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10+ Restaurants in Tampa Bay to Celebrate Your Next Birthday or Special Occasion

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Are you looking for a place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or a graduation?  Lucky for you, there are plenty of amazing restaurants in Tampa that are beautiful settings for any occasion.  We’ve done our research on every vibe that you may need – from relaxing to fun and exciting restaurants in Tampa!  

Check out our master guide below on the best restaurants in Tampa to hold a celebration and let us know which you want to visit first!

One of our favorite cocktail spots is the Sonder Social Club located in Downtown Dunedin. One of our go-to drinks is the Garden Cobbler Shaken Cocktail. It’s the perfect refreshing drink including Hendricks Gin, Manzanilla Sherry, cucumber, mint, and red fruits cordial. A must for everyone to try!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 4:00-10:00pm
Thursday | 4:00pm-10:00pm
Friday | 4:00pm-12:00am
Saturday | 4:00pm-12:00am
Sunday | 4:00pm-8:00pm

📍966 Douglas Ave Unit 101, Dunedin, FL 34698

On Swann

Whether it’s a birthday dinner or you want to make your Saturday a bit more special, On Swann is one of our favorite restaurants in Tampa Bay for celebrations.  Their New American menu changes with the season, highlighting new flavor combinations but with a nod to your classic American dishes.  Their open space is the perfect setting, donned with teals, brassy golds, and tons of natural lighting to keep your photos bright.  Their elegant space opens up to their bustling kitchen which chefs up their classics – from their signature Kale Caesar Salad to their rich, slow cooked pastas!

Monday | 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm

📍1501 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Urban Stillhouse

Located in the cool warehouse arts district of St. Pete, Urban Stillhouse is the perfect cocktail bar to bring your trendiest friend. Their wide open space is decorated with the perfect mix of classy lounge bar furniture and industrial accents.  Upon entering, you’ll immediately be drawn to their lavish bar area to grab drinks with your friends!  After boozing up, grab a couple of their shareables to enjoy with your party.  From raw oysters and grilled octopus to smoked chicken wings, you’ll find some luxurious dishes to snack on!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am-11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-4:00pm

📍2232 5th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Bern's

Bern’s is a household name in the Tampa Bay area, for good reason!  This classic steakhouse and dessert lounge opened long ago in 1956, perfecting their steaks, wines, and top-quality service.  Bern’s is amazing for any celebration – frequented for anniversary’s, special dates, and graduations.  

Quick tip from the locals – if you’re not feeling steak or if you just don’t want to spend too much, make a reservation at the Bern’s dessert room.  Located upstairs, the dessert room offers private booths serving a huge menu of desserts and after dinner drinks!

Monday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Tuesday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am-11:00pm
Sunday | 5:00pm-10:00pm

📍1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Rocca

For the foodie in your life, you must take them to a birthday dinner at Rocca.  This upscale Italian spot is perfect for smaller celebrations, with their intimate restaurant near Armature Works.  Your party will love to sample from their traditional Italian menu with a mix of fresh and rich flavors.  You need to try their delicious pasta dishes, but beware – they’re so good you won’t want to share!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am-11:00pm
Sunday | 5:00pm-11:00pm

📍323 W Palm Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

OLIVIA

If you’re looking for a modern twist to your Italian favorites, then Olivia is the spot for you.  Able to attend to large groups, this is an amazing spot to hold a dinner party or a large birthday dinner!  You and your group will love to view their wide open space, full of natural light during the day and a dimmed atmosphere at night.  We especially love their crafted cocktails, like the Indigo – a signature drink of blueberry, cucumber, and gin!

Monday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Tuesday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am-11:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am-10:00pm

📍3601 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33609

The Library

The Library is a beautiful St. Pete restaurant created by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, inspired by the Peabody Library in Baltimore.  This space changes throughout the day – from a coffee bar to a quick lunch cafe to a New American dinner destination, so the possibilities are endless!  Maybe a birthday brunch or a fancy lunch before heading to the nearby museums?  We love how you can mix up a celebration, instead of the regular dinner and drinks.

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 | 9:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am-4:00pm

📍600 5th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Rooster and the Till

Nothing beats a good farm to table concept restaurant!  The chefs at Rooster and the Till have perfected this idea for the Tampa Bay community.  Serving New American dishes that use ingredients from local farmers and vendors, you’ll truly get the freshest flavors in your meal!  Order up their amazing small plates for your group, have a few glasses of wine, and you’re set for an amazing, local inspired celebration!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 5:00pm-9:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday | 5:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍6500 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

Rumfish Grill

Want a break from the norm?  Rumfish Grill is a true Tampa Bay experience that you can’t skip out on!  Right in the dining room of this St. Pete Beach spot is a 33,500 gallon aquarium with fish, sharks, and coral!  While feasting on their creative seafood dishes, you can marvel at the sea life moving past you and enjoy their nightly entertainment. Quick tip: If you’re looking for an activity before your meal, they even offer scuba diving!  

Monday | 5:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 5:00pm-9:00pm

📍6000 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Brick and Mortar

Located on the bustling Central Avenue in St. Pete is Brick and Mortar, a rustic New American spot featuring delicious small plates and even better wine!  With beautifully decorated seating indoors and outdoors, it’s a super chill setting before a night out in Downtown St. Pete.  Check out their snackable Pulled Pork Poutine!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 5:00pm-9:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm-10:30pm
Saturday | 5:00pm–10:30pm
Sunday | Closed

📍539 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Ulele

For an upscale dining experience but with a traditional Florida twist, you need to visit Ulele.  A must visit in the Tampa Heights area, Ulele is an experience like no other with a stunning rustic-chic atmosphere and Southern inspired eats.  We love this spot for when Tampa visitors are in town, as it captures the Florida experience and is a short walk from the Tampa Riverwalk and Armature Works!   It is also a perfect spot for the craft beer lover in your life, as Ulele also operates as its own craft brewery!

Monday | 11:00am-10:00pm
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-10:00pm

📍1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Donovan's

If you’re looking to celebrate in the Riverview area, you need to check out Donovan’s Meatery.  This new kind of steakhouse experience is part of the Datz Restaurant Group family.

We recommend starting with the ‘Split Personality’ cocktail and Lobster “Escaragot” appetizer. You can’t go wrong at Donovan’s… their menu is amazing and truly has something for everyone! 

Monday | 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm

📍11206 Sullivan St, Riverview, FL 33578

Salt Rock Grill

For a fun celebration in the Downtown Tampa area, you need to check out Dio Modern Mediterranean.  This Greek restaurant turns into a fun block party at night – where the sangria flows, there’s plenty of hookah, and DJ and their dancers keep you dancing the whole night through.  

We especially love Dio for birthdays because their staff will go all out for you and your party!  At Dio, the staff will bring out a cake with huge sparklers and play a drum to get all the attention on you.  

Monday | 4:00pm-10:00pm
Tuesday | 4:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday | 4:00pm-10:00pm
Friday | 4:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm-10:00pm

📍 19325 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785

Mis en Place

Known in the Tampa Bay area for its fine dining experience and long standing brand name, Mis en Place is a fixture in the community.  If you’re looking for the whole nine yards when it comes to luxury, Mis en Place is the spot for you.  Their white tablecloth experience and top quality service is the icing on the cake of their huge and delicious menu.  When visiting, we recommend checking out their delicious Hanger Steak Frites.  

Quick tip: Mis en Place is also super vegan and vegetarian friendly, with yummy tofu dishes and even vegan desserts!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 5:00pm-9:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm-9:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍442 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Rusty Pelican

Every celebration is better with a waterfront view!  Celebrate like the locals at the popular Rusty Pelican – an upscale bar, dining room, and private events venue.  Join the amazing staff at the Rusty Pelican for a classy dinner, a bright and exciting brunch, or for happy hour if you’re looking for a deal!  

The featured dishes at the Rusty Pelican have to be their seafood creations.  With local access to the freshest seafood, it results in the most delicious oysters, the most succulent shrimp, and the best fish you’ve ever had!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 4:00pm-8:30pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm-8:30pm
Thursday | 4:00pm-8:30pm
Friday | 4:00pm-9:30pm
Saturday | 10:30am-9:30pm
Sunday | 10:30am-9:30pm

📍2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Edison: Food & Drink Lab

For the imaginative foodie in your life, a trip to Edison will make their year!  Edison is an inventive culinary marvel that reengineers modern cuisine.  Come see why Edison has been consistently voted one of the best restaurants in the area in the Tampa Bay Times, year after year!  From Potato Crusted Oysters to Olive Oil Poached Octopus, there’s something new for every one to try!

Edison is also a great option for larger groups as they have a full private dining room for cocktail parties and dinner parties – doesn’t that sound amazing for a wedding reception or baby shower?

Monday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Tuesday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday | 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday | 5:00pm-10:00pm

📍912 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse

Maybe you’re not into inventive dishes and you’re more into celebrating by doing a lot of what we do best – eating loads of delicious food!  Terra Gaucha is an all you can eat Brazilian style steakhouse serving up the best meats, seafoods, and salads – all on a sword, of course!  This white tablecloth setting is a glamorous destination perfect for those who love an exciting show with their dinner.  All around you, skilled waiters are carting around different grilled meats and seafoods to your table – you don’t even need to get up for seconds!  

Monday | 11:30am–2pm, 5:00pm–9:30pm
Tuesday | 11:30am–2pm, 5:00pm–9:30pm
Wednesday | 11:30am–2pm, 5:00pm–9:30pm
Thursday | 11:30am–2pm, 5:00pm–9:30pm
Friday | 11:30am–2:00pm, 5:00pm–10:30pm
Saturday | 11:30am–3:00pm, 4:00pm–10:30pm
Sunday | 11:30am–3:00pm, 4:30pm–9:00pm

📍1108 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629

Dio Modern Mediterranean

For a fun celebration in the Downtown Tampa area, you need to check out Dio Modern Mediterranean.  This Greek restaurant turns into a fun block party at night – where the sangria flows, there’s plenty of hookah, and DJ and their dancers keep you dancing the whole night through.  

We especially love Dio for birthdays because their staff will go all out for you and your party!  At Dio, the staff will bring out a cake with huge sparklers and play a drum to get all the attention on you.  

Monday | 10:00am-12:00am
Tuesday | 10:00am-12:00am
Wednesday | 10:00am-12:00am
Thursday | 10:00am-12:00am
Friday | 10:00am-2:00am
Saturday | 10:00am-2:00am
Sunday | 10:00am-12:00am

📍 519 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar

For the epicurean and wine extraordinaire in your life, Elevage is a perfect destination for a mellow celebration.  If you want to get away from the theatrics and fully just chill with your friends over some great food, Elevage is an amazing option.  From the moment you drive up to the time to check out, you will have a very smooth experience.  Their valet staff is top notch and free most of the day, plus their restaurant even caters to last minute reservations!   

Monday | 7:00am–3:00pm, 4:00pm-10:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am–3:00pm, 4:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am–3:00pm, 4:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am–3:00pm, 4:00pm-10:00pm
Friday | 7:00am–3:00pm, 4:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–10:00pm

📍 1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Oxford Exchange

For any occasion, Tampa Bay locals often visit the Oxfor Exchange – whether it’s an important celebration or if you just want to have a Sunday treat!  From brunch to lunch, you will absolutely need to make a reservation well in advance – tables fill up quick here!  But upon being seated, you’ll be greeted with amazing service and feast on filling brunch foods like Nutella french toast and the best Chicken Paillard you’ve ever had.  

Don’t want to visit for a full meal – no problem!  Visit the Oxford Exchange for their adorable Champagne Bar, featuring signature champagne cocktail concoctions.  Or check out Oxford Exchange for their British style afternoon tea – one of the few afternoon tea experiences in the area!  

Monday | 7:30am–5:30pm
Tuesday | 7:30am–5:30pm
Wednesday | 7:30am–5:30pm
Thursday | 7:30am–5:30pm
Friday | 7:30am–5:30pm
Saturday | 9:00am–5:30pm
Sunday | 9:00am–5:30pm

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Restaurants in Tampa Bay to Celebrate Your Next Birthday or Special Occasion

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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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