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.