What are your favorite restaurants in Tampa? We hope they're local restaurants that first opened their doors in Tampa Bay to provide locals with a taste of the city!

The flavor of Tampa makes my mouth water. It’s some of the best Cuban sandwiches, gator and bacon hush puppies, and catch of the day grouper sandwiches for many locals and Tampa natives. Over the past 20 years, the flavor of Tampa has transformed into something much more than just the Tampa classics. Many believe that the flavor of Tampa is a Cuban or grouper sandwich, but Tampa foodies know that it’s much more! We now have brands of all kinds that originated in the Bay like Ulele, #DatzforFoodies, and the Edison Food and Drink Lab.

Each of the local restaurants below has helped in shaping the flavor of Tampa. Before you consider yourself a local, make sure you can cross these 20 restaurants off your list and help others discover the flavor of Tampa!

Columbia Restaurant

4.4  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (8)
2117 E 7th Ave. , Tampa FL, 33605
Authentic Cuban and Latin dining in the heart of Ybor City. Located on 7th Ave, the Columbia Restaurant has grown to become one of Tampa's world class...

Datz

4.5  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (11)
2616 S. MacDill Ave , Tampa FL, 33629
Datz makes food that is delicious, approachable, and fun. Our focus is always on quality and we make it a point to serve our guests something different....

Bern's Steak House

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1208 South Howard Ave , Tampa FL, 33606
Bern's maintains the very freshest ingredients, the world's largest wine collection, and provides the most guest-centric service and hospitality you will...

Ulele

4.6  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (7)
1810 North Highland Avenue , Tampa FL, 33602
The newest restaurant from the Columbia Restaurant Group, Ulele features native-inspired foods and spirits. On the river in historic Tampa Heights.

Edison: Food Drink Lab

4.0  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating1 (1)
912 W. Kennedy Blvd. , Tampa FL, 33606
The latest venture of famed Tampa chef Jeannie Pierola, Edison: Food + Drink Lab is a whimsically unique Hyde Park restaurant offering daily flavor experiments...

Hattricks

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107 S Franklin St. , Tampa FL, 33602
Irish pub and sports bar theme make this bar a great place to watch sports games or just wind down with some food and cold drinks.

Ava

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718 S Howard Ave , Tampa FL, 33606
Traditional. Handmade. Authentic. Just a few words to describe our inspired and imaginative Italian fare. It’s food that takes you home. Ava's menu...

Daily Eats

4.9  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (5)
901 S Howard Ave , Tampa FL, 33606
An American Restaurant highly popular for their unique and delicious menu items combining ingredients like steak, potatoes and eggs in their signature...

Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe

4.7  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (2)
5119 N. Nebraska Ave , Tampa FL, 33603
A Tampa favorite with great food, even soul food on Sundays, live music, beer, wine and more! The atmosphere and staff are unbeatable!

717 South

3.9  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating1 (11)
717 South Howard Ave. , Tampa FL, 33606
Serving authentic Italian dishes from the kitchens of Italy, to exotic seafood from the Pacific Rim. Where culinary excellence meets affordable flavor.

Bella's Italian Cafe

4.6  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (5)
1413 S Howard Ave Ste 100, Tampa FL, 33606
Bella's Italian Cafe is located in Tampa's famous SoHo district. Bella's has been providing South Tampa with authentic Italian cuisine since 1986.

Kojaks House of Ribs

4.6  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (5)
2808 Gandy Blvd. , Tampa FL, 33611
Family owned and operated BBQ restaurant in South Tampa with indoor and outdoor seating.

Bodega

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5901 N Florida Ave , Tampa FL, 33604
A Latin American restaurant in Seminole Heights that serves cuban burgers, sandwiches, plates and salads. Fresh Ingredients, Unique Style, Great Vibes....

La Segunda Bakery

5.0  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (4)
2512 N. 15th Street , Ybor City FL, 33605
La Segunda Bakery is a family run bakery in Ybor City that serves fresh Cuban sandwiches, Cuban bread, bakery sweets, cafe con leche, and much more. They...

Brocato's Sandwich Shop

4.3  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (2)
5021 East Columbus Drive , Tampa FL, 33619
An outdoor cafe that offers the best Deviled Crab Cakes in Tampa and delicious Cubans! Check out the full menu and see why locals RAVE about this place!

Oxford Exchange

4.8  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (4)
420 W. Kennedy Blvd. , Tampa FL, 33602
Tampa's newest destination for fresh eats, tea, coffe, and more. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea and enjoy everything from delicious omeletes...

Pane Rustica

4.5  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (3)
3225 S Macdill Ave , Tampa FL, 33629
Family owned bakery & restaurant serves various types of coffees and hot drinks to accompany the pastries, breads & pizza.

Rick's on the River

4.6  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (4)
2305 N. Willow Ave , Tampa FL, 33607
The ultimate outdoor party experience including 3 bars, outdoor dining, marina, live music everyday, oyster bar, full dining menu and an outdoor party...

Front Porch

4.5  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (1)
5924 N Florida Ave , Tampa FL, 33604
The Front Porch Grill & Bar in North Tampa on Florida Ave offers a unique dining experience. Enjoy an evening on the front porch of this fabulous restaurant...

Yummy House China Bistro

4.6  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (4)
2202 West Waters , Tampa FL, 33604
If you are looking for authentic Chinese food that is reasonably priced, look no further. You will get large portions of excellent Chinese food that is served...