By: Sally Baker

A day at Busch Gardens can get one’s appetite going like no other. Thankfully, there are plenty of places to eat near Busch Gardens making sure hungry patrons don’t have to go far to satisfy the rumble within!

If you are looking for great Italian restaurants near Busch Gardens, try Olive Garden right across the street or Carrabba’s Italian Grill. If chain restaurants aren’t tantalizing your taste buds, check out Antonio’s Pasta Grille featuring award winning pasta dishes and representing family tradition for over 20 years. Broadway Ristorante & Pizzeria is another popular local choice with its late night hours and menu covering everything Italian including subs, calzones, Stromboli and of course some of the best pizza in Tampa.

Maybe after a long day of riding roller coasters at Busch Gardens, it’s Mexican Cuisine that is on your stomach’s mind. Although the very delicious Chipotle and Tijuana Flats are nearby, there are also some choices that you may have never discovered. Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant is an authentic option with many great reviews. Vallarta offers Mexican authenticity from the moment you walk in the doors. Their friendly staff and bright colors surrounding the walls perfectly complement the menu that has been said by many to be the best Mexican food in Tampa. To top off the list, Vallarta has a full bar, beer and of course margaritas! Maybe you want to hit a Mexican restaurant near Busch Gardens that isn’t a chain but also not overly authentic. If the balance between the two is what you prefer, try out Tia’s Tex Mex. This venue is a beautiful and upscale Mexican restaurant that still offers authenticity in their dishes. Locals rave about Tia’s, coming from all over the area to enjoy their popular food, late night entertainment and what is called, Yappy Hour.

There are endless restaurants near Busch Gardens to discover, catering to cuisines across the world. Other restaurants from different cuisines nearby include establishments like Jason’s Deli, Angithi Indian Cuisine, Trang Viet Cuisine, Ichiban Japanese Cuisine, Byblo’s Pitas and Gators Dockside. Try one, try them all, but be sure to let us know what you think by rating and reviewing each one found in our business listings page.