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Are you a foodie just as much as we are at UNATION? Well look no further, we’ve got you covered. We have put together the ultimate list of 25 restaurants in Tampa Bay that you need to try!Β From dining in the city to a place with a waterfront view, this list shows it all with the best cuisines, cocktails, and restaurants in Tampa Bay.

Located in the heart of Ybor City stands the oldest restaurant in Florida, The Columbia. It is also well known as the largest Spanish restaurant in the world! The Columbia has many Spanish-cuisines that are fan favorites with delicious homemade sangria to enjoy while dining at any of the 7 locations in Florida.Β 

Hours vary based on location

πŸ“Ybor City, Downtown Tampa, Clearwater Beach, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Celebration

Salt ShackΒ is a waterfront restaurant that has all the coastal feels and some of the best food in Tampa Bay located South of the Gandy. If you are looking for a fun and outside atmosphere, Salt Shack is the way to go with the most amazing views of the sunset in the evening. Kick back, relax, and enjoy a cocktail at this tucked in tropical getaway.Β 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Thursday | 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday | 11am – 11pm
Sunday | 11am – 9pm

πŸ“5415 W Tyson Ave, Tampa, FL 33611

Concerts 25+ Best Restaurants In Tampa Bay That You Need To Try 2022

Dinner at Rocca is an experience like no other! Rocca offers a pasta-focused menu with Italian fare inspired by seasonal ingredients. The table side mozzarella cart is a must-try! This delicious shareable appetizer is made at your table, including the fresh, hand stretched mozzarella.

Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Thursday | 5pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday | 5pm – 11pm
Sunday | 5pm – 10pm

πŸ“323 West Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602

Our UNATION Team had the opportunity to make the famous mozzarella cart from Rocca, check it out!

All things C comes from The C House! Charcutierie, champagne, and cheescake are not the only menu items starting with C, the whole menu does! How cool is that? The C House has a great outdoor patio for all to enjoy and has live music often!

P. S. Happy Hour is from Monday – Friday from 3-6pm, you’re welcome.

Monday – Thursday | 12pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday | 12pm – 11pm
Sunday | 11am – 9pm

πŸ“6005 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

Nestled in the heart of Hyde Park is Timpano, a modern Italian restaurant. Indulge in Italian favorites, as well as uniquely delicious dishes. The Parm to Table Macaroni Experience is a must-order! Enjoy bucatini al pesto prepared table side in a parmesan wheel.Β 

Monday – Thursday | 4pm – 11pm
Friday & Saturday Β | 4pm – 12pm
Sunday | 4pm – 11pm

πŸ“1610 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

C’mon, lets taco ’bout it! Red Mesa Cantina has quesadillas, nachos, tacos, burritos, bowls, and other entrees to take in. Located in Downtown St. Pete, you can enjoy amazing outdoor seating and courtyard view. Red Mesa Cantina also has brunch from 11am – 3pm, try the Breakfast El Gordo that is very flavorful and don’t forget a margarita, that’s a must with tacos or any tex mex style dish!

Monday – Thursday | 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday Β | 11am – 11pm
Sunday | 11am – 9pm

πŸ“128 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Do you love a romantic and cozy Italian atmosphere just as much as we do? Pia’s Trattoria has natural and fresh food to give you all the Italian feels from pasta dishes to a glass of wine to pair. Make sure to order an antipasti aka appetizer of Bruschetta to start your Italian escape off to a great start. Pia’s Trattoria is located in Gulfport right on Beach Blvd.Β 

Monday – Thursday | 4pm – 9pm
Friday & Saturday | 11am – 10pm
Sunday | 11am – 9pm

πŸ“3054 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707

Time to get out the cell phones and cameras, this place is Instagram worthy!Β Oxford Exchange is so unique, quaint, and detailed to perfection. The Restaurant serves weekday breakfast and lunch, weekend brunch, and afternoon tea. The menu consists of fresh and signature dishes to give you a little twist on a classic bistro. Meet for afternoon coffee, tea, and cocktails on a friends day out and take in all the detail.

Monday – Friday | 7:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday | 9am – 5:30pm

πŸ“420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Bring on the Floribbean feels at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille. With the Clearwater beachfront views of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s a perfect place to sit back and watch the sun go down with a drink in your hand! Frenchy’s has fresh seafood, sandwiches, entrees, and other dishes to enjoy! There is live music every day at Frenchy’s, what’s better than that? Make sure to try the famous She Crab Soup!

Sunday – Thursday | 11am – 11pm
Friday & Saturday | 11am – 12am

πŸ“7 Rockaway St, Clearwater, FL 33767

Wine Shop + Coffee Shop = Lolita’s Wine Market. This wine market has all the coffee shop feels to enjoy out with friends or an afternoon date. Lolita’s offers CYO (create your own) charcuterie, Spanish and Medetteran dishes, and affordable wine to enjoy! Don’t have time to stay or want a date night in? Lolita’s Wine Market has wine and a charcuterie in a box to go for any outing.

Monday & Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday & Thursday| 5pm – 9pm
Friday & Saturday | 4pm – 10pm
Sunday | 4pm – 8pm

πŸ“16 18th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

With this fun, friendly, and laid-back atmosphere, The Lure has much to offer in Downtown St. Pete and . From sushi, tapas, tacos, poke bowls and flatbreads, you can have it all. The Lure also has a happy hour from 4-7pm every weekday that includes specials on sushi, small plates, cocktails, and wine. The Lure is a great hangout for a night out with friends.Β 

Monday | 4pm – 10pm
Tuesday –Β  Thursday| 11am – 11pm
Friday & Saturday | 11am – 12am
Sunday | 11am – 10pm

πŸ“661 Central Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Located right on the Tampa Riverwalk, Ulele has indoor and outdoor seating with a waterfront view. Ulele (pronounced as you-lay-lee) has many menu choices to choose from such as sandwiches, salads, seafood, entrees, and dessert during both lunch and dinner. It is based on native-inspired foods and spirits. The Native Chili is a unique creation with alligator, wild boar, duck, venison, chuck, cranberry beans, and spices.Β 

Sunday – Thursday | 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday | 11am – 11pm

πŸ“1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

This 1963 gourmet shop is a favorite in the Tampa Bay area with a deli and bakery like no other. Wright’s Gourmet House is known for speciality sandwiches, roast beef, rum cakes, sweet treats and more. Wright’s is about doing all the little things right, from seasoning the roast beef to how the baked goods are prepared.Β 

Monday – Friday | 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday | 10am – 4pm
Sunday | Closed

πŸ“1200 S. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33629

Located in John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, The Library has a unique atmosphere for everyone to take in. The Library has breakfast, shareables, salads, entrees, and desserts to enjoy. Specials happen all week long at The Library that include, Β Happy hour specials are Monday – Friday on bites and drinks from 4pm to 6pm, Wine Wednesdays, and Bourbon Thursdays.Β 

Sunday | 9am – 4pm
Monday – Thursday Β | 9am – 9pm
Friday | 11am – 10pm
Saturday | 9am – 10pm

πŸ“600 5th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

On Swann 25+ Best Restaurants In Tampa Bay That You Need To Try 2022

Right on Swann Ave in Hyde Park, lies this American-cuisine style restaurant named On Swann. Offering brunch, lunch, and dinner menus throughout the day, there’s something for everyone to love. This contemporary atmosphere is welcoming and fun to enjoy with friends or a date night.

Sunday – Thursday | 11am – 2pm, 5pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday | 11am – 2pm, 5pm – 11pm

πŸ“1501 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Being different from the rest, Bodega presents you the best Latin street food located inΒ  Downtown St. Pete. Bodega is well known for their take on Cuban sandwiches and Cuban coffee. Don’t worry, Cubans and coffee are not the only things they have, they’ve got different sandwiches, salads, entrees, beer, wine, and cold beverages such as fresh squeezed juice.Β 

Sunday – Wednesday | 11am – 9pm
Thursday – Saturday | 11am – 11pm

πŸ“1180 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

A taste and excellence like no other, we present Bern’s Steakhouse. Hence the name, Bern’s is known for their art in steaks and perfectly aging them to taste. Love wine? Bern’s Steakhouse also has a wine cellar with around the world’s best wine. You’re able to order by the bottle or by the glass, whichever you prefer. There are menu options from the sea, the land, caviar, and cheese selections upon dining.Β 

Sunday – Thursday | 5pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday | 5pm – 11pm

πŸ“1208 South Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Where are all the BBQ lovers at? This American Smokehouse has all good southern bbq foods. Dr. BBQ has smoked meats, delicious shareables, and so much more. If you’re down to come for happy hour, it is Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm where there are specials on beer, wine, cocktails, and food!

Sunday | 11am – 9pm
Monday – Thursday Β | 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday | 11am – 11pm

πŸ“1101 First Ave S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33705

Looking for a dinner destination? This Seminole Heights restaurants offers some of the most exciting food and drink in Tampa Bay. Rooster and the Till has much to offer from their dinner selection that is different amongst the restaurants in the Bay. Each of the entrees is prepared with a twist with their fresh ingredients! Be sure to check out their menu!

Sunday – Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday – Saturday | 5pm – 9pm

πŸ“6500 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

Rated the best Chinese restaurant in Florida, Tampa with its original location is what started it all. Yummy House has locations in Sarasota, Gainesville, Ocala, and Orlando to visit besides Tampa. It’s known for its great authentic Chinese dishes and excellent service. Yummy House has a menu with variety and is open for lunch and dinner!

Sunday | 11am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 8:45pm
Monday – Saturday | 11am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 9:30pm

Westshore Location:
πŸ“302 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609

Seminole Heights:
πŸ“2620 E Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33610

Empamamas 25+ Best Restaurants In Tampa Bay That You Need To Try 2022

Located in Armature Works, you’ll find some of the best empanadas, but with an American made recipe and extra love. Empamamas is known for their hit menu item, Tampa Girl, which is a twist on the classic Cuban sandwich. The fries are seasoned to perfection that you can pair each of the empanadas with. Empanadas are great for on the go, socializing, or for an evening out at Armature Works.

Sunday & Monday | 11am – 9pm
Tuesday – Thursday | 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday | 11am – 11pm

πŸ“1910 N Ola Ave #13, Tampa, FL 33602

Traditional American food + great atmosphere for socializing = American Social aka AmSo for short. Located on the waterfront with four full service bars, a Β raw bar, and a intimate dining room with indoor and outdoor seating, American Social knows whats how to handle entertainment. It’s a great place to hangout with friends and has a lively nightlife with happy hours!

Sunday | 11am – 12am
Monday – Wednesday | 11:30am – 12am
Thursday | 11:30am – 1am
Friday | 11:30am – 2am
Saturday | 11am – 2am

Social Hour:
Monday – Friday | 4pm – 7pm

Saturday & Sunday | 11am – 3pm

πŸ“601 S Harbour Island Blvd, #107, Tampa, FL 33602

SteelbachΒ is a Southern-inspired kitchen and chophouse that offers great food and a great time for all their guests! Located in Armature Works, this menu will give you all the fixins you’ve been craving, if not more! Make sure to come hungry because Steelbach will fill you right on up. They have breakfast, lunch (plus liquid lunch), starters, bubbly, and more! Their beef is aged and grass-fed to make the taste worth your experience.

Sunday | 9:30am – 10pm
Monday – Thursday | 11:00am – 10pm
Friday | 11:00am – 12am
Saturday | 9:30am – 12am

πŸ“1902 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Bring on all the comfort food! Datz has all the creations for comfort, let us tell ya! Featured on Good Morning America, Food Network, and more, Datz has all the recipes figured out! Datz has 3 locations in the Bay area including St. Pete, Riverview, and South Tampa so be sure to check out a location near you, you will not be disappointed! They have a brunch and daily menu to choose from with their wide variety of food and beverages.Β 

Sunday | 8:30am – 9pm
Monday – Thursday | 7am – 10pm
Friday | 7am – 11pm
Saturday | 8:30am – 11pm

πŸ“2616 S Macdill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629

Visit their website to see where Datz Riverview and Β Datz St. Pete are located!

Located in SoHo, Green Lemon has a way with fun and modern mix on Mexican food. The dining experience is worth all the fun and good times with friends. Green Lemon’s atmosphere is very unique and eccentric with bright fashion, so get your camera out and take some pictures! You won’t want to miss out on the Green Lemon’s tacos or margaritas, both a must if you go! OlΓ©!

Sunday & Monday | 11am – 10pm
Tuesday | 11am – 11pm
Wednesday & Thursday | 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday | 11am – 11pm

πŸ“915 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Asian cuisine come together with art and form Haiku. It features Izakaya style dishes and recipes that are perfect to pair with a creative beverage. Izakaya is a type of Japanese bar that serves alcoholic drinks and small plates. Make sure to try out their sushi or wood fired yakitori if you go to this Downtown Tampa location.

Sunday | 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm
Monday & Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday & Thursday | 4pm – 11pm
Friday | 4pm – 12am

Saturday | 5pm – 12am

πŸ“808 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Overlooking the St. Petersburg waterfront, stands Parkshore Grill located right on Beach Drive. Parkshore Grill has lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. During the day, there are burgers, wraps, salads, and paninis with steak and fresh fish by night. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available for dining so bring the family and go out in downtown St. Pete.

Sunday | 10:30am – 9:30pm
Monday – Thursday | 11am – 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday | 11am – 10:30pm

πŸ“300 Beach Dr NE #104, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Meggan Thomas

Meggan Thomas

Meggan is a blogger and author for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.