Outdoor Dining in Tampa Bay - 50+ Places to Eat Outside
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Pleasant temperatures throughout the year and nearby beaches mean an abundance of options when it comes to outdoor dining in Tampa Bay. And when the weather is just right, we cherish our outdoor dining spots more than ever. While summer might not be the most ideal to be outdoors, fall is right around the corner which means outside is the place to be.

To help you sift through the options and pick the perfect restaurant for your next date night outing, we’ve put together this comprehensive outdoor dining guide.

Options are categorized based on the type of outdoor dining:

  • Open air patios
  • Covered patios
  • Curbside + al fresco
  • Waterfront views
  • Cozy courtyards

Not up for dine-in? Check out How to Have a Gourmet Tampa Bay Date Night at Home.  Or check out other great things to do and events happening in and around Tampa Bay this month – it’s full of constantly updated things to do.  Or our sister publication Tampa Bay Parenting is filled with family-friendly things to do around Tampa, Clearwater and St. Pete!

Updated February 2024


Armature Works
Huge lawn and patio seating areas, food hall with multiple vendors and restaurants, monthly events, and night market
1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa
(813) 250-3725

The Attic Cafe
Cozy rooftop coffee shop and cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch (with bottomless mimosas!), gorgeous views of the Tampa skyline
500 E Kennedy Blvd #400, Tampa
(813) 226-1003

Baba on Central
Open air and covered patio dining, sister restaurant to Bodega, Lebanese cuisine
2701 Central Ave. St. Petersburg
(727) 954-3406

Side patio with tables and patio furniture, check social media for “secret” taco options, located in Hyde Park Village
1601 W Snow Ave, Tampa
(813) 258-8226

Related: Tampa’s Best Hidden Gem Taco Spots

Tampa’s highest (and second highest in Florida) public rooftop cocktail and dining destination at the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street. It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline and Tampa’s waterfront.
510 Water Street, Tampa

Birchwood Canopy
Open air rooftop spot for drinks and light bites, weekday happy hour
340 Beach Dr, NE St. Petersburg
(727) 896-1080

Bulla Gastrobar
Open air rooftop Luna Lounge with special tapas menu, happy hour, weekend brunch
930 S Howard Ave, Tampa
(813) 773-8626

Image credit: Bulla Gastrobar


Catch 23
Large open-air patio renovated summer 2022, fresh seafood and daily food and drink specials (including half off glasses and bottles of wine on Wednesdays)
10103 Montague St., Tampa, FL

City Dog Cantina
Open air patio, laid back vibe, Mexican eats and bar food
1208 E Kennedy Boulevard, Unit 114, Tampa

Dirty Laundry
Coffee shop and speakeasy with a large outdoor patio, weekend brunch, one of a kind atmosphere sure to impress your date
1742 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
(727) 493-0040

Related: Step Inside Tampa Bay’s New Speakeasy Dirty Laundry

Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe
Outdoor patio with sunshades and outdoor fans, live music
5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa
(813) 234-1000

Four Green Fields
Cozy Irish pub with multiple locations (limited outdoor patio tables at each), live music select nights
702 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 254-4444

Independent Bar and Cafe Tampa
Covered and open-air patio dining out front, large beer list, bar bites
5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa
(813) 341-4883

Irish 31
Authentic Irish pub with three Tampa locations, outdoor seating and live music on select nights
Westchase, Hyde Park, Wesley Chapel
(813) 510-3931

Kona Grill
Patio dining out front, late night happy hour
4134 W Boy Scout Blvd #1, Tampa
(813) 877-5938

Left Bank Bistro
Vintage-style bistro with patio dining that features French-style flair and an artisan inspired cocktail menu
1225 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, FL
(727) 256-1691

Marina Cantina
Tacos and margaritas served up on a huge rooftop, climb the stairs to the rooftop bar for a peek a boo sunset view
25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach
(727) 443-1750

M. Bird
Rooftop lounge with light bites and cocktails, sunset views, covered patio dining also available
1903 Market Street, Tampa
(813) 296-2702

Image credit: M. Bird

All-outdoor spot with craft cocktails and bites, located along the Tampa Riverwalk
400 N Ashley Dr, Tampa
(813) 499-8299

The Rollin Mullet
Open-air bar with a great beer selection, food, ten TVs, a fire pit, games, and more (also pet-friendly)
6401 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa
(813) 245-5465

Sal Y Mar Rooftop Bar
Rooftop bar and restaurant atop the Aloft and Element Hotel in Midtown Tampa, Latin cuisine
3650 Midtown Drive, Tampa
(813) 692-3330

Related: Rooftop Bars in Tampa Bay for Date Night

Santo’s Drinkeria Rooftop Bar
Rooftop bar serving craft cocktails and Sicilian Street food plus cigars in Ybor City, located atop Casa Santa Stefano
1607 N 22nd St, Tampa
(813) 248-1925

Rooftop bar in Ybor City - Santo's Drinkeria at Casa Santo Stefano
Santo’s Drinkeria | Image credit: Casa Santo Stefano


Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Large open-air patio, craft beers brewed on-site, scratch kitchen with a full menu
Ybor and Westchase
(813) 247-1422

Thee Tree House
Scratch kitchen and bar in a playful treehouse-inspired space with a few outdoor tables, Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas, happy hour (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5-7pm), late night dining
1809 West Platt Street, Tampa
(813) 855-5778

Riverfront views, covered rooftop terrace, open air patio seating downstairs
1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa
(813) 999-4952

Image credit: Ulele


Covered curbside patio space, Italian eats, weekend brunch
Howard Ave. and Armature Works
(813) 512-3030

Brick House Tavern + Tap
Covered patio out-front, laid-back sports bar vibe, American eats, great burgers
1102 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
(813) 350-9108

Covered patio, Italian cuisine, located at the Grand Central at Kennedy
1208 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
(813) 374-8840

Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant
Covered and curbside patio dining, build your own charcuterie, happy hour
10 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg
(727) 209-2299

The C House
Covered patio and bar, champagne, charcuterie and cheesecake, weekday happy hour, live music
6005 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa
(813) 488-4813

Columbia Cafe
Huge covered outdoor patio, Cuban and Spanish eats, located in the Tampa Bay History Center
801 Water St #1905, Tampa
(813) 229-5511

HEW Chophouse / HiFi Rooftop Bar
Covered rooftop bar, live jazz on select nights, located at Fenway Hotel
453 Edgewater Dr, Dunedin
(727) 683-5990

Image credit: Fenway Hotel

Goody Goody Burgers
Two covered curbside patios, casual vibe, old school diner digs, located in Hyde Park Village
1601 W Swann Ave, Tampa
(813) 308-1925

Irish 31
Large, covered patio and bar, great place to catch a Lightning game, live music on weekends, dog-friendly, located in Hyde Park Village
1611 W Swann Ave, Tampa (additional locations in Westchase and Wesley Chapel and Seminole)
(813) 250-0031

Luv Child
Covered patio, weekend drag brunch, Cuban and Latin cuisine
516 S Howard Ave, Tampa
(813) 213-0100

Covered patio, scratch-made dishes, and hand-crafted cocktails
12227 w. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa
(813) 814-1533

Noble Crust
Covered patios at both Carrollwood and St. Pete locations
8300 4th St N, St. Petersburg
(727) 329-6041

Image credit: Noble Crust


The Nona Slice House
Large, covered patio, wood-fired specialty pizzas, live music
997 Main St., Safety Harbor
(727) 351-7570

Large, covered patio out front, located in Hyde Park Village
1610 W Swann Ave, Tampa
(813) 254-5870

World of Beer Tampa International
Spacious outdoor covered patio, large beer list, dog friendly
Tampa (Airport area) and Westchase
(813) 930-5499


Annata Wine Bar
Curbside tables out front in a shared patio space
300 Beach Dr NE #128, St. Petersburg
(727) 851-9582

Bella Brava
Italian eatery with al fresco tables out front, located on St. Pete’s Beach Drive
204 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg
(727) 895-5515

Bella’s Italian Cafe
Covered curbside tables out front, weekend specials
1413 S Howard Ave #100, Tampa
(813) 254-3355

Bodega St. Pete
Curbside tables out front, amazing Cuban sandwiches
1180 Central Ave, St. Petersburg (second location in Seminole Heights)
(727) 623-0942

The Cider Press Vegan Gastropub
Al fresco tables out front, plant-based eats
601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
(727) 914-7222

Forbici Modern Italian
Curbside tables under covered patio space, located in Hyde Park Village, pet friendly
1633 W Snow Ave, Tampa
(813) 251-8001

Meat Market
Curbside tables out front, weekend brunch, daily happy hour (4-7pm), located in Hyde Park Village
1606 W Snow Ave, Tampa
(813) 280-1113

The Pearl
Curbside tables with a covered awning. Located in the Channelside district, it’s also included in the MICHELIN Guide.
823 Water St., Tampa
(813) 709-7779

Oak & Stone
Curbside tables with umbrellas, brewpub with artisan pizzas, located in downtown St. Pete
199 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
(727) 565-4064

On Swann
Curbside patio tables with umbrellas, contemporary New American spot perfect for date night, weekend brunch, located in Hyde Park Village
1501 Swann Ave, Tampa
(813) 251-0110

Pia’s Trattoria
Curbside tables and large covered outdoor dining space, authentic Italian eats
3054 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport
(727) 327-2190

Pia's Trattoria patio Gulfport, FL
Image credit: Pia’s Trattoria | Photo by Bear Karry Productions


Jump over to our list of 15 waterfront restaurants in Tampa Bay.

American Social
Huge, covered patio and bar, waterfront setting with views of the Tampa skyline, lively spot to catch a game, live music
601 S Harbour Island Blvd #107, Tampa
(813) 605-3333

American Social patio
Image credit: American Social


Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar
Waterfront eatery facing a marina, covered outdoor patio dining
148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin
(727) 733-2151

Columbia Restaurant – Sand Key
1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater
Covered waterfront patio, Spanish and Cuban cuisine
(727) 596-8400

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill
Rum-centric eatery at the St. Pete Pier, large covered and open-air patio dining area with twinkle lights and tables in the sand
610 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg
(727) 857-8118

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill
Casual seafood spot with covered patio dining on the beach, a must-visit when in Clearwater
7 Rockaway St, Clearwater
(727) 446-4844

Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro
Waterfront spot with marina views close to the St. Pete Pier, laid back beachy vibe
300 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg
(727) 894-4429

Hula Bay Club
Covered waterfront patio, weekend live music, dog friendly patio
5210 W Tyson Ave, Tampa
(813) 837-4852

Jackson’s Bistro Bar & Sushi
Huge, covered waterfront patio, happy hour, Sunday brunch
601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa
(813) 277-0112

Upscale eatery with dockside lounge and outdoor deck, spectacular sunset views, weekend brunch, located at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa
(813) 207-6815

Salt Shack On the Bay
Beachy spot with tropical cocktails, seafood bites and a huge outdoor bar and picnic tables in the sand, weekend live music, try it for a sunset dinner
5415 W Tyson Ave, Tampa
(813) 444-4569

Outdoor dining in Tampa Bay - Salt Shack on the Bay
Image credit: Salt Shack On the Bay

Sparkman Wharf
Outdoor hangout with beer garden, live entertainment, lawn games, and multiple food concepts
615 Channelside Dr, Tampa
(813) 618-5844

Related: Delicious Date Idea: The Best Restaurants at Sparkman Wharf 

Stones Throw
Open air waterfront patio, tables with umbrellas, great cocktails and fresh oysters, located along the Tampa Riverwalk in The Heights District
304 W 7th Ave, Tampa
(813) 328-3910


Casita Taqueria
Covered patio dining out front plus a cute secret courtyard with picnic tables, great sangria and tacos
2663 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
(727) 498-8749

The Chattaway
Outdoor garden dining space, live music, cozy atmosphere, dog friendly
358 22nd Ave S, St. Petersburg
(727) 823-1594

Gaspar’s Grotto
Pirate-themed bar with outdoor courtyard, live music, Sunday brunch, located in Ybor City
1805 E 7th Ave, Tampa
(813) 248-5900

Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant
Courtyard with mosaic designs, fountain, and full bar
3035 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
(813) 876-2587

Red Mesa Cantina
Scenic courtyard with fountain, tables with umbrellas, also check out the gorgeous DeSanto rooftop bar upstairs
128 3rd St S, St. Petersburg
(855) 265-0812

Outdoor dining in Tampa Bay - Red Mesa Cantina

Restaurant BT
Scenic tables in the garden, French-Vietnamese fusion
2507 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa
(813) 258-1916

Feature image credit: Salt Shack on the Bay

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