The Best Restaurants in Tampa, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Tampa's cool coastal location along the Florida Gulf Coast makes it one of the most popular vacation spots in the United States. The city offers blue skies and sunshine, sparkly waterfront views, family fun and the richness of Cuban Culture all in one place! Whether you enjoy the thrilling rides and attractions at Busch Gardens, visiting historic Ybor City, the “Cigar Capital of the World,” or relaxing by the pristine Gulf of Mexico waters for a day of sun and surf, Tampa offers all this and more. The best restaurants in Tampa bring excitement to the plate, from the authentic Cuban restaurants and classy steakhouses to gorgeous beachside eateries. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Check out our Tastemaker List of the best restaurants in Tampa. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book a table today!

Restaurants:Pane Rustica, Byblos Cafe, Haven
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Fusion / Eclectic, Mediterranean, American
Neighborhoods:Tampa

Pane Rustica

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Tampa
1,036 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic

Pane Rustica is a local favorite for eclectic eats and artisan baked goods in South Tampa. Diners love the European-bakery style ambience and the restaurant combines deli, breakfas...

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97% recommended
Best Food in Tampa

Byblos Cafe

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Tampa
305 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic

Byblos is a unique Mediterranean eatery and bar in South Tampa that many locals think is one of the best restaurant in Tampa. Located on South Macdill Avenue, it features an upscal...

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Outdoor Eating in Tampa / Central Florida West

Haven

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

Haven is a unique dining concept in South Tampa, featuring whimsical small plates, housemade charcuterie, crafted cocktails, cellared wine selections and delicious artisanal cheese...

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95% recommended
American in Tampa / Central Florida West

Cena

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
895 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Cena is a smart and sleek new Italian Spot at Grand Central and is definitely one of the best restaurants in Tampa. The focus here is on fresh and simple Italian food served in a c...

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91% recommended
Notable Wine List in Tampa

edison: food+drink lab

$$$$·Global, International·
Tampa
3,048 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions

The kitchen at Edison Food and Drink focuses on new interpretations of everyday food, expertly engineered into modern cuisine. Located on West Kennedy Boulevard, right next to the ...

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93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Tampa / Central Florida West

Caffe Paradiso - Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
595 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date

Caffe Paradiso often gets a mention as one of the best restaurants in Tampa and is definitely a great choice for those seeking Italian food. It features great home made regional di...

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90% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in Tampa / Central Florida West

Bazille - Nordstrom International Plaza

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tampa
953 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual

Bazille is a casual yet refined restaurant located on the second floor of the Plaza in Nordstrom. It’s a sophisticated spot for lunch or dinner and features a cool and serene atmos...

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97% recommended
Lunch in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Doc B's Restaurant + Bar - Tampa

$$$$·American·
Tampa
551 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Outdoor Eating

Doc B’s Restaurant and Bar, located on Bay Street at the International Plaza, serves an eclectic variety of food made from scratch daily. Their dishes incorporate the highest quali...

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96% recommended
American in Tampa / Central Florida West

Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
244 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

With a prime location in the Beautiful Bayshore neighborhood, Sociale Italian Tapas and Pizza Bar is all about serving consistently awesome food at a fair price. They focus on maki...

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92% recommended
Brunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Ava Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,538 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions

Ava’s menu focuses on inspired Italian cuisine prepared in a simple and rustic fashion. They offer house cured salami, fresh handmade pasta and Neapolitan pizza and all menu items ...

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Italian in Tampa

Bulla Gastrobar - Tampa

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

Located in the heart of the trendy Soho and Hyde Park neighborhood, Bulla Gastrobar is one of the best restaurants in Tampa to have a lively night out and enjoy delicious food. The...

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88% recommended

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant

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

Located on West Snow Avenue in Hyde Park Village, Forbici is a casual but trendy Contemporary Italian restaurant and pizzeria. The interior is whimsical and energetic and there is ...

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89% recommended
Hot Spot in Tampa / Central Florida West

Oystercatchers

$$$$·Seafood·
Tampa
4,209 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

Oystercatchers in definitely one of the best restaurants in Tampa for those who want a view with their meal. Located on the shores of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, the setting is stun...

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86% recommended
Seafood in Tampa