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The 10 Best Restaurants In Palma Ceia, Tampa
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The 10 Best Restaurants In Palma Ceia, Tampa

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Palm Ceia is a neighborhood located south of downtown Tampa, which is home to an up and coming and rapidly growing food scene. With modern and intriguing cuisine, from Asian fusion and Southern comfort food to unique and grand spaces, there’s something for everyone. Check out the 10 best restaurants in Palma Ceia, Tampa.
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Datz is Tampa’s American gastropub. The restaurant has two stories with two full bars and seating. The owners call themselves ‘shamelessly unapologetic flavor crusaders’ with Datz as their playground and proudly state that ‘ordinary belongs in a dictionary, not in a restaurant.’ Snack on some Sriracha popcorn while you wait for mac and cheese stuffed meatloaf and flights of bacon.

Address & Telephone number: 2616 S Mac Dill Ave, Tampa, Florida 33629, +1 813 831 7000

Restaurant BT

Restaurant BT brings together acts of eating locally with thinking globally, as Chef BT Nguyen combines Southeast Asian flavors with French techniques to create sophisticated and adventurous French-Vietnamese dishes. The attention to detail and incredibly tasteful presentation and decor, from smooth white plates to dishes adorned with edible flowers and fresh herbs, all reflect Chef Nguyen’s Vietnamese roots and background in fashion design. Enjoy the outstanding duck burrito alongside pumpkin soup or fresh shrimp rolls before lava cake and bread pudding. Come for the Zen-like atmosphere and stay for the sophistication of the taste sensations.

Address & Telephone number: 2507 S. MacDill Ave. Tampa, FL 33629, +1 813 258 1916

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Bern’s Steak House

Bern’s Steak House is an absolute favorite. More than a restaurant, Bern’s guarantees a unique experience, to which you must allot at least three hours. The Gothic and vintage interior creates an old world atmosphere. Enjoy a juicy steak accompanied by Tampa’s finest French onion soup, a velvety soft baked potato and fresh garden salad. Throughout your ‘stay,’ you will eat in one of eight larger dining rooms, take a tour of the kitchen and wine cellar, and then finish the night in the Harry Waugh dessert room where you will indulge in one of 50 desserts in booths carved out of huge wooden barrels while requesting songs for the piano player via a device at your table. There is no doubt Bern’s Steak House sets the standard for luxury dining.

Address & Telephone number: 1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, Florida 33606, +1 813 251 2421

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Ava is the modern and imaginative Italian cuisine Tampa had been waiting for. The laid back and rustic vibe within a vast space of high ceilings long wooden tables make for a festive and cozy ambiance that reflects the style of the cuisine. Traditional, handmade and authentic, Ava’s menu, which includes meatballs and mussels as well as pizza made in an old world style 900 degree oven that sits behind the bar, visible to all customers, sets the pace for the growing food scene in the area.

Address & Telephone number: 718 S Howard Ave, Tampa, Florida 33606, +1 813 512 3030


A restaurant whose foundation lies in their farm and dock fresh product, classic fresh to molecular gastronomic technique, and extreme creativity, Edison’s visually stunning and modern cuisine will force you to channel your most adventurous self. Each day is full of flavor experiments in the kitchen that create masterpieces like buffalo cauliflower with blue cheese dressing atop a carrot, celery and date salad or halibut and goat cheese truffles. All can be accompanied by one of the many craft beers in house, a bottle or glass of wine, or a cocktail from their half permanent half seasonal menu, like the Emerald City cocktail (made and bottled in house).

Address & Telephone number: 912 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33606, +1 813 254 7111

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Mise En Place

Mise En Place presents modern American cuisine with an understated elegance and passion that comes through in their tastefully crafted food and cocktail menus. Awaken your senses with cornmeal crusted oysters with green tomato chutney before venison loin with rabbit chorizo risotto or Kobe oxtail poutine, and finish it all off with the delectable chocolate pecan toffee mousse. The exciting and dynamic cuisine, along with fabulous hospitality, will not disappoint.

Address & Telephone number: 442 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33606, +1 813 254 5373

Oxford Exchange

Oxford Exchange is one of the most stunning spaces in the city with its UK-inspired architecture. It now houses a greenhouse atrium, bookstore and gift shop, Buddy Brew coffee stand, TeBella tea bar, ‘Commerce Club’ (rentable office spaces) and a new and improved restaurant. With a specialty in breakfast or lunch food and drinks, highlights of the menu, made from the best of seasonal, local and organic ingredients, are the lobster Benedict and pumpkin pancakes as well as the lobster BLT and succulent burger.

Address & Telephone number: 420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33606, +1 813 253 0222

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Pane Rustica Bakery & Cafe

Pane Rustica Bakery & Cafe is, by day, a restaurant and cafe from which you can grab a gourmet lunch of a flatbread pizza with cracker-thin crust made in a stone deck oven and leave with a freshly baked loaf of bread. At night, it becomes a gourmet Italian restaurant and bar, where you can indulge in saffron pappardelle with lobster, jumbo shrimp, and king crab in a sherry lobster cream sauce. Whether you choose a house made fresh pasta, fish, or any salad, there is no way to go wrong. The space itself is elegant and warm, with an arousing aroma of fresh breads, cookies and coffee, as the baking oven sits right behind the main counter. Pane Rustica’s greatest achievement, however, is the twin espresso cookie sundae – two warm double chocolate espresso cookies with ice cream.

Address & Telephone number: 3225 South MacDill Avenue Tampa, Florida 33629, +1 813 902 8828

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Osteria Natalina

Osteria Natalina is considered one of the absolute best Italian restaurants in Tampa, as it is true and authentic in every possible way. Spartaco’s goal is to bring back Italy to the Tampa Bay area with the traditions of long dinners of conversations, connections and enjoyment of good company with family and friends. When the servers present the specials of the day, they cap off their spiel with, ‘…and if you don’t see anything you like on the menu, you just tell us what you want and we’ll make it for you.’ This special attention to the customer, like you’re a member of the family, is exactly what Spartaco stands for. Start off your meal with Fiocchi, home made purse-shaped pasta appetizers stuffed with cheese and pears, and finish off with traditional Italian cream puffs, cannoli and a variety of gelato.

Address & Telephone number: 3215 S. Mac Dill Ave Tampa, Florida 33629, +1 813 831 1210

Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe

The food of Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe is just as eclectic, creative and bold as the space itself. Situated in an old home, Ella’s serves unique and rich comfort food while housing intriguing art through the restaurant and all over its walls. For brunch, enjoy sweet and salty chicken and waffles or deviled eggs and collard greens. Be sure to start it all off with the Bloody Ella, a bloody Mary served with a big short rib or a light and tasty classic mimosa.

Address & Telephone number: 5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, Florida 33603, +1 813 234 1000