Places to Eat Near Tampa Bay Times Forum

Skye Rodgers

By , Local Expert, Tampa
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Hundreds of thousands of visitors attend events at The Tampa Bay Times Forum each year. It is the city’s premier event venue hosting over 150 events a year. After a $40 million renovation in 2011, it is also considered one of the best venues in the country. Many visitors attend the games of the Tampa Bay Lighting hockey team and the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team, but the Forum also hosts most of the area’s major concerts and shows.

No matter what event you are attending, chances are you will be looking for dining options close by. Luckily there are a lot to choose from and range from good pub grub to fancy gourmet...  Read more »

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    Firestick Grill

    • Cuisine: Eclectic
    • Neighborhood: Channelside

    Located on-site at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Firestick Grill offers a great pre-event buffet.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Firestick Grill is open two hours before any event."

     
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    Hattricks Tavern

    Hattricks is a popular sports bar and restaurant that offers good, reasonably priced food and caters to the hockey fans.

    Local Expert Tip: "Definitely try their "Shake and Bake" wings, a local favorite."

     
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    Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa

    Located across the street from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Columbia Cafe provides visitors an authentic taste of Tampa.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try their delicious Spanish cava sangria made tableside."

     
  • 4

    Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi

    Jackson's Bistro offers wonderful food and views, just a short walk from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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

     
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    Hooters - Channelside

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $9
    • Neighborhood: Channelside

    Hooter's is just down the street from the Tampa Bay Times Forum and offers lots of TVs and casual pub fare.

    Local Expert Tip: "A good choice if time is of the essence."

     
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    Café Dufrain

    Casual and romantic, Cafe Dufrain offers waterfront dining a short walk from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    Local Expert Tip: "Watch for daily specials that are reasonably priced and come paired with a glass of wine or beer."

     
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    Tinatapa's

    • Cuisine: European, Spanish
    • Average Main Course Price: $9
    • Neighborhood: Channelside

    Tinatapa's is a great option if you like Tapas dining and it's only a short distance to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't be fooled by the low per-plate price. If you're hungry, you can easily end up spending $30 for your meal."

     
  • 8

    Splitsville

    • Neighborhood: Channelside

    Splitsville offers good food AND bowling close to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    Local Expert Tip: "There is a dress code enforced after 7pm and only those over 21 are admitted after 10pm."

     
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    Precinct Pizza

    • Cuisine: Pizza
    • Average Main Course Price: $10
    • Neighborhood: Channelside

    If you're craving a slice of New York pizza, Precinct is the nearest pizzeria to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're staying downtown, Precinct will deliver to your hotel."

     
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    Bamboozle Cafe

    • Cuisine: Asian
    • Average Main Course Price: $12
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    Located close to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Bamboozle serves delighted guests a variety of well-prepared Asian dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "A light and healthy alternative for lunch or dinner."

     

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