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Hidden Gem Restaurants in Tampa

Tired of the same old food for lunch or dinner? Take a look at our list of “hidden gem” restaurants in Tampa and take your taste buds on a new adventure.

1. The Soho Backyard – 610 S Armenia Ave, Tampa

This flashy restaurant and bar offers gourmet burgers, tapas, and a variety of intricate flatbreads.  In a cozy setting with soft lighting and a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, you can enjoy a delicious dinner with family or friends.


2. Thai Lanna and Sushi Bar – 10022 Cross Creek Blvd, Tampa

If youre looking for authentic Thai food with fresh, made to order cuisine and delicious sushi rolls – look no further. With a swanky interior and a very friendly staff, you will not be disappointed with Thai Lanna.


3. 717 South – 717 S Howard Ave, Tampa

With an elegant dining room and lively bar scene 717 dishes up both atmosphere and delicious Italian food. Try a wood-fire steak or any number of dishes created with hormone-free chicken and fresh locally sourced produce.


4. Holy Hog BBQ – 302 E Kennedy Blvd

Consistently rated high among Tampa area BBQ joints, Holy Hog is well known not only for its delicious food (try the pulled pork sandwich and thank us later) it is also known for its friendly and very accommodating staff.


5. Oggi Italian – 263 East Davis Blvd, Tampa

While it may be difficult to find parking at Oggi Italian, it is well worth driving around until you find a spot. Fresh homemade sauces, homemade mozzarella, and a very authentic Italian menu with a bit of flair make this spot one you will visit again and again.


6. Anchor Bar – 304 E Davis Blvd

While it doesn’t have an extensive menu, anything that gets served up at the Anchor Bar is sure to please. This small pub located outside the hustle and bustle of downtown Tampa is a great place to gather with a few friends and enjoy a couple of beers and fantastic wings.


7. La Segunda – 4015 W Kennedy Blvd

An authentic Cuban menu complete with a laundry list of fresh bakery items await you at La Segunda in South Tampa. This spot has been around since 1915, and it’s a true Tampa staple. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner to sample all that La Segunda has to offer.