Congrats, Grad! You’ve done it, you’ve made it and now, it’s time to eat!

So what have you been craving all morning as you waited for your name to be called? Steak? Traditional Cuban Food? Italian?

No matter what you consider a celebratory meal, you can find it at one of Tampa’s fine dining restaurants.

So spend the afternoon patting yourself on the back, sipping on bougie cocktails and eating a hearty meal. Today is the beginning of your greatest adventures so make it a celebration and stop by one of these local restaurants for a post-graduation meal with your loved ones.

And if your family and friends like to celebrate like mine do, check out this list of Tampa’s best and bougiest cocktail bars for after your dinner!

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Ulele

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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.

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...

Bulla Gastrobar

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930 S Howard Ave , Tampa FL, 33606
Set in the heart of the trendy Soho and Hyde Park neighborhood, Bulla Gastrobar’s newest location is an electrifying addition to Tampa’s vibrant restaurant...

Sacred Pepper

4.9  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (1)
15405 N. Dale Mabry Highway , Tampa FL, 33618
Sacred Pepper is a dining destination in Carrollwood where everything that happens around the table is considered sacred where we celebrate food, flavor,...

On Swann

1501 W Swann Ave , Tampa FL, 33606
A contemporary American cuisine that is thoughtfully sourced and features a seasonal menu with a local flair.

Timpano Italian Chophouse

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1610 W. Swann Ave. , Tampa FL, 33606
Upscale restaurant featuring American steaks with an Italian influence, wines, martinis, and street side patio.

Columbia Restaurant

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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...

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

4.8  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (6)
4400 W Boy Scout Blvd. , Tampa FL, 33607
In search for delicious, expertly prepared seafood and steaks? Look no further than your Eddie V's Prime Seafood Restaurant in Tampa, FL. Located near...

BRIO Tuscan Grille

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2223 N. West Shore Blvd , Tampa FL, 33607
BRIO invites you to gather with friends, family and co-workers and experience the flavors of Tuscany without leaving the country. Bringing the pleasures...

Steelbach

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1902 North Ola Avenue , Tampa FL, 33602
Paying tribute to Southern hospitality, Steelbach is a Southern-inspired kitchen and chophouse that puts farm fresh ingredients at the forefront.

Edison: Food Drink Lab

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...

Charley's Steak House

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4444 West Cypress Street , Tampa FL, 33607
Charley's Steak House Aged Steaks & Market Fresh Fish is truly the Most Award Winning Restaurant in Tampa! Among its many accolades, Charley's has been...

Malio's Prime Steakhouse

4.7  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating (6)
400 N Ashley Dr , Tampa FL, 33602
The original Malio's Steakhouse opened in 1969. Malio Iavarone, whose immigrant parents owned and operated their own restaurant since 1945. Taught Malio...

Capital Grille

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International Plaza & Bay Street 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa FL, 33607
An upscale restaurant and steakhouse featuring mouth watering steaks, an award winning wine list, fresh seafood, chops, and desserts.

Ocean Prime

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2205 N. West Shore Boulevard , Tampa FL, 33607
Located at the International Plaza, Ocean Prime is an upscale steakhouse and seafood restaurant. Enjoy a dining experience that immerses all of your senses...

Haven

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2208 W Morrison Ave , Tampa FL, 33606
It is our daily goal to source the freshest ingredients possible. We seek out items that are raised with care and concern for the land, product, and farmer....

Elevage @ The Epicurean Hotel

5.0  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (3)
1207 South Howard Avenue , Tampa Fl, 33606
Whether you want to call them Epicureans, foodies or gourmands, we're crafting dining experiences that speak to lovers of life's great flavors. Because...

Oystercatchers

3.7  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingHalf Rating1 (1)
6200 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway , Tampa FL, 33607
Enjoy sunsets over Tampa Bay while dining on the water. Upscale casual restaurant offering an array of fresh seafood, live entertainment during sunsets...

Osteria Tampa

903 N Franklin St , Tampa FL, 33602
Osteria Italian Bar & Kitchen’s 4,700 square foot space with a 1,500 square foot outdoor patio embodies a hybrid of a rustic Italian market, a fine dining...

Oak & Ola

1910 N Ola Ave. , Tampa FL, 33602
We are a group of close friends that came together through our love of food, beverage & community. With years of experience as restaurateurs, we decided...

Mise En Place

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442 W Kennedy Blvd , Tampa FL, 33606
Modern American cuisine restaurant with an intimate & fine dining experience located next to the University of Tampa in Downtown Tampa. Catering is available.

Mole Y Abuela

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1202 N Franklin St , Tampa FL, 33602
Mole Y Abuela serves delectable Spanish-inspired dishes paired with a welcoming & energetic atmosphere using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Maggiano's Little Italy

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203 Westshore Plz , Tampa FL, 33609
Upscale Italian Restaurant located in the Westshore Plaza serving a variety of pasta dishes, steak, seafood, chicken & much more. Whether celebrating...

Del Frisco's Grille | Tampa

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4138 W. Boy Scout Blvd. , Tampa FL, 33607
Modern, inviting, stylish and fun, Del Frisco's Grille Tampa takes the classic bar and grill to new heights, drawing inspiration from bold flavors and...