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What to Eat in Tampa

When in Tampa, don't miss out on the city's two specialties: waterfront dining and Cuban food. Oystercatchers is consistently recommended among recent visitors and locals for its enviable waterfront seat (it's part of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay) and for having some of the freshest seafood in town. For a different perspective of the bay, head up to the 14th floor of the Grand Hyatt for stunning views from Armani's floor-to-ceiling windows. For a more casual setting and a break from Tampa's downtown scene, take a jaunt to Harbour Island for Café Dufrain's locally sourced plates. 

If you're in search of Cuban food, head to Ybor City and take a seat at Columbia Restaurant. Here you'll enjoy your Spanish, Caribbean and Cuban plates with a side of flamenco dancing. La Teresita Restaurant is another local favorite that also features live music nightly. 

Bern's Steak House is a Tampa dining staple that travelers say is well-suited for special occasions. On the other end of the spectrum, Rooster & the Till features a farm-to-table twist on modern American tapas. Another tasty choice is Ulele, situated on the Tampa Riverwalk, which offers what it calls Native-inspired foods, and dishes like the charbroiled oysters with garlic butter and cheese fly out of the kitchen.

One of the best foodie attractions in town, also conveniently located on the Tampa Riverwalk, is the Heights Public Market at the Armature Works. Everything from modern Cuban cuisine to wood-fired pizza is on offer and the market continues to add new options, including an outdoor pavilion bar overlooking the Hillsborough River, sure to be a popular spot.

Find the Best Restaurants in Tampa

  • #1
    Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern's Steak House
    #1 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1358 reviewsTripAdvisor (1358)
    $$ | American
    1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606-3102
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  • #2
    Wright's Gourmet House
    #2 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1189 reviewsTripAdvisor (1189)
    $ - $$ | American, Soups, Deli
    1200 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629-5009
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  • #3
    Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse Tampa
    #3 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 158 reviewsTripAdvisor (158)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Brazilian
    1108 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629-5007
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  • #4
    La Terrazza Restaurant
    #4 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 588 reviewsTripAdvisor (588)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1727 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3805
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  • #5
    Happy Fish
    #5 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 638 reviewsTripAdvisor (638)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin, Seafood
    4046 N Armenia Ave Fiesta Plaza, Tampa, FL 33607-1002
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  • #6
    Fresh Kitchen
    #6 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 182 reviewsTripAdvisor (182)
    $ | American, Healthy
    1350 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606-3125
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  • #7
    Yah Mon
    #7 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 100 reviewsTripAdvisor (100)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Jamaican, Japanese, Wine Bar, Puerto Rican
    301 W Platt St Unit C, Tampa, FL 33606-2292
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  • #8
    Vino E Pasta
    #8 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 220 reviewsTripAdvisor (220)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    3603 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611-2607
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  • #9
    La Segunda Central Bakery
    #9 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 320 reviewsTripAdvisor (320)
    $ | Latin, Spanish, Cuban
    2512 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605-3406
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  • #11
    Al's Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que
    #11 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 280 reviewsTripAdvisor (280)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    1609 Angel Oliva Senior St, Tampa, FL 33605-5133
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  • #12
    Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple
    #12 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 272 reviewsTripAdvisor (272)
    $ | Asian, Thai
    5306 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619-3746
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  • #13
    On Swann
    #13 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 302 reviewsTripAdvisor (302)
    $ - $$ | American
    1501 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606-2553
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  • #14
    Samaria Cafe
    #14 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 258 reviewsTripAdvisor (258)
    $ | American, Cafe, Greek
    502 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602-4806
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  • #16
    Loli's
    #16 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 130 reviewsTripAdvisor (130)
    $ | Mexican, Latin
    8005 Benjamin Rd, Tampa, FL 33634-2305
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  • #17
    First Watch
    #17 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 491 reviewsTripAdvisor (491)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Healthy
    520 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602-4806
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  • #18
    Mr. Dunderbak's
    #18 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 421 reviewsTripAdvisor (421)
    $ - $$ | German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European
    14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33613-2860
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  • #19
    Haven
    #19 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 180 reviewsTripAdvisor (180)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary, Wine Bar, Gastropub
    2208 W Morrison Ave corner of Howard & Morrison, Tampa, FL 33606-2436
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  • #20
    Green Lemon
    #20 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 384 reviewsTripAdvisor (384)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
    915 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606-2418
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  • #21
    Bern's Steak House
    #21 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4526 reviewsTripAdvisor (4526)
    $$ | French, American, Steakhouse
    1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606-3197
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  • #22
    Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza
    #22 of 2,506 Places to Eat in Tampa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 607 reviewsTripAdvisor (607)
    $ | Italian, Pizza, Fast Food
    203 E Twiggs St, Tampa, FL 33602-4404
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