The Ultimate Guide to Tampa’s Michelin Restaurants

Discover the best culinary gems in Tampa, their price points, and their designations in the 2023 Michelin Guide Florida.

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We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again. Welcome to “Michelin Bay.”

Tampa Bay is swiftly becoming a culinary haven, with a burgeoning food scene that earned even more Michelin recognition last week. From delectable Italian dishes to vibrant Mediterranean flavors, Tampa is cookin’ up an impressive lineup of top-notch eateries.

Some of our top food spots have earned stars and bibs from the prestigious guide. Here’s a refresher on what the two top awards mean:

  • A Michelin star represents exceptional quality + is awarded to establishments that showcase culinary excellence.
  • The Bib Gourmand distinction recognizes restaurants that offer value and quality fare, making them a favorite among foodies.

We broke down each spot by price point for your next date night:

Where delicious meets budget ($$)

Rocca | 323 W. Palm Ave. | Italian and contemporary

  • One Michelin star
  • Close your eyes + imagine grandma just served you her generation-old homemade pasta — that’s what all the dishes are like at Rocca. And if you have room for dessert, the burnt cheesecake is top tier.

Gorkhali Kitchen | 10044 Cross Creek Blvd. | Nepali and Indian

  • Bib Gourmand
  • Pipin’ hot — That’s how the samosa and Himalayan Jimbu chicken come out. Pro tip: order some garlic naan to share.

Psomi | 701 N. Howard Ave. | Greek

  • Bib Gourmand
  • Teleport to Greece and try the decadent loukoumades (greek doughnuts).

Rooster & the Till | 6500 N. Florida Ave. | International

  • Bib Gourmand
  • Run, don’t walk to devour the Till’s perfectly cooked quail alongside tamale pasta and a sweet corn sauce.

Price is no object ($$$$)

Lilac | 500 Channelside Dr. | Mediterranean cuisine and contemporary

  • One Michelin star
  • Get the Ora King salmon and if you’re looking for a bit of booze, opt for the tableside champagne cocktail cart.

Koya | 807 W. Platt St. | Japanese and American fusion

  • One Michelin star
  • It’s all about the sushi, baby. Order the golden dragon roll with golden egg sauce to tie it together.
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