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10+ Best Restaurants in Channelside Tampa

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Looking for your next dinner spot?  Make your way to Channelside for some unique options!  The restaurants in Channelside Tampa range from sports bar to luxury dining.  Need some help making a choice?  Check out our master guide of restaurants in Channelside Tampa and take your pick!

Fabrica is one of our favorite pizza places in the Channelside area.  They serve Neopolitan style pizza, with top-quality and unique ingredients.  Their pizza crust is burnt perfectly on the edges, making this your next new craving!

We recommend the Verdura pizza with oven-roasted broccolini, whipped ricotta, baby spinach and extra virgin olive oil.  Or try out the Funghi – with oven-roasted mushrooms, rosemary, and sweet & sour onions.

Monday | Closed
Tuesday-Saturday | 11:30AM-9PM
Sunday | 1PM-9PM

📍 142 S Meridian Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Cena is a luxurious Italian restaurant in the Grand Central area of Channelside. This spot has an intimate and chic ambiance – with light teal neon lights and modern furniture.

We recommend visiting this spot before or after seeing a Stageworks show! If you’re looking for a menu recommendation, you can’t miss their Wagyu Braised Short Rib. This quality cut is served with an out of this world gorgonzola red wine risotto an caramelized onions! 

Monday – Tuesday | CLOSED
Wednesday – Thursday | 5PM-9PM
Friday – Saturday | 5PM-10PM
Sunday | 5PM-9PM

📍 1208 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Located in the Tampa Bay History Center, the Columbia Cafe is a fresh and classy spot for a weekend meal.  With patio seating, overlooking the Riverwalk – the vibe is very serene.  

We recommend visiting with friends or family to catch up over an amazing Cuban meal.  Do not miss their original “1905” salad, served tableside.  Then, check out their list of Tapas – including fried sweet plantains, calamari, and empanadas!

Sunday – Thursday | 11AM-9PM
Friday – Saturday | 11AM-10PM

📍 801 Water St #1905, Tampa, FL 33602

Bamboozle

Bamboozle is a modern Vietnamese fast-casual spot in the heart of Channelside.  Known for their fresh rolls and amazing Pho, their successful Downtown location has expanded to the Channelside area.  It’s hard to find boba in the Downtown Tampa / Channelside area, so you must stop by for their Taro tea boba.

We recommend checking out their online menu before you go to choose from their many delicious selections! Craving Pho? They have Seafood, Shrimp, Vegan, Beef and Chicken options! Bamboozle is the perfect place for your next date night tradition to enjoy some good food, even sip on some wine!

Monday – Friday | 11AM-9PM
Saturday | 11:30AM-9PM
Sunday | 11:30AM-4PM

📍 109 N 12th St, Tampa, FL 33602

Looking for a fresh and tropical twist on your weekly Chipotle visit?  Try out The Poke Company – a make-your-own poke bowl spot.  Here you can choose from different proteins – ahi tuna, salmon, shrimp, and tofu!  Mix them with one of their amazing sauces like Wasabi Aioli or the classic Sesame Shoyu.

You can even order your bowl in the form of a Poke Burrito, which uses crispy seaweed instead of a carb-ridden tortilla!  Perfect to photograph for Instagram.  

Monday – Saturday | 11AM-10PM
Sunday | 11AM-9PM

📍 1208 E Kennedy Blvd Suite 116, Tampa, FL 33602

You may know Park & Rec as the hit bar in Channelside, across from Sparkman Wharf.  But have you explored their awesome food menu?  We think they put a lot of work into their food, making it just as fun as their arcade theme!  

We recommend their mac and cheese pizza, expertly named “Return of the Mac”.  This sharable pie is topped with mac & cheese, crispy bacon, and scallions.

Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday – Friday | 4PM-3AM
Saturday | 12PM-3AM
Sunday | 12PM-12AM

📍 290 S Meridian Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Flock and Stock gives Chick-Fil-A a run for their money.  This local spot is devoted to bringing delicious American roadside favorites to Sparkman Wharf – including burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, and french fries.

We definitely recommend checking out their chicken sandwiches. The Dixie Chick features maple bacon, pimento cheese, and butter pickles to cut the buttery taste. The Waterside Heat sandwich is best for fans of spicy food – with spicy fried chicken, monterey jack cheese, avocado mash and jalepeno cream sauce.

Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday – Sunday | 11AM-11PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

La La’s Sangria Bar is a delicious and fun addition to the Channelside area.  This fine dining restaurant serves a mix of hot and chilled tapas to share.  Their Spanish fare is known for being super flavorful and handcrafted. 

We recommend ordering a couple of their tapas, but especially their cheeseboard.  Their quality selection is served with mixed olives, flatbread pieces, and olive oil.  Try this with their sangria flight and you’ll be set for date night!   You get to choose three flavors – ranging from classic to tropical or dark cherry chocolate!

Monday – Tuesday | CLOSED
Wednesday – Thursday | 5PM-2AM
Friday – Saturday | 12PM-3AM
Sunday | 12PM-12AM

📍 203 N Meridian Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Maloney’s is a great sports bar spot, for not only great drinks – but food too!  Their daily specials are a reliable choice for a quality dinner.  Visit on Thursdays for their Fish N’ Chips deal or on Tuesdays for discount Shepard’s Pie!  Definitely try to make it out to Maloney’s on weekends for live music to accompany your night out.  

Sunday-Saturday | 11AM-12AM

📍 1120 E Kennedy Blvd #140, Tampa, FL 33602

District Tavern is a great spot downtown across from Duckweed Grocery.  This is a local sports bar with a great menu with options for everyone.  This is perfect for families or spur of the moment weeknight meals!

We recommend their Margherita Flatbread, with fresh marinara, mozzarella and basil.  Join them Monday through Friday for their for their happy hour from 7-9PM! Also for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-3PM with bottomless mimosas for $25!

Sunday-Saturday | 11AM-3AM

📍 116 N 12th St, Tampa, FL 33602

Want to enjoy a great meal but don’t want to feel guilty about it? Naked Farmer is the place for you. Enjoy eating clean with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners, etc. We LOVE their mission to provide fresh food from local farms right to our plates!

Located in Sparkman Wharf, stop by Naked Farmer for their build your own bowl, basket, or even family meals! We recommend their roasted sweat potatoes– we can’t get enough of them!

Sunday- Thursday | 11AM-9PM
Friday- Saturday | 11AM-11PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602

Looking for a new spot to try? The Battery is a great option! This new restaurant brings the element of fine dining to the already fun and exciting Sparkman Wharf. They pride themselves on their fine bourbon and exquisite wine– but we can’t forget about the food! Their elegant plates will leave you drooling.

If you’re celebrating a birthday or special occasion, call and reserve the Den (their private room) and get a custom cake from their pastry team! Also, stop by on Sundays from 11AM-3PM for an unique brunch menu.

Monday-Thursday | 4PM-10PM
Friday | 4PM-11PM
Saturday | 12PM-11PM
Sunday | 11AM-9:30PM 

📍 615 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602

It’s time for tacos, tequila, and a totally good time. Right on the main corner of Sparkman Wharf, JoToro is known for their wood-fired tacos and, get ready for it: MARGARITA FLIGHTS. They are customizable and so so good! What else can you need? 

JoToro is the perfect spot for a casual date night, or can accommodate groups up to 200 guests! Head on over for Sunday brunch from 11AM-2PM to try the Churro French Toast– it’s as good as it sounds!

Monday | 4PM-10PM
Tuesday-Thursday | 4PM-11PM
Friday | 12PM-12AM Saturday | 11AM-12AM
Sunday | 11AM-10PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr Drive #114 Tampa, FL 33602

At Splitsville, you can enjoy your meal with a side of bowling.  But if you’re not into bowling, you can just hang out with a great dinner and some arcade games!  Quick tip: ski-ball and darts are free!

Not only is the ambiance fun, but the food is surprisingly amazing!  They’ve even cooked for Oprah before! Check out their “Kitchen Table” meal, where you pick and choose a platter of three sides.  We recommend the mac and cheese, yummy cornbread, and crisped to perfection house-cooked chips.  Their Loaded Fries with gooey cheese are delicious too!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday-Thursday | 4PM-9PM
Friday-Saturday | 12PM-11PM
Sunday | 12PM-9PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33602

In the need for a quick bite, but something that’s still gets ur taste buds excited? Head on over to Wich, Please at Sparkman Wharf! They have sharables for the whole gang, including cauliflower bites and bacon covered jalapeno poppers. You can also grab a sandwich or a salad for a delicious lunch. 

Enjoy some of the packages they offer, like the iconic “Summer Body Package” which includes hummus dip, veggies, and five High Noons for only $35!

Monday-Thursday | 11AM-9PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM-11PM
Sunday | 11AM-9PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602

BurgerFI conveniently opened a location in Sparkman Warf to satisfy all your burger cravings. BurgerFi is committed to providing the best burger experience around. They serve delicious, fresh food, including their mouth-watering truffle fries or their beer-battered onion rings. 

We LOVE that BurgerFi is an eco-friendly establishment. Good for the environment and good for our stomachs? Sign us up!

Sunday-Monday | 11AM-10PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602

It’s time for perfect southern comfort food at 7th and Grove South. Be immersed in the culture and ambiance by enjoying fresh meals such as Jerk chicken bites and mac n cheese bites. Have a drink and relax (& enjoy $5 mimosas on Sundays)!

We recommend you save room for their dessert– “save room,” for the perfect amount of cinnamon, caramel, and roasted pecans. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday-Thursday | 4PM-10PM
Saturday | 11AM-3PM, 4PM-10PM

Sunday | 11AM-4PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602

This is the Sparkman Wharf container to go to for all of our sea-foodies! With a new catch everyday, their menu is always changing and growing. Pair this fresh fish with a refreshing cocktail right on the water for a great time. 

We recommend trying their Piri Piri-Grilled Jumbo Shrimp. The shrimp comes with avocado toast, key lime marmalade, chile-toasted coconut…having a seafood craving yet?

Sunday-Thursday | 11AM-9PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM-11PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602

Murph’s Barbecue is bringing the American barbecue experience to Sparkman Wharf. With Texas style brisket, South Carolina whole hog barbecue, and Kansas City inspired rotisserie chicken, you definitely won’t be disappointed in the flavors here. We love that you can build your own platter and make the experience totally customizable. 

Don’t forget to finish off with peanut butter pie!

Sunday-Thursday | 11AM-9PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM-11PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602

Why should tacos be limited to just Tuesdays? Here at UNATION, we celebrate tacos EVERYDAY. Gallito at Sparkman Wharf is a modern taqueria with a twist on classic Mexican street foods. 

We recommend taking advantage of their Taco Bout a Deal (including 8 tacos, chips & queso, and street corn for only $36.50)! 

Monday-Thursday | 12PM-9PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM-11PM
Sunday | 11AM-9PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602

Best Restaurants in Channelside Tampa

Figure out which restaurants in Channelside Tampa you’re going to visit next?  Follow us on @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook for more expert recommendations!

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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