The Best Restaurants in Tampa, According to our Tastemakers

Tampa's cool coastal location along the Florida Gulf Coast makes it one of the most popular vacation spots in the United States. The city offers blue skies and sunshine, sparkly waterfront views, family fun and the richness of Cuban Culture all in one place! Whether you enjoy the thrilling rides and attractions at Busch Gardens, visiting historic Ybor City, the “Cigar Capital of the World,” or relaxing by the pristine Gulf of Mexico waters for a day of sun and surf, Tampa offers all this and more. The best restaurants in Tampa bring excitement to the plate, from the authentic Cuban restaurants and classy steakhouses to gorgeous beachside eateries. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Check out our Tastemaker List of the best restaurants in Tampa. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book a table today!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Pane Rustica, Byblos Cafe, Haven
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Fusion / Eclectic, Mediterranean, American
Neighborhoods:Tampa
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Pane Rustica

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Tampa
1,061 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating

Pane Rustica is a local favorite for eclectic eats and artisan baked goods in South Tampa. Diners love the European-bakery style ambience and the restaurant combines deli, breakfast, lunch, dinner and...

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Byblos Cafe

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Tampa
326 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Romantic

Byblos is a unique Mediterranean eatery and bar in South Tampa that many locals think is one of the best restaurant in Tampa. Located on South Macdill Avenue, it features an upscale yet comfortable an...

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Kid Friendly in Tampa / Central Florida West

Haven

$$$$·American·
Tampa
1,414 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Haven is a unique dining concept in South Tampa, featuring whimsical small plates, housemade charcuterie, crafted cocktails, cellared wine selections and delicious artisanal cheese. The restaurant fea...

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American in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Cena

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
973 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

Cena is a smart and sleek new Italian Spot at Grand Central and is definitely one of the best restaurants in Tampa. The focus here is on fresh and simple Italian food served in a contemporary and styl...

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Fit for Foodies in Tampa

edison: food+drink lab

$$$$·Global, International·
Tampa
3,163 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

The kitchen at Edison Food and Drink focuses on new interpretations of everyday food, expertly engineered into modern cuisine. Located on West Kennedy Boulevard, right next to the University of Tampa,...

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Fit for Foodies in Tampa

Caffe Paradiso - Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
624 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Caffe Paradiso often gets a mention as one of the best restaurants in Tampa and is definitely a great choice for those seeking Italian food. It features great home made regional dishes of Italy along ...

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Neighborhood Gem in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Bazille - Nordstrom International Plaza

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
992 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual

Bazille is a casual yet refined restaurant located on the second floor of the Plaza in Nordstrom. It’s a sophisticated spot for lunch or dinner and features a cool and serene atmosphere to gather with...

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Great for Lunch in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Doc B's Restaurant + Bar - Tampa

$$$$·American·
Tampa
586 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date

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 incorporate the highest quality ingredients and t...

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American in Tampa / Central Florida West

“Bocelli” Modern Italian

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
274 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Seating

With a prime location in the Beautiful Bayshore neighborhood, Sociale Italian Tapas and Pizza Bar is all about serving consistently awesome food at a fair price. They focus on making the experience of...

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Hot Spot in Tampa / Central Florida West

Ava Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,602 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch

Ava’s menu focuses on inspired Italian cuisine prepared in a simple and rustic fashion. They offer house cured salami, fresh handmade pasta and Neapolitan pizza and all menu items promise fresh, seaso...

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Great for Brunch in Tampa

Bulla Gastrobar - Tampa

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Tampa
878 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot

Located in the heart of the trendy Soho and Hyde Park neighborhood, Bulla Gastrobar is one of the best restaurants in Tampa to have a lively night out and enjoy delicious food. They offer a contempora...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in Tampa / Central Florida West

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Tampa
737 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

Located on West Snow Avenue in Hyde Park Village, Forbici is a casual but trendy Contemporary Italian restaurant and pizzeria. The interior is whimsical and energetic and there is plenty of room in th...

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Hot Spot in Tampa / Central Florida West

Oystercatchers

$$$$·Seafood·
Tampa
4,323 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

Oystercatchers in definitely one of the best restaurants in Tampa for those who want a view with their meal. Located on the shores of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, the setting is stunning and offers spec...

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Seafood in Tampa
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