With its beautiful bay-side attractions, breathtaking sunsets, and dynamic food options, Tampa alone is worth celebrating.

At times, however, certain events call for that "extra special" venue of celebration.

This begs the question: "What are some of Tampa's best upscale dining experiences?"

We've done our research and put together our list of Tampa's most delectable and invigorating restaurants below:

Ocean Prime

Located at International Plaza and Bay Street, Ocean Prime is an upscale steakhouse and seafood restaurant that just celebrated 15 years as a local favorite and Tampa gem. Enjoy a dining experience that immerses your senses in a classy and intimate atmosphere. 

The complex and contemporary menu at Ocean Prime includes hand-rolled sushi, quality steaks, lavish seafood presentations, luscious side dishes, and desserts that are created in-house. Their culinary team meticulously creates every dish from scratch, emphasizing premium ingredients. Classics serve as the inspiration for Ocean Prime's inventive cocktail menu. Their bartenders approach cocktails thoughtfully, utilizing the best spirits, freshly squeezed juices, and unusual aperitifs, much like their chefs do with food. As they raise a glass to their famous smoking Berries & Bubbles or Fiery Pineapple Picante, guests make enduring memories.

Bern's Steak House

Bern's Steak House is the quintessential Tampa upscale dining experience. With its formal, classically European-style aura, Bern's maintains the very freshest ingredients and the world's largest wine collection as well as the most guest-centric service and hospitality you'll ever encounter.

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Seasons 52

Seasons 52 is a great choice for seasonally crafted dishes and delicious sides like caramelized brussel sprouts. You can also enjoy a full bar with hand-selected wines from their sommelier. Seasons 52 specializes in oak-fire grilling and brick oven roasting cooking techniques to create dishes that are naturally lighter in calories – all menu items are 595 calories or less and they don’t have a single fryer in the kitchen.

Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse Tampa

Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steak House is an authentic Southern Brazilian-style churrascaria. Offering fire-roasted beef, lamb, pork, chicken and seafood served table-side by gaucho chefs, Terra Gaucha combines high-quality, simple, fresh ingredients into a wonderfully delectable meal.

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The Hall on Franklin

The Hall has reinvented the dining experience. Seven of the top local culinary experts collaborate under one roof, working to deliver the most unique dining experience possible.

Be sure to tour The Hall space with a cocktail in hand and engage local culinary chefs or enjoy sit-down service from knowledgeable and attentive staff. Create your own experience of food and beverage in this collective atmosphere where "we are all better together."

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Watervue Grille

Watervue Grille focuses on fresh Florida seafood in a waterfront setting with the city’s best views of Downtown Tampa. The newly renovated space has been designed to provide an inviting coastal feel with accordion patio doors and oversized, picturesque windows that provide an open, relaxed dining experience.

Mise En Place

Mise en Place is Tampa's premier restaurant for modern American cuisine, an exciting and dynamic fare with flavors reflecting the chef's insatiable love of food as well as the region and global community on the West Coast of Florida.

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Eddie V’s features the finest food on America’s Gulf Coast.

Fresh, top-quality, and best cuts are showcased here with starters such as gulf oysters on a half shell and an all-lump crab cake, leading to entrées such as Seared Hawaiian Mahi-Mahi, sautéed Lemon Sole with Lump Crab, Swordfish Steak “Au Poivre,” and Broiled Georges Bank Scallops.

Also, a variety of USDA Prime steaks and chops are available. Side dishes such as Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin, Creamed Spinach Almondine, Steamed Asparagus with Hollandaise, and Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame and Garlic are a must-try.


Ulele is the proud creation of the renowned Columbia Restaurant Group. With native-inspired foods and spirits, Ulele is open for lunch and dinner in the lovingly re-imagined 1903 Tampa Heights Water Works building.

Be sure to enjoy their wide variety of appetizing entrees and hand-crafted drinks.

With so many flavorful options, what are you waiting for? Get out, celebrate life, and enjoy some of the best upscale dining experiences that Tampa has to offer!

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