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Discover the Best New Restaurants in Tampa

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated October 31, 2019

Located along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tampa represents a cool, urban epicenter and a popular vacation spot in the United States. Blue skies and sunshine reflect across sparkly waterfronts. The lively atmosphere welcomes family fun with a twist of Cuban culture, whether enjoying the rides at the Busch Gardens theme park, visiting historic Ybor City, the “Cigar Capital of the World,” or heading to the pristine Gulf of Mexico waters for a day of sun and surf. In between all the activities, new restaurants in Tampa serve anything from authentic Mexican in Ybor City to the mom-and-pop Indian Eateries of North Tampa. Tampa especially shines when it comes to seafood, and this coastal city has endless eateries serving fresh, flaky fish. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Check out our Tastemaker 10 list of the best new restaurants in Tampa and book a table today!

A photo of Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.7 (1682)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Located on West Snow Avenue in Hyde Park Village, Forbici is a casual but trendy Contemporary Italian restaurant and pizzeria. The interior is whimsical and energetic and there is plenty of room in the wide open space for diners to sprawl out. There is even an “ancestor table,” a large table that sits beneath a gallery of family photos. The menu features Roman-style pizza, salads, pastas, main plates and grain bowls alongside an extensive wine list.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
As usual, Forbici did not disappoint. The beef carpaccio and mussels are a must (along with their French 75 and their Cosmopolitans). It a great late afternoon/early evening spot!
A photo of Cena restaurant
4.5 (1440)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Cena is a smart and sleek new Italian Spot at Grand Central and is definitely one of the best new restaurants in Tampa. The focus here is on fresh and simple Italian food served in a contemporary and stylish setting. They offer great ingredients, traditional dishes and attentive service to guarantee guests an excellent experience. The menu has a little something for everyone, including antipasti like hearty ravioli and Kobe beef carpaccio. Their pasta bowls are the real star here and regulars love the rustic bolognese, Puttanseca and Cacio e Pepe. Make sure to pair your meal with a glass of Italian wine, too.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We had not been back to Cena in a couple of years but were ecstatic that it was just as fabulous as we remembered it. We all shared the bread board and meat & cheese service to start—delicious, delightful and fresh! We each chose a different entree—all excellent and do-agains! Shrimp and scallops risotto, truffle raditori, braised oxtail with gnocchi and vesuvius pasta with wild boar sausage —each one to die for. Top-rated for everything. Can’t wait to go back!
A photo of Whiskey Cake - Tampa restaurant
4.7 (1812)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Whiskey Cake is a Texas-based “farm-to-fork” concept located at International Plaza in the mall’s Bay Street dining corridor. They serve up tasty dishes and cocktails from the scratch-only kitchen and bar. They focus son using slow-cooking methods on the live-wood grill, smoker and spit because food just tastes better that way! They believe that local is a place as much as a way of eating so everything on the menu is inspired by local ingredients available each season. Grab a fancy dining table or relax out on the beautiful porch.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Fantastic service, Fantastic food. Love this place!
A photo of Goody Goody Burgers restaurant
4.7 (26)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Goody Goody Burgers is one of the best new restaurants in Tampa for phenomenal burgers! Purchased by Richard Gonzmart and the Columbia Restaurant Group in 2014, Goody Goody is an iconic brand in Tampa specializing in breakfast, burgers and pies. Gonzmart based the restaurant on a fond memory he has of picking up a sack of burgers with pickles, onions and secret sauce for his family. Now you can enjoy these world-famous burgers too! There are plenty to choose from, including the Original, the Royale with Cheese and the Hyde Park Cheeseburger.
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Dined on Aug 15, 2023
My parents met in the late 50s at the Woolworth lunch counter. The Hyde Park Goody Goody hosts allowed my whole family to dine at their counter, where we reenacted their meeting (in 50's style fashion) for their 59th anniversary. The servers were amazingly joyful, playing along with us, and everyone enjoyed the food and evening of fun. Goody, Goody, Hyde Park rocks!
A photo of Beachwood Seafood Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.3 (1065)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Beachwood Seafood Kitchen and Bar is one of the best new restaurants in Tampa for delicious seafood and sushi. It’s a casually sophisticated restaurant with a focus on fish. They pride themselves on creatively delicious seafood and also offer plenty of other dining delights to please any pallet. The interior features calming colors and beautiful textures that take your mind on a mini-vacation! It’s a perfect spot for happy hour with friends, a romantic date night, family dinner or a large party.
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Dined on May 12, 2024
Our waiter Vinnie was personable and strived to please, timing everything just right. Dining partner and I started with a dozen raw oysters each. They were wonderful on ice with usual accompaniments of lemon, mignonette, horseradish, seafood sauce, and hot sauce. We trust this place for freshness and its the highlight of our night. We indulged in the hibiscus paloma cocktail and the NY sour. That beginning was magical for us in this large, beautiful, ambient place. Delicious entrees of Mahi and Grouper fish included veggie and potato preparations. We took a chocolate torte home and the night was perfect. Beachwood has a nice atmosphere and feels cleanly serene.
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