Enjoy Casual BBQ or Upscale Steakhouses Just Minutes from Steinbrenner Field

Each spring, thousands of hungry fans descend on Tampa's Steinbrenner Field, home to the New York Yankees spring training. Luckily, there are lots of fantastic restaurants located close by. Whether you are looking for a classic diner, local ethnic specialties, or hip and trendy eateries, there are convenient options to choose from. 10 Best has put together a list of just a few of the local favorites to help you make your decision.

A minutes drive south of Steinbrenner Field is Boy Scout Boulevard, the gateway to some of the city's best dining. Restaurants line the road which also passes the entrance to International Plaza. This fashionable and upscale mall is home not only to fabulous shopping, but also hosts Bay Street, an outdoor village-style entertainment area featuring even more of Tampa's best restaurants. Tending towards the trendy and upscale, examples include Roy's and Capital Grille.

If you head east of Steinbrenner Field you'll find yourself in the historic neighborhood of West Tampa. If you've a yen for casual, authentic ethnic food, then this is the perfect neighborhood for you. Look past some of the faded exteriors, and you'll find some off-the-beaten path gems featuring Peruvian, Mexican, Chinese, Cuban and Spanish cuisine. One of the most popular spots in this area is called La Teresita.

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Pop-n-Sons is a classic diner located within walking distance of Tampa's Steinbrenner Field and Raymond James Stadium. The interior is pure old-school diner and you can pull up a stool for counter service or grab a cozy booth. There are also a...  Read More

Texas de Brazil
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Texas de Brazil is a Brazilian-American churrascaria, which is the Portuguese word for "barbecue," and has its origins in the campfire cooking of the gauchos of Southern Brazil. Be prepared for a different dining experience. You start your meal...  Read More

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You can be assured of good barbecue when you see the pit smoking out back. Jimbo's keeps close watch over it, taking great pains to ensure that all the meat reaches that moment of perfect flavor. When it's ready, they pile it high, add baked...  Read More

La Teresita Restaurant
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La Teresita is located in West Tampa, an area of the city that was originally settled by Cuban immigrants, and features authentic versions of Cuban cuisine. There is a traditional restaurant space, but La Teresita's charm is found inside the...  Read More

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If you can't get enough succulent, Southern cooking, this place (named for Tampa Bay's first NFL Hall of Famer) will have your taste buds swooning. Many dishes rely on Lee Roy's mom's recipes, such as fried chicken, meat loaf, chicken-fried...  Read More

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Pelagia's is located in the Marriott Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza Mall and is the perfect spot to fortify yourself for a long day of shopping. This beautifully decorated trattoria reflects a contemporary Milanese style and the...  Read More



Centrally located in the Westshore district of Tampa, Del Frisco's Grille serves perfectly prepared prime steaks and creative versions of comfort food staples. Popular menu items include the Grille Prime Cheeseburger, Cheesesteak Eggrolls, and...  Read More

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Authentic Pacific-Rim cuisine is the hallmark of this chic restaurant. This small chain was founded by Chef Roy Yamaguchi to bring European techniques to Asian dishes featuring Hawaiian ingredients. Check out the exotic, melt in your mouth,...  Read More



A rich, welcoming environment of wood, leather, and subdued lighting greets visitors to this upscale establishment. Along with great ambience, they come for impeccable steaks and chops, cooked to perfection. Each steak is seasoned only with...  Read More

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Capital Grille


On entering the Capital Grille you encounter a refined and gracious space with Frank Lloyd Wright inspired decor. This is followed with top-notch service and spectacular steaks. These are the trademarks of The Capital Grille making it a...  Read More


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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