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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Tampa

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Tampa? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Quality Foods Market restaurant
5.0
5 (160)
$50 and over
Italian
Tampa
About the restaurant
Quality Foods Market offers a unique culinary experience, featuring authentic Italian cuisine, in a relaxed, elevated casual, and intimate atmosphere. Enjoy a seasonally changing, from scratch menu, featuring both classic and modern pastas; hand cut steaks from USDA Certified Premium Hereford Heritage 1881 Beef; New Zealand Lamb Chops; USDA Certified Prime Veal; and the freshest seafood available, flown in from around the world throughout the week. In addition, Quality Foods Market offers a curated wine list with selections from all over the world, and an unrivaled craft and imported beer selection. Executive Chef Christopher Houp takes the time to interact with each and every guest throughout the dining experience, taking the Chef's Table concept to a whole new level. Tables are limited, with just 16 seats inside, and an additional 16 seats for al fresco dining. Our guests are treated to a true Italian dining experience, as we allow a minimum of three hours between reservations.
Top review
Barbara
Dined 1 day ago
The BEST ragu bolognese ever. Even better than I remember in Italy. The pasta is always cooked perfectly al dente. Impressive wine list too. The food and service are always wonderful. Thank you chef for another memorable meal!
A photo of Stan's Epicurean restaurant
4.9
4.9 (151)
$50 and over
American
North Redington Beach
About the restaurant
At Stan's Epicurean, our focus is on the quality of our food while providing our customers with an enjoyable fine dining experience. Each weekly tasting menu is designed to bring passion to the plate with the finest ingredients from local fishermen, ranches and farms. We have quaint indoor and beautiful outdoor seating. Stan's Epicurean is across from the beach in Redington Shores, nestled between Treasure Island and Belleair. We are reservation only, and our menu changes weekly. We look forward to serving you.
Top review
JimE
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
The food was delicious as usual, and the service was excellent.
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Tampa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2943)
$31 to $50
Steak
Tampa
About the restaurant
Discover Fleming's in Tampa, located on the corner of Boy Scout Boulevard and Lois Avenue, directly across from the International Plaza, where you'll find exceptional USDA Prime steaks, storied wines and stellar service. Whether you're marking a special occasion, hosting a business dinner, or simply savoring a night out, our Dining Room or Outdoor Patio provide a memorable setting. Explore our Dinner Menu with seven different steak cuts, best-in-class seafood and innovative vegetarian options. Join us for our Social Hour Menu Sunday through Thursday 4PM to 6PM with shareable bar bites and $9 handcrafted cocktails.

Planning an event? Explore our Events & Catering Menu for a variety of options, both in our restaurant and off-site.

Top review
KDadvip
Dined 2 days ago
This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always superb and the staff is always helpful and considerate. It has now started social hour at the bar with wine and cocktails very reasonably priced. Try the olive oil cake. It is delicious!
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4.8
4.8 (3160)
$50 and over
Italian
Tampa
About the restaurant
Every night Guido and Gino Tiozzo welcome you to Donatello, a fine dining restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1984.

Their constant presence and attention to details guarantee that, whether you are dining alone or hosting a large party, you'll be pleased and satisfied by your experience.

Every lady will leave Donatello with a rose on her hand as thanks for being there.

You'll see for yourself that hospitality has ancient roots at Donatello.

The menu is based on century-old Italian recipes and displays Italian specialties; the staff is friendly and professional and the desserts are delicious!

If the night is still young, come and relax at the piano lounge where blues, jazz and every love songs are played at the baby grand. Listen to the music while sipping a drink or dancing with your loved one.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Lovely old school Italian in Tampa. Romantic touch to give a long stem red rose to each lady at end of dinner!!
A photo of Dessert Room at Bern's Steak House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (321)
$30 and under
Dessert
Tampa
About the restaurant
Retire to a private booth made from old wine casks on the second floor of Bern's Steak House. Enjoy decadent desserts, cheeses and after dinner beverages, including cognacs, scotches, ports, bourbons, specialty drinks and much more. Every dessert is handmade and prepared using only the finest possible ingredients.
Top review
Bjewelsvip
Dined 2 days ago
Coffee was weak and had grinds. Not one cup but also the second replacement. Had to change my drink. I wouldn’t have mind but given the price they were charging me the least I could ask for was a drinkable cup of coffee.
A photo of Driftlight Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (60)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Tampa
About the restaurant
Inspired by the lighted bridges of Tampa, the restaurant offers a bold backdrop for long conversations and luxuriant dinners, connecting visitors to the region and to each other.
The menu features chef-selected land and sea dishes driven by regional ingredients, paired with a collection of wines and champagnes from around the world. Other handcrafted drinks offer new interpretations of classic cocktails, setting the scene for a fresh yet familiar destination.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Our first time at this fabulous restaurant inside JW Marriott outstanding service and food. We ordered calamari, French onion soup, halibut , bone in ribeye and mashed potatoes. We will be back soon.
A photo of Bahama Breeze - Brandon - Brandon Mall restaurant
4.5
4.5 (479)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Brandon
About the restaurant
Bahama Breeze Island Grille offers a To Go menu with easy online ordering. Take home a taste of the islands today. Bahama Breeze offers all your favorites: burgers, salads, seafood, chicken-all with our island flair. From jicama or plantains to jerk chicken pasta, you can enjoy the islands one taste at a time, discovering new flavors along the way. If our Latin and Caribbean-inspired recipes sound delicious but you're not sure you're ready to explore, ask us about the ingredients or preparation. We're always happy to share our knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
The service was amazing. The yucca sticks were great but we ordered the beef empanadas and they were dripping in oil. we ordered the lobster and shrimp linguini and it was just ok. no flavor, just tasted like buttered noodles. next time we'll order something else
A photo of EBBE restaurant
4.5
4.5 (116)
$50 and over
International
Tampa
About the restaurant
The best seasonal ingredients refined in the kitchen by 2 Michelin star Chef Ebbe and his team.

Drawing inspiration from the captivating ambiance of Scandinavia, we have meticulously crafted an intimate restaurant nestled in the heart of Tampa, Florida.

Under the skilled guidance of Chef Ebbe and his talented team, our kitchen becomes a haven where we artfully refine the most exquisite seasonal ingredients. With each dish crafted, we guarantee a culinary experience that transcends boundaries, tantalizing taste buds and transporting diners on a journey of flavors.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
This place was amazing! Very deserving of the Michelin star! The entire team was amazing , the food was fantastic and the vibe was great! Head chef/owner Ebbe was possibly the most humble Michelin star chef I’ve ever met!
A photo of Market Salamander Grille restaurant
4.2
4.2 (172)
$30 and under
American
Tampa
About the restaurant
From health-conscious recipes to traditional Seasonal American Cuisine, the Market Salamander Grille Restaurant offers a variety of choices for all our guests. With our warm and friendly service team, you’ll be sure to enjoy a comfortable atmosphere both inside the dining room and outside on the patio. You will want to try the Chinese Chicken Salad or Fresh Seared Grouper, some of our most popular dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 21, 2024
My sever Rhonda was delightful. She had great recommendations. The tacos were so tasty.
A photo of Cafe Dufrain - Tampa, FL restaurant
4.1
4.1 (23)
$31 to $50
American
Tampa
About the restaurant
Café Dufrain in Tampa, FL is a waterfront restaurant that specializes in serving contemporary global cuisine. The restaurant offers casual dining in a relaxed space with a warm ambience and ocean views. Café Dufrain in Tampa, FL serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a seasonal menu of dishes made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. The main menu at Café Dufrain in Tampa, FL features a wide assortment of salads, shareables, large plates, sandwiches, sides, beer, cocktails and wines. Main fare featured at the restaurant includes teriyaki glazed salmon, pan seared wild shrimp fried rice, Argentinian skirt steak and pan seared white fish.
Top review
AmandaR
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
A cute place by the water for just a regulate night out
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