It’s coming close to the New Year and the final countdown towards 2018 is coming, so scouting for best casual dining spots for New Year’s Eve in Tampa is a great idea. Maybe you need a place for everyone to gather before the big night. Or you could just be looking to do something quiet with your closest friends to reminisce about the past 365 and get ready to ring in the new year. Check out one of these places below to make sure the year ends with great food, drinks, and friends!

Stonewood Grill and Tavern

In Tampa Palms, Stonewood Grill & Tavern on Palm Pointe is a place where all are welcome for New Year’s Eve. This restaurant serves patrons either “tavern-side” or “grille-side” where they can sit in a more casual spot next to TVs or down in a more formal setting for New Year’s Eve dinner! Try the bruschetta made with vine ripe tomatoes, basil, aged parmesan, and grilled garlic bread. Come for a bowl of the clam chowder or casual comfort meals like chicken pot pie. Stonewood also serves high-quality steaks, chops, and prime ribs.

Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

Go to Doc B's Fresh Kitchen at International Plaza and Bay Street for some casual and fresh dining on New Year's Eve! Start your night right with the grilled California artichoke appetizer, and make your way to one of their delicious burgers, sandwiches or entrees. Face the Dragon Burger which has Monterey Jack cheese, a refreshing giardiniera slaw, crispy fried leeks with a habanero-honey BBQ sauce for a filling meal, or their Tennesee hot chicken that has a side of coleslaw to ease the spiciness of the habanero-honey glaze. More light fare includes the #1 Tuna Salad which has seared ahi tuna, mango, and avocado with a zesty ginger dressing and The Plate with heirloom tomatoes, sauteed broccoli, fresh kale slaw, and a grilled artichoke and cucumber salad to accompany. Doc B's also has a bar serving wine, cocktails, beer, and some bubbly options like prosecco and sparkling rosé!

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Ulele

Ulele by the Hillsborough River waterfront near Tampa Heights and Downtown is an open yet rustic restaurant that serves Florida-inspired cuisine. Sitting inside or outside on the terrace of their lofty location will bring beautiful views for New Year’s Eve dinner by the waterside. Ulele has a brewery on premises that serves their own creations on tap. Kick off dinner with the crispy alligator hush puppies. Enjoy a creamy seafood Risotto mixed with shrimp, scallops, and more. For dessert try the Fortune Taylor’s Guava Pie that has a buttery shortbread cookie crust.

Goody Goody Burgers

On Swann next to Hyde Park Village, Goody Goody is open for casual diner-style meals for New Year's Eve. Pick a booth or table to reminisce about the year with your friends over a side of fries and their classic burger-- the Original Goody Goody Burger "POX," which stands for pickles, onions, and a secret sauce! Share a milkshake or have a Coca-Cola or root beer float to treat yourself before the year ends, or try a slice of one of their freshly made pies. Goody Goody is here to help you remember the good times of the year by bringing you back to a simpler time in Tampa's past.

Datz

Datz on MacDill in South Tampa is a comfortable and casual place to enjoy a New Year’s Eve dinner. Datz’s menu is a newspaper that makes you feel like you’re at home in this indie-industrial restaurant. Have a bite of the Kentucky Colonel, a bowl with garlic mascarpone with bacon confetti corn, cheese, crispy chicken, and creamy chicken gravy. Hot Dogs such as the MacDill Dog are served in a hoagie roll, and will fill your belly before the clock strikes midnight. And finish 2017 with funnel fries, topped with powdered sugar and caramel dipping sauce!

Kona Grill

Kona Grill on Boy Scout near International Plaza is a contemporary American restaurant that aims to please with a diverse menu, but is known for their sushi. Their chicken and shrimp lettuce wraps as an appetizer can lead into the hearty Jambalaya made with crawfish, chicken, and spicy andouille sausage. Also the pulled pork sliders made with braised kalua pork with BBQ sauce, Asian slaw, on a brioche bun and will be a great meal to top off the year.

Besito Mexican Restaurant

Besito Mexican in Westshore has a long list of delicious Mexican fare for a casual New Year’s Eve dinner. Come for the classic guacamole made for the table, and ceviche served fresh daily with a side of plantains and chips. Street tacos such as carne asada, fresh pico de gallo, salsa, and queso fresco are also favorites. Besito’s salmon manchamanteles is a filling stew made with roasted salmon, crispy bananas, pineapple pico de gallo, and mole sauce which will give Mexican flair to your Vispera de Año Nuevo!

World of Beer

Spread cheer by clinking your glasses at World of Beer for New Year's Eve dinner! Bring your friends to celebrate the final hours of the year at one of World of Beer's many locations including World of Beer SoHo, World of Beer Fowler, World of Beer Brandon, and World of Beer Avion Park I-Plaza! Order an appetizer for your friends at the table such as the Tavern Taters which are topped with creamy beer cheese, crispy bacon bits, chopped up scallions, sour cream, and spicy jalapenos. The Mac & Cheese Bites will be a delicious addition to order because of the crispy outside and creamy and gooey inside of the Mac & Cheese Bite. Of course, don't forget to order a pint from their extensive beer menu or a specialty cocktail to truly ring in the new year!

Bahama Breeze

Bahama Breeze on the waterfront of Rocky Point is a beautiful location for New Year’s Eve dinner that will give island vibes. The crispy coconut shrimp can lead into a seafood paella filled with sautéed scallops, shrimp, fish, mussels, chicken, and chorizo! The curry goat bowl is a traditional Caribbean curry made with potatoes, onions, carrots, and slow-cooked goat over white rice. Eat between the palm trees of Bahama Breeze for New Year’s Eve, and don't forget about the many tropical drinks available!

May the year finish with cheer and the New Year in Tampa start with joy! Enjoy these casual dining restaurants in Tampa to celebrate New Year in comfort and flavor!

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