10 Best Places to 'Do Lunch' in Tampa

Looking for a great lunch spot in Tampa? 10 Best is serving up ten of the city’s top options to choose from. Whether you want to grab a quick bite before heading out to do some sightseeing, or are looking to make lunch an special occasion, here are flavorful options to satisfy your mid-day hunger pangs.

If you’re looking for expansive water views, allow Oystercatchers to turn your lunch into a special occasion. Their menu features reasonably creative versions of lunch-time favorites in addition to their signature fresh catch.

Options such as Mel’s Hot Dogs serve up purely local versions of fast food favorites at budget-friendly prices. Try the Mel’s favorite – a hot dog served Chicago style. Mel's is the perfect spot for a quick bite before heading to Busch Gardens or Adventure Island.

Located in all areas of the city and representing all aspects of the food spectrum there is a perfect spot for everyone to “do lunch” in Tampa.



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

North Tampa


Serving hungry Tampa locals since 1973, Mel's takes the simple concept of a hot dog and makes it as good as you could imagine. These dogs aren't the bland approximations you find at some fast food places. Instead, they're all-beef and come on...  Read More



Doc B's Fresh Kitchen is located on Bay Street at Tampa's International Plaza mall making it the perfect stop to fuel up after shopping or before an evening out. The menu features a wide selection of healthy, well-balanced dining options for...  Read More

The Hall on Franklin
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The Hall on Franklin is a contemporary food hall with a unique full-service twist. Comprised of seven independent and diverse food and beverage companies, the Hall uses new technology to bring them together and enable full-menu table service in...  Read More



Fresh Kitchen is a healthy fast food option for lunch and dinner located in Tampa's SoHo neighborhood. On offer is a full range of fresh and delicious ingredients that are combined in a handy bowl to eat in or take out. Set up cafeteria-style,...  Read More



If you're looking for a casual spot for lunch in Ybor City, try The Bricks. Owned by the Skatepark of Tampa, the ambiance is casual, hip, urban and of course, has free wi-fi. Happily, for all its style, the place doesn't take itself too...  Read More

South Tampa


Pane Rustica is a favorite local lunch spot in South Tampa. It is an European-style bakery, deli, breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant all rolled into one. The decor is trendy but comfortable with an Italian flair. Their crusty, flavorful...  Read More

Oxford Exchange
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The Restaurant at Oxford Exchange features classic decor and a calm, relaxing ambiance, a perfect spot to relax and refuel after browsing the gift and book store. Serving breakfast, lunch, and late lunch, dishes feature proteins that are...  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

South Tampa


Datz is one of Tampa's most popular restaurants. At one time or another, almost everyone has visited this trendy gastropub and market. The interior is warm and inviting with a funky, industrial vibe and no one stands on ceremony here -...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye