Over the years, we’ve discovered quite the assortment of romantic locales throughout Tampa Bay worthy of inclusion in your date night rotation. To help you sift through all of the options and to better aid you in your quest to have a perfect romantic evening, here’s a summary of top picks based on accolades and ambiance. Whether it’s your weekly date night or you’re celebrating a special occasion, make sure you’re toasting together by making reservations at any of these romantic restaurants in Tampa. Enjoy!
Note: Some of the restaurants in this list may currently have limited hours or menus. We recommend visiting each restaurant’s website for current updates on closures, menus and hours.
Open since 1956, this legendary award-winning restaurant is the best place to enjoy a classic steak house experience and an exceptional dessert spread. From selecting your preferred cut of steak and weight to expert wine-pairing advice and savoring each delicious course, Bern’s Steakhouse really can’t be beat when it comes to celebrating a special occasion. This much-loved steakhouse was recently named Best Steakhouse in Tampa Magazine‘s 2020 Best Restaurants List. It also boasts one of the largest wine collections in the world. See it for yourself on a special behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen and wine cellar.
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.
Tip: Reservations typically book up sometimes weeks in advance, so plan ahead. Dinner reservations include a reserved table at the dessert room.
Reserve online or call (813) 251-2421.
Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club
Want to really wow your date? Take a step back in time to the roaring twenties at Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club. This New American restaurant was designed with a Prohibition-era theme and offers speakeasy ambiance. You won’t find the venue easily, but here’s a tip: the speakeasy is tucked inside the historic Bayshore Royal building. True to speakeasy form, you’ll need to knock — and offer up the daily password — to get in. A late night happy hour menu is available on Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 1am.
Call (813) 251-0022 to reserve and obtain the daily password.
Looking for a super romantic date night? Be sure to check out On Swann, a contemporary American restaurant with food that is locally sourced with a seasonal flair. Grab a bite of the Portuguse chicken for a unique but delicious blend of flavors. Complete your night out with a stroll around the surrounding area in the hip Hyde Park Village. Read more about this date night favorite in our post about Date Night at On Swann.
Reserve online or call (813) 251-0110 (between 10-11am or 3-5pm).
A steakhouse known for its excellent marbling and premium flavor, Steelbach should definitely be on your list of restaurants to experience here in the Tampa Bay area. Located inside of Armature Works, the chophouse menu includes local grass-fed beef and Southern-inspired favorites. Steaks are cooked over a 1000-degree oak fire grille, lending a unique flavor. Looking for something other than a dinner date? Check out the sweet and savory brunch menu while sipping on mimosas.
Reserve online or call (813) 693-5478.
Armani’s at the Grand Hyatt
Look forward to a fine dining experience with views of the water at Armani’s, an Italian restaurant located on the top floor of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Bayport Drive. It’s unsurprisingly a popular destination for business meetings and special events. But this locale, known for its Northern Italian cuisine and a large selection of reserve wine, also drips with romance. Taste your way through the antipasto bar and the dazzling desserts, including tiramisu and a chocolate hazelnut bar.
After your meal, visit another one of our favorite rooftop bars for a nightcap with a view to complete your evening.
Reserve online or call (813) 207-6800.
Named after the Native American princess by the same name, Ulele offers a vibrant fusion of ingredients all wrapped up into a visually appealing experience. Speaking of fusion, Ulele recently received the honor of being named “Best Fusion Restaurant” in Tampa Magazine‘s 2020 Best Restaurants List. It took home accolades in the “Best Waterfront Restaurant” category, too. Diners will love the romantic waterfront location, situated along the Tampa Riverwalk overlooking the Hillsborough River.
When it comes to the menu, all of the food is harvested in the United States and comes from family or independently owned companies. Check out the seafood risotto for a fun twist on a classic dish. If you fancy a nightcap, stick around after dinner and visit Ulele’s vibrant rooftop terrace.
Reserve online or call (813) 999-4952.
Meat Market is a contemporary steakhouse and one of the latest additions to the Hyde Park dining scene. For date night, treat yourself to one of the house creations, like an American Style Kobe Meatloaf with bacon, mango BBQ, sweet and sour onion rings, and a buttermilk potato mash. Or, go all out with something from the reserved cuts section, like the 7oz Wagyu Filet Mignon. Make sure to adorn your meat with something special from the sauces & butters menu.
Reserve online or call (813) 280-1113.
Enjoy exotic flavors and an upscale ambiance at Haven, a contemporary restaurant and wine bar serving 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. Don’t miss the dirt pie or sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Haven is also a popular destination for happy hour, offered Monday-Saturday from 5-7pm.
Reserve online or call (813) 258-2233.
Open since 1905, this Ybor City staple serves up Cuban cuisine and boasts the title of Florida’s oldest restaurant. While there are multiple Columbia Restaurant locations throughout the state, the Ybor City institution is where it all began. The layout is well known for being a “city within a city.” Maxing at over 1,700 people, this restaurant has customers spread throughout fifteen distinct spaces each with their own story.
Make sure to share the 1905 Salad, which got an award from USA Today for being “One of the 10 Great Places to Make a Meal Out of a Salad.” I can personally vouch for its deliciousness.
Get the full scoop on this must-visit restaurant in our writeup, The Columbia.
Reserve online or call (813) 248-4961.
Rated one of the “Top 5 Steakhouses in Tampa” by Hoodline magazine, Ocean Prime‘s Tampa outpost features a stunning interior and vibrant energy with a tasty menu to match. Feast on classic surf & turf options paired with excellent wines. Wine lovers will be impressed with the Wine Spectator-honored wine list.
Tip: Plan your visit during the weekly happy hour (current hours Tuesday-Friday from 4-6pm) for a budget-friendly dining experience in the lounge. Select small plates are $5 off and pair wonderfully with featured wine and cocktails. Order the Berries & Bubbles, a smooth blend of Belvedere citrus vodka, Cassis, Domaine Chandon Brut, marinated berries and lemon. This showy cocktail is poured tableside into a frozen glass, causing the drink to bubble as dry ice envelopes the glass in smoke.
Reserve online or call (813) 490-5288.
The Rusty Pelican
Opt for a seafood-centric gourmet feast with water views at the The Rusty Pelican. The restaurant boasts some of the freshest seafood in town and menu items with a Caribbean flair. The elegant atmosphere and panoramic views of the city skyline and waterfront are sure to make date night a memorable one. This is also a popular destination for brunch so consider heading there for your fill of waffles, omelets, raw oysters, and complimentary champagne and mimosas on Sunday.
Reserve online or call (813) 281-1943.
Mise en Place
Treat the Francophile in your life to a date night dinner at Mise en Place. This restaurant features modern cuisine with a French twist and the vibe is upscale and contemporary, perfect for a romantic date night on the town. If you love a good cocktail, check out the cocktail menu to sip on a selection of classics plus modern offerings.
Reserve online or call (813) 254-5373.
Oak & Ola
Created by a group of close friends, Oak & Ola is a EuroAmerican restaurant located right in Tampa’s Armature Works. Enjoy a classic and comfortable setting with a timeless design. Check out the Blue Crab Spaghetti for a fun twist on a classic Italian dish.
Reserve online or call (813) 773-1901.
Feature image credit: Bern’s Steakhouse