BRUNCHING IN TAMPA BAY: BEST BRUNCH SPOTS
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Brunch in Tampa is no joke – the locals take it super seriously! Want to sip on endless mimosas and Bloody Marys? Looking for a culinary masterpiece or want something hearty to recover from the night before? Or a boozy breakfast? There are so many options in Tampa Bay to choose from.
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Catching a weekend brunch is the perfect time to meet with your friends, spend time with a date, and have fun before the work week begins. Brunch in Tampa offers delicious eats, gorgeous views, and amazing drink specials – the best excuse to drink before noon. Here are our favorite spots for brunching in the Bay.
Located near Bayshore Boulevard, Counter Culture is a Tampa brunch foodie's best kept hidden gem. Upon entering, you'll be greeted by a refreshing and clean atmosphere with white décor, light wooden accents, and a large bar that opens the dining room to the outdoor patio. Reminiscent of brunch spots in Los Angeles, this is a great spot to dress up for and enjoy chef-inspired dishes. Counter Culture is also great for a large group Tampa brunch, as the breakfast menu is huge! From sweet pancakes and flavorful waffles to creative egg dishes, there is something for everyone. And don't forget about the champagne! Manager and certified somm Romeo Patron's wine selections are amazing!
Tampa Brunch hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-3pm
Must-try dish: Wood Oven Shakshuka, Brioche French Toast
Looking to catch up over some of the best food in Tampa's brunch scene? My favorite spot for a low key Sunday brunch is Tampa's Oak & Ola brunch, located in Armature Works as a standalone restaurant. The patio view is beautiful – opening up to the Armature patio and the Tampa Riverwalk. Filled with plants and chic decor, it's the perfect spot to relax. Order from the brunch and lunch menu on the weekends. The Endive Salad is a must-get as it helped Oak & Ola earn the coveted James Beard award. I love this spot because there's plenty to do after you eat. After enjoying your meal, you can explore Armature Works, grab a popsicle cocktail or go for a walk on the Tampa Riverwalk.
Tampa Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm
Mimosa deals: Orange / Grapefruit / Cranberry Mimosas – Single $8; Bottle $25
Must-try dish: Dutch Baby Pancake, Endive Salad, Lobster Roll
For a fun time with the girls or a group of your friends, check out the Tampa brunch at 7th & Grove in Ybor City! Ybor has never disappointed when it comes to a good time and 7th & Grove is no exception. You'll love their Southern inspired brunch dishes, which are indulgent and delicious, If you can't pick just one dish, indulge in the $35 Bottomless Brunch Buffet. It's served in the lounge area, featuring a Live DJ and endless mimosas.
Tampa Brunch hours: Saturdays 11am-3pm; Sunday 11am-4pm
Mimosa deals: Bottles of champagne and juice ﬂight, Mimosas 2 for $7
Must-try dish: “Welcome to Atlanta” Peach Bourbon Glazed Wings; “Savage (Remix)” Chicken & Waffles Sandwich
Recover from your night out in South Howard with a solid Tampa brunch at WATER + FLOUR. A hit amongst the college crowd and their families, everyone can enjoy this spot's diner style eats. I love WATER + FLOUR any day of the week for their delicious pastas and yummy sushi, but you can't beat their brunch drink deals! Enjoy an overflowing mimosa brunch with your crew and fill up on oatmeal pancakes, some of our favorite pancakes in Tampa Bay.
Tampa Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 11:30-3pm
Mimosa deals: Mimosas $3 each; Heavy Pour – Champagne bottle and a side of orange juice $15
Must-try dish: Oatmeal Pancakes, Three Egg Omelet, Biscuits & Chorizo Gravy
Enjoy an Italian-inspired breakfast at one of SoHo's most notable brunches. Ava offers a great spin on the classic brunch, with Italian takes on some of your favorite dishes like eggs Benedict and steak & eggs. Savor the Italian Eggs Benedict with yummy pancetta on the restaurant's beautiful outdoor patio. The space is gorgeous and serves as a prime spot for people watching on South Howard. Ava is also a great pick if you're looking to bring the kids along. They have a special children's menu for brunch, including chicken fingers and chocolate pancakes.
Brunch hours: Friday to Sunday from 10:30am-2:30pm
Mimosa deals: Bottomless mimosas for $20
Must-try dish: Italian Benedict, Wagyu Steak & Eggs, Breakfast Pizza
A diner for brunch? When it's Pinky's, heck yea! Stomach growling? You need to visit Pinky's Diner in South Tampa! This is the spot to go to if you're looking for the best neighborhood breakfast spot and hearty breakfast meals. The eclectic decor will help you feel at home in this cozy small breakfast shop. The menu features breakfast classics, breakfast sandwiches on Cuban bread, and amazing pancakes made on the griddle. Remember to order a brunch cocktail, like a jalapeno-cilantro Bloody Mary or a peach mimosa.
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8am-2pm
Must-try dish: Ultimate Fried Egg Sammy, South Carolina Grit Bowl, Stuffed Cuban Bread French Toast
Back with another fun Ybor City hit, who knew that one of the best places for brunch in Tampa would be in a bar? Gaspar's Grotto is Tampa's “Notorious Pirate Bar and Restaurant”, which totally lives up to the name. If you're looking fun and boozy brunch, then this is the spot for you. Gaspar’s Grotto’s “Booze Sunday Cruize Brunch” is an experience, complete with a huge brunch buffet table, free champagne and mimosas, and a 3 oz. carafe of vodka for use at the extravagant Bloody Mary Bar. If you're not into the buffet, they do serve yummy brunch dishes a la carte.
Brunch hours: 11am-3pm
Mimosa deals: Bottomless mimosas included with the Booze Sunday Cruize Brunch for $42.95
Must-try dish: Eggs Benedict, Chicken & Biscuits, Caribbean Curry Shrimp
Bulla’s Tampa location is home to one of the area’s coolest rooftop bars, the Luna Lounge. It's also a top spot for brunch with bottomless drink deals and a special prix fixe brunch menu. Pair bottomless mimosas and sangria with the indulgent three-course brunch prix fixe feast for $28 or order from the a la carte brunch menu. Make sure to share an order of the heavenly churros con chocolate!
Brunch hours: Saturdays from 11:30am – 4pm and Sundays from 11am- 4pm
Mimosa deals: Bottomless mimosas and sangria for $18
Must-try dish: Braised Pork Hash, Churros con Chocolate
Enjoy a relaxing waterfront view with a fresh seafood plate and brunch favorites. Oystercatchers has one of the best raw bars in Tampa Bay with shrimp cocktail and oysters on the half shell. This is a Tampa favorite not only for seafood but also the delicious brunch options like Nutella stuffed pancakes. Not to mention, each entrée comes with two mimosas or a Bloody Mary.
Brunch hours: Saturday 11:30am-2:30pm; Sunday 10:30am-2pm
Mimosa deals: Includes two Mimosas or Bloody Mary's with purchase of an entrée
Must-try dish: Crab Florentine Benedict, Breakfast Burger, Nutella Stuffed Pancakes
If you're looking for another brunch spot with a view, look no further than American Social. Located across from the Tampa Convention Center, this is the perfect place to chill out before the work week begins. I recommend requesting a table on the huge outdoor patio, which offers a beautiful waterfront view of the boats and live music. Besides the stunning view, the food is a hit as well. Refined spins on American comfort food classics accompany the beloved mimosas.
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm
Mimosa deals: Mimosas $3; Bottomless Mimosas $15
Must-try dish: Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs, Cinnamon French Toast Crunch, “Old Bay” Peel & Eat Shrimp
Named one of the top 10 brunch places IN AMERICA by TripAdvisor, you can't mention brunch without a nod to Oxford Exchange. A brunch at Oxford Exchange turns any Sunday into a special occasion. Even as you wait for your table, you're transported to a world of elegance. Browse through the shop of curated gifts and goods or make a stop at the Champagne Bar for luxury champagne cocktails with floral details in the glass. When making a reservation at Oxford, we recommend asking to sit in the courtyard – a glass greenhouse with a huge fountain in the center. It's the perfect setting for indulging in brunch classics. Try the Crispy Fried Avocado Wedges, Grilled Chicken Paillard with Fries, or a delicious salad. Don't forget a Buddy Brew coffee or my favorite, a Teabella tea latte.
Brunch hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-5pm
Must-try dish: Crispy Fried Avocado Wedges, Grilled Chicken Paillard with Fries
Feature image credit: Water + Flour