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

Pane Rustica

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Tampa
955 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
97% recommended
Great for Lunch in Tampa
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Byblos Cafe

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Tampa
240 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
87% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Tampa / Central Florida West

Haven

$$$$·American·
Tampa
1,034 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
98% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Tampa / Central Florida West

Cena

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
755 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Élevage at Epicurean Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
974 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
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
87% recommended
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edison: food+drink lab

$$$$·Global, International·
Tampa
2,770 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Tampa / Central Florida West

The Mill-Tampa

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
146 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
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
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Caffe Paradiso - Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
501 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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
93% recommended
Best Value in Tampa / Central Florida West

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 an excellent spot for Tapas, small plates and sushi. They offer a unique, irresistible restaurant experience undRead more
90% recommended
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Bazille - Nordstrom International Plaza

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
865 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Worth the Drive
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
88% recommended
Best Overall in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Doc B's Restaurant + Bar - Tampa

$$$$·American·
Tampa
455 reviews
  • Casual
  • People Watching
  • Great for Lunch
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
95% recommended
Healthy in Tampa / Central Florida West

Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
171 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Authentic
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
Neighborhood Gem in Tampa / Central Florida West

Ava Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,336 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
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
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Bulla Gastrobar - Tampa

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Tampa
560 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Tampa
386 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
94% recommended
Best Overall in Tampa

Oystercatchers

$$$$·Seafood·
Tampa
3,816 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
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
87% recommended
Scenic View in Tampa

Osteria Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
560 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
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
83% recommended
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Mole Y Abuela Tampa

$$$$·Spanish·
Tampa
177 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
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