Datz offers a huge variety of classic comfort food with their own fusion style. Their food is creative, stylish, and trendy, just like the neighborhood around it. Open from breakfast until late at night, you’ll have plenty of time to check out specialties like the Sriracha Egg Sammie, Eggs Barbacoa, and even their morning Monkey Bread. Lunch and dinner has a different menu, with items like Mac Bites, the Carolina On My Mind Sandwich, and the #Twerktarian turkey sandwich. There are also a lot of vegan options available.
Address & Telephone: 2616 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL, (813) 831-7000
Copperfish Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
One of the best things about Florida is the easy availabilty of fresh seafood. If you’re looking for the best Oyster Bar in Tampa’s Hyde Park area, then you have only one choice to make: CopperFish Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar. All their lobsters are flown in daily, and oysters can be served grilled or classically on-ice. Try their seafood ceviche and East Coast Oysters for a real Copperfish experience, followed by Pan Fried Sauteed Octopus. If you’re looking for fish brought in daily from fishing boats, they have a variety available as well such as Chilean Sea Bass, Stuffed Rainbow Trout, Pecan Crusted Catfish and more.
Address and Telephone: 1502 S. Howard Ave, Tampa, FL, (813) 251-6789
Élevage is a chic, funky little restaurant inside the Epicurean Hotel on South Howard Avenue. Not only is their food some of the best in the entire city, but their friendly and energetic staff make the meal an amazing experience. Absolute-must tries are the Peanut Butter and Jelly Foie Gras, Duck Wings A L’Orange, and the Scallop a la Greque. It’s fine dining in a more casual environment, so you can dress up for the evening out or head over right from your hotel room.
Location & Telephone: 1207 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL, (813) 999-8726
Green Lemon is a modern Mexican restaurant that serves trendy Mexican food right in the heart of Hyde Park. If you’re in the mood for amazing tacos, then Green Lemon is the place to stop by and try out. They’re fun, trendy, and packed with personality from the second you walk in the front door. Don’t forget to visit during happy hour to enjoy some of their top-line tequila lines from around the world. Items to try are the Fried Plantains, Tuna Caliente Tacos, and the Sesame Crusted Tuna Fiesta Bowl.
Location & Telephone: 915 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL, (813) 868-5463
Boca is a highly-popular farm-to-table restaurant that stands out from the pack. Boca is a trendy little place that prides itself on their food and ingredients they use from local sources. The original owner of Boca built the building brick-by-brick all on his own. Some of their inventive dishes include Florida Shrimp and Grits, Sous Vide 60 Spiced Chicken, and Bahn Mi Flat-bread. As their dishes are local and made-to-order, there are gluten-free options available for most of their popular meals. Boca also offers a ‘Staff Meal,’ which changes daily and is the chef’s choice for the night.
Location & Telephone: 901 W Platt St, Tampa, FL, (813) 254-7070
Bern’s Steak House
Bern’s Steak House is so good that people travel from cities a few hours away to enjoy a filling, classic meal there. While it doesn’t look like much from outside, you’ll be immersed in the atmosphere once you step inside the front doors. Make sure to call ahead and get a reservation or else you could be waiting over an hour for a table if you try to walk in. Excellent ways to start off your night would be with their French Onion Soup or Cesar Salad, before trying their famous Chateaubriand steak. You can follow up your meal with their gigantic specialty dessert menu, which includes a variety of dessert wines and all-star items like Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle and Bern’s Baked Alaska. Bern’s is a must-visit when in Tampa.
Location & Telephone: 1208 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL, (813) 251-2421
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant
The great thing about Ceviche Tapas Bar is that you can sit at the bar, order a Sangria, and still get some of the best food Tampa’s Hyde Park has to offer. Make sure to start your night off with their famous Sangrias, both white or red, and try one of their varieties of ceviches – the namesake for their chain. Standout tapas are also served, including Bacalao Bilbaina (crispy fried cod, sauteed red peppers, garlic, spicy olive oil, and sliced potatoes), and Gambas Al Ajillo (sauteed shrimp, garlic, parsley, Spanish sherry, and red pepper flakes).
Location & Telephone: 2500 W Azeele St., Tampa, FL, (813) 250-0203
Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club
If you’re looking for a night out with the girls or with your significant other, then you should really consider getting reservations at Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club. Just like at a 20’s era speakeasy, you call ahead to get the password for the day and you present that at the wooden door to get inside. They go all out with the Speakeasy theme, serving up an extensive cocktail menu and hosting live jazz bands.
Location & Telephone: 2109 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL, (813) 251-0022
Edison: Food + Drink Lab
Edison is another unique, personality-filled restaurant in Tampa’s Hyde Park region. They promote creativity in the kitchen, and the head chef allows his staff to experiment with flavors, techniques, and ingredients daily to create some one-of-a-kind dishes. With star dishes like Charred Octopus Tiradito, Pork Belly Tacos, and Coconut Almond Gazpacho, you’re guaranteed to find something different and amazing at Edison.
Location & Telephone: 912 W Kennedy Blvd Tampa, FL, (813) 254-7111
With its diverse menu, 717 South is an excellent choice for any special occasion. You’ll want to get here early as the venue gets packed at night, and with limited parking in the back, you’ll want to call ahead and grab a table just before the rush begins. All the ingredients they use in their fare are fresh and local, which really helps elevate their food to the next level.
Location & Telephone: 717 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL, (813)250-1661