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Where to get the Best Empanadas in Tampa Bay

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What is a better treat than a box full of empanadas?Β  We can’t think of it! There are so many options for the best empanadas in Tampa Bay.

Whether you’re looking for something traditional or an eclectic twist on a crowd favorite, we’ve found it for you. Keep reading to find our favorite spots for best empanadas in Tampa Bay below!

Mr. Empanada

For a fast and casual lunch, we love to visit Mr. Empanada.Β  There are many locations to visit all throughout Tampa Bay, so you don’t have to go too far. With a variety of options, it will be hard to choose – so get a couple! If you love classic, their Beef & Cheese empanada is piping hot and delicious. They also have more specialized ones like a crabmeat empanada and a pizza empanada!Β Β 

Pro-tip: In charge of food to bring to a party? We recommend getting a platter of their mini empanadas – it’ll be a hit and perfect to share!

South Tampa Location:
πŸ“ 3953 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609

Drew Park Location:
πŸ“ 4029 W South Ave, Tampa, FL 33614

St. Pete Location:
πŸ“ 860 3rd Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Carrollwood Location:
πŸ“ 10023 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618

West Tampa Location:
πŸ“ 4836 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

Lutz Location:
πŸ“ 17693 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Lutz, FL 33548

Hours vary by location


Empamamas is a crowd favorite in Tampa Bay.Β  Located in Armature Works, this spot surely puts a big twist on one of Tampa’s favorite foods! They serve amazing empanadas, delicious tacos, and the best chicken tenders in town. Try out one of their perfectly fried empanadas – We recommend their Tampa Girl, with a Cuban sandwich filling. If you want a dipping sauce to up the flavor, order their Bang Bang sauce, it’s delicious!

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

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

Empanada World

Empanada World is a fantastic spot for gourmet empanadas. The highlight of their creations has to be their perfect crust. They use the freshest ingredients for their unique recipes that fuse Mediterranean recipes and Latin flavors. We recommend their Spinach and Feta Cheese empanada – perfect for anyone who is a vegetarian! For dessert, get a sweet empanada like guava and cream cheese, coconut, apple, and cherry!Β 

Monday | 11:00am-2:30pm
Tuesday | 11:00am-2:30pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-2:30pm
Thursday | 11:00am-2:30pm
Friday | 11:00am-2:30pm
Saturday | Closed
Sunday | Closed

πŸ“ 4123 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629

El Cafetal Bakery and Restaurant Tampa

Let’s say you don’t want a twist on empanadas, and you want the real thing. There’s nothing better than a classic! Take a visit to El Cafetal, a Colombian eatery and bakery! Here you can find Colombian-style empanadas filled with beef and potatoes, wrapped in a thin corn crust, and fried to a crisp. Pair it with one of their sweets and you’ll be set for the day!

Monday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Friday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Sunday | Closed

πŸ“ 4304 S Dale Mabry Hwy Suite I, Tampa, FL 33611

Columbia Restaurant Ybor City

For some of the best Cuban empanadas in the city, why not take a visit to one of the first restaurants in Tampa? This spot first opened in 1905! Known for their history but made popular for their amazing food and service, the Columbia is an upscale Cuban restaurant in Ybor City. Here you can find their original recipe for empanadas in Tampa Bay – we can’t get enough of their Empanadas de Picadillo, filled with savory ground beef.Β Β 

Monday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-9:00pm

πŸ“ 2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Best Emapanadas in Tampa Bay

Thinking about stopping by one of these spots to try the best empanadas in Tampa Bay? Let us know your favorite by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on InstagramΒ andΒ Facebook!

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Jacky Saunders

Jacky Saunders

Jacky is a blogger 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.

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