The below list of new businesses has been updated as of Tuesday, Aug. 22.
Some people make to-do lists — we make to-dine lists. Many hot new Tampa + St. Pete restaurants have opened over the past several months, from Midtown Tampa’s buzzy new eatery Sunda New Asian to Wagyu steak paradise, Frankie’s Italian Chophouse.
To satisfy those who are really hungry for fresh dining options, we’ve got the delicious details on newly-opened TBAY restaurants + several that are coming soon, too. Grab your forks as we dig right in.
Predalina, 1001 E. Cumberland Ave., Tampa | Mediterranean | Reservations: Yes
The seafood-focused restaurant comes from the same team behind brunch powerhouse Oxford Exchange + sells its chic housewares on site.
Pepper’s Island, 1701 E. 4th Ave., Tampa | Trinidadian | Reservations: No
Stop by this spot on weekends during its soft opening for piping hot curry chicken and rice, aloo pie, mango chutney, and live music.
Lolita’s Wine Market, 420 22nd St. S. St. Pete | Tapas + charcuterie | Reservations: Yes
Enjoy a romantic meal in the historic Seaboard Train station or a glass of wine and charcuterie on the outdoor patio’s butterfly garden.
Lona Tampa, 505 Water St., Tampa | Mexican | Reservations: Yes
Nestled on the ground floor of the JW Marriott, this lively spot features a menu crafted by renowned chefs Richard Sandoval and Pablo Salas.
The Dan, 905 N. Florida Ave.,Tampa | Bar + restaurant | Reservations: Yes
Located in the reimagined Sapphire Lounge space, The Dan brings the 1920s vibes plus yummy fare like Creole roasted half chicken, steak frites, and handcrafted cocktails.
Frankie’s Italian Chophouse, 8901 4th St. N., St. Pete | American | Reservations: Yes
Chef Erik Vigil and restaurateur Frank Schittino crafted a menu packed with Italian cuisine and hearty cuts of meat, like their signature American Wagyu steak.
This neighborhood spot is perfect for post-work wind Water street mule or some kung pao brussel sprouts.
The Pearl, 823 Water St. Suite C-100, Tampa | Gastropub | Reservations: Yes
The aesthetics alone make it worth a visit, but you can’t stop by The Pearl without throwing back fresh oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, and parmesan baked clams.
Beacon Rooftop Lounge, 510 Water St., Tampa | Bar + restaurant | Fall 2023
The new restaurant + luxe cocktail bar will sit on the 27th floor of the JW Marriott and feature 360-degree views of the Big Guava.
Fortu, 95 Central Ave., St. Pete | Modern Asian steakhouse | Fall 2023
Occupying the former Ceviche space, Fortu has hinted at a large steak menu, including a showstopping Koji dry-aged Japanese wagyu steak.
Ash, 420 S. Nebraska Ave., Tampa | Italian| Spring 2024
Chef Ferrell Alvarez’s highly anticipated restaurant will open on the ground floor of the residential high-rise, Asher Tampa.
Cala Italian Kitchen, 800 31st St. S., St. Pete | Italian | September 2023
Enjoy a relaxed night on the eatery’s outdoor patio with handmade pastas, local seafood, and live music.
Vela Tampa, 5232 Bridge St., Tampa | Italian + Mediterranean | Summer 2023
Local vino fave Cru Cellars is transforming the Westshore Marina District spot into an Italian Mediterranean tavern.
Perry’s Porch, 335 2nd Ave. NE, St. Pete | Coffee bar + café | Summer 2023
Soon, you’ll be able to enjoy a quick working lunch with a view of the St. Pete Pier + the downtown waterfront.
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