Best Spots for Hungry Cruisers Close to the Port of Tampa



If you are embarking or disembarking from a cruise at the Port of Tampa, there are many delicious dining options close by. Listed here are ten of the best spots to choose from. Many are conveniently located just next door in the Channelside Bay Plaza, while others are just a short walk away.

If you’re disembarking early in the morning and need some fuel to get you on your way, Zelda’s Café and Deli opens early and serves all your breakfast favorites.

If you’re looking for a quick lunch, Precinct Pizza is a nearby option, but if you have more time, it is well worth the effort to make the short walk to the Columbia Cafe. A downtown version of the famous Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, here you can enjoy amazing water views while sampling the dishes that have made the Columbia a local legend.

For a fun, casual evening, check out Splitsville. With a full bar and menu filled with American favorites, it’s probably the coolest bowling alley you’ll ever see. Your options don’t end there as there are many other great restaurants close by ready to satisfy almost any craving from Mexican to Thai. 


Oishi Japanese Restaurant


Located in Channelside, Oishi Japanese Restaurant offers authentic Japanese cuisine and is close the Port, cultural attractions and entertainment. The warm and inviting dining room provides a comfortable atmosphere for a complete Japanese dining...  Read More


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Hablo Taco is a Mexican-inspired restaurant located in Channelside Bay Plaza, convenient to most downtown attractions. The perfect spot for a fun, casual meal, the decor is bright, bold and modern with plenty of seating both inside and out....  Read More




The Channelside version of this national chain restaurant is located next to the Port of Tampa and convenient to many popular attractions. Hooters is popular in Tampa, partly because of the laid-back atmosphere, but also because the restaurant...  Read More


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Splitsville
Photo courtesy of Splitsville


Conveniently located in the Channelside Bay Plaza, Splitsville bills itself as "luxury lanes and dinner lounge." Just look for the huge bowling pin and you'll know you're in the right spot. This may be the coolest bowling alley you've ever...  Read More


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What is notable about Precinct Pizza isn't necessarily the pie (which is great in itself), but the story behind it. A New York paramedic, after coming down with post-9/11 respiratory problems, decided to move down to Tampa and open a realistic...  Read More




It's hard to believe that a former BP gas station downtown could be re-purposed into a truly one-of-a-kind dining establishment, but that's exactly what happened at Zelda's. With a casual atmosphere and fast but fresh food, they specialize in...  Read More


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City Dog Cantina brings south-of-the-border favorites to the Channnelside neighborhood. Located within blocks of Channelside Bay Plaza and the Port of Tampa, City Dog is popular with both locals and visitors to the area. The décor is modern and...  Read More


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Thai Thani is conveniently located in Tampa's Channelside Bay Plaza, close to the Port, cultural attractions and entertainment. This beautifully appointed Thai eatery offers an all-around dining experience that's sure to set your senses ablaze....  Read More


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Quiet, casual, romantic; Café Dufrain represents all the qualities that make Harbour Island seem worlds away from Tampa's bustling downtown area. Set among high-rise condo and apartment developments, this award-winning restaurant quietly serves...  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


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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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