The International Mall officially referred to as International Plaza and Bay Street is a great mall, entertainment center, and dining option. With a full food court as well as countless restaurants outside the mall, there is plenty to choose from!
*This article only includes dining options that are physical restaurants at the plaza—not quick eats or cafeteria restaurants.
Bar Louie is a popular spot located outside the mall along the seemingly endless chain of delicious restaurants. The eatery describes itself as “the nation’s hottest gastro bar, dedicated to revolutionizing your dining experience” (barlouie.com). Bar Louie features a lax setting where you seat yourself, be yourself, and enjoy a delicious drink or meal. Gastrobars are huge right now with quite a good selection to choose from in Tampa. Check out their delicious bar bites such as Shrimp Tempura which includes jumbo shrimp tossed perfectly in spicy homemade aioli and buffalo sauce. For main plate items, consider the Chicken & Churros which will serve up a great plate full of beer-battered fried chicken, savory churros, buffalo maple glaze, onion ranch, syrup, and a pickle for some salty flavor. You won’t regret that order…until maybe the next day when you can’t button up your pants—worth it!
If you haven’t seen Bazille, it’s probably due to its inconspicuous location hidden in the back of Nordstrom on the second floor! The spot relays bistro vibes with an elevated ambiance and menu. All of the wines at Bazille are internationally sourced and all of their cocktails are handcrafted. Bazile offers a variety of apps, salads, pizzas, and desserts. Order a bowl of crab bisque or check out their Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts which are topped with chicken sausage, sweet soy, chile de Arbol, and toasted peanuts. Looking for something greener? No problem, their salad menu is fresh and filling with choices such as the Wild Salmon Niçoise, Cilantro Lime Shrimp, or Baby Gem Caesar. They even offer menus dedicated to seafood, meat, and poultry—there’s really something for everyone at Bazille.
Head over to Brio for a comforting Center Cut Filet or a warm bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese. Brio Tuscan Grille is a Tuscan Italian hot spot that serves up delicious starters, flatbreads, soup, salad, entrees, pasta, and more! The spot will certainly be the first to catch your eye as you exit the mall and look out at all of the dining options. Brio has other locations across Florida so if you ever leave the Tampa area, be sure to check out a Brio location in Sarasota, Winter Park Village, or Orlando!
California Pizza Kitchen is another American staple serving up, you guessed it, pizza! Since its inception in California, CPK has been delighting pizza lovers for years. Located inside the mall beside Nordstrom, California Pizza Kitchen offers delicious menu items such as White Corn Guacamole and Chips, Power Bowls, hefty Salads, Pizza, Pasta and more! Everything that is classic to CPK is marked by a yellow indicator. Enjoy a classic slice of The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza which features BBQ sauce, smoked gouda, red onion, and cilantro. This dish has been popular and served up since the beginning in 1985! You’ve got to try this!
The Capital Grille is one of those special occasion spots that features fine dining options in a top-notch setting. The spot likes to describe itself as “comfortable elegance” with “African mahogany and Art Deco chandeliers”, The Capital Grille offers an inviting setting that most fine dining spots lack, and features an unbeatable menu with the best ingredients, prepared impeccably. Something that sets The Capital Grille apart is the dry-aged steaks, prepare yourself to indulge like never before! Check it out!
The Cheesecake Factory is basically an American staple at this point when it comes to casual dining. Enjoy a huge restaurant space with an equally large menu with tons of delicious classics to choose from. Enjoy some of the staples at Cheesecake such as the Avocado Eggrolls, Warm Crab Artichoke Dip, or, if you’re watching the waistline, Cheesecake offers a delicious “Skinnylicious” menu. Here, you can order all of your favorites in a healthier way so you can enjoy the food without the guilt!
Slide on into Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen for a delicious take on classic American food. Enjoy the relaxed but decadent setting with an awesome spacious patio or dining room to choose from. Check out their “Kitchen” menu for all of their delicious classics such as “The Bernie” which features turkey, swiss, tomato, pickle, red onion, and spicy brown mustard piled high on your favorite bread. Another great note about Doc B’s is their vegan and vegetarian options such as the Vegetarian “All Green” Burger which features green rice and kale with jack cheese and jalapeno aioli on top! Make Doc B’s your next date night spot—we’re sure you’ll be back for more.
Read our feature article —> Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen: Farm to Table at it’s Finest!
Earl of Sandwich is a Floridian sandwich joint originating in Orlando with 31 locations. Since it opened in 2004, Earl of Sandwich has been serving up delicious hand-helds for anyone who walks through its doors. Order “The Earl’s Club” with turkey, bacon, swiss, lettuce, Roma tomato, and sandwich sauce on your favorite sandwich bread. OR, check out a wrap! Earl of Sandwich offers delicious wrap options too, such as the Buffalo Chicken. This wrap features grilled chicken, cheddar, romaine, tomatoes, buffalo sauce, and bleu cheese dressing—yum!
If you haven’t been to International Plaza and Bay Street lately, Frankie’s might be a new spot to try out! At Frankie’s, enjoy local seafood caught every single day served up inside all of your favorite sea foodie dishes. The atmosphere is super casual, so come as you are and indulge in a delicious bowl of Lobster Mac n’ Cheese or take a bite out of a comforting Lobstah Roll! Whether you’re from Florida or missing home in New England, Frankie’s has something for you!
Ocean Prime sits right outside International Place and Bay Street, but can’t be overlooked in this delicious list. Ocean Prime is a high class, steak and seafood restaurant that has received national acclaim. The food is described as “modern American” and is another incredible spot added to the Cameron Mitchel Restaurants chain. With locations all across the country, Tampa is truly lucky to be able to dine at Ocean Prime. Stop in for yourself and see why Ocean Prime holds the crown!
Pop into The Pub the next time you have a hankering for Fish n’ Chips! The British Pub features an all-day menu as well as a brunch menu! We recommend the Fish & Chips! They’re so good, they were voted Best Fish & Chips in the U.S.! Now that’s something to be proud of, right? Yes! They also offer other delicious British fare such as Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers & Mash, Pot Roast and more! You don’t have to cross the pond for delicious British food unless you live in St. Pete, then you’ll have to cross the bay, but that’s okay!
If you love Tacos, Margaritas, and Chips n’ Dips, then look no further! Rocco’s Tacos is an incredible spot to enjoy one of the best atmospheres and some of the most delicious food and drink around town. Enjoy fresh, tableside guacamole, 200 varieties of tequila, and so much more. Rocco’s keeps it authentic with homemade corn tortillas cooked on the Comal every single day. If you happen to notice a “Star Wars” vibe here and there, you’re not crazy. While visiting a Rocco’s location in Naples, we learned the owner is a huge fan of the films and even has them on repeat in the bathrooms!
Read our feature article —> Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar: New Authentic Mexican in Tampa Bay
Head over to Taps Burger Bar & Gastropub for delicious bar food and then some! At Taps, enjoy 24 locally craft brews, burgers, and more. Taps’ menu is unique due to the Gastropub flare and also offers delicious meals such as power bowls, salads, sandwiches and burgers, and wonderful entrees such as Bourbon Glazed Salmon. If you still have room after scarfing down a Juicy Lucy, order a Cake Shake! These are massive and include delicious treats such as vanilla frosting, rainbow sprinkles, strawberry sauce, cheesecake, and more! You’ll’ leave so full, but so happy.
Okay, if you haven’t been to Whiskey Cake yet…drop everything and go now! Whiskey Cake is last on our list but certainly is not least. At Whiskey Cake, everything is farm to table with delicious dishes and cocktails made in their scratch kitchen. At Whiskey Cake you must order the Chicken and Cheese Melt or the Chicken and Waffles—trust us. Then, before you waddle out the door, order a whiskey cake…just do it, seriously. The infamous Whiskey Cake is comprised of toffee torte, bourbon anglaise, spiced pecans, and topped with homemade vanilla whipped cream. It’s to die for! Going to Whiskey Cake and not ordering THE Whiskey Cake is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. It’s that good.
Next time you’re at International Plaza and Bay Street, check out one of these spectacular spots and enjoy a top-notch meal every time!