Outdoor Dining Guide: 50+ Places to Eat Outside in Tampa Bay

Outdoor Dining in Tampa Bay - 50+ Places to Eat Outside

Pleasant temperatures throughout the year and nearby beaches mean an abundance of options when it comes to outdoor dining in Tampa Bay. But in the age of social distancing, we’re cherishing our outdoor dining spots more than ever. 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, just in time for the upcoming fall season.

Options are categorized based on the type of outdoor dining:

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

Note: Some of the restaurants on this list are temporarily closed. We’ve made a note indicating temporary closures where applicable.

Not quite ready for dine-in? Check out Our Favorite To-Go Dinner Deals for Two in Tampa Bay and How to Have a Gourmet Tampa Bay Date Night at Home.

OPEN AIR PATIOS

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

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

bartaco
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

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

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

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

Image credit: Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe

Four Green Fields
Cozy Irish pub with multiple locations (limited outdoor patio tables at each), live music select nights
205 W Platt St, Tampa
(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

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

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

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

The Sail Plaza
360-degree outdoor bar and eatery with patio tables, dog friendly, waterfront views, dog friendly, located along the Tampa Riverwalk
333 S Franklin St, Tampa
(813) 274-7778

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

Image credit: Ulele

COVERED PATIOS

Ava
Covered curbside patio space, Italian eats, weekend brunch
718 S Howard Ave, Tampa
(813) 512-3030

Boca Tampa
Covered patio, weekend brunch with bottomless mimosas, farm to table fare, weekday happy hour with $5 cocktails and apps
901 W Platt St, Tampa
(813) 254-7070

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

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

Datz – South Tampa
Covered outdoor patio, weekend brunch
2616 S MacDill Ave, Tampa
(813) 831-7000

HEW Chophouse / HiFi Rooftop Bar
Covered rooftop bar, live jazz 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 (check Facebook for the lineup), dog-friendly, located in Hyde Park Village
1611 W Swann Ave, Tampa
(813) 250-0031

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

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Timpano
*Temporarily closed*
Large covered patio out front, live jazz Thursday and Friday nights, 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
5311 Avion Park Dr., Tampa
(813) 930-5499

CURBSIDE/AL FRESCO

Alto Mare Fish Bar
Curbside tables out front in a shared patio space
300 Beach Dr NE #124, St. Petersburg
(727) 873-3427

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

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, new expanded location, worth the wait!
1180 Central Ave, St. Petersburg (second location in Seminole Heights)
(727) 623-0942

The Cider Press Cafe
Socially distanced 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

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

WATERFRONT VIEWS

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
*Temporary closure September 21- 24*
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

Ocean Prime
Covered outdoor patio overlooking the water, happy hour, upscale vibe
2205 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa
(813) 490-5288

Oystercatchers
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

Romantic Honeymoon Island
Private beachfront dinner for two setup on Honeymoon Island available by reservation
Located within Honeymoon Island State Park
(727) 260 – 5503

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

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

COZY COURTYARDS

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
Socially distanced table 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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