Restaurant BT

4.6
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530 Reviews
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$30 and under
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French

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Located In the charming Palma Ceia neighborhood of Tampa, Restaurant B.T. specializes in a modern style of classic French & Vietnamese cuisines. Chef and proprietor B.T Nguyen-Batley lends her own vision to this unique fare. Drawing from her Vietnamese roots as well as her design background, she places an emphasis on presentation & decor. Sleek white plates arrive at your table adorned with edible flowers and fresh herbs accenting simple yet flavorful dishes to be enjoyed in a Zen-like atmosphere.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Vietnamese, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(813) 258-1916
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
B.T Nguyen-Batley
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Palmira Avenue
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Parking details
3 Convenience parking lot around the Hyde Park Village
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never fails to impress me. The food stands alone. It is creative. You can eat everything on your plate and everything is distinct. It is difficult to pick a favorite appetizer but you cannot order too much because the entre needs to be savored. As you eat through the main entre you will notice the feature, the sauce, the vegetables as distinct flavors. It will pop in your mouth. You can eat the garnish! If you have room for desert you will complete the trifecta of taste with amazing balance. I had the bread pudding and want more! French press for the coffee and I had to be rolled out! I cannot wait to return!

AM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. Staff members were polite, friendly and professional. The food, as always, was delicious.

OT
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience, service and decor. Nice and quiet for date night or small groups.

GE
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service mix of French and Asian cuisine
Really tasty fine dining

AJ
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BT is my favorite restaurant in Tampa. The food and service are always excellent! Food is unique, high-quality and fresh!

WM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still the most creative food offerings in the Bay Area, and it all works. On this visit I opted for 3 starters - the tuna tartare, spring rolls, and fresh rolls - all great. My companion had the red snapper, which she loved (and the presentation was perfect as well).

Parking is easy, good handicapped access, and the staff couldn't be more accommodating. Look forward to my next visit when I'm back in town.

o
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BT has this alliance of excellent service, welcoming atmosphere and very fine cuisine yet accessible to all pallets
Excellent balance of French Vietnamese fusion
Definitely a must go ... and come back !

MS
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!!!

ER
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, outstanding wine list...totally zin!

J
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fabulous. There is nothing on the menu that is not flavorful and fresh. Outstanding as always.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The quality and presentation of the food was very good. I have been several times and think it is nowadays one of the best restaurants in TAMPA.
Good selection of wines. The saketinis are very good.
Only draw back it’s a bit too noisy.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yummy food, nice atmosphere, pricey, but not extreme

DK
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the finest restaurants in Tampa. BT has a history for success and she definitely delivered on our most recent visit. I took my wife for our anniversary. I was accommodated by arranging to have a gift, at our table, for my wife when we arrived. The menus were specially created and personalized for us. Dinner was spectacular, as always, complete with a complimentary dessert to acknowledge our occasion.

JD
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant BT has always done an excellent job and Saturday was no exception. Food was creative, well presented and above all else delicious. The entrees are mainly French Vietnamese and seasoned to perfection. She gets more creative on the appetizers. Just a perfect evening.

F
Tampa
68 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First visit. Sat outdoors that has a bit of traffic noise. That being said, the service and the food were excellent. Escargot appetizer was not the typical offering and a nice surprise. The entree special was chateaubriand with a nice piece of foi gras on top, sugar snaps on the side. All excellent. Very approachable wine list. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. Will be back soon.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome food. Ordered all appetizers and then dessert. Apps very good - fresh rolls, beef carpaccio, duck, etc. Dessert of bread pudding is to die for. My favorite all time dessert - order with extra vanilla ice cream:)

JH
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor, excellent service and amazing cuisine.

K
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative dishes and wonderful service! Highly recommend!

GC
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of our MOST favorite restaurants. Only problem, we love our favorite dishes so much, it hard to break away and try other items. However, being adults, we deviated and tried something new. The (special that night) Lobster Bisque was amazing and the Tuna Sashimi was it's usual: fantastic. Each meal is prepared with such attention to detail, as if they were being judge on that plate alone. We will return.....

MW
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best French cuisine in tampa. We will definitely go back.

b
Panama
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a restaurant. Great service, interesting combinations of flavors, perfectly prepared. Don’t miss it.

f
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another wonderful dining experience at Restaurant BT. Her cuisine is creative and beautifully presented. The sauces are wonderful! The service was outstanding and friendly. Parking can be an issue at times. Plan accordingly. Make a reservation on the weekend. We will try the other location on Henderson soon too.

OT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance are amazing. Beef tartar starter is one of my favorites but everything I’ve had at BT has been consistently delicious. I definitely recommend.

PS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem. Creative French-Vietnamese fusion menu. Locally sourced ingredients. Very knowledgeable waitstaff. Nice ambiance.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef pho is an off menu item that is PHENOMENAL!

RC
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great food, lovely ambiance, great wines by the glass

GF
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant BT is, in my opinion, the best restaurant in Tampa. The food is inspired and created by BT and her Vietnamese influence on the creations that fill this menu. The quality of the food is unsurpassed and the presentation is creative and fits the unique preparation. The wine and champagne options are outstanding. The service is attentive and personal without being intrusive. Our favorite place.

EZ
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was an explosion of flavor. Great service! Highly recommend!

LA
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant we have been to in years- maybe ever! Simply spectacular food and service. Best restaurant in Tampa. We just moved back from Italy and we were astounded by the food!! What a great date night.

GC
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

WO
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as usual. Some of the best food in Tampa by far.

OT
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love BT’s! It is the best place in Tampa for the freshest and delicious food. I have my regular favorites such as the snapper and pumpkin soup, however BT is always surprising us with the best specials. The service is always so professional and kind. I highly recommend BT for a date, special occasion or with great friends.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in the area!

J
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the not so secret great restaurants in Tampa. The flavors, balance, and service are always outstanding.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The wait staff was very well trained and attentive. The food was excellent. We will definitely dine at this restaurant again.

FF
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the absolute best restaurants in Tampa. The service is impeccable, the food is unique, flavorful, and beautifully presented, and the ambiance is ideal. A true gem in the Tampa dining scene.

JF
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BT'S has been a favorite of mine for years and it still seems and is special dining. Always the freshest of ingredients are served. Love the rolls, the escargot, the steak tartare, the duck, duck goose dish, the snapper and everything else. I took an out of town guest from DC where fine dining is the norm, and he loved it!

AA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went here for our anniversary dinner on recommendations from multiple friends. Needless to say, expectations were high. Restaurant BT surpassed our expectations. It has a very quaint ambiance--we entered through the kitchen, accidentally, but they greeted us as if we belonged--I guess this happens a lot. The kitchen was clean and tidy. Our waiter was attentive, but not overbearing. We had the octopus carpaccio, oyster soup, a mozarella/tomato/pine nut salad, my husband had the Bouillabaise de BT and I had the scallops , which were the chef special of the day. Everything we had was fresh and a creative combination of flavors that I had never had before. It was a lovely dinner. At the end, they brought us a chocolate mouse that said Happy Anniversary. I have been raving about it to all of my friends since.

ST
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The Ceviche starter was very good, nice vegetable and fish combination. The service was good until it came time to get the bill. The pumpkin soup was good, but not very good. The dinner- Red Snapper- bland, set on top of a cheap coleslaw, surrounded by cucumber slices was mediocre. Not the quality expected for the price.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this place our son's freshman year at University of Tampa. He is now graduating and we have gone back to this restaurant with each visit. The food is amazing. The service is perfect. I look forward to this meal with each visit. It could not be a better experience. This trip we were celebrating both my son's and wife's birthday. Small touches like preparing a special menu to wish them happy birthday to desert which came with a birthday message. This is my favorite restaurant and I travel all over the world for my job!

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