These Michelin Star Restaurants In Tampa Have Our Badge Of Honor!

September 12, 2022
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jason wolfe
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Michelin Star-ed restaurants are awarded for outstanding cooking, from the ingredients, to the flavors, techniques, and the overall history of the restaurant and how it handles all of these things throughout the years. Basically, if a restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Star, it’s a darn good restaurant with some absolutely amazing food. 

And now that you know what it takes to have a Michelin Star, you might be excited to know where to find Michelin Star restaurants in Tampa, (your city of choice for this occasion). This list is curated to feed you the very best of foods judged by the very best of critics, so you’re sure not to have a bad meal or a bad time!

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Rooster & the Till

Locally sourced New American foods in a modern-chic space!

Stylish foods that taste even better? Sign us up! Image courtesy of the Rooster & the Till Instagram page.

6500 N Florida Ave | Tampa | roosterandthetill.com 

In 2013 with just a few induction burners, 37 seats, and a hope for more someday, Rooster & the Till was created, and now just over 9 years later this restaurant has won awards, has 72 seats, and an ever changing menu with new foods for adventurous eaters! Winning the 2022 Michelin Bib Gourmand Award, Rooster & the Till certainly deserves all the praise it’s getting, they have a very knowledgeable team behind them, from the chefs to the managers, making sure you have an overall excellent experience at their establishment. 

Now, Rooster & the Till has a relatively simple menus, they specialize in small plates that are packed to the punch with so much flavor, you’ll want to order 3 other dishes! On their dinner menu they have things like Smoked Beets, Scallop Crudo, Not Pork Dumplings, Prime 16 OZ NY Strip, and Crispy Chicken Thighs.

Rooster & the Till also has their very own dessert menu and there’s tasty sweet goodies like Sugared Cream Puffs, Mochi Donut Holes, Coffee’s and Night Caps! They also have an entire drink menu filled with creatively crafted cocktails, wines, bottles, and more! 

“I took myself to dinner at Rooster & the Till! It was absolutely delicious! I sat at the kitchen bar and was in complete aw as I watched the chefs prepare each meal with such care! The food is so unique and delicious!! I can't wait go back!!” -Yelp Review

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Bern's Steak House

Dry aged steaks and wines to pair, with quirky wallpaper and a fun time ahead, all at Bern’s!

These comments don’t lie, this food is something to be seen! Image courtesy of the Bern’s Steak House Instagram page.

1208 S Howard Ave | Tampa | bernssteakhouse.com 

Beginning our story in 1923 with Bern Laxer who, after seeing his aunt work so tirelessly maintaining her own Chinese restaurant for almost 40 years, he made a promise to never work in the restaurant business. But just a little while later, what started as an ice cream parlor eventually became a restaurant, and through trials and tribulations, Bern’s Steak House was eventually born. Bern’s Steak House specializes in well, steaks! Specifically perfectly aged prime steaks cut to perfection and a collection of wines!

On their dinner menu you can expect a number of dishes including but not limited to their Six Oysters on the Half Shell, Tuna Sashimi, a number of Caviars that’s truly impressive to behold, Classic Steak Tartare, Stuffed Maine Lobster, and a selection of cheeses, soups, and salads. They have Filet Mignon, Chateaubriand, Strip Steaks, Porterhouse, T-Bone, and specialty cuts are all available for those steak lovers out there!

“Firstly let's talk about the service, it was excellent the waiter was awesome, he was able to recommend great choices for Someone who is visiting for the first time. The food was delicious and well cooked.” -Yelp Review

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Cena

White table cloths, classy design, and an elevated experience all while dining on Italian foods!

Pizza. Pizza with toppings. Pizza with a good crust. PIZZA! Image courtesy of the Cena Instagram page.

1208 E Kennedy Blvd | Tampa | cenatampa.com 

Welcome to Cena! Where traditional dishes are mixed with great ingredients served by attentive service that’s ready to make your dining experience one to remember! Modern and fashionable, Cena serves fresh Italian food in a comfortable space for a night out with friends, family, and/or your loved one! 

Chef Michael Buttacavoli grew up surrounded by and learning about authentic Italian cooking, and he has brought his talents to the award-winning Cena! And since this spot has made sure to continue to bring the very best Italian delights to you, it’s no surprise they have a spot on our list.

On Cena’s dinner menu you can expect dishes like Meats & Cheese, Cena House Salad, Wagyu Braised Short Rib, Rustic Bolognese, Lemon Spaghetti (Calabrian chiles, aglio & olio, lemon, and breadcrumbs), Red Snapper Fillet, and full bread service! While their pizza menu has Margarita, Sesame Garlic Pepperoni, Chicken Pesto Mozzarella, and more! 

Cena may have a “smaller” selection of foods to choose from, but don’t let that sway you as everything they have is worth two dishes!

“We came here for my boyfriend's birthday and they were beyond accommodating. The food was absolutely delicious, the drinks were made perfectly and the service was absolutely outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant!!!” -Yelp Review

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Edison: Food+Drink Lab

It’s in the name! Creatively crafted foods invented by talented chefs served in this award winning spot!

Fresh food served all together on the plate is what makes Cena combos great! Image courtesy of the edison: food+drink lab Instagram page.

912 W Kennedy Blvd | Tampa | edison-tampa.com 

Edison: Food+Drink Lab is probably one of the coolest names for a restaurant, and it also describes the vibe very well. This restaurant is all about experimentation with food and creating new dishes that will ‘wow’ patrons with their creations. 

Featured in many different articles and awarded by critics, Edison: Food+Drink Lab is led by powerhouse chef Pierola who leads the team as they creatively mix flavors and ingredients in ways that aren’t too familiar to the average eater. And from their website their goal is to create “new interpretations of everyday food expertly engineered into current, modern cuisine.” 

Now Edison: Food+Drink Lab, just their entire restaurant, has a unique way of displaying their menus, as it is ever-changing to keep up with the creative minds in the kitchen. They make sure to keep their menus up to date too! So currently they have a tasting menu, mixology menu, dinner, wine, beer, dessert, and watercooler menu all ready to go! Right now you can expect dishes like:

Plenty more to check out on their website so you are updated on what’s new with their menu!

“Unique spot. Didn't have a rez, so I sat at the bar. Tremendous food. I had the potato-crusted oysters and seared scallop + pork belly peanut jam. Great flavors. Kind and attentive staff. Highly recommended!” -Yelp Review

Although this restaurant doesn’t have a GiftYa gift card opportunity yet, check back soon, as new places are being added to the GiftYa website frequently!

Oak & Ola

Cool restaurant with a roof terrace, live music, and some darn good food!

Full of flavor, full of color, and full of delight! Image courtesy of the Oak & Ola Instagram page.

1910 N Ola Ave | Tampa | oakandola.com 

A group of close friends that have a lot of experience in the restaurant business and a love of food, drinks, and community came together to create a local Euro-American restaurant called Oak & Ola. With locally sourced ingredients and a seasonally changing menu, Oak & Ola have built a place where all can go, grab unique foods built by people who truly love the craft and have a good time with their loved ones. 

Their motto is “innovating for a curious palate” and their menu certainly reflects that! Their brunch menu has Zucchini Bread, Three Egg Omelet, Bacon Nuggets, Pecan-Cherry Chicken Salad, and O&O Burger and Fries! The lunch menu has Oven-Roasted European Olives, European Cheese Board, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and Steak Frites. And the dinner menu has a lot of crossover with the lunch menu, along with a few additions like the NY Strip, Pork Chop, and Fire Roasted Cauliflower! 

“Best restaurant in tampa, hands down. Been many times over the last two years and service always impeccable and food outstanding. Shared many dishes, amazing cocktails, great wine list- highly recommend. I take all guests when in town here.” -Yelp Review

Although this restaurant doesn’t have a GiftYa gift card opportunity yet, check back soon, as new places are being added to the GiftYa website frequently!

If you’re looking for truly good food, then these Michelin Star restaurants in Tampa are here to bring you exactly that. Whether you’re in for something new and inventive or classic, all of these establishments have what you need. Of course since it’s Tampa, you’re sure to find more Michelin Star places that fit the bill, so make sure to explore this beautiful city and find a new place to dine!

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