Delight Your Taste Buds by Exploring Ybor City’s Best Dining



By day, Ybor City is a tourist mecca, inviting visitors to walk its cobbled streets and explore its fascinating history. By night, it’s an entertainment hotspot with oodles of bars and clubs lining the streets. At any time of day, however, you can find delicious dining options to choose from. To help you decide, 10 Best has scoured the charming streets of Ybor City to find the top ten dining spots.

Many restaurants in Ybor City feature Cuban, Italian, and Spanish dishes. This is a reflection of the area’s rich and colorful history. First settled in the mid-1800s, the original residents were workers in Tampa’s cigar factories. These families have shaped the cultural fabric of this vibrant and diverse neighborhood since its beginnings.

The Columbia Restaurant is a must-visit, not just for the food, but for the dining experience as well. Opened in 1905, the cuisine at this family-owned restaurant is primarily Spanish, using recipes that have been handed down for generations. You can also try Carmine’s, another Tampa institution that serves popular local Cuban and Italian dishes.

Newer notables include El Puerto, for their large portions of perfectly prepared Argentinian and Peruvian dishes and The Bricks, a trendy and casual spot owned by a local skate park. Wherever you dine, try and get a view of the street - the quality of people watching in Ybor City is second only to its flavors.




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


Stone Soup Company
Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers


The Stone Soup Company is a friendly and casual neighborhood eatery located in historic Ybor City. The eclectic decor is enhanced with colorful local artwork that adorns the walls. Inspired by the "Soup Nazi" episode of "Seinfeld," the menu...  Read More




Carmine's is a Tampa institution located in the heart of the historic Ybor City neighborhood. Family owned and operated by Carmine Iavarone, the restaurant is named after his grandfather who opened the family's first restaurant in the 1940's and...  Read More


Samurai Blue


Samurai Blue has two locations in Tampa, one in Ybor City and one in Westchase. The Ybor City location gets the thumbs up for cool ambiance, but both locations get high marks from savvy diners for the outstanding lunch choices. Their bento...  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




The Carne ChopHouse is located in the heart of historic Ybor City and offers steakhouse fare with a Cuban twist. Situated in the historic El Centro Espanol Building that originally served as a social center for Spanish immigrants working in the...  Read More




Maybe you're looking for a fun, casual setting for dinner, but burgers or pizza just won't do. Such situations are what places like Acropolis are for. Located in Tampa's historic Ybor City, this Greek taverna serves up an extensive list of...  Read More




As you would expect from a place named after a famous Italian sculptor, Bernini is going for the classical vibe. Fine art and decorative columns may fill the space, but what we're really interested in is the gourmet food. Dishes include black...  Read More




El Puerto Restaurant and Grill is located just off the beaten tourist trail in Ybor City, Tampa's historic district. El Puerto is one of Tampa's hidden gems and well worth a visit. Just make sure you're very, very hungry as the portions are...  Read More




More than just a restaurant, the Columbia is a Tampa institution. Since 1905, this living history lesson has been serving some of the most authentic Spanish/Cuban food in Tampa Bay. The menu is expansive, spanning a wide array of traditional...  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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