South Tampa Dining Guide

A list of great restaurants in South Tampa, Florida. Includes Westshore, Downtown & Davis Islands (West of Channelside Dr. & South of Hillsborough Ave.)


Italian  $$$
2900 Bayport Dr., Tampa
(813) 207-6800
Indoor and outdoor patio seating in a romantic and trendy dining environment. Delicious Northern Italian specialties of pastas, seafood and mouthwatering desserts. Open for dinner; Closed on Sunday.

Bahama Breeze
Caribbean Cuisine  $$
3045 N Rocky Pt. Dr. E, Tampa
(813) 289-7922

Fresh and contemporary dishes with a tropical flair. Serving famous drinks in an upbeat tropical island paradise. Open for lunch and dinner.

Bella’s Italian Café
Italian  $$
1413 S. Howard Ave., Tampa
(813)Â 254-3355

Bella’s have perfected their homemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and delectable desserts since 1986. Street-side patio dining available. Casual yet classy. Open Mon-Fri for lunch; Dinner daily.

Bern’s Steak House
Steakhouse, American Cuisine   $$$$
1208 South Howard Ave., Tampa
(813) 251-2421
A Tampa tradition since 1956. The red velvet walls, ornate gold mirrors and Greek statues comprise the extravagant decor of this world-class steakhouse. Famous for its steaks, extensive collection of wine and Harry Waugh Dessert Room . Reservations are strongly recommended. Open for dinner.

Boca Tampa
Farm to Table  $$
901 W. Platt St., Tampa
(813) 254-7070

Using local, fresh ingredients from area farms, and displays the fresh fruits and veggies in a glass display case located in Hyde Park.  Salads, flatbreads and market specials. Open for lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends.

Byblos Cafe
Mediterranean   $$
2832 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
(813) 805-7977

A restaurant and bar with an unmatched ambiance. A unique South Tampa destination where fresh market flair meets authentic traditional Lebanese Cuisine. Great kabobs, gyros and entertainment on weekends. Open for lunch and dinner.

The Capital Grille
American/Steakhouse   $$$
International Plaza and Bay Street.
2223 North Westshore Blvd., Tampa
(813) 830-9433

Famous for dry aged steaks, chops and fresh seafood in relaxed elegant surroundings. Also features an impressive wine list. Open Mon-Fri for lunch; Dinner daily.

The Cheesecake Factory
American   $$
International Plaza and Bay Street
2223 North Westshore Blvd., Tampa
(813) 353-4200

Serving a grand variety of appetizers, entrees, cheesecakes and more. Offers a delicious brunch with all the fixings. Open for lunch and dinner.

Delicatessen, American   $$
2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
(813) 831-7000

A unique combination featuring great sandwiches, comfort favorites like mac bites, meatloaf, bakery and specialty food mart all under the same roof, with a wine bar and specialty craft cocktails to boot! Sample from an eclectic menu selection in an upbeat, friendly atmosphere. Open Mon-Fri for breakfast; Lunch daily; Mon-Sat for dinner. Brunch on Sunday.

Northern Italian   $$$
232 N. Dale Mabry Ave., Tampa
(813) 875-6660

For a special occasion or intimate and romantic dining experience, Donatello’s provides delicious Northern Italian cuisine combined with impeccable service. The entrees are superb, but save room for their delectable desserts. Open for dinner.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Seafood, Steaks   $$$
4400 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa
(813) 877-7290

Comfortably, sophisticated environment, sparkling atmosphere and sounds of live jazz set the tone. Choose from a robust selection of the finest seafood available, or indulge in prime center cut steaks. Open for dinner.

edison: food & drink lab
American   $$
912 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
(813) 254-7111

An industrial gastropub serves inventive American plates created by Chef Pierola and her talented team. Try the duck tacos or anyone of the daily experiments.  Open for lunch and dinner, closed on Sundays.

Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Steakhouse   $$
4322 W. Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa
(813) 874-9463

A powerful menu of steaks and seafood are complemented by a large variety of wines by the glass. Open for dinner.

Gourmet Pizza Kitchen
American, Pizza   $$
610 S. Armenia Ave., Tampa
(813) 258-1999

Pizza lovers wanted. Experiment with nontraditional veggies, fish, peanuts and more. Try the Cajun Crawfish pizza or the Thai Chicken pizza with a peanut sauce. Open for lunch and dinner.

Hula Bay Club
Seafood/American   $$
5210 W. Tyson Ave., Tampa
(813) 837-4852

Cold libations, signature seafood dishes and heavenly waterfront views. Colorful bar and grill and eclectic menu. Enjoy live music and Sunday pool parties. Open for lunch and dinner.

Il Terrazzo
Italian   $$$
700 S. Florida Ave., Tampa
(813 ) 204-6343

Looking to spend a special night out? The view of the water alone is breathtaking, but the ambiance is what puts this place on top. Open for dinner.

Jackson’s Bistro
Eclectic & International, Sushi   $$
601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa
(813) 277-0112

Popular with business and younger crowds. Patio seating overlooking the water. Open Mon-Sat for lunch; Dinner daily; Sunday brunch.

Maggiano’s Little Italy
Southern Italian   $$
203 Westshore Plaza, Tampa
(813) 288-9000

Reminiscent of the New York City’s pre-World War II Little Italy dinner houses. Maggianos specializes in lavish platters of Southern Italian fare. Open for lunch and dinner.

Malio’s Prime Steakhouse
Steakhouse  $$$
400 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa
(813) 223-7746

Steak reaches a new level. Enjoy a 16-ounce prime rib eye or Gorgonzola salad, with an a la carte menu, the possibilities are endless just don’t forget the cheesecake. Open Mon-Fri for lunch; Dinner daily. Closed Sun.

Mise en Place
Modern American   $$$
442 W Kennedy, Tampa
(813) 254-5373

Simple décor sets the scene for a decadent and eclectic selection. Features a creative menu of regional specialties prepared with an artistic flair. Popular power scene for the business crowds. Open Tues-Fri for lunch; Dinner daily. Closed Sun and Monday.

Mitchell’s Fish Market
Seafood   $$
204 Westshore Plaza, Tampa
(813) 289-3663

Freshness is the staple at Mitchell’s with fish flown in daily from the coasts. Only the best is selected for preparation. The menu is printed twice daily with an assortment of over 80 dishes. Open for lunch and dinner.

Ocean Prime
Seafood/Steakhouse   $$$
2205 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa
(813) 490-5288

Enjoy the highest quality steak and seafood with the highest quality of service. Try the Chilean Sea Bass in a champagne truffle sauce, paired with one of 50 wines available by the glass.

Oxford Exchange
American   $$
420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
(813) 253-0222

American cafe serving breakfast, lunch & tea in a bright, soaring conservatory filled with plants in a restored 1915 building. Open daily.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Chinese   $$$
219 Westshore Plaza, Tampa
(813) 289-8400

Dine in an elegant atmosphere that serves fresh Chinese. Open for lunch and dinner.

Pane Rustica
Bakery & Cafe   $$
3225 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
(813) 902-8828

Stop by in the morning to enjoy the aroma of freshly baked bread, croissants, cookies and pastries. For lunch, create a sandwich with one of the freshly baked breads for a delicious meal of texture and taste. Breads are baked in a stone oven. Bakery opens at 8am daily. Open Tues-Sun for lunch; Wed-Sat for dinner. Closed Monday.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Steakhouse  $$$
1700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa
(813) 282-1118

A fabulous meal with a touch of class, this fine dining steak house specializes in prime aged beef along with large portions of vegetables, desserts and excellent wines. Open for dinner.

The Sail Pavilion
American  $$
333 S. Franklin St., Tampa
(813) 274-7778

The Sail Plaza is the premier downtown destination for both locals and tourists. Just minutes from Amalie Arena, as well as the Channelside District, THE SAIL Pavilion features The Sail & Big Ray’s Fish Camp has become a favorite location to meet and watch beautiful sunsets before attending other events in the downtown area. Open for lunch and dinner.

717 South
Italian/Pacific Rim  $$
717 South Howard Ave., Tampa
(813) 250-1661

A dining concept offering the freshest local ingredients with hormone-free chicken cooked on the wood-fired grill, pastas, and fish and sea inspirations.  There is a large selection of creative appetizers and main courses. Open Mon-Fri for lunch; Dinner daily.

Shula’s Steak House
Steakhouse  $$$
4860 West Kennedy Blvd. Tampa
(813) 286-4366

Proudly serving only custom center cuts – The Shula Cut is a cut above prime. Located inside the Inter-Continental Hotel. Private dining rooms also available. Open Mon-Fri for lunch; Dinner daily.

Timpano Italian Chop House
Italian  $$
1610 W. Swann Ave., Tampa
(813) 254-5870

Timpano is a Sinatra-saturated salute to the 1950s restaurants of New York and Chicago. The menu features big flavor steaks, chops, pasta and many selections of robust red wines. Open for lunch and dinner.

Wine Exchange Bistro and Wine Bar
Continental  $$
1609 W. Snow Ave., Tampa
(813) 254-9463

The Euro-style café in the center of Hyde Park olds true to the name offering a grand variety of wines. Go light with a salad or choose from delicious pasta dishes. Outdoor dining available. Open for lunch and dinner.






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