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Have you ever wanted to go out with friends, but did not know the top 10 restaurants Tampa offers?  Maybe you want to try something new, but you are not sure what to try?  The Tampa Bay Area is peppered with trendy, tasty and terrific places to eat – here are my favorites all on one list.

Top 10 Restaurants Tampa:

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Maggiano’s is authentic homemade Italian food.  Miss your Nonna’s cooking?  Miss hearing the dishes clink while your big Italian family eats and laughs?  Visit Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant and you will feel right at home.  At Maggiano’s one can order ala carte or family style.  Servings are large, even with ala carte, and the dessert, well, the dessert is bellissimo!  Lasagna, salad, and lemon cookies?  Yes, please.  Manga!!

203 Westshore Plz, Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 288-9000

Cassis American Brasserie

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Cassis is the i ching of all bistros.  The food is good – there is no other way to put it.  The casually chic French atmosphere, the amazing drinks and good food come together perfectly at Cassis.  It is a Tampa Bay staple restaurant, that being said, you have not visited Tampa Bay until you have been to Cassis.  Cassis serves breakfast, lunch and dinner  – as well as everything in between.  Taking a walk downtown with your pooch and need to stop for a quick bite to eat?  Cassis has a dog menu, a french dog menu. (St. Pete loves dogs).  J’aime Cassis.

170 Beach Dr NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 827-2927


Ceviches is known for their paella, sangria, jamon, and anchovies (I love anchovies).  Ceviches is the ultimate party, with the best party food straight from Spain.  They have live music and the best sangria. Did I mention they have great sangria?  Even though Ceviches has a few locations the food is not chain food. It is all food that your ‘buela would make, homemade spanish food.

2500 W Azeele St Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 250-0203


SideBern’s is the South Tampa version of casual.  Bern’s (world renowned gastro-delight steak house) is known for great food, great wine and even better atmosphere.  SideBern’s is no less impressive.

2208 W Morrison Ave Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 258-2233

Habana Cafe

Habana Cafe has been in Gulfport forever.  The Habana Cafe is spanish food at its best.  Picadillo, pulled pork, cuban coffee, flan AND cream cheese flan is the menu with old school Cuban ambiance.  What is not to like about this homegrown local restaurant?  There is a reason the Habana Cafe has been in business so long.

5402 Gulfport Blvd S Gulfport, FL 33707
(727) 321-8855

Red Mesa

The Red Mesa is one of my personal favorite Mexican restaurants Tampa offers.  Red Mesa has the most unique modern twist on Mexican food and every dish is fresh and appetizing.  The pescados at Red Mesa include dishes like Stuffed Shrimp, Chipotle Shrimp, and Chorizo Crusted Salmon.  If that was not enough the Duck Enchiladas will satisfy – exotic food served with a Mexican flair.

4912 4th St N Saint Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 527-8728

Pane Rustica

Pane Rustica is modern Italian fare with a menu of flatbread pizzas, Orange Lavander Seared Salmon (how amazing is that??) and drinks like the Bee’s Knees ( Bombay Sapphire Gin, Honey and lemon juice).  The atmosphere is trendy and with just enough light to make everyone look ten-years younger than they actually are.  Did I mention the bread they make on site?  The bread menu reads like a wine list. Reading it puts in a carb-high.

3225 S MacDill Ave Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 902-8828

Crabby Bill’s

Crabby Bill’s is a local favorite.  If you want seafood and want REAL seafood, like the sort of seafood the locals eat, then Crabby Bill’s is for you.  Mind you Crabby Bill’s is not fancy, it is just seriously good. Crabby Bill’s is known for oysters and seafood combo platters, greasy fingers, butter down your shirt and shrimp scampi.  They make really nice iced tea (that is a compliment because I am Southern and we know good tea).  Finish any meal here with the local favorite, Key Lime Pie, and yes, there is a difference between a regular lime and a Key Lime. If you have been scouting out all of the seafood restaurants Tampa possesses, look no further than Crabby Bill’s.

37 Causeway Blvd Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 210-1313


The Feola’s is an Italian restaurant in Tampa with yummy food like Farfalle Fruit de Mare (Weird.  I had a cat named Farfalle) Calamari Fritte and Lasagna.  They have Tortellini, Cannelloni and Ravioli and special recipes like Ravioli del Golfo – which is shrimp, scallops and crab meat in white cheese sauce.   Feola’seven has gnocchi.  Is that pronounced “no-chee”, or “yawn-key”?   Well, either way it is the best.

1811 North 15th Street, Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 241-2998

La V-Vietnamese Fusion

Vietnames Fusion in downtown St Pete is my favorite restaurant.  I grew up in a vietnamese neighborhood, so as soon as I walk through the doors at La V I feel like I have gone home.  They serve the best spring rolls ( I double fist eat those babies) and the pho?  Do not get me started on the pho.  Have not had pho?  Time to head right over to Vietnamese Fusion and grab some pho.  What is vietnamese food like you ask?  Imagine the freshest, most flavorful diner food that could possibly be conceived and that is Vietnamese food.

441 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 820-3500




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Audra M. Christian is an avid writer, and a knower of all things in Tampa Bay. She is a native St Pete saint and lives in St Pete, Florida with her husband, motley crew of daughters and tiny little maltese, Zsazsa Gabor.

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