Just North of Tampa, Carrollwood is an up-and-coming suburb with some amazing restaurants, parks and things to do! Carrollwood is gaining popularity quickly, as it’s a great place for both families and working professionals to live.
Whether you live in Carrollwood or are just there visiting, you’ll have to check out some of these amazing restaurants!
Sacred Pepper is one of Carrollwood’s most famous restaurant. The huge menu, trendy interior, and amazing cocktails make this spot a stand-out in the area. Sacred Pepper is as cool as any spot you could find in Downtown Tampa!
The food is described as ‘Contemporary American with Italian flair’. Try the Baked Lobster Stuffed Shrimp, Pan Roasted Cauliflower Steak, or the Hawaiian Delmonico. Make sure you save some room for dessert, they have an amazing Apple Tart and Berry Gooey Shortcake.
With the romantic vibe and cool design, this would be the perfect spot for a first date!
House-made is the house-rule at Marlow’s Tavern! Stop by for a taste of the freshest ingredients and a wide menu of choices! Marlow’s Tavern serves classic American faire with a unique twist! You’ll see some classics on the menu as well as some different combinations you likely haven’t heard of.
Try the Parmesean Truffle Fries, the Infamous Fish Tacos, or the Shrimp & Grits! Make sure to pair it with a hand-crafted cocktail, like the Peachy Georgia Peach and Ginger Margarita, or the Blueberry Buck, a Tavern favorite made with Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka, Fresh Lime, Simple Syrup, Barritt’s Ginger Beer and Shaved Nutmeg.
There are TVs located around the bar so this is also a perfect place to watch some Sunday Football!
Iavarone’s Italian Steakhouse is one of the most upscale restaurants in Carrollwood! This is a family-owned establishment, so even though it’s a fancy establishment, you’ll still get a warm and friendly atmosphere!
You’ll have to try a steak here, it’s what they’re known for! All of their beef is Midwest grown, grain-fed, USDA choice meat that has been carefully aged in-house for 4-6 days.
The wine list is also incredibly impressive, so you’ll have a wide selection of choices to find the perfect pair for your dinner!
Another family-owned Italian restaurant! Esposito’s is new to the area, they’ve only been open for a little over one year. Despite this, they have quickly become a favorite among Carrollwood locals! If you want to feel like you’re at your grandma’s house for a home-cooked meal, this is your spot.
Order a classic, like the Chicken Picatta, Spaghetti and Meatball’s or Grandma Esposito’s Famous Eggplant Parmesan! If you want to try something different, you’ll have to try the Famous Fiocchi, a four cheese and pear stuffed pasta tossed in a Moscato cream sauce and topped with prosciutto and asparagus!
Mandola’s Italian Kitchen is another amazing Italian restaurant in Carrollwood! Mandola’s started in 1975 in Texas. They have a few locations in the lonestar state, as well as one in Riverview and one in Carrollwood! Even though they’re a chain, they promise you’ll feel warm Italian hospitality the moment you walk in.
They have your classic Italian dishes, as well as some daily specials that are a great bang for your buck! On Monday, grab a $14 Chicken Capriciossa, or come in on Saturday for an $18 Brasato! The best part? This restaurant has an open kitchen, so as soon as you walk in the door you can smell the delicious food!
If you’re looking for some amazing pizza in Carrollwood, look no further than Steve’s Pizzeria! This casual establishment has amazing reviews for a good reason – their pizza is seriously amazing! The Works and the Meatlovers are some fan favorites, and you can get pizza by the slice or order the whole pie.
You can make your own combo with any toppings you can imagine! Dine inside their restaurant, or grab it to-go and enjoy it at home!
Grab some Vietnamese noodles at Simply Pho! This is one of Tampa Bay’s most popular Pho restaurants, so it’s definitely worth the drive to Carrollwood!
If you aren’t familiar with Pho, it’s a Vietnamese soup made with thin noodles, a meat based broth and some vegetables or other accompaniments. Shrimp, Seafood, Filet Mignon and Kobe Beef Pho are all options on the menu. Head there to try them all!
You can find some of the best Sushi in Carrollwood at Osaka Sushi Grill! They have a huge menu with the rolls you know and love, as well as some specialty rolls! Osaka uses the freshest ingredients, and displays your rolls like a work of art on the plate!
You can also get some great deals at Osaka, like at their Happy Hour from 4:30 – 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday where you can get $2 Sashimi and $5 specialty sushi rolls!
Michael’s Grill calls themselves ‘a hidden gem in Carrollwood’. They’ve been in business since 2000 and have become a community staple.
This is the perfect restaurant for a business lunch, date night, or birthday dinner! The menu is smaller but has some seriously amazing selections, like the Bolognese, Wild Mushroom and Leek Filet Mignon and the Wasabi Crusted Tuna. From seafood, to salads, to steaks, Michael’s Grill has it all.
If you’re a frequent diner, you can join Michael’s Grill VIP Club, where you’ll have access to special discounts and perks!
Ready to cook your own dinner, but not in your kitchen? Head to Black Rock Bar & Grill, where you’ll get to cook your own steak exactly how you like it!
The experience is half the fun of Black Rock. You have the chance to cook your certified angus beef steak yourself right at your dinner table on a 755 degree volcanic rock slab! There are also tasty appetizers, salads, sandwiches and seafood options if you prefer something other than steak.
This cool and unique experience is one to remember, which is why this is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary, or congratulatory dinner!
Circles Bistro is a casual (but yummy!) eatery in Carrollwood. Despite the laid back interior and low key dress code, Circles has a lot of finer foods on the menu.
Start with a soup or salad, like a cup of their Lobster Bisque. For your entrée, order the Coral Reef Pasta, Grilled Salman, or Veal Piccata.
Circles Bistro also does private events and banquets if you’re looking for a spot for your next party!