Over the years, Tampa’s Hyde Park neighborhood and walkable SoHo district has grown into a perfect location for an afternoon meal or an evening stroll. Located near Bayshore Boulevard, the area is home to quite a few different restaurants, many of which are ideal for a date night meal. Explore our top date night picks with our interactive culinary map of SoHo + Hyde Park Tampa below.
Culinary Map of SoHo + Hyde Park Tampa
1601 W Snow Ave, Tampa
You and your taco-loving date will be delighted by the delicious Mexican fare and beautiful atmosphere at bartaco‘s Hyde Park outpost. This restaurant has a great menu featuring tacos, rice bowls, quesadillas, chicken, ceviche and more. The bright, open space boasts natural light and nice decor. Don’t forget to pair your meal with one of bartaco’s house margaritas, and ask about the “bartaco secret” (a featured taco not on the regular menu) if you really want to impress your date.
Bern’s Steak House
1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa
Open since 1956, Bern’s Steakhouse is a legendary, award-winning restaurant on S Howard. From selecting your preferred cut of steak and weight to expert wine-pairing advice and savoring each delicious course, it’s undoubtedly the best place to indulge in the classic steak house experience. Make sure to save room for a selection of 50+ specialty desserts and 1,000+ dessert wines and spirits. After dinner, you’ll be led upstairs to the Harry Waugh Dessert Room for your after-dinner treat. Here you can snuggle up in a cozy booth for decadent treats and live entertainment amidst the moody ambiance.
930 S Howard Ave, Tampa
In the mood for a shareable tapas-style feast? Bulla Gastrobar (pronounced Boo-Ya) takes inspiration from Spain’s gastrobars, offering a unique dining experience in a vibrant atmosphere. Sip bottomless sangria and indulge in shareable plates during the weekend brunch, or treat yourselves to cocktails and tapas during dinner. After dinner, head upstairs to the Luna Lounge, an open-air rooftop bar unique to the Tampa location.
2109 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa
Take a step back in time to the roaring twenties at Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club. This New American romantic restaurant was designed with a Prohibition-era theme and offers speakeasy ambiance. True to speakeasy form, you’ll need to knock — and offer up the daily password — to get in.
1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa
Foodies will be right at home at Élevage, the upscale eatery located within the stylish Epicurean Hotel. Expect global fare from Executive Chef Jason Bamford, to be enjoyed on the restaurant’s patio or inside of the well-appointed dining room. There’s also a notable Sunday brunch. While you’re here, stick around for drinks at the lobby bar. Or, head upstairs to Edge, the hotel’s rooftop bar (reopening November 6, 2020).
Forbici Modern Italian
1633 W Snow Ave, Tampa
If you’ve been to Hyde Park Village lately, chances are you’ve wandered past Forbici. This fairly new eatery is the perfect spot for a family date night with top-notch restaurant experience and wonderful dishes rooted in tradition. This eatery specializes in Roman style pizza, which is cut with scissors aka forbici, hence the name. Stick around to dine-in, or get your pizza slices to go. Weekend brunch is another option for a daytime date.
Goody Goody Burger
1601 W Swann Ave, Tampa
Goody Goody Burger specializes in classic fare (think burgers, shakes and more) served up in cozy diner digs. This restaurant, which closed in 2005 and reopened in 2015, is a part of Tampa’s identity and you don’t want to miss it! While in Hyde Park, you can stop in here for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The laid back atmosphere makes it great for a first date or as a regular date night haunt to return to again and again.
2208 W Morrison Ave, Tampa
Enjoy exotic flavors and an upscale ambiance at Haven. This contemporary romantic restaurant and wine bar serves up small plate creations and craft cocktails. Start by sharing a cheese and charcuterie board featuring selections straight from the chef. You can make a full meal, however, out of a selection of salads and fresh seafood. Haven is also a popular destination for happy hour.
1606 W Snow Ave, Tampa
Meat Market is a contemporary steakhouse and one of the latest additions to the Hyde Park dining scene. This gorgeous steakhouse serves up premium cuts of steak, quality seafood, seasonal produce, craft cocktails and more. Save room for a decadent dessert, like the epic chocolate peanut butter cup s’mores.
1501 W Swann Ave, Tampa
Good food and good drinks can be found at On Swann in Hyde Park. The seasonal menu with local flair includes contemporary American cuisine like short rib, bucatini, beef ribeye, cobia, and much more. The location itself also is nicely decorated and makes for a mealtime experience that feels as good as the food tastes.
Timpano Italian Chophouse
1610 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
For an elegant Italian meal, head to Timpano Italian Chophouse. This restaurant features an upscale, fancy atmosphere with beautiful decor and occasional live music. The menu is extensive and features a variety of lunch and dinner options. Think flatbreads and pastas to chef’s classics and more, as well as a lengthy wine list. Sit outside on the covered outdoor patio for an al fresco date night.
- Bella’s Italian Cafe
- Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery
- Luv Child
- 717 South
For more date night ideas, check out Outdoor Dining Guide: 50+ Places to Eat Outside in Tampa Bay or Romantic Restaurants in Tampa You Must Visit.
Feature image credit: Hyde Park Village