The early bird might get the worm, but you can sleep in and still get some fantastic brunch in Tampa

Scott Sterling

By , Local Expert, Tampa
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There usually isn't much room to be creative in brunch. It's a staple of breakfast items and light lunch fare, maybe served buffet-style. Fortunately, because we're usually out late at night, brunch is so popular in Tampa that our restaurants have embraced it fully, even putting their own spin on your favorite dishes.

Let's start with the more upscale options. Oystercatchers is located right on Tampa Bay with a buffet as expansive as the view. Jackson's Bistro is a great spot for people staying downtown. Sono Cafe is the Tampa Museum of Art's excellent restaurant. Finally, Ceviche is what happens when you mix traditional...  Read more »

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

    Local Expert Tip: "The champagne starts flowing every Sunday from 10:30 to 2:30. Reservations are highly suggested."


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    First Watch

    Local Expert Tip: "There is often a wait, but they provide coffee until your table is ready."

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    Daily Eats

    Local Expert Tip: "On a nice day, sit outside. The SoHo neighborhood is a great place to people-watch."

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    The Brunchery

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $7
    • Neighborhood: South Tampa

    Local Expert Tip: "The Brunchery is also a popular take-out restaurant, especially for the businesses downtown. If you need to feed a meeting, check it out."

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    Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi

    Local Expert Tip: "The downtown trolley has a stop right outside of Jackson's, making it accessible from anywhere downtown."


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    Pinky's Diner

    • Cuisine: American, Diner
    • Average Main Course Price: $8
    • Neighborhood: South Tampa

    Local Expert Tip: "Pinky's is closed on Mondays. They have to sleep sometime."

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    Zelda's Café and Deli

    • Cuisine: American
    • Neighborhood: Channelside

    Local Expert Tip: "They often don't feed you breakfast if you're disembarking from a cruise ship in the morning. This is a great place to stop if that happens."

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    Sono Cafe

    Local Expert Tip: "Sono follows the Slow Food movement, which is quite relaxing. But don't visit in a hurry."

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    Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

    • Cuisine: European, Spanish
    • Average Main Course Price: $24
    • Neighborhood: Soho

    Local Expert Tip: "Its location, just off of Bayshore, makes Ceviche a great place to reward yourself after a jog."

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    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: South Tampa

    Local Expert Tip: "Reserving a table using OpenTable is highly recommended here. In fact, that's usually the only way to avoid a substantial wait."



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