Tampa Bay’s Best Restaurants According to Yelp’s 100 Best Places to Eat in Florida

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Mediterranean Chickpea in Tampa Best Places to Eat in Florida

Feature image: The Mediterranean Chickpea in Tampa

There are plenty of ‘Best Of’ lists out there in Tampa Bay. Let’s be honest, we know most publications and websites put out these ‘Best Of’ contests as a way to generate website traffic. Not gonna lie, we’ve thought about it too, but we haven’t gone there yet.

So when Yelp released its list of 100 Best Places to Eat in Florida in 2022, we were surprised to see that some of the usual spots you’d expect to see on a’ BEST OF’ list did not make the cut. In fact, most of the places that DID make the Top 100 are small restaurants you might not have even heard of, hidden gems so to speak.

We wondered–how did Yelp come up with this list in the first place? The easiest answer is…you. The users of Yelp. Yelp said this about its methodology:

“To create Yelp’s Top 100 Florida Restaurants 2022 list, Yelp identified businesses in the restaurants category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews between January 1, 2017, and April 13, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of April 20, 2022”

Okay, sounds pretty legit, so let’s dive in and see which places earned a spot as one of the best places to eat in Florida!

Tampa Bay area restaurants on the 100 Best Places to Eat in Florida in 2022:

7. The Mediterranean Chickpea, Tampa: 3217 S MacDill Ave, Suite C
14. Mio’s Grill & Cafe, St. Petersburg: 119 2nd St N
15. Pure Kitchen Organic Vegan, Tampa: 3214 W Kennedy Blvd
21. German Knodle, St. Petersburg: 951 Central Ave
22. Antoine’s Restaurant, Sarasota: 1100 N Tuttle Ave
34. Chicago Paulies, Tampa: 1301 N Howard Ave
36. Cafe Soleil, St. Pete Beach: 4695 Gulf Blvd
39. Healthy N Fresh Cafe, Tampa: 3648 Henderson Blvd
41. Château 13 Restaurant & Wine Bar, West Bradenton: 535 13th St W
47. Savanh of Laos, Seminole: 5667 Seminole Blvd
49. German Bistro 2, Largo: 1300 E Bay Dr
51. Uptown Eats, St. Petersburg: 698-D Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street
52. Marlene’s Original Breakfast Sandwich, Tampa: 7206 N Dale Mabry Hwy
56. Kpicu, Clearwater: 1443 S Belcher Rd
69. Flan Factory, Tampa: 1718 N Nebraska Ave
80. Veggie Thai Cafe, Largo: 3690 E Bay Dr, Suite H
83. Pacific Counter, St. Petersburg: 660 Central Ave
84. La Dolce Vita, Sarasota: 2704 Stickney Point
88. Wright’s Gourmet House, Tampa: 1200 S Dale Mabry Hwy
93. Kombo Kitchen, Tampa: 5009 S MacDill Ave
97. Tortellino Bistrot, Sarasota: 6584 Superior Ave

Want to see the entire list? Check out the top picks here.

We see some of our own favorite spots on the Yelp’s list and many more we can’t wait to try.

Mediterranean Chickpea in Tampa and Pure Kitchen in Tampa are both on our TOP PICKS of the best vegan restaurants in Tampa. When it comes to the best cakes you’ve ever had and yummy sandwiches and quiches, you really can’t be Wright’s Deli in South Tampa.

So, as you’re out and about, considering popping into one of these local restaurants and show some love. You just might end of discovering a new favorite place!

Florida Michelin Restaurants 

Speaking of expert guides to restaurants, the MICHELIN Guide has finally made its way to Florida in 2022. While no Tampa Bay Area restaurants earned a MICHELIN Star, a few did earn a Bib Gourmand recognition, which are restaurants they’ve determined to not only offer great quality, but also good value.

Here are the inaugural Florida Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Tampa Bay:



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