Don’t feel like cooking tonight? Let someone else do it at one of the top restaurants in Tampa Bay! There are so many fantastic options, whether it’s your first date, a special occasion, a gathering among friends, or a family-friendly night with the kids.
This list will serve as your guide to the top 12 restaurants here in Tampa that you’ll want to snag a table at ASAP.
- Cask Social Kitchen
For a casual evening among adults, check out Cask. You don’t need to get all dressed up unless you really feel like it, and it’s the perfect place to go when you want to unwind. Creative dishes and cocktails abound, especially the legendary candied bacon and honey popcorn. Yum!
Ava serves up casual fare with a comfy atmosphere. Shared plates make you feel even more at home. Known for wood-fired pizzas, this pet-friendly venue allows you to bring the furriest member of your family. Enjoy a laid-back meal with plenty of beer and wine options to take your mind off things.
If you have little ones in tow, take them to Datz. Here, you’ll find breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and weekend brunch too. Huge sandwiches and salads plus tacos compose most of the menu. Feisty kids will settle down easily thanks to the text-ahead service that lets you get in line for a table before you even arrive. No more tantrums in the waiting area, that’s for sure. The kids’ menu also has some fun names for classic kid favorites like grilled cheese (which is called “Stop It” here).
- La Terrazza Ristorante
Head over to Ybor City and delight in La Terrazza, a lovely and refined option for an evening without the kids. It’s simple yet filled with the warmth of authentic Italian atmosphere and aromas. The impeccable cuisine here will surely be a new favorite Tampa Bay date night spot for every couple!
Is it Taco Tuesday? Head over to Bartaco with your squad, be it friends or family, and enjoy the open-air setting among the fountains. Plan on some shopping afterward or just relax. Healthy options are available for eaters of all ages but disguised with such great flavors you’ll feel like you’re breaking all the rules.
- The Rusty Pelican
With the beautiful views the Bay Area has access to, it would be a crime not to have dinner on the water at The Rusty Pelican. The charming Caribbean vibe along with fresh seafood give you just what you need to make it a perfect evening. It’s elegant and refined, ideal for romance with the gorgeous waterfront and city skyline in the background.
- Heights Public Market at Armature Works
Here’s a place the whole family will love. The Heights Public Market might feel like a fancy food court, but it really is a smart bet when everyone wants something different. If someone wants pizza and another one wants tacos (and you don’t want either of these things), you’d better come here to make everyone happy. Once your bellies are full you can play on the giant chess and checkers boards to work off those calories!
Sparkman Wharf is one of the newer Tampa Bay waterfront venue. It has a great family-friendly feel, loads of food options, and plenty of green space that lets them play while you relish the splendid views and live music. Let’s not forget the open-air biergarten, the best place for gathering with friends outdoors.
Whether you have kids or simply want to feel like one, head over to GameTime in Ybor City. The games will be on with over 60 TVS plus there are over 120 games and simulators to play with in the arcade. This isn’t that other place with the big, outdated mouse either. The menu features gourmet bites that include ribs, wraps, wings, sandwiches, and pizzas. Head there Monday through Friday from 4pm to 8pm to enjoy 50% off during Happy Hour to really win big!
Bowling might seem so yesteryear, until you head to Splitsville. With a modern take on a classic, it revives this charming old sport in an upscale way. Reservations are best if you want to take on the lanes. Forget the old musty food you got as a kid at the bowling alley though. This is a great first-date place or for a whole family outing with upgraded eclectic eats that will surely impress.
- Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club
Leave the kids with Grandma and Grandpa or a sitter and head to Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club. As the name implies, the theme is of the Prohibition era. Nostalgia at its finest, the ambience is charming and takes you back to the roaring 20s in pure style. Classic fine fare and impeccable cocktails are on the menu, but you’ll need to make reservations to get the required password. Don’t forget to knock, just like the speakeasys from a century ago!
12. Bern’s Steakhouse
Last, but certainly not least, perhaps the most incredible restaurant in all of Tampa is Bern’s Steakhouse. It’s in an echelon all its own, a legend that has been serving up nothing but perfection since 1956. Every item on the menu is worthy of your attention, though the aged steaks are unbeatable. Request a kitchen tour and see the largest wine cellar in the world. You’ll also want to reserve a table in the Harry Waugh Dessert Room to cap off what will likely be the best dining experience of your lifetime.
Fancy or family-friendly, or even somewhere in between, you’ll find one of these 12 top Tampa Bay restaurants to be a match for your dinner tonight!