Guide to Tampa Bay’s Perfect Patios

Summer is just around the bend, and you know what that means: time to take advantage of warm nights under the stars. Take your food, drinks and conversation outside with this guide to the best Tampa Bay patios. Where will you go this weekend?


1810 N Highland Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602

Have you ever had a hankering for gator hush puppies? Or maybe a nice kitchen-sink chili with wild boar, cranberry beans, duck, venison, and some more gator for good measure? Ulele is the ultimate reward for the eclectic palate. It’s not just about the food, though. Cocktails on Ulele’s patio are perfect for date night.

Image credit: Ulele

Frenchy’s Outpost Bar and Grill

466 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

In Florida, it’s your geographically granted right to kick off your shoes and enjoy the spoils of a full blown tiki bar and live music on the daily. While Frenchy’s is one of the Sunshine State’s most infamous seafood spots, it’d be a shame to pass on the comfortably informal open-air atmosphere due to its notoriety. There are multiple locations, so you can hit the most convenient one, but you won’t want to miss the chance to check this gem off of your bar & grill bucket list.

Image credit: Frenchy’s Outpost Bar and Grill


Columbia Restaurant – Sand Key

1241 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767

Ybor City might have the culture and history, but Columbia’s Clearwater location has the views! For traditional Spanish cuisine with the flair that Ybor has always been able to squeeze out of Tampa, this Sand Key spot is unmatched. The patio’s waterfront views are a spectacular accompaniment to the impressive spread.

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Independent Bar and Café

5016 N Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603

The Independent is a lovely little spot that invokes an intimate feeling of being as “in the know” as any given local. Whether you’re a German tourist looking for a quick brat stop or an indie writer trying to finish a romance novel, you belong here. A dash of comfort food and a delightful beer garden make a dangerously inviting combination—especially when movie nights and low-key local artists whipping out their acoustic guitars are cornerstones of the event calendar.

Also try:

The Bungalow Restaurant and Bar
2202 W Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill
1320 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill 
7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, FL 33607

Photo credit: Whiskey Joe’s

Cooper’s Hawk
4110 W Boy Scout Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607

Poblano Mexican Grill & Bar
2451 McMullen Booth Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33759

718 S Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606

Kona Grill
4134 W Boy Scout Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607

2900 Bayport Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

Photo credit: Oystercatchers

Café Dufrain
707 Harbour Post Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602

Ferg’s Live
490 Channelside Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602

Jimmy B’s Beach Bar
The Beachcomber Beach Resort Hotel
6200 Gulf Blvd.
St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Photo credit: Jimmy B’s Beach Bar

Gaspar’s Grotto
1805 E 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

Miguel’s Mexican Seafood & Grill
3035 W Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609


Looking for other outdoor activities? Check out Drive-In Movie Theaters in Tampa Bay and A Guide to Outdoor Movies in the Tampa Bay Area!

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