Enjoy Sunny Days and Balmy Nights Dining Al Fresco in Tampa

With beautiful warm weather year round, Tampa is the perfect place to enjoy dining al fresco. Weather you choose an option on the water or inland, many of the city's eateries feature lovely patios, terraces and decks on which you can enjoy star gazing, balmy breezes and a delicious meal. Perfect for a romantic evening or a night out with friends, 10 Best has put together a list of the top outdoor dining options to choose from.

Many options offer world-class cuisine and stunning water views. Perhaps the most impressive outdoor dining patio is Jackson's Bistro. Located on Harbor Island, diners enjoy views of Garrison Channel and the downtown Tampa skyline while sampling sophisticated and well-prepared dishes. The spacious terrace also features pergolas with romantic curtaining offering couples privacy for more intimate evenings.

If you're looking for more casual dining, there are many options to choose from. Check out Gaspar's Grotto for the two large patio spaces and upbeat atmosphere. A party every night, Gaspar's is located in the heart of Ybor City, Tampa's historic and entertainment district.



Back before there was a paved road, Skippers Smokehouse began as a small take-out joint north of Tampa. Over the years, the building has been added on to, first constructing a dining room that is a study in Old Florida rustic. The cuisine is...  Read More



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



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



If you want to get off the beaten path, try Rick's on the River. Located on the Hillsborough River just north of downtown, Rick's is a popular local hangout catering to the river boating community. Amenities include a boat ramp and marina with...  Read More

Heights Public Market
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The Heights Public Market is located in the Armature Works, a beautifully renovated, historic building that faces the scenic Hillsborough River. With 22,000 sq-ft, the open floor plan food hall features communal seating surrounded by 15+ of the...  Read More



Ella's Americana Folk Art Caf� is a fresh and funky eatery located in the charming and historic Seminole Heights neighborhood. As the name suggests, the ambiance is laid-back with walls decorated with a variety of American folk art...  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



Set slightly away from the downtown bustle, Jackson's Bistro features a large and sophisticated menu with dishes ranging from hand-rolled sushi to an oak-grilled NY strip steak. They are also known for their extensive wine list. The setting is...  Read More

Tampa Heights


Ulele is a popular restaurant located on the northern end of Tampa's Riverwalk. The menu is inspired by the indigenous people of Florida and brings together fresh and local ingredients in unique flavor combinations. While the menu is changed...  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


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