Reef & Grill
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Sarasota, Englewood, Palmetto
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Clasico Sarasota

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
254 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Fun
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Located on the corner of Main and Palm in Sarasota, Classico is a favorite gathering spot for some of the best cheap eats Tampa has to offer. Recently renovated, it is a totally unRead more
89% recommended
Hot Spot in Sarasota / Bradenton

Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass

$$$$·American·
Englewood
492 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass in Englewood, is a lovely place to go for an amazing view, cheap eats and a totally unique waterfront dining experience. Located on Maryland AvenRead more
89% recommended
Hot Spot in Sarasota / Bradenton

Riverhouse Waterfront - Reef & Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Palmetto
715 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant is a fantastic restaurant for cheap eats in Tampa. The restaurant is trendy but casual, so you can hang here on a date or just stop in for a casualRead more
94% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Tampa / Central Florida West

LURE Restaurant-South Tampa

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Tampa
159 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Creative Cuisine
Located on South Macdill Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg, Lure is a great spot for some of the best cheap eats Tampa has to offer. The menu features tapas, small plates and sushiRead more
100% recommended
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Muse at the Ringling

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
1,101 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
Muse, located on Bay Shore Road, is a super trendy eatery serving upscale local cuisine with an international flair. Muse is all about creating new flavor combinations to share witRead more
100% recommended
Great for Lunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Chill- Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
St. Pete Beach
356 reviews
  • Casual
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Neighborhood Gem
Chill is a restaurant and bar located at St. Pete Beach that serves up delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner for a bargain. The menu offers traditional and eclectic speciaties and Read more
100% recommended
Kid Friendly in Tampa / Central Florida West

Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue- Sarasota

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
379 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Quiet Conversation
Located on the 2nd floor of Saks Fifth Avenue in The Mall at University Town Center, Sophie’s is a casual spot to enjoy American cuisine with a global twist. Diners can enjoy the lRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Tampa / Central Florida West

Lila

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
643 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
Lila means “creative play” and that is what the kitchen aims to do with their cuisine. It’s a spontaneous, playful and healthy menu comprised mostly of vegetables and sustainable mRead more
100% recommended
Healthy in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Social Eatery & Bar

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Sarasota
1,031 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Located on First Street, just across from Bayfront, Social Eatery and Bar is the place to go for cheap eats in a unique indoor/outdoor setting with a refined yet casual style. It’sRead more
86% recommended
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Melange

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
102 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located on Orange Avenue in Sarasota, Melange is a classy restaurant with sidewalk seating and a handsome dining room. Inside, diners can sit and enjoy a fun cocktail like a Sir SaRead more
Fit for Foodies in Tampa / Central Florida West

The Library

$$$$·American·
St. Petersburg
527 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
The Library, located on 5th Street South in St. Petersburg, is a laid-back spot to find good food on a budget. It has a gorgeous, stately dining room with the option to sit inside Read more
99% recommended
Great for Brunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Connors Steak & Seafood

$$$$·Steak·
Siesta Key
2,106 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Connors Steak and Seafood, located in Siesta Key, is a casual American restaurant specializing in fresh seafood and premium aged steaks. They also serve salads, hearty bowls of pasRead more
97% recommended
Steak in Tampa / Central Florida West

Stonewood Grill & Tavern - North Sarasota

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
1,441 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Stonewood Grill & Tavern offers a casual dining experience on Bloomingdale Avenue in North Sarasota. They promise an extraordinary experience by preparing a feast that is beautifulRead more
94% recommended
American in Sarasota / Bradenton

Overture Restaurant-Art Ovation Hotel

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
163 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Art Ovation Hotel has a number of signature restaurants and they always offer a luxurious dining experience. This Sarasota location features wood floors and chairs, floor-to-ceilinRead more
88% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Sarasota / Bradenton

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Longboat Key
2,281 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Another great option for outstanding cheap eats in Tampa is Dry Dock Waterfront Grill. Located at the end of Longboat Key, Dry Dock offers coastal cuisine in a laidback environmentRead more
99% recommended
Best Ambiance in Tampa / Central Florida West

Clayton's Siesta Grille

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
813 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
In nearby Siesta Key (located off Sarasota) is Clayton’s, a local favorite for burgers, sandwiches, salads, fresh fish and other cheap eats. Clayton’s has a dive bar atmosphere thaRead more
100% recommended
American in Tampa / Central Florida West

Guppy's

$$$$·Seafood·
Indian Rocks Beach
1,955 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Worth the Drive
  • Casual
Guppy’s is a favorite gathering place for locals and visitors interested in finding some delicious cheap eats in Tampa. Located on Gulf Blvd right on the waterfront, you can also eRead more
98% recommended
Seafood in Tampa / Central Florida West

Bazille - Nordstrom International Plaza

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
793 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Quick Bite
Come to Bazille, located on the second floor of Nordstrom’s in the International Plaza, for casual dining that’s easy on the wallet. The menu features bold flavors and bistro classRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
99 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
Head to Bavaro’s Pizza on Franklin Street in downtown Sarasota for a wonderful meal and dining experience that won’t break the bank. This is an outpost of the original restaurant iRead more
95% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Sarasota / Bradenton

Moon Under Water

$$$$·International·
St. Petersburg
67 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • People Watching
Moon Under Water is one of the oldest restaurants in the Tampa area and a local favorite for the best cheap eats Tampa has to offer. They serve British Colonial-inspired food and dRead more
85% recommended
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