Engagement season is upon us. Are you thinking of popping the question but looking for the perfect place? No matter who you are, where you live, or how long you two have been together, getting engaged is a major step and you want everything to be perfect! So, if you're looking to get engaged in Tampa, here are seven restaurants that will make getting down on that knee a lot easier than you thought.
When it comes to innovative culinary concepts and fine dining, Mise en Place is the place to go. Located in Downtown Tampa, Mise en Place is frequented by everyone who's anyone. Known for the best lobster mac n' cheese in town, Mise en Place has an outstanding menu. Order a bottle from their extensive wine list and try some of their delicious entrees. Your date will become your fiancee in no time! Afterward, you can both take a romantic walk around the University of Tampa campus right across the street.
Located in the heart of Tampa's Palma Ceia neighborhood, Osteria Natalina is an authentic Italian spot that is both romantic and inviting. It's family owned so you and your significant other will truly feel like family. Order from one of the many Italian dishes on the menu, or have the chef whip up an authentic Italian dish of your choosing. They also specialize in homemade lasagna, which is a must-try if you can't decide what to order. After you pop the question, walk to Pane Rustica and have a celebratory craft cocktail.
Tampa's Riverwalk is a local treasure, and so is Ulele. Located right on the Riverwalk in the Heights District, it provides a unique and tranquil place to ask your special someone to take the next step in your relationship. There's ample green space for walking and getting down on one knee and plenty on the menu to keep things interesting. Order some delicious farm-to-table entrees and finish off your meal with some locally brewed Wedding Beer to toast your upcoming nuptials.
When it comes to five-star cuisine, amazing service and breathtaking views of the bay, Armani's is the clear winner. Located on top of the Grand Hyatt Hotel overlooking the bay, Armani's has views that don't disappoint. Get there early, order their famous Lemon Drop Martini (crafted with homemade lemoncello) and watch the sunset on the outdoor terrace. It's the perfect place to say you want to spend forever with that special someone.
Sitting in between Historic Hyde Park and trendy SoHo, Elevage is the perfect place to ask your boyfriend or girlfriend to marry you. Established in 2013 as the signature restaurant of the Epicurean Hotel, Executive Chef Chad Johnson creates a timeless yet trendy vibe. The shrimp and grits are some of the best in town so make sure to order a plate to share. It's right across the way from Bern's Steak House, so visit the famous Dessert Room before you call it a night and make the announcement Instagram official.
Sitting right on the Riverwalk in Tampa's famous Beercan Building, Malio's is an old-school Tampa steakhouse with a new-school vibe. Order their famous ribeye steak and a bottle of Italian red and you'll be loosened up and ready to propose by dessert. Afterward, you all can stroll the Riverwalk and take oh-so-cute post-engagement photos to share with your family and friends.
Deep in the heart of Tampa's Historic Hyde Park Village is On Swann. This trendy hot spot is the latest creation from Chef Chris Ponte, who studied culinary arts at the famed Cordon Bleu in Paris. The menu is diverse and offers seasonal choices with local flair. After you get engaged, stroll the village and duck into The Wine Exchange and split a celebratory bottle of their signature sparkling wine known as Black Bubbles.
Putting a ring on it is hard work. These culinary hot-spots will make getting engaged in Tampa a fun and engaging experience! When you're ready to start planning, read up on wedding and event venues in Tampa. Plenty of choices here too!
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