11 Standout Restaurants in Tampa Bay

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Restaurants in Tampa

Planning a dinner date is never easy! If you’re tired of visiting the same old restaurants over and over again and are looking to shake it up a bit, here are some unique restaurants in Tampa Bay.

Check out some of these restaurants in Tampa

The Melting Pot

Fondue lovers are in for quite an experience at The Melting Pot! This restaurant is the epitome of romance and perfect for your next night out. Start off with a tasty cheese fondue and a salad and then try any of the delicious entrees of with of seafood, steak, chicken and more. Vegetarian options are also available. Then, you can end the night with the mouthwatering chocolate fondue the Melting Pot is famous for!


 13164 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 or 2221 4th St N Saint Petersburg, FL 33704


Another great Italian restaurant, Ava has it all. The lovely atmosphere and outdoor patio make for a beautiful scene for your next date. Start off with one of the famous appetizers before moving on to any of the delicious entrees. From pizza and pasta to meats including chicken, lamb, pork and more. You can even go for some Italian classics like chicken parmesan or spaghetti and meatballs. No matter what you choose, it’ll be a meal you won’t soon forget.


 718 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Texas De Brazil

For those with a big appetite, Texas De Brazil is for you! This all-you-can-eat steakhouse features a salad bar with over 50 different items for appetizers, soups and salads. Then, for the main course, you can enjoy an endless supply of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage through the carvers rotating around the restaurant, serving you until you’re more than satisfied. For an elite steakhouse experience, this is the perfect place.


4112 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

Mise En Place

If you’re feeling like keeping with traditional American cuisine, Mise En Place is the place for you. This restaurant has been serving delicious dishes to the Tampa area for over 30 years. You can “Get Blitzed” with a five course meal or choose your own meal from the constantly changing menu. The talented chef Marty Blitz creates new dishes while still keeping classics on the menu for you to delight in.


Grand Central Place, 442 W Kennedy Blvd #110, Tampa, FL 33606


If you’re looking for seafood with a view, Oystercatchers is your place to go. This restaurant features a beautiful view whether you’re inside or out on the deck. Dining at Oystercatchers also means you’ll be able to enjoy traditional fish dishes with sauces prepared to perfectly compliment the dish. Or, you can try some more unusual dishes like lobster macaroni and cheese. And of course, pairing your meal with a wine is a must.

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2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Donatello Italian Restaurant

You can never go wrong with Italian. At Donatello, your date will be a night to remember from the second you walk into the restaurant with its rose colored atmosphere. You and your loved one will be able to choose from the many authentic Italian cuisines available, including pasta, seafood and more. While dining, you can enjoy great entertainment with live jazz and a piano bar. You’ll even receive roses at the end of your date.


232 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609

Bern’s Steak House

For over 60 years, Bern’s Steak House has been a staple in Tampa cuisine. This restaurant features a huge wine collection, delicious dishes including perfectly aged steaks, and, of course, the famous Harry Waugh Dessert Room. The intimate atmosphere will make your next date be one to remember as you enjoy the fine dining before finishing the date in the dessert room or with a kitchen tour.


1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606


With views of Old Tampa Bay from the 14th story, Armani’s is the perfect setting for your next date night. The menu features Italian dishes sure to leave your mouth watering along with an Antipasto Bar you won’t tire of. You can pair your meal with one of the many wines available and finish it off with any of the delicious desserts.

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 2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607


A meal at Ulele is the perfect way to end a date at the Tampa Riverwalk. This restaurant features native Floridan cuisine with a barbacoa grill that will keep your taste buds dancing. The expansive wine collection offers many options to find the perfect compliment to your meal. And of course, finish your meal off with one of the many delicious desserts offered at Ulele.


1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Pane Rustica

For a fine dining experience like no other, Pane Rustica is the way to go. This restaurant features a beautiful, intimate atmosphere with food so good you’ll want to keep going back. The appetizers and wood-fired entrees will make sure you finish your date more than satisfied with the entire experience.


3225 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629


If you love it at Bern’s, try taking your next date to Haven, Bern’s sister restaurant. Here, you can enjoy Mediterranean dishes, housemade charcuterie, cocktails and wines, and more. The dinner menu even changes daily based on the freshest available ingredients. No matter what meal you go with, you and your date will be left more than satisfied after spending the evening dining at Haven.

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2208 W Morrison Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Looking for great restaurants in Tampa that won’t hurt your diet? Check out Calling all Healthy Couples: 5 Diet Friendly Dates in St. Petersburg!

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