Did you know that most of the restaurants dotted along the Tampa Bay Riverwalk sell Riverwalk To-Go-Cups? All you have to do is purchase a drink from the bar at one of the following restaurants, ask for the drink in a Riverwalk cup, and be on your way! Make a day out of the cup collecting and get your steps in while you’re at it!
Start your cup collection at Columbia Café inside the Tampa Bay History Center on Old Water Street. Enjoy the waterfront views with drinks, tapas, and delicious Spanish/Cuban cuisine. Beginning at the Columbia Café near the Amalie Arena is the perfect first stop to enjoy all the deliciousness of the original Columbia in a scaled-down version of the iconic restaurant.
After a visit to Columbia, walk up the Riverwalk to the Tampa Marriot Waterside Hotel and Marina for another chance to collect a Riverwalk cup! The Waterside Grill is a great spot along the Riverwalk to enjoy American favorites in a relaxed setting. The Grill offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is directly accessible from the Tampa Riverwalk.
Head over to The Sail Pavilion, Tampa’s only 360-degree waterfront restaurant and bar for a quick bite or drink! The Sail is located centrally along the Riverwalk right outside the Convention Center. The atmosphere is always lively with an equally exciting menu full of local favorites. The Sail is family and dog-friendly as well, so bring the whole family!
Make your way from The Sail to the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk! Pop into River Edge Lounge for a delicious waterfront dining experience with beautiful views of the river. This lounge is the perfect spot for small plates and small talk! The lounge hosts locally influenced dishes, handcrafted beers, and the option to reserve a spot in the Rivers Edge restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are required for Rivers Edge, not River Edge Lounge.
To take things to the next level, stop into Malio’s for lunch daily for $12 until 3 p.m. or for happy hour M-F from 3-7 p.m. Operating for over 35 years, Malio’s is sure to delight all guests as they strive for the finest quality, service, and atmosphere. Malio’s only offers USDA Prime Beef, fresh seafood, and boasts a large selection of over 200 wines. This is the poshest place to grab your Riverwalk cup, you’ve got to check it out!
Next on your cup collecting journey, head over to Four Green Fields’ new location at Curtis Hixon Park! Four Green Fields opened in 1992 as America’s first thatched roof, authentic Irish Pub. Famous guests who have performed or dined at the establishment include Irish greats such as Sinead O’Connor, The Wolfe Tones, Paddy Reilly, and more! The Curtis Hixon location boasts a mouth-watering menu with classic Irish fare such as the ever loved “Reuben” “Fish N’ Chips”, “Shepherd’s Pie”, and so much more!
If you just so happen to have tickets for one of the Straz Center’s amazing shows, consider dining with them at one of their delicious dining options.
For incredible tableside service with event-themed menus and full bar, check out Maestro’s. This hot spot is located above the Jaeb Theater and opens at 5 p.m. Reservations required.
For upscale food stations and delicious buffet dining, check out Café located in the beautiful lobby of Morsani Hall. Café opens 5:30 p.m. daily and at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations Required
For a spot right on the river, check out On the River for al fresco dining featuring light options such as sandwiches, burgers, and salads. On the river opens and operates the same times as Café, 5:30 p.m. daily and at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Once you hit Ulele, you’re almost there! This hot spot has become a staple in downtown eateries and a local favorite! What sets Ulele apart is its fusion of ingredients from Florida’s waters and land. The menu is intricate and appealing, and the food that comes out of Ulele’s kitchen is just as incredible. Ulele is set right on the Riverwalk and is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner!
To finish your cup hunt, head over to Armature Works! Armature Works is one of the newest, most popular hot spots to hit the Bay in a long time! This industrial style building is full of delicious lunch and dinner options, as well as a selection of bars to choose from! Located in Tampa Heights, Armature Works has given the neighborhood new life along the river, with beautiful views of downtown Tampa. Be sure to end your cup journey here, you won’t regret it!
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For more Riverwalk fun, check out Tampa Riverwalk-Your Guide to Fun! and Tampa Riverwalk Dine & Wine Tour.