Wine and Dine in Tampa's Best Restaurants

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There are lots of restaurants to choose from in any city. Just like any city, Tampa has its good, bad and ugly. Here are a few chosen restaurants in the Tampa Bay area that we thought may excite your appetite. Cheers!

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Bern’s Steak House

1208 S Howard Ave Tampa, FL 33606-3197
Reservations: 813 251-2421
Fax: 813 251-5001
Features: Internationally known for its vast collection of wine, perfectly aged steaks and upstairs dessert room, Bern’s Steak House offers guests a world-class, incomparable dining experience. Reservations recommended.

Bernini of Ybor

1702 E Seventh Ave Tampa, FL 33605-3806
Reservations: 813 248-0099
Fax: 813 247-4546
Features: An eclectic eatery—where the cuisine compliments the artistic surroundings, and where the atmosphere and dedicated service have yet to be matched.

Capital Grille (The)

2223 N Westshore Blvd Tampa, FL 33607
Reservations: 813 830-9433
Fax: 813 830-9444
Features: Nationally acclaimed for dry aging steaks on premises, The Capital Grille also serves classic offerings like chops and North Atlantic lobsters. Guests enjoy an award-winning wine list with over 400 selections including prized older vintages. Gracious service and premier private dining are hallmarks.

Big City Tavern

1600 E Eighth Ave Ste C201, Ste. C201 Tampa, FL 33605-3740
Reservations: 813 247-3000
Fax: 813 247-3001
Contact: Brian Cornacchia: [email protected]
Features: Big City Tavern is a busy, vibrant restaurant reminiscent of the great urban taverns of Chicago, New York and Boston. Big City Tavern combines exceptional cuisine and trend setting turn-of-the century retro décor.

Charley’s Steak House & Market Fresh Fish

4444 W Cypress St Tampa, FL 33607-4007
Reservations: 813 353-9706
Fax: 813 353-9510
Features: Voted one of America’s top ten steakhouses, Charley’s has received the Award of Excellence given by Wine Spectator magazine 1995-1998. Our specialties, steak and fresh seafood, are prepared over natural wood fires.

Café Dufrain

707 Harbour Post Drive, Harbour Island Tampa, FL 36602
Reservations: 813 275-9701
Fax: 866 832-0767
Features: Café Dufrain is a waterfront bistro located in downtown Tampa that’s notorious for its unique style, exceptional food & unsurpassed quality. Voted Best of the Bay Winner: “Best Outdoor Dining” (2006 & 2005), “Best Chef” (2006), “Best Wait Staff” (2006) & “Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Restaurant” (2005).

Donatello, Inc.

232 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, FL 33609-1237
Reservations: 813 875-6660
Fax: 813 876-3644
Features: A first class restaurant serving Northern Italian cuisine since 1984. Specialties include osso buco, linguine with fresh crab, oysters gratinee. Wine Spectator, DiRoNa Awards. SLOW Food member. Private Rooms.

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

2117 E Seventh Ave Tampa, FL 33605-3903
Reservations: 813 248-4961
Fax: 813 248-1718
Features: Family-owned for over 100 years, a landmark in Tampa’s historic Ybor City. In addition to award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine & internationally honored wine list, Flamenco dance performances are featured nightly except Sunday. Live jazz Thursday through Saturday. Reservations suggested, lunch & dinner served daily.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

4322 W Boy Scout Blvd Tampa, FL 33607-5717
Reservations: 813 874-9463
Fax: 813 673-8661
Features: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers the best in steakhouse dining — prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders — featuring 100 fine wines by the glass. For a truly memorable evening for larger groups, 2 private dining rooms are available.

Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi

601 S Harbour Island Blvd Ste 100, Ste 100
Tampa, FL 33602-5927
Reservations: 813 277-0112
Fax: 813 277-0114
Features: Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi specialized in downtown entertaining. Offering prime aged steaks and the freshest seafood and sushi available with a breathtaking view of the Tampa skyline; Jackson’s is a must.

Grille 29

615 Channelside Dr Suite 123, Ste. 123 Tampa,
FL 33602-5406
Reservations: 813 221-2929
Fax: 813 221-0529
Features: Offering an exciting menu that emphasizes aged steaks, fresh seafood, delectable desserts and fine wines by the glass. Enjoy dinner and a waterside view while dining inside or on the terrace. Live jazz is featured on Friday and Saturday nights.

Mangroves Seafood Grille

208 S Howard Ave. Tampa, FL 33606
Reservations: 813 258-3302
Fax: 813 250-9802
Features: Mangroves Seafood Grille established in 1996, serves New American Cuisine, specializing in fresh, creative, seafood by combining local and Caribbean flavors with essences from Asia & Europe. We’re located in the heart of the So-Ho district of Hyde Park, five minutes from all downtown hotels.

II Terrazzo

700 S Florida Ave Tampa, FL 33602-5404
Reservations: 813 204-6343
Fax: 813 221-0923
Features: Il Terrazzo is an elegant contemporary restaurant whose menu infuses authentic Northern Italian cuisine with the finest and freshest local ingredients. Located in the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.

Mise En Place

442 W Kennedy Blvd Ste 110, Ste. 110 Tampa,
FL 33606-1464
Reservations: 813 254-5373
Fax: 813 254-3392
Features: Mise en Place is chef-driven, eclectic wine list, and a trendsetter in the Tampa Bay area. Call for reservations.

Palm Restaurant

205 Westshore Plaza Dr. Tampa, FL 33609-1810
Reservations: 813 849-7256
Fax: 813 849-0878
Features: For over 80 years, The Palm has been known as The Classic American Steak House famous for aged USDA prime beef, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, traditional Italian entrees, the freshest of seafood, generous portions, smiles, and good service.


2900 Bayport Dr Tampa, FL 33607-1486
Reservations: 813 207-6815
Fax: 813 207-6819
Features: Oystercatchers, a name that’s synonymous with upscale casual dining and contemporary seafood menus. Offering an array of fresh fish and irresistible seafood with a view of Old Tampa Bay. Located in the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

1700 N Westshore Blvd Tampa, FL 33607-3905
Reservations: 813 282-1118
Fax: 813 281-0982
Features: Experience sizzling satisfaction at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, featuring the finest USDA Prime beef available in the country. Your steak is broiled at 1,800 degrees to your exact order then rushed to your table sizzling. Reservations recommended. Business casual attire. We have three private dining rooms to accommodate groups from 8- 110, whether for dinner or all-day meetings.

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant

4342 W Boy Scout Blvd Tampa, FL 33607-5717
Reservations: 813 873-7697
Fax: 813 870-0447
Features: Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine is made with the finest local ingredients. European sauces, bold Asian spices, with an emphasis on fresh fish and seafood. Our menu features Roy Yamaguchi’s signature dishes as well as culinary creations by our talented, Tampa chefs.


2208 W Morrison Ave Tampa, FL 33606-2436
Reservations: 813 258-2233
Fax: 813 259-9463
Features: SideBern’s offers a sophisticated menu with cutting edge cuisine featuring exotic flavors and ingredients served in a relaxed, urban atmosphere.