Restaurants in Tampa’s Hyde Park You Won’t Want to Miss

Chow Down at Some of the Best New American Spots, Gastropubs, and Speakeasies in Tampa’s Trendy Hyde Park Neighborhood

Nicknamed the Suncoast, it’s no wonder that Tampa and the surrounding area have been an attractive destination for two centuries. Hyde Park is one of the most historic areas in this storied town, dating back to the 19th century. But today Hyde Park is more than just stately Victorian-era homes – it’s a neighborhood full of personality that’s the perfect place to go for a stroll, pick up the latest fashion trends, or grab a bite to eat. 

Not sure where to start your search for the best restaurant in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village? We’ve got you covered. Stay tuned for some of the best traditional and trendy dining options in this beautiful Tampa neighborhood, including:

  • Modern gastrobars serving fresh, flavorful tapas the whole family will enjoy
  • Revitalized prohibition-era establishments where you can grab a “giggle water”
  • Brunch spots your hip niece and 90 year old grandmother would both approve of

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1. Bartaco

Mouthwatering Tacos + Great Gluten-Free Offerings

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1601 W Snow Ave | Hyde Park | bartaco.com

This beloved taco-spot has deceptively casual decor – with “whitewashed walls and wanderlust inspiring photography on the walls”, the beachy vibes will instantly put you in a vacation mindset. But ambiance isn’t the only reason Bartaco tops our list today – it’s the food.

Locals love the pork belly tacos and the white fish tacos, paired with a fresh squeezed drink from the bar, of course. Not feeling the tacos tonight? You can’t go wrong with a rice bowl or street corn off the cob, either. 

The online ordering system is a departure from what many restaurants use, but guests report that it’s pretty easy to figure out – and it makes splitting the tab with friends a breeze.

“BarTaco is always a hit in Hyde Park. The atmosphere, music and variety of taco/non taco options. The cocktails are always good, fresh squeezed citrus crafted cocktails. WOW!!! And the bartenders are always friendly and fast!!” - Yelp Review 

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2. Bulla Gastrobar

Trendy Food in One of Tampa’s Trendiest Neighborhoods

930 S Howard Ave | Hyde Park | bullagastrobar.com

If you’re looking to grab some trendy food in Hyde Park look no further than Bulla Gastrobar. Serving up delicious Spanish tapas this is the perfect place to go with a date, a friend, or the whole family. Bulla prides itself on creating unique flavors and textures in its brunch, lunch, and dinner menus. Don’t forget to try one of their cocktails which you’ll love sipping on their stylish rooftop bar.

“It was my first time here, and I was pleasantly surprised! This is probably my favorite brunch spot now in Tampa Bay. I highly recommend the bottomless mimosa or sangria for $15 with the fixed 3 course meal for $27. ” - Yelp Review 

Bulla Gastrobar is one of the thousands of restaurants that accepts digital GiftYa gift cards but it is also among one of the highest rated restaurants in Hyde Park Tampa!

3. Timpano

Combining the Warmth of an Italian Kitchen + Vibrance of Tampa’s Historic Hyde Park 

Tableside pasta prep makes for a unique dining experience. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1610 W Swann Ave | Hyde Park | timpanohydepark.com

Next on our list is Michelin-recommended Italian restaurant Timpano. According to the Michelin guide, the restaurant’s chic redesign reflects the stylish neighborhood it’s found in. Considered a “modern oasis” for Hyde Park’s shoppers, sight-seers, and residents, you’ll love the photo-worthy fountains and the mouthwatering Italian-American cuisine.

Try the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, the Molten Tiramisu French Toast, or go all out with the Parm to Table Experience.

“If you are looking for somewhere with amazing food and drinks, tons of photo ops, beautiful and festive decor, and great service - go to Timpano! My husband and I went for lunch and we loved everything!” - Yelp Review 

4. Rome + Fig

Seafood + New American in the Heart of Hyde Park

Fresh, colorful tuna tartare is just one of many delicious menu options. Image courtesy of Yelp.

317 N Rome Ave | Hyde Park | romeandfigbistro.com

Billed as a restaurant that’s locally-sourced and globally-inspired, Rome + Fig is a unique place to eat that honors the personal connection of sharing a meal while bringing culinary creativity to the table. The owner and chef-led concept has more than 20 years of industry experience serving mouthwatering meals.

What should you try first? Everything gets high marks, but we recommend the bison meatball, thai curry soup, or classic fried green tomatoes.

“This is one of the best spots to eat in north Hyde park. Be sure to enjoy the many delicious craft cocktails. To start, be sure to enjoy the pork belly. It is something I order every time!” - Yelp Review 

5. Water + Flour

Healthier Cuisine Jam-Packed with Flavor

1015 S Howard Ave | Hyde Park | waterandfloursoho.com

Opened in 1996, Water + Flour is the new name of a classic Tampa area restaurant. The menu options and flavors are in a constant state of flux as it serves as the creative hub for all of the owner’s restaurants. However, despite all the diversity in the menu, paying tribute to the chef’s talent and versatility, the restaurant remains committed to a healthy, lighter, full flavored cuisine with a particular emphasis on plant-based options and gluten-free alternatives.

Water + Flour has a new look to go along with its new name. Featuring an outdoor patio with both lounge and dining seating. As well as a dedicated area for takeout and third party delivery services.

“This is such an INCREDIBLE hidden gem in Tampa!!! if you are ever in SoHo and need a tropical getaway with delicious food, and an incredible environment this is the spot for you!” - Yelp Review 

Right now you aren’t able to get a GiftYa digital gift card to Water + Flour but check back because there’s more restaurants and stores in Hyde Park Tampa added all the time.

6. Gigglewaters

Step Back in Time with Classic Movies and a “Gigglewater”

Step back in time and sip a giggle water at this speakeasy-inspired spot in Safety Harbor. Image courtesy of Yelp.

737 Main St | Safety Harbor | gigglewaters.com

Gigglewaters may sound like a silly name, but it actually has some history! In the late 1920s, “giggle water” was a slang term for an alcoholic cocktail due to the euphoric effect a delicious drink can have. Gigglewaters is your chance to step back in time and grab a cocktail in a swanky prohibition-style establishment, complete with tin ceilings, Edison lighting, and Biltmore wood bar that dates back to 1897. 

While Gigglewaters does serve up plenty of creative cocktails for you to sip on, you won’t want to miss their food and entertainment offerings either. Their menu is backed with high end items like Wagyu beef burgers or more humble creations like bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Plus, Gigglewaters is a one-screen classic movie theater, so you can enjoy cult favorites like Goodfellas, The Breakfast Club, Goonies, and many more while you dine.

“Perfect lil spot to grab a bite to eat or grab a cocktail or two! I ordered the Hudson and it was FABULOUS! The staff is friendly the service is great!!” - Yelp Review 

7. Oxford Exchange

Hyde Park’s Unique Brunch, Books + Tea Bar Experience

420 W Kennedy Blvd | Hyde Park | oxfordexchange.com

Designed to cultivate community and conversation, Tampa’s iconic Oxford Exchange is unlike any other restaurant on this list. In part, it’s because this spot is more than a restaurant – it’s also a bookstore, gift shop, and historic destination. The building was originally constructed in 1891.

Popular for private events and causal hangouts alike, this is one restaurant you won’t want to miss if you’re exploring Hyde Park. For something savory, be sure to order the fried brussels sprouts – or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, the pressed french toast can’t be beat.

“I love Oxford Exchange! My best friends and I have been coming here for years. Their brunch is amazing- food, atmosphere, service, everything! I always book a reservation because it does get busy. Before/after brunch I love to walk around their gift shop. Cheers!” - Yelp Review 

8. Nene’s Restaurant and Bar

Minority-Owned and Operated by a Local Tampa Family Since Opening in 2022

Khachapuri and chess make a great combination. Image courtesy of Yelp.

4328 W El Prado Blvd | South Tampa | nenerestaurant.com

Ever tried Ukrainian cuisine? Whether you have and loved it or are looking to expand your culinary horizons, Nene’s Restaurant and Bar should be at the top of your list. Nene’s brings authentic, freshly-cooked Ukrainian and Georgian dishes right here to Tampa. 

Patrons love the beef stroganoff, khinkali Georgian dumplings, and blinchiki.

“I give them five stars because of their authenticity, great service, great menu selections, budget friendly for both dishes and drinks, great atmosphere, and great experience in tasting different Eurasian dishes. If you are looking for something different, this place is a great place to start and learn about other countries and their foods! I highly recommend.” - Yelp Review 

9. Better Byrd

Bite Into a Better Classic or Gluten-Free Bird 

Try something sweet for brunch or dessert. Image courtesy of Yelp.

4447 4th St N | Hyde Park | betterbyrd.com

Better Byrd is obviously a bit of a pun on the fact that the restaurant serves a bird that is in fact better than the bird that other restaurants happen to be serving. In fact they just so happen to be the baddest MotherCluckers in town and they serve gluten-free fried chicken. And if fried chicken isn’t your flavor of the day, then not to worry. Better Byrd is located inside of On the Fly Food Hall by Ciccio Restaurant Group. This means that you can order from all the different restaurants in one stop. It’s quick, it's casual, and it's fun AF.

“Every meal here has always been absolutely delicious. I love that they use the freshest ingredients in all their menu items as well as offer healthier options.” - Yelp Review

10. Irish 31

Foodie-Friendly Eats in the Heart of Hyde Park

1611 W Swann Ave | Hyde Park | irish31.com

Don’t think Irish pubs are your thing? Don’t be so sure! This isn’t your grandmother’s Irish pub. The folks at Irish 31 are working hard to give the people of Tampa an updated Irish pub experience that still maintains the classic neighborhood pub feel. Bring your friends, neighbors, family, co-workers… Irish 31 has a relaxed, welcoming environment that is sure to make anyone feel right at home.

Enjoy a creative cocktail or a classic cold one while you’re entertained by live music on the patio or the big game on the big screen if you stop in during a Bolts game. 

As of this writing there are two Irish 31 locations in the Tampa area. This location in Hyde Park is the original location, and it’s been impressing Tampa with its delicious food and drink offerings since 2011. 

“Pleasant atmosphere and excellent service.  I asked for a gluten free meal and the cook fixed a great meal for me.  There was live music on the patio. Great experience.” - Yelp Review 

Grab a GiftYa digital gift card to Irish 31by following the link right HERE and enjoy some of the best restaurants in Hyde Park Tampa you can find!

11. Cask Social Kitchen

Classic American Cuisine with Some Southern Charm

Cask is designed to be the ultimate hangout spot. Image courtesy of Yelp.

208 S Howard Ave | Hyde Park | casksocial.com

Cask Social Kitchen is a great place to come eat, drink, and well, be social. They serve up classic American cuisine with a classic southern twist. Cask also boasts an extensive whiskey menu and plenty of local craft beers and of course handcrafted cocktails.

“Had the best little date night tonight with amazing service. Ben was fun and attentive! Everyone else seemed very happy to be there and it was a nice experience overall. The Carrot Cake French Toast was to die for!” - Yelp Review

12. Ciro’s

Classic Cocktail Bar with Old Favorites + Creative ConcoctionsConcotions

2109 Bayshore Blvd | Hyde Park | CirosTampa.com

Ciros is located at the bottom of the Bayshore Royal Building. In a classic speakeasy fashion it requires a “password” for entry. Ciros is at its heart a classic cocktail bar. Meaning that the menus is beverage-centric, using traditional and historic techniques to mix up cocktails from a bygone era. You can watch their master mixologists at the bar or you can preserve a booth for a private experience. 

“Ciro's is mostly known for their prohibition inspired cocktail menu but the food is also incredible!! Love love love the atmosphere, great for a date night or girls night out.  ” - Yelp Review 

Unfortunately Ciro’s isn’t one of the restaurants in Hyde Park Tampa participating with GiftYa just yet, but check back soon cause they might be any day now.

13. Meat Market Tampa

An Elevated Take on the Classic Steakhouse Experience

1606 W Snow Ave | Hyde Park | meatmarket.net

Meat Market is a more glamorous and sexy take on the traditional concept of the steakhouse. And as such you should dress accordingly as no tank tops, sleeveless shirts, or beachwear is allowed to be seated in the main dining room. However, the upscale nature of the restaurant more than pays off as the food is to die for.

“We were greeted promptly upon our arrive by young and energetic hostesses. We loved the expansive dining room that drew you in and the ambiance was lovely. The couch seating was a little low, but was able to trade seats with my Husband.The service. Wow. Just plain amazing.” - Yelp Review 

You can’t get a digital GiftYa gift card to Meat Market Tampa at the moment but be sure to check back soon as new restaurants and locations in Hyde Park Tampa are added all the time!

There you have it – some of the best restaurants in Tampa's beautiful Hyde Park Village.

From authentic Ukrainian cuisine to speakeasy-style bars in Prohibition-era buildings, we’ve seen it all. But if you haven’t found the perfect spot to grab a bite in Hyde Park quite yet, why not head over to the GiftYa catalog to see what else we have in store? We’re always adding new restaurants, activities, and attractions in Tampa and all over the country, so you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy!

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