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A Guide to the Best Date Spots in Tampa

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by OpenTable x Bumble
Updated October 25, 2021

Conversations begin on Bumble but they get even deeper IRL. When it’s time to move from direct messaging to direct eye contact, find a table for two. And to make it super easy, OpenTable and Bumble are teaming up to help you find the best date spots in your city.

Find a restaurant that fits your style, whether you want drinks on a patio or a special four-course meal, OpenTable can help you choose the cuisine, seating area, and even book unique experiences with nearby restaurants. Download the Bumble app to find your match, and check the list below to find your table.

A photo of Bevardi's Salute restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2150)
$30 and under
Italian
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Salute offers five distinct areas for dining: Al Fresco, a casual Bar, Lounge, Wine Room, and Main Dining Room.

We also have a full Bar, Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks to accompany your meal. Additionally, Salute imports Olive Oil and Wine from its own vineyards in Tuscany; which adds to the depth and authenticity of your dining experience.

The menu at Salute is varied and extensive, offering Bruschetta, Appetizers, Imported Italian Cheeses, Cured Meats, Salads, Pasta, and many other delicious entree choices.

With our nightly specials everyone is sure to find something to suit their taste.

While you are dining, don't forget to take a look at our menu of homemade desserts for something to finish out your experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The best Italian in Sarasota. We dine here each time we visit the area. The music on Fri and Sat is so enjoyable too. One of our favorites! Highly recommend!!
A photo of Bridge Street Bistro restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1470)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Anna Maria Island
About the restaurant
Bridge Street Bistro is a 2nd and 3rd floor space above the Island Time Bar & Grill at the corner of Bridge Street and Gulf Drive. We feature stunning views of the Gulf from our beautiful bay windows and outdoor deck on our 3rd floor. Our ambiance is inspired by the dinner houses of the "Rat Pack" era and you will find music to match on the speakers from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Enjoy the delicious fresh seafood and hand cut steaks from Chef David Thompson's team in our Kitchen. We have an extensive wine list and craft cocktails to pare with the experience. Jennifer Mallard's service team will ensure you have an unforgettable experience.
Elevator service is available and there is parking in the resort designated for our guests, please see a parking attendant.
Come experience Bridge Street Bistro one the highest rated restaurants on the island and winning TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Award for 6 years running!




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Tonyp180
Dined 7 days ago
The food was great and the server Heather was very nice and attentive to our needs.
A photo of Cafe Longet restaurant
4.8
4.8 (697)
$30 and under
Contemporary French
Venice
About the restaurant
Cafe Longet features Chef Steve Longet's contemporary French fusion cuisine. Each dish is made to order, house made breads and buns are baked each morning. Scratch soup and stocks cooked fresh each day.

Cafe Longet offers both a beer and wine menu.

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Joycevip
Dined on Mar 31, 2022
So sad to see the owners leave to go back to France. The restaurant food, service and ambiance was fabulous. Venice needs more good ethnic restaurants. They all do good business but unfortunately it’s hard to get servers and many customers don’t tip well which makes it hard to keep help. I will truly miss this gem of a restaurant! Was there for the final time last evening.
A photo of Casa Santo Stefano restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3377)
$30 and under
Sicilian
Ybor City
About the restaurant
Benvenuti! Casa Santo Stefano is a new Sicilian restaurant from the Gonzmart family, owners of the Columbia Restaurant Group. The lunch and dinner menus feature maccheroni (pasta), steaks, seafood, scacciata, salads, soups, desserts and hundreds of Sicilian wines. Curbside takeout is available by calling the main phone number. The rooftop Santo's Drinkeria also is open.

Housed in a beautifully re-imagined former 1925 Ybor City macaroni factory, the restaurant is a look back to Sunday suppers, simpler times and shared stories.

Dress code: Casa Santo Stefano often is visited for celebrations and special occasion meals, so it is common for our guests to sport formal wear in the dining room. We welcome everyone, but politely ask that men wear sleeves at Casa Santo Stefano.

Top review
KatieJ
Dined 2 days ago
I am Italian and it was one of the best meals I ever had! The stuffed artichoke and the squid ink pasta was amazing!
A photo of Cassariano Italian Eatery Lakewood Ranch restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2485)
$30 and under
Italian
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Cassariano – the perfect expression of passion and culinary art in the form of “Contemporary Italian Cuisine”.

The restaurant’s name is a combination of both partners last names; Luca Cassani and Antonio Pariano, both born and raised in Northern Italy. After years working together in the restaurant business both Luca & Antonio made the decision to venture out on their own and open Cassariano Italian Eatery.

Driven by their strong passion for food and a deep love for their profession, these partners prepare authentic contemporary Italian cuisine while cultivating a casual, relaxed atmosphere for their patrons.

Cassariano is the perfect blend of Bistro flavors and fine cuisine. We look forward to exceeding your expectations!

Top review
LadyMvip
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful evening with great wine and food. Our waiter was very attentive and we will definitely be back soon.
A photo of Clear Sky on Cleveland restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2143)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Clearwater
About the restaurant
Clear Sky's newest dining experience is a Global Bistro located in Clearwater's historical Cleveland Street District and features cuisine from around the globe! Clear Sky's newest dining experience is a Global Bistro located in Clearwater's historical Cleveland Street District and features cuisine from around the globe!
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Gordon
Dined 2 days ago
Nice experience. Our table was by the expedite area. Loud and busy. A bustling ambience. Good food and excellent service.
A photo of Dry Dock Waterfront Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8879)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Longboat Key
About the restaurant
The Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is a “polished casual” restaurant over looking Sarasota Bay. We are located at the south end of Longboat Key behind the gas station. We are north of St. Armand’s Circle, and minutes from downtown Sarasota. Best known for Local Fresh Grouper and Red Snapper. Enjoy the second story dining area with a panaramic view of the bay, or enjoy dining outdoors on our dockside patio.
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sambellinivip
Dined 4 days ago
Location: off the beaten path (i.e., not walkable from St Armands) and not much around it. Doesn't appear like much when you drive up! Ambiance: great, particularly the outdoor area!! Right on the water. Perfect, perfect vibes. Service: great - our waiter was attentive and definitely took the time explaining the menu to us. Checked in often enough. Food: amazing. We got the grouper bites as an app - flaky, light, delicious. We also indulged in the bread and butter which is hard to mess up but I will say their butter was particularly good! Salty and speadable. For our main meals, I got the lobster rolls and my husband got the linguine with snapper and white wine sauce. WOW. Both were amazing!! The lobster rolls were packed and the bread was the perfect amount of buttered where it's flavorful but not greasing up your hands. The white wine sauce on the linguine was so good, we could have eaten it with a spoon. We used the bread to sop up the leftovers. We also got the key lime pie for dessert which was divine - perfectly sweet and tart. By far, the best meal we had in Sarasota! Can't wait to go back!
A photo of element: steak. seafood. pasta. restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1887)
$31 to $50
Steak
Sarasota
About the restaurant
We encapsulate the best and most unique elements of world class dining. We feature pasture raised, hand-cut steaks grilled or seared to perfection, delicate, local seafood, house made pasta dishes with elegant hand crafted sauces and more.
Top review
NormanB
Dined on May 18, 2024
This place is my all time favorite. Veronica, our service was great. Friendly and attentive. My food was awesome- lobster and crab gnocchi, my wife had filet mignon- just superb. Top notch in every respect. I HIGHLY recommend.
A photo of GROVE restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2968)
$30 and under
American
Bradenton
About the restaurant
Welcome to GROVE, the ultimate destination for a truly exceptional dining experience that embodies heart, balance, and spirit. Our Contemporary American cuisine showcases a personal and authentic approach to cooking that is sure to impress!

Our menu is as diverse as it is delicious, featuring an array of handcrafted dishes made with only the freshest, seasonal ingredients that highlight our commitment to imaginative flavor combinations. Savor our house-made specialties, such as the succulent Pork Osso Bucco, the refreshing Seared Ahi Tuna Nachos, and the delectable Stuffed Lobster, all expertly crafted with a cross-cultural twist that creates a symphony of flavors.

We are passionate about blending traditional cooking methods with innovative recipes, resulting in an elevated yet approachable menu that caters to even the most discerning of palates. Join us for a memorable dining experience that is sure to delight your senses.

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PamAvip
Dined 3 days ago
We have eaten at Grove many times. The menu is extensive with many options to please everyone. The food is always consistently flavorful, and portions are more than adequate. The servers have always been timely, attentive, and helpful.
A photo of Haven restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2368)
$30 and under
American
Tampa
About the restaurant
Haven features Executive Chef Chad Johnson We are a modern cuisine served in a stylish, relaxed, and casual atmosphere. Haven offers guests the ability to taste different flavors and textures created in a crafted, cultured and cellared atmosphere.
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AmySvip
Dined 3 days ago
Food was delicious. We enjoyed the NY strip, filet and sea bass. The salads were excellent too. Service was great. Very loud so next time I will request patio seating. Loved the reservation At Berns dessert room that comes with dinner !
A photo of Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse - Sarasota restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2570)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is an award-winning prime steakhouse specializing in aged USDA prime steaks. Located in the heart of Sarasota’s pedestrian friendly downtown, Hyde Park is just minutes from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and St. Armand’s Circle and 5 minutes from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. The restaurant offers a chef-inspired menu featuring variations of its legendary aged prime steaks, daily chef’s fresh fish features and great seafood. Award-winning menus, the extensive wine list and impeccable service are why Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is Sarasota’s favorite fine dining restaurant and top pick for intimate dinners, special occasions, family gatherings, business dinners, corporate events and small receptions. Private dining rooms available. Complimentary valet parking (with validation).
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
National hamburger day!!
A photo of Kafe' Kokopelli restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1175)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Dade City
About the restaurant
Located in historic downtown Dade City, Kafé Kokopelli offers exceptional food in an extraordinary atmosphere. A favorite of locals and visitors alike Kafé Kokopelli strives to create a dining experience that will leave a lasting impression on our guests.

Known for his creative modern american cuisine, award winning Chef/Owner Steven Queen Jr. promotes local food and farm to fork concepts at Kafé Kokopelli while changing the menu seasonally.

Please visit our website for the most up to date information on events and entertainment. We look forward to serving you soon!

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HollyH
Dined 5 days ago
They never disappoint the food was amazing especially the goat cheese cheesecake and the cafe amore we love this place!
A photo of Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon restaurant
4.4
4.4 (3077)
$30 and under
Teppanyaki
Brandon
About the restaurant
Kobé is known for offering its guests a unique Teppanyaki dining experience and doing so with its very own blend of fun and flare at its 12 Central Florida locations. We provide a unique dining experience that offers an exciting and vibrant environment for guests to gather and celebrate over delicious food and drinks.

Due to our unique communal seating arrangement at our teppanyaki table, please expect a short wait time with your reservation upon checking in with your complete party. We offer limited online booking availability, with communal seating, for large parties 11-20. For large parties requesting a booking outside of online availability, parties 20+, and parties requesting private tables please contact your preferred Kobé location by completing our online inquiry form at https://kobesteakhouse.com/banquets/to reserve through a manager with a banquet menu. We cannot guarantee that reservations booked separately will be sat together.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Chef Coco was amazing. Made sure all the dinners were taken care of. It was a little slow getting to the table, but that was probably because of the Memorial Day rush
A photo of Libby's - Sarasota restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3824)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Open in Sarasota since May of 2019, the Libby's space is open, modern & minimalist. Delicious menu items, sophisticated wine and daily specials are at the core of all that we do! Cozy bar area, weekday happy hour specials, and a private dining room are some of the unique features at our Sarasota location.
Top review
GerriSmiles
Dined 2 days ago
Yesterday we enjoyed an amazing lunch at Libby’s. I’m on a restricted diet and they were happy to accommodate me. The food was delicious and the service is both friendly and extremely professional.
A photo of Meat Market Tampa restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3634)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Tampa
About the restaurant
Meat Market is a modern American Steak House with a glamorous, upbeat vibe—and truly unique in Florida. Meat Market features the posh Crudo Bar—an outdoor lounge featuring an eclectic, sumptuous raw bar with staples such as: fresh oysters and indigenous seafood—offering our diners a raw bar experience unlike anything in town. World renowned Executive Chef Sean Brasel has created a menu that embraces the staples of a classic steakhouse – a variety of prime cuts, amazing sides and appetizers, top notch wine list – by infusing it all with an artful, contemporary spin.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Food is always excellent. Took a minute to get sat after our party arrived but other than that service was amazing!
A photo of Roessler's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1751)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!
PLEASE NOTE WE CAN NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS FOR OUTSIDE DINING, PARTIES OVER 6, OR HOLIDAYS THROUGH OPEN TABLE. PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT IF YOUR TIME IS NOT AVAILABLE. THANK YOU!!! 941 966 5688

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CoriD
Dined 2 days ago
The food came out lukewarm, and not what one would expect for the price.
A photo of Seaweed Steaks, Seafood & Sushi restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2265)
$31 to $50
Steak
Bellair Bluffs
About the restaurant
Seaweed Steaks, Seafood & Sushi is a contemporary steak and seafood experience.
Dishes are prepared in three separate areas; the main kitchen, the sushi bar and the raw bar. Rather than offering individual starters and main courses, Seaweed serves dishes that are designed to be shared at the table or enjoyed individually, and are brought to the table continuously throughout the experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was awesome. Snapper, Lobster, sushi etc
A photo of Teak - St Pete Pier restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3437)
$30 and under
American
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
Welcome to Teak!
An elevated casual dining experience that is located on the 4th floor of the Pier Head Building on the new St. Petersburg Pier.
Join us for coastal inspired cuisine, craft cocktails, and 180° views of the St. Petersburg skyline & Tampa Bay.

Top review
CNiklesvip
Dined 1 day ago
We had friends visiting us in St Petersburg abd couldn’t wait to take them to this fabulous spot with great views, nice breeze and fun bar! We dined after enjoying the bar atmosphere. Our table had incredible views of Tampa bay, the food was amazing. I would get the clam linguine again it was so delicious! Our waiter was great and very attentive and knowledgeable. Thank you so much for this amazing place!
A photo of Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse Tampa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4026)
$50 and over
Brazilian Steakhouse
Tampa
About the restaurant
Born in the “Pampas”, (Southern region of Brazil) Terra Gaúchaʼs concept revolves around “Churrasco” a traditional grilling method using open flames and various cuts of meat. Today, we proudly keep the flame alive using authentic Gaúcho seasonings and natural wood charcoal to roast succulent beef, lamb, poultry, pork and seafood.

In addition to our grilled meats, guests enjoy a gourmet salad and sides bar featuring the freshest vegetables, a variety of cheeses and cold cuts. During the dining experience each guest is transported (no passport required) to “Southern Brazil” where they are pampered from start to finish. The “Terra Gaúcha familia” would like to invite you for a unique experience that will make a lasting impression.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was excellent, we went for our anniversary and they treated us like a VIP costumer, they were very nice and courteous with us. We will definitely come back!
A photo of The C House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1548)
$30 and under
American
Tampa
About the restaurant
*Please note*: A reservation guarantees your party a table. *Should you have a seating preference (e.g, inside or covered patio), please note it in the 'Notes' section at the time you make your reservation (or call us!) -- we assure you that we will do our best to accommodate (although, party size and reservation timeframe may not make such accommodation possible). 'C' you soon

#ConsciouslyCuratedClassicallyCool

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Makenzievip
Dined on Oct 24, 2023
Great service! Our server was wonderful. Food was okay - cauliflower bites were the only thing we really loved!
A photo of The Library restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3302)
$31 to $50
American
St. Petersburg
About the restaurant
At The Library, the familiar aroma of coffee, the promise of a delicious meal, and the anticipation of friendly buzz will offer a reprieve from the daily chaos. It is where the community as a whole comes to refill their cup, both proverbially and, often, quite literally. You will find dining options both inside and outside, as well as at the bar. For walk-up service, our pastry counter offers coffee, tea and pastries throughout the day. We look forward to serving the community, visitors, and hospital staff alike.

For all other reservation request for parties between seven and twelve please call us at 727.269.9969. If it's after hours, please email us info@thelibrarystpete.com

For all inquiries for parties greater than thirteen please visit our events website. The link is attached below.

https://thelibrarystpete.com/pages/private-events

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Good food and service. Really interesting place to eat.
A photo of The Rosemary & Thyme restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4081)
$31 to $50
American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Welcome to Rosemary & Thyme!

Downtown Sarasota American Bistro serving traditional and contemporary dishes with an emphasis on healthy options. Savor made-from-scratch selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared with fresh ingredients from regional farms.

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WilliamE
Dined on May 21, 2024
Wonderful food, wonderful environment, the weather cooperated.... the prix fixe was a delicious each of the 3 courses. I couldn't be happier and in fact we book for next week .
A photo of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - Sarasota restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4307)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Tommy Bahama combines a tranquil environment and good food with an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind while indulging in a unique dining experience. The experience is sure to feel like a getaway, whether you’re on vacation or looking for a vacation from your everyday life. For more information: www.tommybahama.com.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Memorial Day. Our server named Chase was a very polite and professional.  He provided 5 STAR service, always checking our water, seeing that our meal is enjoyable, and was personable with us. Provided exceptional service with a smile! Our order came in a timely manner. I ordered the red snapper, asparagus & substituted for their delicious tropical slaw. My husband ordered the seafood pasta which he thoroughly enjoyed. Kudos to the very friendly and attentive ladies working the bar. Provided us with delicious drinks, welcomed us as we were seated at the bar. 
A photo of Whiskey Cake - Tampa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1812)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tampa
About the restaurant
We serve up tasty farm-to-kitchen dishes and cocktails, all made from scratch with ingredients sourced from local and regional farms and markets. We use slow-cooking methods on our wood grill and spit and in our smoker because it tastes better that way. Come dine with us at our communal tables, in one of our booths, on our sofas or rocking chairs, or perhaps on the porch next to the fireplace.
Top review
NicolaK
Dined 1 day ago
Fantastic service, Fantastic food. Love this place!
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