1. Datz 2616 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629
One of the most beloved gastropubs in all of the Tampa Bay area. They have an excellent selection of craft beers and an entire menu filled with delicious southern comfort food, done with a twist. Usually, that twist involves bacon.
2. Taco Bus 5701 E Hillsborough Ave #2453, Tampa, FL 33610
It started out as a food truck serving authentic Mexican food and now there are multiple locations spread throughout the Tampa Bay area. Stop by the Hillsborough location for a look at the original bus that started it all (now with an entire building built around it).
3. Mr. Dunderbak’s 14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33613
Mr. Dunderbak’s is what many consider the Tampa Bay area’s very best German restaurant. They serve authentic dishes that taste like they are right from Germany and accompany them with only the best German beers served by the pint, by the liter or of course by Das Boot.
4. Rooster and the Till 6500 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
Rooster and the Till is the perfect place if you’re looking for fresh eats. They’re known for having a constantly rotating menu and have often been described as a masterpiece of a meal. It doesn’t matter if it’s sunrise or sunset because Rooster and the Till will have you cock-a-doodle-dooing for more.
5. Bern’s Steakhouse 1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Bern’s is located in the Soho area and is considered by many to be one of Tampa’s finest steakhouses. Aside from steaks, they also are renowned for their dessert room which hosts over 50 pastries, cakes, and other confectionery items. Bern’s has earned its place in the Tampanian restaurant ‘Hall of Fame’ and is worth paying a visit to on your next big date night.
6. Columbia 2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
Opening in 1905, Columbia is touted as Florida’s oldest restaurant. It’s no wonder that they’ve been around so long because they serve delicious Spanish/Cuban food, often accompanied by a show that involves Flamenco music and dancing.
7. Tampa Bay Brewing Company 1600 E 9th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
A staple in Tampa Bay’s brewing culture, serving unique and tasty bar eats that accompany their in-house brewed beers perfectly. It’s located right in historic Ybor City as well so you’ll have plenty to do after you stop in for a pint or a flight.
8. Eddie & Sam’s 203 E Twiggs St, Tampa, FL 33602
Ask anyone from Brooklyn, this is the best pizza spot in Tampa. One of their secrets is their dough which includes water imported straight from Brooklyn, giving their pizza’s their authentic edge. Word to the wise – don’t order the large if you’re by yourself. You won’t win.
9. Al’s Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que 1609 Angel Oliva Senior St, Tampa, FL 33605
Al’s is one of Tampa’s most highly rated barbecue joints. Located in Ybor City, Al’s serves some of the very best barbecue that you’ll ever find, all done with a smile and strong dose of southern hospitality.
10. Wright’s Gourmet House 1200 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629
Wright’s is not to be underestimated. If you’re looking for a fantastic sandwich then look no further – their meats are layered on thick and toasted to perfection every time. Looking for round 2? You’re at the right place then. They serve some of the best desserts in the Tampa Bay area.
11. Edison: Food+Drink Lab 912 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606
Edison is often considered one of the best gastropubs in the Tampa area. Not only do they have an abundant collection of craft beers, but they’re constantly testing and adjusting their menu to serve the freshest and most creative bites while always staying on the mark and delivering amazing food, every time.
12. The Refinery 5137 North Florida Avenue Tampa, FL 33603
The Refinery is located in a converted home/restaurant in Seminole Heights. The atmosphere feels like a place you could call home and thanks to their outstanding service. It only adds to it that The Refinery’s food is excellent with a solid selection of drinks for you to pair with.
13. Loli’s Mexican Cravings 8005 Benjamin Rd, Tampa, FL 33634
Just south of Waters Avenue is a small restaurant called Loli’s Mexican and it’s worth stopping at. The freshness of the ingredients is only matched by their skill at preparing the dishes. Don’t forget to buy a horchata or an Agua de Jamaica.
14. Boca Tampa 901 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606
Located in the Hyde Park area, Boca is a local foodies’ dream come true. All their food is prepared with fresh and seasonal ingredients and it shows in the overall quality of each plate. If you’re looking for a safe bet to take family and friends from out of town to show them the best of Tampa eating, then look no further.
15. Ella’s American Folk Art Cafe 5119 N. Nebraska Ave Tampa, Fl 33603
‘Creative’ and ‘eclectic’ would be two of the best words to describe Ella’s. Located in Seminole Heights just outside of downtown – Ella’s is situated in an old home that’s been transformed into one of the best restaurants in the city. If you want some new bold flavors (especially for Sunday brunches) then check out Ella’s – you won’t regret it.