Tampa, FL: A Town for Foodies

When you think of Tampa’s culinary scene, what comes to your mind? If you’re like most, you probably end up thinking about Cuban food or seafood. Looking for something different to try? If you’re new to the scene, go with what the locals know. Here are some of our favorite Tampa restaurants.

Charley’s Steak House

Charley's Steak House

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Address: 4444 W. Cypress St., Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 353-9706
Cost: $$$

With mouth-watering aged steaks and market fresh fish, Charley’s Steakhouse cooks over wood in custom built pits. For over 40 years, Charley’s has been providing their customers with only the highest quality steaks that they age on the premises for four to six weeks to ensure quality control and superior taste. Reservations are available via OpenTable.

Tip: Jackets and ties are encouraged, but they are not formally required. Business casual, semi-formal and formal attire is welcomed.

Bern’s Steak House

Bern's Steak House

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Address: 1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 251-2421
Cost: $$$

Boasting one of the largest wine collections in the world, Bern’s Steakhouse has been a staple on top ten lists since 1956. After you enjoy your meal, opt to finish off with delicious desserts in the famous Henry Waugh Dessert Room. With dessert specialties, drinks and wines, it adds the perfect ending to a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Tip: Jackets and ties are encouraged, but they are not formally required. Business casual, semi-formal and formal attire is welcomed.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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Address: 4400 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 877-7290
Cost: $$$

For seafood lovers, there is no better place than Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. Each dish is expertly prepared, and diners can enjoy both local and national musical artists in the V Lounge. With a charismatic vibe and cocktails that are poured to perfection, Eddie V’s is a welcome addition to our list.

Tip: Sign Up to become a Friend of Eddie V’s and get insider access to new chef specials, events and more!

Rooster and the Till

Rooster and the Till

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Address: 6500 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
Phone: (813) 374-8940
Cost: $$-$$$

The ambiance is the first thing you’ll notice when you enter Rooster and the Till. With wooden and upcycled decor, this restaurant has an inviting appeal that is hard to resist. The menu encourages communal gatherings with dishes that are meant to be shared. Don’t let the concept fool you, though. The dishes here are innovative, delectable and masterfully plated.

Tip: The BBQ pork neck with seared scallops and corn veloute is out of this world!

Ciro’s Speakeasy & Supper Club

Ciro’s Speakeasy & Supper Club

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Address: 2109 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL, 33606
Phone: (813) 251-0022
Cost: $$$

Transport yourself through time by visiting Ciro’s Speakeasy & Supper Club. Sexy and discreet, Ciro’s is South Tampa’s finest cocktail bar. With a knock-password entry, you immediately experience the speakeasy vibe, and because the interior is outfitted with luxurious and unique decor, you can feast on anything from seared duck to chicken and waffles in style.

Tip: Make your reservations to receive the day’s speakeasy password.


Address: 1810 N. Highland Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 999-4952
Cost: $$$

Pronounced You-lay-lee, this Riverwalk hot spot celebrates native inspired foods and spirits. With precise and innovative flavor combinations, each dish at Ulele’s is as visually appealing as it is delicious. Prepared on a Baracoa Grill, dishes include new combinations of ingredients from the waters and lands throughout Florida.

Tip: Tours of the Ulele Brewery are available on request, so call ahead for a look at the 2,100 square foot facility.

Edison Food + Drink Lab

Edison Food + Drink Lab

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Address: 912 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 254-7111
Cost: $$

Guided by Chef Periola, Edison Food+Drink Lab offers diners creative, modern cuisine that is executed perfectly. With a wide variety of awards and recognitions, Food+Drink Lab has mastered beer, wine, food, mixology and more.

Tip: Their menu changes daily to ensure fresh ingredients and exciting new flavor experiments, so check their website often for updates.



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Address: 2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL 33629
Phone: (813) 831-7000
Cost: $$

Known for their never-ending invention and reinvention, Datz has been a go-to spot for foodies since 2009. Considered comfort food with a bit of flair, you can enjoy sipping the wide selection of craft beer and bourbon while you dine on all things cheese, bacon and bread.

Tip: The Nom Noms appetizer will have you munching away from the start. This seemingly simple pretzel stick appetizer is comfort food at its finest and impossible to forget.



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Address: 1610 W. Swann Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 254-5870
Cost: $$$

A modern Italian chophouse, Timpano is a treat to its diners. Featuring white tablecloth service and dishes that are divine, Timpano’s offers the perfect blend of traditional cuisine and innovative flavors. From staples like Shrimp Cocktail to their sought after Truffle Mac and Cheese, there are flavors to suit any palate.

Tip: Visit the Starlight Lounge for some relaxing smooth jazz and exciting late night libations.

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