The Best Restaurants in Tampa & St. Pete in 2019

There are a lot of choices in the Tampa Bay area. Places to shop. Parks to explore. Beaches to bask on. Events to enjoy. Restaurants to sample. Where to begin?? How about with the best of the best! Check out the best restaurants of Tampa Bay and St. Pete in 2019.

Rooster & the Till

entree at rooser &  the till
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Location: Seminole Heights, Tampa
Style: High-end farm-to-table fare
Highlights: Beautifully plated, farm fresh, and innovatively delicious, the cuisine of Rooster & the Till has won numerous awards. Sit at the bar to watch the masters at work, and definitely go out on a limb and try some new flavors.

Edison: Food & Drink Lab

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Location: Downtown Tampa
Style: Unique & experimental fare
Highlights: The masterful creation of four-time James Beard Best Chef semifinalist Chef Jeannie Pierola, Edison is unlike anything else in the Tampa Bay area, both in food and style. The feel of the restaurant is uniquely industrial, and its flavors are, well, innovative to say the least. Expect wild new combinations that don’t stop at the food—the drinks are new, too!

Cena

dessert at cena
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Location: Channelside, Tampa
Style: Italian
Highlights: Authentic, rustic Italian cooking meets sleek modern design in a cozy setting. Robust wine and cocktail lists make for elegant pairings, while gorgeous (and tasty) desserts make for a complete meal.

Brick & Mortar

brick and mortar main dish
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Location: St. Pete
Style: Seasonal modern fare
Highlights: Dating back to 2015, this “rustic-chic nook” specializes in fresh, seasonal fare paired with craft beers and wine. The decor is comfortable and funky, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the burgers with truffle fries are pretty spectacular.

Cafe Ponte

steak cooking at Cafe Ponte
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Location: Clearwater
Style: Contemporary American blended with European & Asian
Highlights: This trendy, NYC-style cafe blends contemporary American flavors with hints of Italian, French, and Asian influence. The menu changes frequently, but usually includes a mix of salads, burgers, and pizzas, as well as specialty entrees and desserts. There’s even a 6-course tasting menu.

Noble Crust

pepperoni pizza

Location: St. Pete
Style: Italian
Highlights: Traditional Italian cooking gets a bit of an American South remix at Noble Crust. The menu centers around unique and creative pizza creations, though there’s a robust list of salads, seafood options, and meat dishes to complement the crusty favorites. Their brunch is also a weekend must-try.

Pia’s Trattoria

Pia's trattoria dining patio
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Location: Gulfport
Style: Italian
Highlights: Make your dining experience feel like a trip to an Old World village at Pia’s. Choose from outdoor dining on the brick patio or cozy indoor dining and tuck in to enjoy some hearty and authentic good old-fashioned Italian cooking. Choose from fresh salads, panini, and an array of hearty pastas, and don’t forget to order a cannoli for dessert.

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