When looking for great food and drinks in the Tampa Bay area you most certainly will not have to look far. Tampa Bay is overflowing with exquisite fine dining, global-inspired restaurants and many places to enjoy the brilliant Florida sun while dining alfresco. There is no question that Tampa Bay is becoming one of the best “foodie” destinations in the country.
Sure to top anyone’s list when looking to indulge in a fine dining experience is Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa. Bern’s offers dry-aged steaks cut-to-order, 6500 labels of wine from around the world and 150 selections of wine by the glass. Restaurant tours can be arranged to view Bern’s cavernous wine cellar as well as their superb kitchen. To finish off an amazing meal you can be seated in their infamous “desert room”. Guest’s enjoy the privacy of seating within booths made from old wine casks as you choose from a wide assortment of handmade delectable deserts. For accommodations in the Tampa area, Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown is centrally located for quick access to Tampa Bay Dining. Another great choice for dining would be Salt Rock Grill located in Indian Shores which has a spectacular view of the intercoastal. Salt Rock Grill is known for their hand cut U.S.D.A. prime beef, fresh caught seafood and an ample wine cellar. They have partnered with local fishman companies to provide dayboat caught seafood. Providing quality service and hospitality Salt Rock Grill is a food destination to add to your itinerary while in Tampa Bay. For a New York style café, locals favor the upscale Café Ponte. They feature American fusion cuisine by pulling from culinary skills from across the globe. Café Ponte’s luxurious modern setting and open-kitchen view allows guests to watch the chefs masterfully working in their creative culinary element.
One of the wonderful advantages of Tampa Bay dining is the global-inspired options that are available. For great authentic Greek cuisine head to the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Known to local’s as “Greek town”, one can enjoy in house dining at one of the many Greek restaurants or you can also peruse the shops to purchase food to take with you. For top-notch Mexican food, Red Mesa Grill in St Petersburg is the place you will want to venture to. Red Mesa Grill not only serves regional Mexican but also many other Latin American dishes. An excellent Thai option would be Thai Sweet Basil, located in Tampa. This lovely Thai restaurant has their sauces prepared daily to complement their fresh rice and noodles. You will not be disappointed at Sweet Thai Basil where you can enjoy all of your favorite traditional Thai recipes.
The Tampa Bay area is chockfull of options that allow you to work on your tan while dining alfresco. The Hilton Tampa Downtown is the perfect location for your “home away from home” as you enjoy all that Tampa Bay has to offer. This Hilton location has its own in-house dining, 211 Restaurant, featuring a soothing waterfall in a five-story atrium serving modern American cuisine. This Hilton Location is two blocks away from the Tampa Riverwalk, a 2.4 mile stretch of museums, shops and restaurants that creates a dynamic mixture of culture and entertainment. Among the many restaurants that have outdoor seating is the American Social. This high energy casual dining experience is highlighted with music, a sports bar and an award-winning menu. A branch of Ybor’s Columbia restaurant, Florida’s oldest restaurant, is Columbia Café inside the Tampa Bay History Center along the Tampa Riverwalk. Grab an original Cuban sandwich as you stroll down the panoramic beauty of the Tampa Riverwalk.
Whether you are looking for an upscale fine dining experience, casual Florida flip-flop restaurant, or late-night food and bar entertainment, Tampa Bay has got you covered. The diverse culture which is part of what makes this area so unique can be found in the variety and shear number of restaurants to visit while in the Tampa Bay.