Enjoy Sunny Days and Balmy Nights Dining Al Fresco in Tampa

With beautiful warm weather year round, Tampa is the perfect place to enjoy dining al fresco. Weather you choose an option on the water or inland, many of the city's eateries feature lovely patios, terraces and decks on which you can enjoy star gazing, balmy breezes and a delicious meal. Perfect for a romantic evening or a night out with friends, 10 Best has put together a list of the top outdoor dining options to choose from.

Many options offer world-class cuisine and stunning water views. Perhaps the most impressive outdoor dining patio is Jackson's Bistro. Located on Harbor Island, diners enjoy views of Garrison Channel and the downtown Tampa skyline while sampling sophisticated and well-prepared dishes. The spacious terrace also features pergolas with romantic curtaining offering couples privacy for more intimate evenings.

If you're looking for more casual dining, there are many options to choose from. Check out Gaspar's Grotto for the two large patio spaces and upbeat atmosphere. A party every night, Gaspar's is located in the heart of Ybor City, Tampa's historic and entertainment district.

Let's just get this out of the way first: it's outdoors, it's a mostly-dirt floor, and you will probably be sitting at a picnic table. If you're still reading, you will love Skipper's. This is the go-to venue for fans of the really eclectic, not...  Read More

Gaspar's Grotto is a popular bar and restaurant located in Tampa's Ybor City historic neighborhood. Perfect for visitor's who have not had the opportunity to experience the annual Gasparilla Celebration, Gaspar's celebrates the famous pirate...  Read More

Perhaps best known for their handcrafted brews, the Tampa Bay Brewing Company is a family-run microbrewery located in Centro Ybor. However beer also makes a great cooking ingredient and the hefty menu at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company includes...  Read More

If you want to get off the beaten path, try Rick's on the River. Located on the Hillsborough River just north of downtown, Rick's is a popular local hangout catering to the river boating community. Amenities include a boat ramp and marina with...  Read More

Rocky Point

A new kid on the upscale seafood scene in Tampa is Aqua, the signature restaurant of the new Westin Tampa Bay hotel on the Courtney Campbell Causeway between the airport and Clearwater. Using fresh ingredients from all over the country, the chef...  Read More

Seminole Heights

This small and charming restaurant, housed in a converted Craftsman-style bungalow, serves up big flavors at reasonable prices. Chef/owner Greg Baker opened The Refinery in 2010 with a vision to provide good food, prepared by passionate chefs,...  Read More

The Columbia Cafe is a picturesque dining spot located at the Tampa Bay History Center on the downtown waterfront overlooking Garrison Channel and the Riverwalk. The Cafe is part of the Columbia Restaurant Group with the original Columbia...  Read More

Set slightly away from the downtown bustle, Jackson's Bistro features a large and sophisticated menu with dishes ranging from hand-rolled sushi to an oak-grilled NY strip steak. The setting is romantic and upscale, featuring dark mahogany walls...  Read More

Tampa Heights
Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers

Ulele is a popular restaurant located on the northern end of Tampa's Riverwalk. The menu is inspired by the indigenous people of Florida and brings together fresh and local ingredients in unique flavor combinations. While the menu is changed...  Read More

Airport Area

The first thing you notice as you enter Oystercatchers is the amazing view. This seafood restaurant, nestled among lush, tropical landscaping, takes full advantage of its location at the edge of Tampa Bay. Inside, the decor is bright, simple and...  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

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