Top 8 Cool Restaurants in Tampa, Florida

November 1, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
Yelp

The city of Tampa, located on an inlet on the west coast of Florida, has many sights to see and beautiful beaches you can visit. While you’re there, you’ll want to know all of the trendy restaurants so you can be sure to visit them while you’re in Tampa!

Luckily for you, all of the popular restaurants on this list also happen to be supported by GiftYa, a virtual gift card company that allows you to send a friend or family member money for a participating restaurant or other location via an app! The recipient can set the balance up with an existing card so they don’t have to remember anything extra.

Next time you’re in Tampa, consider visiting one of these restaurants! And, if you know someone who will be in the area, consider buying them a GiftYa!

Datz

You can dine-in or takeout for any meal, or order catering!

The sandwiches at Datz are good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Image courtesy of Instagram.

2616 S MacDill Ave | Tampa | datztampa.com 

With locations in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Riverview, Datz is open for all three meals every day of the week. They offer online catering for events, and you can order right on the website.

On the brunch menu are eggs, handhelds, burgers, shareable plates, and more. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner options can all be found on the daily menu, and Datz offers a separate menu for draft beers, bottles, and wine.

Hours are from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays, 8:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.  

“This place is perfect for so many different occasions... breakfast, lunch or dinner with family, spouse, friends or even a date! I really enjoyed the atmosphere, you can't tell from the outside what to expect but it's pretty rustic and great service!” - Yelp Review

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Ulele

A “vibrant fusion” of ingredients on Tampa’s Riverwalk.

The plates look just as delicious as they taste at Ulele. Image courtesy of Instagram.

1810 N Highland Ave | Tampa | ulele.com

Named after a Native American princess, Ulele has classic Florida seafood flavors with a beautiful presentation to match. You can make reservations online for Ulele and stop there while on your way down Tampa’s Riverwalk. 

Ulele’s varied menu has both lunch and dinner options, many cooked on their 10 inch barbacoa grill. With appetizers, sandwiches, sides, salads, desserts, and three kinds of entrees— water, land, and plant-based.

Ulele is open from from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays 

“Wow. Just wow. Where to begin. This spot is one of my favorites at the moment. There were so many good options on the menu I didn't even know where to choose.” - Yelp Review

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Columbia Restaurant

A large Spanish restaurant with a lot of history in Tampa

There’s plenty of seating space for large and small parties alike at Columbia Restaurant. Image courtesy of Instagram.

2117 E 7th Ave | Tampa | columbiarestaurant.com 

Columbia Restaurant is Florida’s oldest restaurant in history, as it was first founded in 1905 by Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., a Cuban immigrant. It’s also the largest Spanish restaurant in the world, and there are other locations now, but the first opened in Tampa’s Ybor City.

Columbia Restaurant serves both lunch and dinner, with a selection of salads, tapas, soups, entrees, desserts, and an extensive drink menu that includes cocktails, wine, and sangria. They also offer catering!

Hours are from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

“What a gem! Columbia Restaurant is a must-go if you're in Tampa. The outside is adorned in these beautifully painted tiles that construct murals and intricate designs. The inside is just as beautiful.” - Yelp Review

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Bern’s Steak House

Fine dining in Tampa since 1956

The steaks aren’t the only thing you won’t want to miss at this restaurant— the dessert is delicious, too! Image courtesy of Instagram.

1208 S Howard Ave | Tampa | bernssteakhouse.com 

Bern’s Steak House has been open since 1956, bringing steaks aged to perfection paired with world-famous dessert and an extensive wine collection. Even the vegetables served on the side are grown in their own farm.

Appetizers, cheese, caviar, soups, salads, steaks, other entrees, sides, and of course, dessert— this restaurant has everything you could want for your fine dining experience.

Bern’s Steak House is open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

“I have never had a full beginning to end dining experience like what I had at Berns. My boyfriend and I went to celebrate our 2nd anniversary and it was everything and more I could have imagined.” - Yelp Review

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Ocean Prime

Not just seafood on the menu!

If it’s fresh fish you want, Ocean Prime is just the place to get it in Tampa— as well as many other cities across the country! Image courtesy of Instagram.

2205 N Westshore Blvd | Tampa | ocean-prime.com

Ocean Prime has locations all over the United States, all of which are unique with a great atmosphere to add to your dining experience. The seafood, steaks, wine, and hospitality do a pretty good job of that already, though!

On the menu at Ocean Prime, you’ll find lunch, dinner, dessert, wine, cocktails, and beer. You’re spoiled for choice with sushi, soups, salads, seafood, steaks, and more, plus you can always find the perfect beverage to go with it.

Hours at Ocean Prime are from noon until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays.

“Great dining experience.  Went to dinner last night with family in Tampa. The restaurant is beautiful inside and they have a few dining table options with reservation(s) which I highly recommend even on a weeknight.  Bar tables can be reserved as well as outside dining.” - Yelp Review

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Edison Food + Drink Lab

Popular restaurant in Tampa with a modern feel and a great atmosphere.

Whether you want to dine-in or grab a drink at the bar, you won’t be disappointed  Image courtesy of Instagram.

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

Edison Food & Drink Lab has placed in both the Top 100 and Top 50 restaurants in Tampa by the Tampa Bay Times— #5 for the former in 2018 and #1 for the latter in 2016. Both the flavors and decoration here are very creative, with a great atmosphere and great food!

There’s bites, starters, soups, salads, and of course main dishes and dessert. If you’d rather skip the meal and go straight to the bar, however, the wine, cocktails, and beers served at Edison Food & Drink lab are all just as popular.

Edison Food & Drink Lab is open for dinner from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. every day of the week.

“What a wonderful experience we had here. It's perfect for a date night. While not super intimate (you can hear people's conversations around you), the lighting is dim for the perfect mood. Edison lights - who would have imagined.” - Yelp Review

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Bahama Breeze

An island atmosphere and tropical flavors!

The menu at Bahama Breeze has countless options, and you can order right online. Image courtesy of Instagram.

3045 N Rocky Point Dr E | Tampa | bahamabreeze.com

If you want to feel like you’re enjoying an island getaway in Tampa Bay, this is definitely the place to go. The Caribbean-inspired food and tropical cocktails will not disappoint, and neither will the sheer number of choices you have on the menu!

There’s outdoor deck seating and patio seating available, as well as valet parking. Bahama Breeze serves gluten sensitive and vegetarian options, plus a range of non-alcoholic beverages.

This restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until midnight on Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

“The service once we sat down was excellent!  The drinks were amazing. We were happy then. But when the food got there we were super happy!  The food was hot and [had] amazing latin flavors.  We were pleasantly surprised with everything.” - Yelp Review

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Seasons 52

Seasonal menus and flavors in cities across the country.

Since the menu changes depending on the time of year, you’ll have to visit Seasons 52 more than once. Image courtesy of Instagram.

204 Westshore Plaza | Tampa | seasons52.com

Seasons 52 has locations all over Florida, as well as in many other states, however the one in Tampa is still worth a visit. You can order or reserve a table online for your convenience. Whether you want a delicious meal or a glass of wine, this is the place to go.

The menus change seasonally, which is what gives this restaurant its name, but the oak-fire grill and brick-oven roast are in use year round to give you the flavors you want!

Hours are from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays.

“Do yourself a favor and sit at the bar, order a drink and be taken back to a time when people gave a shit about their jobs and loved to make sure you're happy.” - Yelp Review

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If you happen to be in the Tampa area, are making plans to travel there, or know someone who might have a chance to visit one of these amazing restaurants, then you should consider GiftYa! Every venue on this list is supported, and each one will give you a delicious dining experience.

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