The Best Cheap Eats in Tampa

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 list of the best cheap eats Tampa has to offer.

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Restaurants:Clasico Italian Chophouse 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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Time
7:00 PM

Clasico Italian Chophouse Sarasota

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
287 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual

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 unpretentious yet inte...

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Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass

$$$$·American·
Englewood
1,744 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

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 Avenue overlooking the i...

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Hot Spot in Sarasota / Bradenton

Riverhouse Waterfront - Reef & Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Palmetto
798 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 casual weekday dinner. The...

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LURE Restaurant-South Tampa

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Tampa
160 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

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 sushi in a unique, irresi...

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Chill- Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
St. Pete Beach
367 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Live Music
  • Casual

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 focuses on wholesome...

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Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue- Sarasota

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
506 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 luxurious, intimate s...

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Best Overall in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Lila

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
833 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 meats. Located in Cit...

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Fit for Foodies in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Social Eatery & Bar

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Sarasota
1,024 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’s a mix of old-world ...

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Melange

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
309 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 Sazerac or Blue Mule w...

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Fit for Foodies in Tampa / Central Florida West

The Library

$$$$·American·
St. Petersburg
1,927 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 or outside on the pa...

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Great for Brunch in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Connors Steak & Seafood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Siesta Key
4,265 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 pasta and delicious san...

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Steakhouse in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Stonewood Grill & Tavern - North Sarasota

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
1,992 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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 beautifully presented, delici...

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Overture Restaurant-Art Ovation Hotel

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
256 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
  • Creative Cuisine

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-ceiling windows, bright gr...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in Sarasota / Bradenton

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Longboat Key
5,261 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront

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 environment. Choose from great ...

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Best Ambiance in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Clayton's Siesta Grille

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
1,278 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups

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 that makes you feel rig...

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Good for Groups in Sarasota / Bradenton

Guppy's

$$$$·Seafood·
Indian Rocks Beach
2,282 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 enjoy some spectacula...

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Best Food in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Bazille - Nordstrom International Plaza

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
1,038 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

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 classics and the ambiance...

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Great for Lunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
386 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 in Tampa and they fea...

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Neighborhood Gem in Tampa / Central Florida West

Moon Under Water

$$$$·International·
St. Petersburg
68 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

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 drinks in an authenti...

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Muse at the Ringling

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
1,222 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 with local and regional...

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