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The Best Restaurants in Tampa, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

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!

Restaurants:Pane Rustica, Byblos Cafe, Haven
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Fusion / Eclectic, Mediterranean, American
Neighborhoods:Tampa
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Pane Rustica

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Tampa
870 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
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, breakfasRead more
100% recommended
Best Food in Tampa
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Byblos Cafe

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Tampa
198 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating
  • Creative Cuisine
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 upscalRead more
86% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Tampa / Central Florida West

Haven

$$$$·American·
Tampa
804 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Haven is a unique dining concept in South Tampa, featuring whimsical small plates, housemade charcuterie, crafted cocktails, cellared wine selections and delicious artisanal cheeseRead more
Notable Wine List in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Cena

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
632 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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 cRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Tampa
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Élevage at Epicurean Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
972 reviews
  • Casual
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
Executive Chef Chad Johnson is no stranger to creating a menu with worldwide appeal. Elevage’s menu is no exception and it features a modern twist on classic cuisine from around thRead more
86% recommended
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edison: food+drink lab

$$$$·Global, International·
Tampa
2,564 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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 Read more
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Tampa

The Mill-Tampa

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
123 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Brunch
The Mill is a Contemporary American, Global and International restaurant located in Courier City. Chef Ted Dorsey and Restaurateur Jason Griffin designed the place to be an all-aroRead more
Great for Brunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Caffe Paradiso - Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
390 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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 diRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Tampa / Central Florida West
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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 an excellent spot for Tapas, small plates and sushi. They offer a unique, irresistible restaurant experience undRead more
100% recommended
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Bazille - Nordstrom International Plaza

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
793 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Quick Bite
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 atmosRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Doc B's Restaurant + Bar - Tampa

$$$$·American·
Tampa
392 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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 qualiRead more
89% recommended
American in Tampa / Central Florida West

Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
135 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 makiRead more
100% recommended
Notable Wine List in Tampa / Central Florida West

Ava Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,185 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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 Read more
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in Tampa

Bulla Gastrobar - Tampa

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Tampa
412 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
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. TheRead more
92% recommended

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Tampa
168 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
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 Read more
96% recommended

Osteria Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
458 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
Osteria Italian Bar and Kitchen is the perfect hybrid of rustic Italian market, haute cuisine and a sophisticated, late-night bar. The menu, created by Fabio Viviani, includes overRead more
82% recommended

Mole Y Abuela Tampa

$$$$·Spanish·
Tampa
141 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
Mole Y Abuela, located on Franklin Street, is the place to go for delectable Spanish-inspired dishes that make you think of grandma’s house. The atmosphere here is welcoming and enRead more

Oystercatchers

$$$$·Seafood·
Tampa
3,460 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 stunRead more
89% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Tampa / Central Florida West

The Refinery - Tampa - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
1,661 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located on North Florida Avenue and Idlewild, the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, The Refinery serves Contemporary American cuisine in a casual, cool atmosphere. Chef Greg Read more
94% recommended
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