Tampa is a great place to live, work, play… and EAT! This vibrant city has no shortage of extraordinary and distinctive restaurants, particularly those that serve up delectable brunch bites. But these top five spots are the best of the best, offering spectacular views or fun atmosphere along with top service and second-to-none cuisine.
420 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Brunch hours: Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stop into this iconic spot for poppy seed pancakes with fresh berries, sweet mascarpone, and lemon maple syrup or stone-ground yellow grits topped with aged white cheddar, crispy bacon, chives, and maple drizzle. Other dishes include gooey cinnamon rolls with warm cream cheese glaze, breakfast tacos, small plates like fried brussels sprouts and crispy avocado wedges. Additionally, you’ll find salads, sandwiches, sides, spirits, and more by executive chef Richard Anderson. The menu includes gluten-free and vegetarian options, and all proteins are antibiotic and hormone free. Relax with Buddy Brew crafted coffee drinks, TeBella teas, and the champagne bar. Plus, the Oxford Exchange bookstore and gift shop offer the perfect after-brunch treat! Located near The University of Tampa.
2900 Bayport Dr.
Brunch hours: Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Consistently rated one of the top brunch spots in Tampa, Oystercatchers boasts stunning views of Old Tampa Bay and is a favorite for all occasions amongst locals and visitors to Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The culinary team offers an everchanging menu that puts a twist on your favorite classics. But you can always count on their raw bar featuring oysters, shrimp, and their signature seafood towers. All of their creations are made with fresh, locally sourced, and sustainable ingredients. Enjoy a starter such as the cheese and charcuterie board along with mouth-watering main dishes like pork carnitas tacos, crab Florentine benedicts, and even Nutella stuffed pancakes with pecan crumble and marshmallow fluff. And a mini dessert plate is included! It’s no wonder Oystercatchers has been named one of Tampa Bay’s 25 most iconic restaurants.
2425 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Brunch hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The friendly staff, upscale country club feel, and exotic escape on the shore of Old Tampa Bay in the Rocky Point area make for a relaxing a la carte brunch. Mix-and-match bottomless mimosas and brunch cocktails accompany benedicts on a brioche bun, a brunchy smash burger, and Fruity Pebbles pancakes alongside fresh seafood that includes a raw bar, snow crab legs, crab cakes, Key West Conch fritters, and more. Don’t forget the double dipped French toast sticks with frosted flake brioche, blackberry syrup, and cinnamon marshmallow cream! Yum! Soups, salads, sides, and regular lunch items also are available. With the pandemic, the brunch buffet is halted and a two-hour maximum is imposed to accommodate all reservations. Delivery and takeout are also available.
2616 S. MacDill Ave.
Brunch hours: Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. & Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
It’s no surprise this unique and fun award-winning restaurant has been featured on Good Morning America, Food Network, Cooking Channel, and more. Owners Suzanne and Roger Perry have created a “foodie wonderland” with lots of cheese, bacon, and house-made breads. The vast brunch menu offers creative egg sandwiches and dishes (even a vegan option), sweets like monkey bread and crème brulee French toast, and Instagram-worthy cocktails and mocktails in addition to standard menu items like burgers and bites that are anything but ordinary. The Tampa spot is located in South Tampa a few blocks from Bayshore Blvd, and is next door to its Dough bakehouse concept, where you can grab specialty doughnuts in flavors like maple bacon or Reese’s.
Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar
1207 S. Howard Ave.
Brunch hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Situated in SoHo’s Epicurean Hotel – Autograph Edition, Élevage was developed out of traditions from the iconic Bern’s Steakhouse, located across the street. Restaurant General Manager Vicente Lavayen is a managing partner for several top local eateries including Hyde Park’s On Swann and Armature Works’ Oak & Ola, and painstaking detail is put into every dish. Cool off with an acai bowl and get a taste of Tampa with the Cubano – roasted pork, sopressata, sliced ham, house pickles, Swiss cheese, mustard, and mayo on Le Segunda bread. French toast, farmer’s market omelette, shrimp and crab toast with avocado, burrata, and a breakfast flat bread are just a few of the scintillating brunch dishes. And if you’re in the mood for drinks afterward, the EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge is open on Saturdays 5 p.m. – midnight.