Ah, the old wine and dine. Nothing quite makes a classy night out on the city like a deep glass of red and white and a delectable meal in the right atmosphere. Here are five of our favorite places to wine and dine in Tampa
Grille 54 – Grille 54 is a great destination for a number of things from watching the game with friends to an elegant dinner with some fantastic wine. Enjoy their wide variety of Italian and American inspired fare, and sushi next to a great glass of wine from vintage merlots to sauvignon blancs and more. For a complete wine list check out Grille 54′s wine page.
Bern’s Steakhouse – Bern’s has the largest wine list of any restaurant in the world. Not Tampa, not Florida, the world. This legendary steakhouse boasts an enormous wine celler (which you can tour after your meal) rife with wines from as far back as the 1700′s. Their organic, fresh steaks are also prized as some of the best in the area.
Wine Exchange – If it’s got wine in the name, it’s probably not a bad place to go to wine and dine. This bistro style eatery boasts a wide variety of Italian inspired entrees including artisan pizzas, pastas, and more. Their huge, diverse selections of wine by the glass and bottle is sure to please anyone fond of the red and whites. View their wine list here.
Fleming’s Steakhouse – Fleming’s is known far and wide for their expertly crafted steaks and seafood, but their wine bar definitely doesn’t take a back seat to their culinary creates. Head to Fleming’s and choose from 100 different wines by the glass and bottle. Sip on a wine flight – three 2-ounce samples – to get a varied taste. Check out the Fleming’s wine page for an idea of what they have.
Beaune’s Wine Bar – Beaune’s might be Ybor City’s best kept secret when it comes to a commendable selection of wine paired with a delectable dish. Dine on an assortment of classical French cuisine and choose from a wine list including over 800 selections. Highlighted wines by the glass include a 2007 Bluefish Sweet Riesling, 2005 Verget Granache, 2006 Bouchard Pinot Noir, and many more.
Grillsmith – If you’re looking for a contemporary American meal paired with a solid glass of wine, Grillsmith is the place to be. Their diverse wine list plays host to an assortment of red and white wine by the glass and bottle. From the Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile to the Snoqualmie Riesling from Columbia Valley, your options are anything but limited. Check out the Grillsmith wine list here.
Wood Fired Pizza Wine Bar – Pizza and wine? Who says they can’t go together? These aren’t just any typical pizzas either. Dine on varieties like the Michaelangelo pizza with House Made Fresh Mozzarella, Pepperoni, San Marzano Tomatoes, Caramelized Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, and Organic Herbs and see what they’re all about. The wine list is just as bold and diverse. Their vast selection of fiery reds and luscious whites will satisfy anyone particularly wine-fond. For the complete list visit their wine page.