The Best Bars for Foodies in Tampa

The OpenTable Team

As one of the American South's greatest cities, Tampa, Florida boasts a fun and sunshine-splashed center for commerce, culture, and cuisine. The best bars in the Tampa supply the fuel for the exciting nightlife of the city, delivering live music, multicultural eats, and craft drinks to locals and visitors alike. But where are the city's smartest, savviest diners headed out to when in search of the best bars in Tampa? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. Here, we've gathered information from the city's in-the-know diners and good-time partiers to put together this comprehensive list of the best bars in Tampa. From local favorites and dive bars to exciting sports bars and cocktail joints, the best bars in Tampa have something for every crowd. Grab a table (and a drink) tonight!

Restaurants:Renzo's-St Pete, Ocean Prime - Tampa, Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Argentinean, Seafood, Contemporary Italian
Neighborhoods:St. Petersburg, Tampa

Renzo's-St Pete

$$$$·Argentinean·
St. Petersburg
268 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic

This slice of Argentina in the middle of the city is one of the best bars in Tampa. With a classically colorful Southern American atmosphere, Renzo's delivers plenty of fun and cla...

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Hot Spot in St. Petersburg

Ocean Prime - Tampa

$$$$·Seafood·
Tampa
7,658 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date

The local outpost of this nationally-renowned chain is one of the best bars in Tampa. Looking out over the water with an electrically colorful exterior, this welcoming spot is a lo...

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96% recommended
Best Overall in Tampa / Central Florida West

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Tampa
610 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

A classic Italian spot in the middle of Hyde Park Village, Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant is one of the best bars in Tampa. It's the perfect spot to head into for a hearty meal ...

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89% recommended
Hot Spot in Tampa / Central Florida West

Green Lemon

$$$$·Mexican·
Tampa
363 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Group Bookings
  • Neighbourhood Gem

This colorful, exciting modern Mexican restaurant is the perfect spot for a hangout with a group of friends. Start off with one of the restaurant's signature margaritas. Available ...

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97% recommended
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The C House

$$$$·American·
Tampa
792 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

The C House has an extremely distinct vibe in the Tampa restaurant scene. Located in a former transmission repair shop, this modern and open local favorite boasts a creative and en...

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94% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Tampa / Central Florida West

Bulla Gastrobar - Tampa

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Tampa
786 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

Amid the hustle and bustle of the SoHo and Hyde Park sections, Bulla is one of the more stylish restaurants in Tampa Bay. The Tampa version of this Southern chain features a wide s...

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88% recommended

Ulele

$$$$·American·
Tampa
9,225 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions

A relaxed water-front spot close to the Tampa Rialto Theater, Ulele is one of the best bars in Tampa. There's a fun and engaging atmosphere in Ulele. Stop in for some of the restau...

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95% recommended
American in Tampa / Central Florida West
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American Social Tampa

$$$$·American·
Tampa
781 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

For some of the best sports bar action in Tampa, American Social is the place to go. This exciting and colorful Tampa hot spot is one of the best bars in Tampa. Filled with classic...

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87% recommended
Outdoor Eating in Tampa / Central Florida West

Flavio Downtown Sarasota

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
737 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

A stylish family pizza spot in the middle of town, Beulah is one of the best bars in Tampa. Stop into this lively spot for some excellent cocktails and beers along with some classi...

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92% recommended

Haven

$$$$·American·
Tampa
1,300 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance

Right in the heart of Hyde Park, Haven is an elegant spot that is one of the best bars in Tampa. The food menu includes a wide selection of small plates perfect for group dining. T...

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95% recommended
American in Tampa / Central Florida West

Riviera Dunes Dockside

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Palmetto
387 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

For water-side drinking fun and good times, the Riviera Dunes in Palmetto is one of the best options in Tampa. Grab a seat outside to enjoy the many yachts and boats that sail by a...

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Group Bookings in Sarasota / Bradenton

Veronica Fish & Oyster

$$$$·Oyster Bar·
Sarasota
1,336 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies

One of the most modern and welcoming spots in the Tampa area. This Sarasota hot spot is one of the best fish joints in Florida. It's also among the best bars in Tampa, with an exci...

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98% recommended
Best Overall in Sarasota / Bradenton

Overture Restaurant-Art Ovation Hotel

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
228 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions

This sleek and welcoming bar in the Sarasota Art Ovation Hotel is a hip spot for some drinks and a few bar bites with friends. The Overture's signature cocktail menu is full of fav...

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Hot Spot in Sarasota / Bradenton

Castile Restaurant

$$$$·American·
St. Pete Beach
1,028 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance

Exceptional views are on the menu at the Castile Restaurant, one of the best bars in Tampa. Head into the Hotel Zamora to enjoy the cocktails and Mediterranean Latin cuisine at thi...

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Romance in St. Petersburg