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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Tampa / Central Florida West

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Tampa / Central Florida West? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue- Sarasota restaurant
4.9
4.9 (722)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Sophie's offers globally influenced yet decidedly American cuisine in a luxurious intimate setting featuring an outdoor terrace, open kitchen and private dining area. Sophie's dining experience captures the style and elegance of Saks Fifth Avenue, with a passionate focus on outstanding food and drink. Sophie's Chef Andrew Thompson changes his innovative menu seasonally using the best locally-sourced ingredients. The menu is complemented by a selection of craft cocktails and a thoughtfully curated wine list.
Top review
5stardinervip
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
A cool spot, tucked away with wonderful service and food. The ambiance is exceptional.
A photo of The Restorative restaurant
4.9
4.9 (15)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Dunedin
About the restaurant
Husband and wife Chef Owners Jason & Erin "Cricket" Borajkiewicz create a small menu changing two-three times a week. After working seasonally in Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Puerto Rico, and Charleston, the two chefs decided to put down roots in Jason's hometown.

With an ever changing menu, there's no telling what you'll have when you dine with us, but rest assured that you'll leave feeling restored

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EddieM
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
As always this place delivers what you expect of a restaurant. Keeps the staple Naan on the menu but changes up the accoutrements to keep it fresh. This visit we couldn’t get past the top 2/3 of the menu because we ordered 6 dishes before mains! If you’re looking for a great intimate dining experience that’s next level food with a friendly staff look no further. We’ll be back again and again.
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4.8
4.8 (1780)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!
PLEASE NOTE WE CAN NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS FOR OUTSIDE DINING, PARTIES OVER 6, OR HOLIDAYS THROUGH OPEN TABLE. PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT IF YOUR TIME IS NOT AVAILABLE. THANK YOU!!! 941 966 5688

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MichaelP
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Amazing birthday dinner for my wife! First, as soon as you walk through the door, you are treated special. The service is impeccable,Mark was on his game the entire evening. Next, the food was prepared to perfection, from the lobster crab bisque to the crispy duck as well as the chicken francese, all delicious. A great experience that I will highly recommend to friends. We will be back!
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4.6
4.6 (81)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Green Zebra Cafe on Main offers a warm, casual atmosphere, exceptional service and delicious food to share with family and friends. With a focus on pure, wholesome, and locally-sourced ingredients, both of our Brunch and Dinner menus are carefully crafted to reflect our customers dietary requirements.

Our everyday Brunch menu features a long list of all time favorites such as, Omelettes Your Way, Italian Benedict, Our Famous Raw Pancake, and our Lavender-Blueberry pancakes. As well as, organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls.

Our dinner menu highlights both plant-based cuisine as well as dishes with ethically raised meats and sustainable seafood. Some of our most popular dishes are the Salt-roasted Golden Beets for starters, Chicken Veloute or the Raw Vegan Lasagna as Entrees, and our mouth watering gluten-free vegan cheesecakes for dessert.

Look forward to seeing you!

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KimP
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful evening. Food was delightful. Lighting was A bit bright for evening dining. Acoustics were good for performance. We will definitely be going back 🙏💕
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4.8
4.8 (8002)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Palm Harbor
About the restaurant
The Mystic Fish Seafood Grill and Bar has been rated among Tampa Bay Top 30 Restaurants since opening in 2001. Offering affordable, casual, Florida dining at its best. Mystic fish serves some of the freshest and most creative seafood dishes as well as bison, duck, beef and nightly specials. You may choose your favorite wine from the stellar wine list or enjoy their generous cocktails from their full liquor bar. A grand selection of homemade desserts along with espresso and cappuccino will be a delightful way to finishing off your dining experience. A stylish decor of film sculptures abalone shells and custom fish tanks is the backdrop for a special relaxing evening. Located one mile East of US 19, just five minutes from Salamander Innsbrook Golf Resort. When down at the beach please visit our sister restaurants, Guppys and E&E Stakeout Grill.
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AnnK
Dined 5 days ago
Everything about our Mystic Experience was excellent. Food fabulous as always, service (Tanya) also fabulous. Keep up the good work Mystic Fish!
A photo of Bazille - Nordstrom International Plaza restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1488)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tampa
About the restaurant
Bold flavors elevate beloved bistro classics in chic and inviting Bazille. Meet up with friends at the bar for internationally sourced wines and handcrafted cocktails. Stay for appetizers, salads, brick-oven pizzas and our tempting housemade desserts.

Bazille's casually sophisticated atmosphere is located on the second floor of the Plaza in Nordstrom.

We are open for dine-in and to-go orders with Curbside Pickup. Call (813) 356-7916 to place your order.

Join us for Brunch on weekends!


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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Mesera muy amable, comida deliciosa y el postre de white chocolate bread pudding it’s the best!
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4.8
4.8 (3383)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
Indoor and Outdoor dining along Beach Drive and overlooking the Vinoy Yacht Basin and beautiful Banyan trees at North Straub Park. Serving Lunch, Dinner and a Weekend Brunch. Chef Tyson Grant proudly serves All-Natural beef, pork and chicken, Gulf fish and organic produce. Accolades include the coveted Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award, the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, OpenTable's Top 100 Best Alfresco Restaurants in America and Diner's Choice Awards, Best Chef in Tampa Bay and Best Sidewalk Dining.
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TimM
Dined 2 days ago
Our dinner and drinks were amazing! We sat at the bar and I would give the service 10 stars if I could.
A photo of Ophelia's on the Bay restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6147)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Siesta Key
About the restaurant
Ophelia's on the Bay is one of Sarasota’s premier fine dining waterfront restaurants. Enjoy beautiful vistas of Little Sarasota Bay, from the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the dining room. Or join us for al fresco dining on our open-air patio, as the dolphins and manatee swim by. Winner of many awards both locally and nationally, including an Excellence rating from Zagat as well as being listed as the number one restaurant in America in Power and Motoryacht Magazine for dock and dine. Ophelia's on the Bay has also been voted most romantic, best waterfront and best restaurant with a view by its loyal customers. The menu changes nightly using fresh and seasonal ingredients, fresh fish flown in from all over the world and specialty meats. There is certainly something for every palate! We feature an extensive wine list, specialty martinis, as well as a full bar. Family owned and operated for over 22 years, we have an experienced staff that prides itself on exemplary service.
Top review
JanelleW
Dined 7 days ago
We have never had a bad meal or experience at Ophelia’s!
A photo of Lila restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1169)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Lila (pronounced lee-lah) means creative play. Lila is a spontaneous, playful, organic, healthy, mostly vegetable restaurant which does serve sustainable meats.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
Everyone, vegetarians and non-vegetarians enjoyed everything we had for dinner. We look forward to returning often, and recommend Lila for anyone who wants a healthy delicious meal.
A photo of Sacred Pepper restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6653)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tampa
About the restaurant
Food. Flavors. People. Style.

Inspired by her flavorful travels, Candy DeBartolo set out to bring something different to North Tampa’s food scene: a dining destination where everything that happens around the table is considered sacred—a place where every detail matters. Together with her team of passionate experts, she opened Sacred Pepper to provide the community with new twists on classic favorites in an inviting atmosphere. Locally sourced ingredients and made-from-scratch pastas and sauces highlight a Contemporary American menu with dashes of Mediterranean flair. Cocktails are inspired by cultures from around the world as well as modern, traditional, and pre-prohibition tastes.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
This was my 2nd visit to Sacred Pepper. On my first visit I was impressed with the décor and ambience that were stunning and it a great overall dining experience. I thought it would be hard to top that dinner, but my 2nd visit turned out to be even better than the first. For starters, I had the crab and corn chowder which had a generous portion of lump crab, and it is now my new favorite side. Then I opted to try the Seared Chilean Sea Bass entrée that everyone raves about and for good reason. It came with jasmine rice and a vegetable medley, and the added ginger glaze just made it that much more special. Being I was celebrating, I decided to try the Crème Brûlée bread pudding dessert and just the presentation alone put a smile on my face. It was the perfect ending to an awesome dinner. Then add to that, my server Adam was exceptional, as he was on my 1st visit, and he was very attentive, polite, respectful, courteous, patient, and he made me feel so welcomed and valued. Their menu has great wine selections for starters and then awesome variety of appetizers, side dishes, and entrees that will please most everyone. And I found the prices to be reasonable for the quality/quantity of the food served.
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