2016 Annual Top Restaurants List

October 20, 2016 | Tampa Magazine | Food

Who Decides What is a Top Restaurant?

In August, we mailed over 900 surveys to restaurant owners, managers and chefs in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

We asked the restaurant owners, managers and chefs to nominate the restaurants—who they believed to be the best—in 25 separate restaurant and cuisine categories, then return the surveys in anonymous prepaid return envelopes or through our secure online process. We then tallied the votes from those surveys to compile this list. If there was no clear winner in a particular category, we did not include it in this list.

Best Bar

›› The Lure ‹‹
61 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 914-8000
testing1066.thelurestpete.com
›› Haven ‹‹
2208 W Morrison Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 258-2233
haventampa.com

Best BBQ

›› Smokin’ J’s BBQ ‹‹
5145 Gulfport Blvd S
Gulfport, FL 33707
(727) 329-8624
smknjsbbq.com
›› The Smoke Shack ‹‹
3324 W Gandy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 443-2574
smokeshack-bbq.com

Best Sushi

›› Yoko’s Japanese Restaurant ‹‹
3217 S MacDill Ave
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 835-4311
yokostampa.com

Best British Restaurant or Pub

›› Horse & Jockey British Pub, Inc. ‹‹
1155 Pasadena Ave S
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 345-4995
horseandjockeypub.us
›› Mad Dogs and Englishmen ‹‹
4115 S MacDill Ave
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 832-3037
maddogs.com
›› The Moon Under Water ‹‹
332 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 896-6160
themoonunderwater.com
›› Yeoman’s Cask & Lion ‹‹
202 N Morgan St
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 224-9367
yeomanscaskandlion.com

Best Chinese Restaurant

›› Yummy House China Bistro ‹‹
2620 E Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 237-3838
yummyhousechinabistro.com

Best Caribbean Restaurant

›› Caribbean Cravings, Inc. ‹‹
6836 Park Blvd N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 545-4777
caribbean-cravings.com
›› Island Flavors & ‘Tings ‹‹
1411 49th St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 327-6416
islandflavorsandtings.vpweb.com

Best Latin American Restaurant

›› La Septima Café ‹‹
702 W Lumsden Rd
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 685-0502
laseptimacafe.com
›› La Teresita ‹‹
3248 W Columbus Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 879-9704
lateresitarestaurant.com

Best Cuban Restaurant

›› Arco Iris Restaurant Inc. ‹‹
3328 W Columbus Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 879-1357
laseptimacafe.com
›› La Teresita ‹‹
3248 W Columbus Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 879-9704
lateresitarestaurant.com

Best Deli

›› Wright’s Gourmet House ‹‹
1200 S Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 253-3838
wrightsgourmet.com

Best Fusion Restaurant

›› 717 South ‹‹
717 S Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 250-1661
717south.com
›› Restaurant BT ‹‹
2507 S MacDill Ave
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 258-1916
restaurantbt.com

Best Greek Restaurant

›› Acropolis Greek Taverna ‹‹
Multiple Locations, See website for details
(813) 258-1916
acropolistaverna.com

Best Italian Restaurant

›› Donatello Italian Restaurant ‹‹
232 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 875-6660
donatellotampa.com
›› Gratzzi Italian Grille ‹‹
211 2nd St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 623-9037
gratzzigrille.com

Best Mexican Restaurant

›› Miguel’s Mexican Seafood & Grill ‹‹
3035 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 876-2587
miguelscafe.com
›› VIP Lounge & Mexican Restaurant ‹‹
10625 Gulf Blvd
Treasure Island FL 33706
(727) 360-5062
viplounge-fla.com

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

›› Meze 119 ‹‹
119 2nd St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 498-8627
meze119.com

Best Pizza

›› Cappys Pizzeria ‹‹
Multiple Locations, See Website for Details
cappyspizzaonline.com

Best Seafood Restaurant

›› Oystercatchers ‹‹
2900 Bayport Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 207-6815
hyatt.com/gallery/oystercatchers
›› 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House ‹‹
400 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 896-2400
400beachseafood.com

Best Burger Joint

›› Dead Bob’s ‹‹
6717 Central Ave
St Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 317-2627

Best Hot Dogs

›› Yummy’s ‹‹
2914 Beach Blvd S
Gulfport, FL 33707
(727) 321-9869

Best Steak house

›› Bern’s Steak House ‹‹
1208 S Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-2421
bernssteakhouse.com

Best Thai Restaurant

›› Thai Lanna & Sushi Bar ‹‹
10022 Cross Creek Blvd
Tampa, FL 33647
(813) 991-0108
thailannaandsushi.com

Best Cuban Sandwich

›› Brocato’s Sandwich Shop ‹‹
5021 E Columbus Dr
Tampa, FL 33619
(813) 248-9977
brocatossandwich.com
›› La Teresita ‹‹
3248 W Columbus Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 879-9704
lateresitarestaurant.com

Best Grouper Sandwich

››Dockside Dave’s Grill ‹‹
14701 Gulf Blvd
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
(727) 392-9399

Best Waterfront Restaurant

›› Armani’s ‹‹
2900 Bayport Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 207-6800
tampabay.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/Armanis.html

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

›› Bern’s Steak House ‹‹
1208 S Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-2421
bernssteakhouse.com
›› Armani’s ‹‹
2900 Bayport Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 207-6800
tampabay.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/Armanis.html
›› Café Ponte ‹‹
13505 Icot Blvd #214
Clearwater, FL 33760
(727) 538-5768
cafeponte.com

Best Place for Dessert

›› Harry Waugh Room at Bern’s Steak House ‹‹
1208 S Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-2421
bernssteakhouse.com/Harry-Waugh-Dessert-Room

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