Tampa's Dynamic Food Scene Includes Abundant Fresh Ingredients, World-Class Chefs

Skye Rodgers

By , Local Expert, Tampa
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Traditionally, Tampa may be best known for its fresh seafood and authentic Cuban dishes. However, the food scene in Tampa has been heating up in recent years producing a wave of innovative new eateries. These new restaurants are pushing the culinary envelope by utilizing Tampa's abundance of fresh ingredients to create dishes with a fresh Florida flavor. To help you find the perfect meal, 10 Best has put together a list of the best Tampa has to offer, drawing from both new and established restaurants.

For a traditional taste of Tampa, visitors can't go wrong with a meal at the Columbia restaurant in Ybor city. The Columbia is...  Read more »

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    Columbia Restaurant

    The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor city is a Tampa institution serving authentic Cuban and Spanish dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try to get a table in the Flamenco room so you can watch the show while you dine. The show runs twice nightly except for Sundays."

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    Bern's Steak House

    Bern's Steak House in Tampa's SoHo neighborhood is legendary for their perfectly age steaks, world-class wine list and decadent dessert room.

    Local Expert Tip: "The staff at Bern's welcome you into their kitchen and wine cellar. Just ask your server for a tour."

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    The Refinery

    The Refinery specializes in innovative cuisine that takes advantage of Tampa's natural bounty without breaking the bank.

    Local Expert Tip: "It can get busy, so make a reservation or snag a first-serve table outside on their upstairs patio."

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    Edison Food + Drink Lab

    Edison is the newest venture for well-known Tampa Chef, Jeannie Pierola, who serves food that is fun, unique and delicious.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Hummingbird milkshake is to die for!"

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    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Airport Area

    Oystercatchers is popular for their expertly prepared seafood and stunning vistas of Tampa Bay.

    Local Expert Tip: "Oystercatchers offers the the finest brunch in town. Reservations are recommended."

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    • Cuisine: Eclectic, Ethnic
    • Average Main Course Price: $40
    • Neighborhood: Soho

    SideBern's is a popular Tampa restaurant that offers a more eclectic and innovative menu than its sister restaurant, Bern's Steak House.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try their unique tasting menu - a prix fixe meal with accompanying wine pairings."

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    Copperfish Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $25
    • Neighborhood: Soho

    Copperfish and Seafood and Oyster Bar makes the most of Tampa's abundance of seafood by creating delicious but simply prepared dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Park on the street to avoid a $5 valet charge."

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    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $32
    • Neighborhood: Airport Area

    Located on the top floor of Tampa's Grand Hyatt hotel, Armani's is famous for their view as well as the expertly prepared Northern Italian cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy a more affordable Armani's experience and take advantage of their Tramonto Menu available weekday afternoons."

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    • Cuisine: Eclectic
    • Average Main Course Price: $25
    • Neighborhood: Soho

    √Člevage is one of the hottest new restaurants in Tampa featuring modern versions of classic recipes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Valet parking is mandatory and costs $5."

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    Mise en Place

    Mise en Place is an established favorite among Tampa locals for its consistently excellent and creative dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "The perfect spot for a romantic rendezvous."



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