Client Referrals: Tampa’s Best Business Restaurants

March 24, 2016 | Tampa Magazine | Food

We asked four local attorneys to share where they like to take clients when they are looking for a great power meal or a relaxing lunch conversation.

Malio’s Prime Steakhouse 
400 N. Ashley Dr. • 813.223.7746
Recommended By: Jack Gordon, Maney | Gordon PA

“With respect to lunch restaurants, I confess that I am a creature of habit and prefer to walk downtown rather than drive. I go two blocks and eat chicken and rice on a plastic plate every day at The Grilling Station (think food court) while I read the Tampa Bay Times. When I do have a “professional” lunch with colleagues or expert witnesses or some other suit, I walk across the street to Malio’s. It’s always the Gorgonzola salad, lunch steak and a Blue Moon. Old-school. And at Malio’s, you have to sit on the bar side.”

Publisher’s note: Jack says he’s been going to Malio’s for 20 years and does not even look at the menu when he orders. The “lunch steak” is the 6 oz. filet.

0316_ClientReferrals_VasquezPane Rustica Bakery & Café    
3225 S. MacDill Ave. • 813.902.8828
Recommended By: Steve Vasquez, Foley & Lardner LLP

“My favorite for lunch or dinner is Pane Rustica. It is locally owned and always crowded. It is a great place to take out of town clients because it is lively and you always run into people you know. I like to sit in the bar area now that they have extended it. Everything on the menu is good but my favorite is their chicken salad. Also, their espresso cookie is the best thing I’ve ever eaten. It is ridiculous how good it is. You have to get there early to get one.”

0316_ClientReferrals_RogozinskiOcean Prime   
2205 N. Westshore Blvd. • 813.490.5288
Recommended By: Jason Rogozinski, Rogo Law

“I try to choose a restaurant based on what I think my client will like but I love everything about Ocean Prime. Without question, they have the best sea bass I’ve ever had. Their service is impeccable. It is an atmosphere where you can relax and get to know your client. Their pineapple infused vodka is a great drink. They soak pineapple in vodka for four to five days and you don’t taste the vodka at all.”

0316_ClientReferrals_LoweOxford Exchange 
420 W. Kennedy Blvd. • 813.253.0222
Recommended By: Jill Lowe, Lowe Family Law

“Oxford Exchange is like no other restaurant in Tampa. I like to take clients or colleagues there because I love the décor and architecture. If I can get there early, I enjoy browsing the shops. They have great smelling candles and wonderful gifts. For lunch, I like to start with the Fried Brussels Sprouts and finish with the Grilled Chicken Paillard with sweet potato fries. The aioli for the chicken is incredible. Oxford Exchange is known for their teas and coffees and my favorite is the Blueberry Pomegranate Green Tea. The tea’s aroma is soothing and it is sweet enough that I don’t need to add any sugar. I like to sit in the atrium. It is bright, sunny, and relaxing. The roof is covered with windows and there is a water fountain in the middle with flowers and plants around the room. You feel like you are dining outside. It is a great break from the office.”

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