Delectable Dining Options Abound in Tampa's Fashionable Hyde Park and SoHo Neighborhoods

Hyde Park and SoHo are two of Tampa’s most trendy and fashionable neighborhoods featuring great shopping, delectable dining, and vibrant nightlife. SoHo is named for the street it is centered on, South Howard Avenue, and forms the western border of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, which is bordered on the east by the waters of Tampa’s Hillsborough Bay. SoHo is also known as “restaurant row” with over 35 restaurants lining the street.

The challenge in creating a list of ten top choices was narrowing down the selections, but 10 Best has prevailed to bring you this list of guaranteed-to-please favorites. Featuring a mixture of dining experiences, from formal and upscale, to laid back and casual, there is sure to be a dining option perfect for you.

Adventurous diners will want to try Edison Food + Drink Lab to check out their latest food innovations. Chef Pierola and her crew create daily "flavor experiments" where everyday food is engineered into modern cuisine.

If you’re looking for a swanky night out you might want to try Bern’s Steak House, Tampa's legendary traditional steakhouse. After dinner, head upstairs to their intimate dessert room where diners enjoy decadent desserts and dancing.

Most of these restaurants are located with walking distance, so if you change your mind, just walk down the street a ways and you’ll find another tempting dining option.

Timpano Chophouse revives and celebrates the Chicago supper club with an emphasis on martinis, Sinatra and old-school table service. The restaurant specializes in preparing a wide variety of aged, hand-cut steaks, chops, veal and house-made...  Read More

With so much Spanish influence in Florida, it's not surprising that tapas has a big place in the restaurant scene. One of the most popular options is the Ceviche Tapas Bar. This small, Florida-based chain of restaurants feature an intimate and...  Read More

Bella's Italian Cafe
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A favorite of locals in South Tampa, Bella's has been around for 28 years. Although it could easily be pretentious, thanks to subdued lighting and gracious details, Bella's prefers to greet guests with relaxed charm. In fact, it's a delightful...  Read More

Eclectic and sophisticated describes the scene at this South Howard address. The restaurant features an intimate atmosphere with dcor featuring Art Deco paintings, stained wood trim, high ceilings and an open kitchen. But what visitors really...  Read More

Ciro's is a 1920's style speakeasy and they take their prohibition-era theme very seriously. In addition to the discrete entrance that is void of external signage or advertising, you must call ahead to get the password in order to gain...  Read More

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Datz is one of Tampa's most popular restaurants. At one time or another, almost everyone has visited this trendy gastropub and market. The interior is warm and inviting with a funky, industrial vibe and no one stands on ceremony here -...  Read More

Élevage is located in the Epicurean Hotel, a boutique hotel that caters to guests wishing to experience life's indulgences, especially when it comes to food. Developed by the owner of Bern's, one of Tampa's most established restaurants,...  Read More

Mise en Place is an intimate, well-appointed restaurant located across from the University of Tampa. As a pioneer of the chef-driven restaurant model a signature of this bistro is the ever-rotating menu specializing in New American cuisine. You...  Read More

Edison Food + Drink Lab is the popular creation of Chef Jeannie Pierola, a 4X James Beard Best Chef Semifinalist. To say this place is unlike anything else in Tampa is an understatement, from dishes to decor, an industrial science theme invades...  Read More

Bern's Steak House is one of Tampa's best-known restaurants. Family-owned since opening in 1956, this venerable steak house is legendary for its impeccable service, top-quality food, and incredible attention to detail. Guests rave about the...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye